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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-24-2017, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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A124 & F124 front Bumper Swap ??

One thing that I am not enamoured with the Abarth 124 is its appearance, but in particular its front. IMHO the Fiat 124 is a far better looker. It has a certain lithe elegance whereas I find the A124 a bit too wannabe try hard “sport. I stress that is only my option, however a car’s appearance has a huge influence if I buy a car or not.

My ideal 124 Spider would be a Fiat 124 body with the Abarth mechanicals (Oh – in dark blue with a red hood / interior, thank you very much– but that will never happen)

However, the F124 is not available at all here in Australia. So the obvious thing is to replace the A124 bumper/grille with that from a F124. Looking at photos this seems possible …….. Yes ???

One thing that seems could be an issue is that it appears to be a little raised “bump” that supports the Fiat badge whereas the Abarth badge seems to be flat on the bumper. Am I imaging things ??

If I can get this bumper swap a happening it would bring me closer to buying a A124
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Would paint on the Abarth front end do the trick?

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Would paint on the Abarth front end do the trick?
Hummmmm I am not so sure

Found some pics that illustrates my concern - not looking good


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Seems I am out of luck

looking at some more pics in detail and it would seem that badge bump is on the Fiat bumper and that would not accommodate the Abarth badge

may need to consider painting

Anyone out there who could assist with a Photoshop of the Blue Abarth 124 ?? Much appreciated
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i don't have a F124 hand to compare. but is not the A124 emblem much larger than the F124 emblem. i thought someone else had posted once that this is the case so that the A124 emblem covers the body lines around where the F124 sits? keep in mind that bumper cover is one part but there are probably several other parts like grill and marker lights and others that also needs changed.
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I had a try at the painting option ,....... could not get the shade quite right but it does look quite OK
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i don't have a F124 hand to compare. but is not the A124 emblem much larger than the F124 emblem. i thought someone else had posted once that this is the case so that the A124 emblem covers the body lines around where the F124 sits? keep in mind that bumper cover is one part but there are probably several other parts like grill and marker lights and others that also needs changed.
I don't believe the Abarth emblem is large enough to cover the entire curvature. To make the A124 look like an F123 in the front, I think you would have to replace the whole front fascia, grill and bumper. But it's just money.
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I think it would be possible. You would probably have to order a Lusso bumper because the Classica does not have bezzels for the fog lights. From what I've seen on the forum it looks like the ABARTH badge is so big so that it fits over the dip for the FIAT badge. That way the Badge conceals the lines instead of needing to re-tool a mold for that little detail. I assume pull of the FIAT badge and fix the ABARTH over it.

If I ever see a Lusso in the wild I'll try to take a close look at it and compare to the ABARTH.

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I think it would be possible. You would probably have to order a Lusso bumper because the Classica does not have bezzels for the fog lights. From what I've seen on the forum it looks like the ABARTH badge is so big so that it fits over the dip for the FIAT badge. That way the Badge conceals the lines instead of needing to re-tool a mold for that little detail. I assume pull of the FIAT badge and fix the ABARTH over it.

If I ever see a Lusso in the wild I'll try to take a close look at it and compare to the ABARTH.
I just measured my Lusso and the curve in the bumper above the Fiat emblem begins 2 1/2 inches below the opening of the hood. From the lip of the grill, it is 2 inches to the beginning of the indentation just below the emblem. The entire length of the area the the Abarth emblem would have to cover is 6 inches.

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I had a try at the painting option ,....... could not get the shade quite right but it does look quite OK
I agree with Joe. Having the non-grille components painted in the body color would look great and be much cheaper and easier than switching out the fascia. Somewhere else in the forums is a photoshopped image of the same for a red Abarth 124.
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