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by vandor
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Oh crap, not againg, X murder times 2
Replies: 19
Views: 271

Re: Oh crap, not againg, X murder times 2

Carl, sorry to see that!

Jim, actually the odds of that happening is 100% :-)
I knew a guy who was in disaster management and their saying was "If the odds of a disaster happening are not zero, then they are 100%"
by vandor
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Is it unusual for Fiat exhausts to be in good shape?
Replies: 13
Views: 244

Re: Is it unusual for Fiat exhausts to be in good shape?

Fiat used better material, possibly stainless steel, for the downpipes after the mi 70s. I rarely see them rusted. The earlier downpipes seem to rust more readily. The 79 49-state Spider had a 4-2 exhaust manifold, while the California version was 4-1. All 1980 carbureted Spiders had 4-1 manifolds.
by vandor
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Vendor Advertisements
Topic: One piece floor panels for 124 Spider
Replies: 0
Views: 120

One piece floor panels for 124 Spider

These were sold by International Auto Parts back in the day. I think they were $264 each? I'd like $199 each plus shipping. New front and rear floors in one piece instead of the usual two. Passenger side is for cars with a converter hump (74-on) and has no dip for rear floor. See pics. Have two pass...
by vandor
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Piston damage and then stupidity
Replies: 6
Views: 147

Re: Piston damage and then stupidity

Remember there were 3 classes of stock bores. If you reuse stock type pistons check the wall clearance to be sure all is well.

Sorry, standard size HC pistons may be a while...
by vandor
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: engine removal lifting
Replies: 8
Views: 234

Re: engine removal lifting

Don't forget to undo one side of the steering center link.
by vandor
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: using a mechanical oil gauge
Replies: 11
Views: 218

Re: using a mechanical oil gauge

I never liked the idea of having hot oil plumbed into the passenger compartment... I have heard of too many failures.
by vandor
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Drifty steering
Replies: 15
Views: 339

Re: Drifty steering

Toe-in would be the first thing to look at. The other is to check how much play is in the steering. Would be more than a modern car, but not horrible. The steering box can be adjusted, but that should only be done if the straight ahead position on the wheel is actually the center of the steering box...
by vandor
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:59 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Split Second AFM to MAF Calibrator
Replies: 11
Views: 188

Re: Split Second AFM to MAF Calibrator

The fact that the 156 HP Alfa V6 uses the same size AFM as the Fiat Spider tells me that the AFM does not restrict engine output.
I think an engine making 100+ HP is not going to be hampered much by a tiny spring that takes ~0.01 HP to keep open.
by vandor
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Strange head bolts
Replies: 13
Views: 290

Re: Strange head bolts

My rule of thumb used to be to reuse old (non torque to yield) headbolts, but in the last few years several times a used bolt would not torque down as it would just stretch. So now I make sure that if I don't replace all with new I have at least a few new ones on hand to replace used ones that start...
by vandor
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: 124 Spder hardtop wanted
Replies: 21
Views: 597

Re: 124 Spder hardtop wanted

The difference between the factory hardtop on the Miata and Parrish/Smooth Line hardtop on the Spider in the pictures above is that Miata top adds $1,000 to the value of the car. That Spider hardtop subtracts a similar amount. Even Pininfarina could not come up with an attractive Spider hardtop I c...