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Vincent Gulley demanded to know:
>>1) how reliable are the fiat production figures?
Not very. None of the Italian firms are known for their record keeping
>> 2) Are the VIN # assigned sequentially or did they skip numbers?
Should be sequential, though it may vary from year to year.
>> 3) The 1608cc engine is listed as a 125BC000 yet both of mine read 125BC040 what is the significance of the 000 vs. 040 ?
I dunno. Could indicate a different mold or a casting change in the
evolution of the block, or could mean something else (see above, I dunno)
>> 4) What is the spares number used for?
I think the spares number came about as a more reliable way of
dealing with the fact that bodies and engines were manufactured in two
different places, and therefore the s/n's for them wouldn't be the same.
This was to aid in the ordering of parts to narrow down when, exactly,
the car was built in a production run to deal with a change during that
time. Quite honestly, I've never been able to make sense out of the
spares numbers in my many years behind the Fiat parts counter.
>> 5) can anyone translate the color codes?<<
Yes. Fiat used to issue a chart and/or service bulletin listing the
colors by their number. Older editions of paint manufacturer books will
also do this. I used to have a color chart that went up to about 1974 but
I think my evil ex-employer kept it and it's probably gone forever.
1970 124 Spider
sig file coming soon!
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