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Fiat Topolino - Altered

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  • Member since
    April, 2011
Fiat Topolino - Altered
Posted by Dennis Lacy on Friday, May 10, 2013 9:38 AM

This will be my first time sharing a model here at SA. My most recent completion is this Fiat Topolino Altered from AMT's Double Dragster "tin box" kit. Wanting to be different than all the Chrysler powered Fiat's out there, I switched it up and used the Chevy engine from the kit. The engine is pretty plain as it builds from the box so I spruced it up wth the Moon front cover and Cal Custom valve coves & oil pan from AMT's parts pack Chevy engine. The Hilborn injector is pretty boring out of the box too so I added a fuel block and hoses to each port and built some short velocity tubes to top it off. The kit headers are a little weak looking so new ones were made in the style of the kit parts out of a little larger diameter Evergreen tubing. I also put a B&M Hydro-Stick trans behind the engine. The rest of the car is out of the box except for the tires. Out back are 60's AMT pie rust Firestone's and up front are Modelhaus T110 resin tires. The wheel wells don't fit up in the body quite right, no biggie.


  • Member since
    September, 2004
  • From: Peoria, IL
Posted by markdoo on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:35 AM

A nice, nice build!  I like your engine swap and the added touches you put into that Chevy powerplant!  Overall, this is a terrific build; I really like it!  Paint and decals are just right, too!

On the bench:  '63 Studebaker Avanti.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Friday, May 10, 2013 11:48 AM

Very nice build, dennis. The car has great period style. The engine has that clean simplified look that identifies well with the nature of the machine, and your modifications bring it to life. Well done Thumbs Up

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman


  • Member since
    February, 2008
  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by gbk1 on Friday, May 10, 2013 11:55 AM


Bernard Kron Keep On Buildin'

  • Member since
    May, 2008
Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Friday, May 10, 2013 3:02 PM

GREAT job, Dennis!  Build the dragster next.

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
  • Member since
    November, 2006
  • From: Miamisburg, Oh.
Posted by willieman on Friday, May 10, 2013 3:05 PM

Sweet lookin' lil Fiat


Ya gotta stand for something or you'll fall for anything...........

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Southern Maine
Posted by surfnut on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:10 AM

Very nice clean build.  Like the changes you made.

Classic Plastic Model Club.  Always watching for waves


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