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by rridge
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Aluminum versus brass/copper radiators
Replies: 5
Views: 68

Re: Aluminum versus brass/copper radiators

There's a reason many upmarket car makers stayed with brass well into the 1980's. Brass is an excellent heat conductor and easy to repair. Early aluminum radiators were used for their weight savings, not they efficiency or corrosion resistance. In fact, they were crack and corrosion prone. More than...
by rridge
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Pininfarina Spider Service Manual Additions
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Pininfarina Spider Service Manual Additions

Something that has always puzzled me is that the earlier pre-75 124 manuals have fairly decent photo quality, not the muddy pics from 1975-82. Is it possible that the editor of the later North American manual did not have access to original photos used in European editions and simply copied from pho...
by rridge
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 85.5 spider engine color?
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: 85.5 spider engine color?

Given the very low rate of production at the end I could believe black was original. Take off the blanking plate for the block mounted distributor and see if there are any traces of a color change. Last time I looked I could not find a good oil-based engine enamel in the factory color. Perhaps the l...
by rridge
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Daydreaming a 2 litre
Replies: 20
Views: 304

Re: Daydreaming a 2 litre

Like so many mods, the 16v head conversion can be done, all it takes is time, money, experience and attention to detail. Here's an old link to a discussion on Guy Croft's site that Chuck may recall: http://www.guy-croft.com/viewtopic.php?t=2416
by rridge
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Daydreaming a 2 litre
Replies: 20
Views: 304

Re: Daydreaming a 2 litre

Doing fuel injection with individual throttle bodies has stumped many who have tried. Most fuel injection systems need a steady manifold vacuum signal and that usually requires a plenum between the throttle plate and the individual cylinder runners. Find someone who's done it and is willing to share...
by rridge
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Marbles in my engine - '78 Spider
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Marbles in my engine - '78 Spider

If you loosen the tension in the accessory belt and the sound goes away you know that the problem is a bearing in either the water pump or the alternator. if the sound does not go away, the bearing in the timing belt tensioner is going. A bad tensioner will soon allow the belt to jump teeth. Don't w...
by rridge
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: replacing cross member nuts
Replies: 14
Views: 298

Re: replacing cross member nuts

Don't you find it a bit frustrating to read theads where the poster has a specific question, gets a range of good answers but never follows-up to post how his problem was solved. Even now you could close the loop on at least one of these open-ended threads.
by rridge
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout
Replies: 61
Views: 5675

Re: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

Ditto on lights and particularly LEDS. No warmup period or sensitivity to low temps. No flicker (at least on the higher quality ones). I use a mix of tubes and bulbs in conventional sockets. Both LED tubes and bulbs give you plastic globes with no risk of accidental shattering. Fixed base ceramic li...
by rridge
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Low speed brake squeal rant
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Low speed brake squeal rant

My Spider has had a tendency to squeal the rear brakes on light application after they have warmed. I've noticed that this is a common Spider characteristic. New calipers, pads, and discs have not changed the squeal for very long. What's puzzling that that the same rotors, pad materials and brake ha...
by rridge
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Low speed brake squeal rant
Replies: 13
Views: 342

Re: Low speed brake squeal rant

Brakes are inherently noisy. Few automotive complaints are as common and as universal across makes, models and years as noisy brakes. Rubbing brake shoes or pads against cast iron generates sound. A large pieces of cast iron, whether brake disc or frying pan is a near perfect noise amplifier. Using ...