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Well, I Call that Fixed: Adventures in Rehabbing a Polish-built 1991 FSM Niki

Posted March 15, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: Fiat 126

First off, the FSM Niki is the Australian version of the Polish version of the Fiat 126. Second, it's a car so cheap that it almost makes no sense to fix one up. As the bloke at Garbage Time has discovered since purchasing one, it's the kind of car that disinvites its owners from anything remotely resembling maintenance and that is worth $15 when you put $20 worth of gas in it.

Illogically, he's decided to embark on a rehabilitation project, inspired by a mate of his who owns another Niki and has bodged and kludged it along for years as a daily driver and a road tripper. The bodges and kludges prove instrumental too, given that parts for these aren't easy to come by in the first place and the global supply chain meltdown has made sourcing parts that much worse. But somehow the duo make it work from absolutely nothing and make it entertaining to boot. I, for one, am curious to see how far they get.

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03/15/2022 11:37 PM

I want one! I bet it gets a million miles to the gallon!

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03/17/2022 3:27 AM

The story of the East German Trabant is much the same

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