SouthWest Survivor Barn Find 1979 Fiat X1/9 1500cc 5-Spd with over $3000 of Prep

1979 Fiat X-1/9 optional

Technical specifications of Fiat X-1/9 1979

Price: US $4,995.00
Item location: Elkhart, Indiana, United States
Make: Fiat
Model: X-1/9
SubModel: X 1/9 Fiat/Bertone Mid-Engine
Type: Coupe
Trim: optional
Year: 1979
Mileage: 94,604
VIN: 128AS10114384
Color: Orange
Engine size: 1500cc
Number of cylinders: 4
Power options: Air Conditioning
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Biege/Tan
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety options: Seat Belts
Options: Cassette Player, Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

A Rarely Found, Original "Barn-Find" Surivor, that's nearly 90% Rust-free, w/approx 80% Original Paint. After A Brand New Old Stock Factory Weber Carburetor Just installed, but a bit of fine tuning is still needed! New Fuel Pump Included with Sale!

Here is a South-West Survivor Fiat X1/9 1500 that is very Original, Very Solid and Straight 1979 Fiat Bertone X1/9. It is the 1500, Carburated, 5-Speed updated version that was the "New Model" changed from the 1978 1300cc 4-Speed Version, ordered with the very Rarely Seen optional Air Conditioning. Believed to have been originally purchased in Southern Texas, and approximately 15 years ago purchased from Vick's Fiat Parts, by a Phoenix, Arizonian customer for restoration. The car was never able to get running due to some fuel, electrical and mainly timing issues so it set in a rural horse barn for almost 12 years until I boldly saved it out of near abandonment in the Spring of 2015 and brought it to Indiana with it's three other siblings after the past owner's upcoming divorce lead to the decision to let his dreams of Multiple Fiat Restorations and Show Cars GO! A Younger Woman Can Do That To You! :(

The Work I preformed over the past three years on this Beautiful Orange Survivor:

-New Timing Belt and Belt Tensioner Bearing were Replaced (Very Critical) along with both new alternator/water-pump and air-conditioning rubber fan-belts.

-Four New Spark Plugs, Distributor Cap and Rotor, Bosch Electronic Pick-Up Kit and a New Set Euro Type Ignition Wires!

-Fresh Crankcase Oil, 1/3 can of "Seafoam" Additive, One Quart ATF and Filter and then given a thorough flushing! Then Again After hours of Running and Adjusting and Overly Rich Carburetor issues The Oil Was Changed for a 2nd Time 06/21/2018, Using Quality Castrol 20w50 another New Oil Filter and a Pint of "TKO" "Conklin" Oil Treatment!

-Fresh Anti-Freeze and Proper Water Mix after a Thorough Coolant System Draining Cleaning and Flushing! At this Time Radiator Dust was blown out, New Front Coolant Thermo-Switch installed, Engine Thermostat was also Replaced along with all 4 New Silicone Orange Radiator Hoses and Clamps!

-Fresh Premium Gasoline filling, 2/3 can of Seafoam Additive after a thorough Fuel Tank draining, cleaning and flushing! Carburetor float bowl cleaned and jets blown out, then adjusted and new Fuel Filter installed.

-New Mechanical Fuel Pump, Fuel Filter, hoses and clamps where needed!

-A Good Quality Pair of New Wiper Blades installed after wiper arms were adjusted, cleaned and detailed!

-All Four Brand New Brake Rotors were installed, All Four New Rubber Brake Hoses, New Front and Rear High Quality Brake Pads were installed with Hardware, and rebuilt disc brake calipers front and rear were installed with a Brand New Italian Made OEM Replacement Brake Master Cylinder just for "Good Measure". Then extreme caution was taken to flush and power bleed the whole system thoroughly with all new fresh Castrol LMA Brake Fluid until the Brake Pedal was Firm! Then both Emergency Cables were re-lubed, re-installed and re-adjusted properly!

-While the steering column was down and out we installed a Brand New Italian Made OEM Replacement Clutch Master Cylinder, Slave Cylinder and Rubber Flexible Connecting Hose also for "Good Measure", Then Bleed properly until there was No Air in the System!

