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by rridge
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 1974 124 Wagon TC Restoration
Replies: 15
Views: 142

Re: 1974 124 Wagon TC Restoration

If it makes you feel any better, almost every wagon I've owned over the years has required sheet metal work in the rear end regardless of the condition of the other sheet metal. The drains in and around the tailgate are never as well thought out as they should be. So the bottom seam of the tailgate ...
by rridge
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: jack mount in passenger side rear fender
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: jack mount in passenger side rear fender

In the later Spiders there's a larger structural piece that hides the socket for the jack hex but I found it. What isn't there is the padding for the fender. Think I'll add some. Thanks for the info.
by rridge
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: jack mount in passenger side rear fender
Replies: 3
Views: 142

jack mount in passenger side rear fender

I've just spent 15 minutes trying to remember how the jack mounts on the bracket in the rear fender. I know that if its not secure it will find a way to put a dent in the fender as it bounces around. The owners's manual is no help. Does anyone have a picture of jack, handle and tool kit properly sto...
by rridge
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Contaminated fuel or something else?
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: Contaminated fuel or something else?

The weak points of the FI system are the double relay, the temp sensor, and the connectors. You can still find OEM quality replacement parts for three because they were used in many other cars. If you use low grade replacement parts and neglect rubber hose renewal frustrations will result. The bigge...
by rridge
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Contaminated fuel or something else?
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: Contaminated fuel or something else?

It's pretty easy to rule out contaminated fuel. Disconnect the fuel line at the pump, drain the tank, and pull the sender to check the condition of the tank. Shake any water or debris out of the pump and put a new fuel filter in while you are at it. Checking for something else takes a bit longer. I ...
by rridge
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 78 spider - crazy points
Replies: 16
Views: 1530

Re: 78 spider - crazy points

Consider Facet or another Italian sourced point set. Midwest Bayless usually has them.
by rridge
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 165HR13 / 185/70R13 Kumho Tires
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Consider 185/65-14 tires

Kelly, The General Altimx RT43 is well reviewed. Tire Rack has them for $70.99. You might also consider going up a click in size to a 185/65. The 185/60-14's tend to run a bit short in the sidewall. I usually go up to a 65 sidewall which adds 8/10ths of an inch to the tire diameter and cuts the rpm ...
by rridge
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 78 spider - crazy points
Replies: 16
Views: 1530

Re: 78 spider - crazy points

Distributors eventually wear out. When the clearance in bearing that supports the shaft opens up the shaft begins to wobble and rotor and cam move excessively. However, the usual symptom of a worn bearing is a leaking oil seal that allows oil to find its way into the distributor and back out again t...
by rridge
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Does anyone own a Strada?
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Does anyone own a Strada?

Try Ryan Kooken, Ritmo75 on this forum.
by rridge
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Fiat cooling systems in general?
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Over temp switch location

On my '81 it is the one closer to the front of the head, but position of the two can vary. Unplug it. If the gauge still works you've found it. Some aftermarket overtemp switches come with a hex that is too large to mount up against the boss that runs across the head casting next to the mounting hol...