1978 Lancia Beta 1600 Coupe

1978 Lancia Beta 1600 Coupe

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Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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Magic mech checking out the Beta today. It tends to be hard to start when warm. Also, the engine bay needs a good clean.

Mighty Flex

862 posts

135 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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Breadvan72 said:
I have been busy and so have not had time to contact the South African Lancia place but now will do so. Betaboyz appear to be a lost cause, which is a shame because of the good stock holdings there. Maybe someone should persuade the bloke who runs it to sell the stock to someone who has enough time to run an old car spares business, but as I suppose the bloke has almost got a UK monopoly on Beta spares he can just carry on ignoring customers until he can be arsed to respond to them, if that day ever comes.
It isn't an ideal setup. have you emailed the below (new email?):

lanciabetaparts@outlook.com

I ordered some bits on Friday night, delivered today, so there is life there.

On the note of spares, there was a guy with a container full of parts a mile or two from me who I was trying to get some parts from but he was always "busy". They ended up being scrapped a few year back! I would have had the whole container if i knew that was going to happen.

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Thursday 21st September 2017
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I think I have emailed that address already but I can try again. I have been busy and still have not contacted South Africa. Maybe the Betaboyz bloke has read this thread and is miffed at me for dissing him. I know that it's just a hobby business, but business is business.

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Monday 25th September 2017
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Mech reports -

" Lancia - wow it's almost like a new car, what a find! All the electrics are like new, a pleasure to see a car like this. The engine is very very smooth, amazing. I can smell a lot of fuel when engine is running, suggest air filter removed & engine cleaned up, check all fuel hoses & carbs for leaks etc. The wiper linkages look fine, I couldn't get any feed voltage to the wiper motor, so think it may be a relay or wiper delay module problem (if it has this option - wiring diagram shows one was fitted to some). Can carry on with this next time."

RC1807

9,975 posts

132 months

Monday 25th September 2017
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Great comments from the mech!
Well done again on your find.

gforceg

3,462 posts

143 months

Monday 25th September 2017
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Careful Breaders, the treacherous viper might be fibbing to you so he doesn't have to do any expensive work on your old heaps.

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Monday 25th September 2017
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gforceg said:
Careful Breaders, the treacherous viper might be fibbing to you so he doesn't have to do any expensive work on your old heaps.
FPWM! Typical sleazy mechanic saying "yeah that car is totes not broken so you don't need to hire me to fix it much". He saw me coming, sure enough.


[Insider reference - this exchange is explained by a nearby Ford Granada thread.]

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Wednesday 4th October 2017
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Fuel leak sourced to dodgy fuel pump, new one on its way.

Horsetan

399 posts

171 months

Wednesday 4th October 2017
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Breadvan72 said:
....as I suppose the bloke has almost got a UK monopoly on Beta spares he can just carry on ignoring customers until he can be arsed to respond to them, if that day ever comes.
Sounds like my mixed feelings about CX-Basis and their blatant profiteering on Citroen CX spares.

Tidy Beta you've got there. Can't remember the last time I saw one.

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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bks! Mech says "get a new fuel pump". All my previous Betas had electric fuel pumps, so I buy one of those. Mech arrives to work on car. "It's a mechanical pump". bks. I tell mech "from now on, you buy the parts".

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Oh well, he is working on my stbox Lotus Eclat instead.

arguti

1,405 posts

150 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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My 1600 coupe is going for its MOT next week; hopefully will pass without issues.

Did you ever get any joy with the South African Lancia spares company as my sister spends winters in Cape Town and I think I need to send her a list of spares needed!

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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FOTEEZE please!

arguti

1,405 posts

150 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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A few from a while back....imported from South Africa, my Dad's weekend car, will be changing wheels to Ronal A1s when it has MOT





Delightful to drive and even has air conditioning! I must say that owning this and a Delta HF turbo has caused me to re-calibrate my smiles per miles comparing these Lancias to my classic alfas (Alfettas, 75, 105s and alfasud sprint)

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Fabby, but why not Cromadoras?

e30m3Mark

14,600 posts

137 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Very nice indeed.

Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Wipers fixed, yaay; mechanical fuel pump on way.




TonyRPH

10,638 posts

132 months

Friday 6th October 2017
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Mighty Flex said:
It isn't an ideal setup. have you emailed the below (new email?):

lanciabetaparts@outlook.com

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Slightly off topic, but I (usually) work in IT and I note that Hotmail.com / outlook.com sends an awful lot of perfectly legitimate email to the 'Junk' folder so BV I suspect that might be why you're not getting any response.

However (and naturally!) if you send an email from another Hotmail / Outlook account, you can pretty much guarantee it'll end up in the Inbox.


Horsetan

399 posts

171 months

Tuesday 10th October 2017
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Breadvan72

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46,181 posts

127 months

Tuesday 10th October 2017
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HPEs are super cars. They are very spacious inside and make for practical family motoring with mucho style.