-Rusty and Potential Rust spots in the front and rear trunk and at random spots on the external body were wire brushed, prepped and the treated with Por-15!

-Both Sides Weatherstripping (Door, Windshield Pillars and Removable Top) Seals Were Replaced With High Quality Replacements.

-Both Door Check Straps Were Replaced with NOS originals and Both Door Light Switches were Replaced at the same time while I was laying on the floor......TA...DA Now The Interior light and Door Buzzer is Faithfully and Dependably working Again!

-As of 06/21/2018A Brand New Fiat/Weber Italian NOS Carburetor ($275.00) was Installed and That Seemed Clean up The Hard Starting and Erratic Idle that I Had Previously Spent Two Years Messing With. It Now starts on first or second try and the Choke/Cold-Start System Works Perfectly!

Things still needing Attention or Further Work:

-The Heater Valve is Frozen and will need another, the carb although I cleaned it may need a rebuild as it idles erratically at times, and there are two engine oil leaks that appear to get better (less) as it is run more and it could be just an oil pan or valve cover gasket (it is very tight back there and hard see, but appears to be on the R/H front side) please do keep in mind that it had set stored in a barn and had not run for almost 12 years.

-Although it is now Running it still needs a good shake down before I would use it daily or Drive it a Long Distance!

In Full Disclosure Here are the KNOWN Defect and/or Problem Area's to be aware of:

-There is a Crack in the Windshield.

-Seats are Arizona Sunburned and Cracking!

-Dash has multiple cracks, but as I have "Treated It" they have gotten much smaller and closer!

-Paint is faded and sunburnt and a 10-15 Footer but is mostly Original with survivor nice patina!

-Both Headlamps Work, but the R/H Front does not go down unless you wind the crank that manually lowers it.

-Blower Motor Works most of the time but the Heater Valve is Frozen up in the open possition so as the car heats up the many years of dirt and dust "Burn" off the Heater Core and comes through the dash vents. While having the Heater valve replaced would be a great time to clean it/blow it all out!

-Tires are over 15 years old (and from Arizona) Have Good Tread Left, But should not be driven aggressively (fast or long) on until inspected or replaced!

-Although this X is very Rust-Free compared to most, It does have three main spots (front R/H foot well, L/H behind passenger's seat and the front trunk floor and battery box had a few small spots that I fixed with Por-15 and fiber matting (Very Permanent and Durable), and there may be 4-5 smaller surface areas high-lighted and view-able in many photos shown in our listing!

-Oil Leaking found under the passengerside of the Engine is believe to be from either the front cam seal or the cam housing gasket/valve cover gasket or both.

-If winning bidder would desire either the Factory Rosso Arancio (orange) front Hood, Doors, or Rear Trunk Lid in my other Listings I would Sell them for 50% off plus try to include them with car to save on shipping costs!

We try to Explain and Describe all our Listing to the best of our Ability and now have switched to this New Seller Source Book format on our vehicles, boats and larger cost items in order to offer you both Larger and More Photos for Both your Viewing Pleasure and To try to leave you without a doubt as to what your are buying and what is all included in this listing.......both the good and bad. Please feel free to contact us if Needed or Desired for a pre-purchase inspection PRIOR to your buying it! All Items Sold "As-Is" and "Where-Is" With NO WARRANTY Offered, Expressed or Implied!

See my other listings for more great items!

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Mostl Original paint with Very Nice Jams!

Mostly Original Paint & Decals

PPG Code F1 171

From 12 years dry AZ Barn Storage

85% Original Fiat Paint except nose

A $500.00 Paypal Deposit payment is due with-in 48-Hours after Auction Ending! The Balance is due with-in 10 days by Certified Funds, Bank Transfer, Money Order or Cash-in Hand at Pick-Up! All fund must clear into our bank account prior to pick-up or Property Changing Hands!!

The Shipping Costs, International Duties and/or Taxes, and All Transportation Arrangements are the Reponsibility of the Winning Bidder/Buyer! Will will do our best to meet your transporter for loading, but keep in mind that we have our regular jobs and schedules to work around so Please have Dispatchers and Truckers give us ample warning days in advance prior to just showing up!

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