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by rridge
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Time for a new battery
Replies: 16
Views: 215

Re: Time for a new battery

Mike, My point is that individual batteries from a given brand are not made to the same standard or even the same materials and design, which is why casual comments about battery life aren't very helpful. Any brand has good, better and best and seconds or "refurbished" as well as regional difference...
by rridge
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Time for a new battery
Replies: 16
Views: 215

Re: Time for a new battery

If you look around auto websites for info on batteries, 95% of the discussions never get down below anecdotal discussions of battery brands. You either like or hate brand X because it's service life and/or the service you received on a warranty claim. Pick any brand you can find fifty people who are...
by rridge
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Time for a new battery
Replies: 16
Views: 215

Re: Time for a new battery

Mike wrote: Unless things have changed dramatically over the past 15 or so years, you couldn't give me a WalMart battery. Mike things have changed. Walmart doesn't make batteries and the weak players that did make them are no longer in the market. Johnson Controls makes Diehard (NTB), Duralast (Auto...
by rridge
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Time for a new battery
Replies: 16
Views: 215

Re: Time for a new battery

It's difficult to find a battery today that will not go ten years on a trickle charger. That's been the expected life for most standby lead acid batteries for many years. These days most lead-acid auto batteries, both brand name and store brands and including specialty types such as Optima are made ...
by rridge
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: The State of Italian Car Design
Replies: 7
Views: 225

Re: The State of Italian Car Design

Ralph wrote: Fiat design ceased when Cesare Romiti fired Vittorio Ghidella Probably true. He ran Fiat from perhaps 1979 to 1988 so we didn't see his impact in the U.S. beyond the takeover of Alfa, but Fiat had a run in Europe in that period with the Uno, the Panda, the shared platform under the 164,...
by rridge
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: The State of Italian Car Design
Replies: 7
Views: 225

Re: The State of Italian Car Design

The artisan industry of Turin is based on the Royal Armory. Some of the strongest pikes and swords not to mention some of the most most stylish and light weight cavalry armor came out of Turin before the carriage and automobile industry moved in.
by rridge
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: The State of Italian Car Design
Replies: 7
Views: 225

The State of Italian Car Design

Here's a link to a 2016 article by Robert Cumberford in Automobile Magazine with a look at who's still designing cars in Italy and who they are working for. There's an interview with Klaus Busse, head of Fiat Centro Stile, and brief visit with Tom Tjaarda, still living in Turin, at the end. Cumberfo...
by rridge
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: timing belt off by half tooth
Replies: 20
Views: 594

Re: timing belt off by half tooth

James wrote: They did tell me I needed a new timing belt simply because the car was 15 years old. At the time the car didn't even have 75,000 miles on it. Subaru recommends changing the timing belt at 112,000 miles. They said it should be changed every 10 years no matter what the mileage. Ten years ...
by rridge
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Hagerty Alfa Shop Article
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Hagerty Alfa Shop Article

Bradley wrote Ever notice that the cars that we all work on and love weren't designed by FIAT? It's true that over the years most of the high volume Fiat cars have not been great lookers. I can forgive the 600 and 128 because the designs has such high functional value and I always liked the 124 seda...
by rridge
Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Hagerty Alfa Shop Article
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: Hagerty Alfa Shop Article

Gilles owns a '69 Alfa GTV. I've been following his career for some years and, as Ralph says, he's the real deal. Good designers have always been very young and very international in background and outlook. A good design chief is someone who can attract and develop those designers. I think Gilles fi...