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by vandor
Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:39 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Vacuum port
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: Vacuum port

Can't help you with the vacuum port, but you can't use a 1608 head on a 2 liter without partially welding up the front center coolant passage, as it's too close to the bore on a 2 liter engine.
by vandor
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Fel-Pro heavy duty head gasket thickness
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Fel-Pro heavy duty head gasket thickness

Yes, it hardly compresses at all.
by vandor
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Fiat born-on date/mfg number tag
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Fiat born-on date/mfg number tag

I have VIN 170585 on my list of VINs I collected over the years, and the manufacturing date for that car was 01/80. Since that is just 16 cars after yours, there is a good chance yours was also made during January of 1980. 0170480 is on the German Spider Club's list, and also shows 01/80 as build da...
by vandor
Wed May 16, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: In need of mechanic in SC
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: In need of mechanic in SC

I don't know exactly where, but John Baucom's shop, Sportscar Performance, is somewhere in the Carolinas. He's been into Fiats for decades.
by vandor
Tue May 08, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: School of Cool Headgasket
Replies: 13
Views: 615

Re: School of Cool Headgasket

As Jim said, we carry the Goetze headgasket. However, we also carry an Italian made gasket that is a bit thicker and will lower compression slightly. Just in case you want to use less octane booster:

https://autoricambi.us/products/cylinde ... ick-1974on
by vandor
Tue May 08, 2018 1:16 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 124 Wagon Throttle Pedal Replica
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: 124 Wagon Throttle Pedal Replica

What is the contraption at the bottom?
by vandor
Sun May 06, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 75 spider build
Replies: 83
Views: 2113

Re: 75 spider build

Great pics! Why port match the manifold to the head? If the manifold is smaller than the port in the head there won't be any flow restrictions. However if you port match them then they will have to line up perfectly every time you install the manifold, which is hard to do as the manifold holes are a...
by vandor
Sun May 06, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 124 Wagon Throttle Pedal Replica
Replies: 12
Views: 368

Re: 124 Wagon Throttle Pedal Replica

Beautiful work!
by vandor
Tue May 01, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Troubleshooting 81 Spider FI
Replies: 19
Views: 662

Re: Troubleshooting 81 Spider FI

Dan_B wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 1:23 am
What's the typical failure mode on the fuel pressure regulator? They fail towards over-pressure, right?
I've seen that, yes, where they would not let any fuel through, so pressure was ~80 psi.
by vandor
Tue May 01, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Troubleshooting 81 Spider FI
Replies: 19
Views: 662

Re: Troubleshooting 81 Spider FI

I have seen weak FI fuel pumps that were clogged with rust/debris. Some original pumps had a small inlet screen in the inlet nipple, and the rust would be backed up there. The inlet screen is easy to miss as one can only see the very end in the inlet nipple, so unless one is specifically looking for...