My 124 Special T - recently purchased

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My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Lee67 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:40 pm

Hi all

Thought I would share a few pics of my 124 ST bought recently from London.
Its covered just 33,500 miles and was Waxoiled and undersealed very early in its life hence very little rust, just a few scrapes and bad paintwork! It's been lightly modified using mainly 124 BC/BS coupe/spyder bits such as suspension, steering wheel (I've now removed the plastic padded steering wheel cover!), gearbox etc. It also came with a lovely pair of Weber 40IDF's with waffle manifold and the original airbox, all of which will be fitted quite soon along with my Strada 105TC big valve head, all mildly ported and polished to GC spec. It was running Cromodora CD11's but the owner wanted to keep them so I fitted my steels instead, I think they really suit the car having a deeper rim than the standard Fiat steels but in fact are only 5x13's.
Future plans include getting the paint sorted, new front springs/shocks and getting the seats back to the original spec as it has had a retrim some time with some odd patterned fabric.

The last picture was taken on January 1st this year at the vintage Stony gathering in Stony Stratford.
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by miro-1980 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:13 pm

Hi Lee!

Very nice car , certainly worth a small investment to be kept on a road and used to enjoy driving a real automobile ( not a computerized hybrid!)

There is nothing like a car like this to rally give you a true driving pleasure.

Congratulations and jeep us posted on your progress (with pictures) !

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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Will01 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:26 pm

Be interested to see where you steer this project. Keep us posted
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by badlyworntoy » Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:08 pm

That's probably the last one left on earth, look after it.

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Post by Guy Croft » Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:15 pm

yes, agreed, so very rare...
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Lee67 » Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:43 pm

Not been on the forum for ages so thought I'd just post a slightly more up to date photo...Now running with the Cromodora's and 185/55 tyres (for now). Number plates changed for pressed black and silver ones and front indicator lenses swapped for clear instead of amber. Plenty of polishing has brought the paint up to an ok-ish standard, it looks acceptable from about 20 feet away!
My next project is to get the IDF's on and lose the distributor to a Megajolt/Edis setup and invest in one of the Russian Quaife copy LSD's.
For now though I just love driving it at any opportunity...
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Guy Croft » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:37 pm

good to see you back Lee!


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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Piotrek125p » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:28 pm

This 124 looks amazing with this Cromodora rims.
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Lee67 » Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:47 pm

Just a quick update on my 124 Special T.
Now running on gold Cromodora's with slightly taller 185/60 tyres. I've always admired the 70s Ferraris/lambos/Lancia Stratos etc with gold finished wheels so thought I'd see how the look would be suited to a 124, I think it works, wasn't sure at first but i'm getting used to them now.
Also managed to get hold of an original set of Special T seats in black vinyl/dark red velour which really set the interior off nicely.
Just fitted my Weber 40IDF carbs today but not complete yet so have no idea what performance difference there will be, if any! One thing for sure though is that they sound really good!
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Will01 » Sat Jul 23, 2016 9:56 pm

Gold wheels look good. I did toy with silver outer and gold inner for the wheels on my project.
The wheels themselves as far as design also look really good
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Spider 1969 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:22 pm

Hi Lee,
I always enjoy the boxy lines of the 124. The cromodora's look excellent. Did you install the 105TC head yet? Would you be able to share some pics of your engine upgrades?

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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Lee67 » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:08 pm

Hi Charles

Not fitted the 105TC head yet, will wait til the winter time now I think and may look out for an 1800 bottom end and build that up.
Just fitted the 40IDFs this weekend but need to sort a few things on the linkage. Biggest problem I've had is that the aftermarket IDF manifold I'm using doesn't have any waterways and unfortunately the gasket hasn't sealed properly around the hole in the centre of the head between No2 and 3 inlet ports so its been pulling a small amount of water into Nos 2 and 3 cylinders and running badly with symptoms similar to a blown head gasket. So now I need to order another inlet gasket and use more sealant this time!
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Will01 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:54 am

Just a quick one on the manifold seal, i take it the manifold doesn't have any cracks or scores or anything that is allowing it not to seal 100%?
Also is it completely flat?
Just a reaction to you stating you would use alot more sealant next time, sometimes too much can be as bad as too little.
Are the bolts torqued correctly i.e. the correct torque or are they just FT.

I have had a few gremlins with unlike materials not sealing properly and have normally found it is due to one of the above.

examples,
Capri had exhaust leak aroud gasket due to slight crack in manifold and if you put a nut on it it would open the crack and then cause more leakage.

Old Riley we have has water leaks around thermostat housing where dissimilar materials mate and they have a paper gasket, but the original block face is very scored from 60+years of servicing.

The gasket sealant type aswell can have an affect

Maybe something to think about unless you have already covered?
Good luck with the fix
Will
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Rallyroller » Mon Jul 25, 2016 9:33 pm

Hi Lee
Great little car. Re adding 40 IDF's - I did the same mod on my old ST . Small increase in performance- but driveability and torque seemed to improve. Certainly pulled better on up hill stages. See picture of times gone by.

Nigel.
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Re: My 124 Special T - recently purchased

Post by Lee67 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:07 pm

Hi Will

Thanks for the advice and info much appreciated - as it turned out it was nothing more serious than a lack of sealant around the central waterway hole in the head, new gasket fitted and touch more sealant and all is good now thank you.
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