Lancia Fulvia Update – Glimpse

I did a little more work on the Lancia Fulvia today. It doesn’t feel like much was achieved, but it sure was time consuming!

When I last left you, all this stuff was still in the car with the exception of the panic handle….


The main focus for today was to finish getting the central part of the dashboard out.

On the right side of the photo, above, you can see the main areas worked on today – the two knobs and three ‘piano switches’ on the black strip, and the lower-central dashboard padding located below that black strip.

The lower part is the one I worked on first. You have to unscrew the ring around the ignition first. This is one of the securing points (I love you, Lancia). There is a screw inside where the instrument cluster used to be, and two screws inside the glove compartment. The final thing holding it in is the wiring attached to the cigarette lighter. One is a clip, the other had to be cut.



Next was the somewhat tougher task of removing the upper section, with the two knobs and the three ‘piano key’ switches.

There was wiring a-plenty here. These controls operate your wipers, washers, lights and heating. The knob on the right has 7 wires attached to it all by itself! The labelling of the wires and the terminals on the back of the switch is what took up so much of my time today.


You can see there’s a little hole in the side of the knobs in the photo, above. Sadly, even though I have a selection of very small hex keys, I didn’t have one that would fit.


The knob on the left was connected by two vacuum hoses only.

This is what I’m left with now that the centre section is cleared. I have a clock and a whole lot wiring to pull out, along with the heating system.


I didn’t want to start on that stuff today, though. Working in the interior is very awkward at the moment. The car is parked sideways across a slope in my front yard so balance can be a problem. I need to put at least one seat back into the car, too. That’d make life a whole lot easier.

So, with the interior done with for today, I thought I’d turn my hands towards getting a glimpse of the future. I want to rebuild my car without the front and rear bumpers so it made sense to take them off and see how it looked.

Rear, with bumper…..

And rear, without the bumper!

I much prefer it without. What do you think?

Next, the front end with bumper…..

And the front, without the bumper!

Much better!

The bumpers were fixed by 17mm bolts/nuts and were easy, if slightly awkward, to remove. I also removed the bumper mounts from the front end, though I couldn’t get to the mounts at the back of the car today.

This front-on view has me worried, as it always has with this car. It looks a bit like Bugs Bunny after doing 10 rounds with Muhammad Ali. It seems to have a lopsided toothy grin. Hopefully the fundamentals are OK and it won’t take too much fettling to get into line again.


I’m off to Melbourne on Saturday evening and while I’m there, I’m going to drop my dashboard in to The Dashboard Doctor for some repair work. There are numerous cracks along the top and the whole thing needs to be re-covered.

I’ve also made my first big order of bits to get the restoration underway, with new floor sections and sills on their way from Omicron, in England.

I’ll do a run down of the costs once the order and freight are finalised.


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  1. Aesthetically I like bumpers originally and tastefully designed for a car. And there is a REASON why bumpers are fitted… Sorry to be the fly in the ointment!
    Otherwise, hope you can keep the mojo up!

  2. Some cars, e.g., the longnose Saab 96 look better without bumpers but the Fulvia bumpers look really tastefully designed like Hein says. I vote you keep the bumpers.
    Also, good job photographing all the wiring intact. Nothing like a picture to jog the memory.

  3. Great to see that original colour – it’s going to look amazing painted back to that lovely shade of blue!

    I like it with bumpers too, but the Fanalone look with Carello rally lights mounted is something else..

    I still reckon you need to take a look at the front end with the grille removed, it seems to throw it all off kilter. Might ‘shop it out.

      1. Interesting, Dan. Still looks skewiff to me. I reckon the body guys will have some straightening to do.

        1. inspiring vid here that I hadn’t seen until today (it’s quite new):

          A Fuliva coupe bought by an 18 year old, who did almost all the resto work himself.. very impressive! And a good glimpse at things to come.

  4. I take it the bumpers are polished stainless steel? With a fresh blue paint job anything chromed will look fantastic. If they are straight enough get them tapped out and polished by a pro.
    I like the bumperless look on 105s and it could look great on the Fulvia too, but then the remaining brightwork is possibly going to look a bit lost?

    1. how’s yours coming along? Haven’t seen anything since that first startup vid on YouTube – do you have a forum thread or anything we can follow?

      1. Hi Dan, Sorry haven’t have time to post any vid’s or create a thread..The little Fulvia did go on its first run but didn’t get too far, as the temp gauge sat on the wrong side of the middle. As I’ve done the whole cooling system and heater core, and am sure the air pockets in the system are gone, it’s unfortunately leaning towards a cracked head or blown gasket 🙁 So now going to go through and do head, pistons (77.6), cam (have a 1016 that I might re-profile) valves (1300 HF), and lighten the flywheel while I’m at it…Aiming for next summer. Wish me luck and hope the wife doesn’t catch on. Swade has a big task ahead, but worth it seeing another Fulvia preserved!

        1. Sounds like you’re all in! Hope it’s just the gasket. Do you think that might be indicative of why it was originally laid up so long? Definitely a long road ahead for you both, but one day you’ll be able to get together and have a run in the hills and it’ll all have been worth it. Good luck mate!

          1. Yep, think that’s exactly why is was laid up for so long! On the up side, on the weekend did get to take my brothers Zagato for a burn through the hills….just to keep me motivated.

  5. Judging from the photos, you have your work cut out for you over the next year(s). I guess you will have to replace some stuff and maybe not always keep it absolutely true to the original (due to both cost and practicality). I also guess that you want to actually drive and use the car later on, and not just create something for car exhibitions. Then why not add some personality to it? Shining bumpers are nice, but it could look just as good without them. Just make sure it doesn’t turn into a hoonmobile… 🙂

  6. Removing the rear bumper does mean having to find an elegant solution to the missing licence plate lights. I hope there is one.

  7. The grill Must come out. And the bonnet needs trimming so we can see the alignment more clearly. Can you take some ground up measurements ti some reference points?

    1. Amazing display!! I’ve always admired South Australia’s dedication to the automobile.

      Personal favourites – the X1/9’s the 33’s and the Ferrari Dinos (GT4’s). Love em all.

      Have to ask – the blue Alfa Sprint race car…… is it a Giacottolo?