'75 spider

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'75 spider

Post by jlwhitney35 » Wed May 09, 2018 8:18 am

https://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/d/fi ... 90672.html

Link to my car for sale on St. Louis, MO Craigslist

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Re: '75 spider

Post by jgoodfellow » Fri May 11, 2018 3:54 pm

That's a nice clean looking spider that has had a lot of TLC... seems like a low price to me. I would be surprised if it's still for sale.

Sorry to hear it's not going to be your hobby car any longer

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Re: '75 spider

Post by jlwhitney35 » Fri May 11, 2018 8:06 pm

Thanks for the compliment John. It is clean and I've done quite a bit to it. I had fun, learned a lot, put a lot of money into it ( who knew? :D) but as I mentioned in my ad, I'm getting too old to be crawling around under it (67).
It will honestly be a good deal for someone.

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Post by jlwhitney35 » Fri May 11, 2018 8:28 pm

I think that the extra transmission and the hardtop will probably go a long way to selling the car.
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Re: '75 spider

Post by jgoodfellow » Mon May 14, 2018 12:40 pm

The would be the 1800cc engine it has Jeff?

BTW I understand what you're saying, but there are a bunch of us "60-something" codgers
out here that still manage to crawl under the cars :D . The reward is in driving it with the top
down through the twisties when all the work has been done.

But if that is no longer the thrill it used to be, having a good looking and well tuned car
sitting in the garage does nobody any good.

Too bad you are so far away from the east coast...

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Post by jlwhitney35 » Mon May 14, 2018 2:23 pm

True John, and maybe i've just hit a low spot. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

And yes it is the 1800 engine.

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Re: '75 spider

Post by jlwhitney35 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:09 pm

OK, I pulled the ad from Craigslist and have resumed work on it.
Today I was able to adjust timing and carb and have a good idle now.

Addressing the oil leak, appears to be 2 places. One at the dipstick where the nut that enter the block is leaking.
The second at the oil pan.
Jacked up the motor and will replace the gasket tomorrow.
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Re: '75 spider

Post by jgoodfellow » Wed May 16, 2018 2:01 pm

Hey, that's great to hear, that you're hanging onto it for a while. Hell, with all you've done to the
car why sell it on the cheap, and in the Springtime?! :(

The gasket replacement is a PITA, there's probably a tech note in the library, you may need to drop the oil pump
into the oil pan to get the pan out and do the gasket mating surfaces cleanup. Take your time and don't bust any knuckles.

The good news is when that is done you will likely never have to do it again. Now that the car idles and presumably drives nicely
and will have no oil leaks, you can be proud of the car, and enjoy driving it. If you eventually decide to be open to offers to buy the car
you can wait for the buyer to come to you. IMHO you were offering the spider for a lot less than it is worth in the shape it's in.

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Re: '75 spider

Post by jlwhitney35 » Fri May 18, 2018 9:26 am

Thanks John,

My buddy and I replaced the oil pan gasket. Moved the engine up and off the engine mounts, then pulled the pan, cleaned it and the bottom of the block, replaced the gasket, reset the motor and all is well. Ran it for about fifteen minutes, got it up to operating temperature (cooling fan even kicked on) and no leak. Very big relief.

The only leak now is at the oil filter mount. It's not at the dipstick tube as I thought, so I will pull the filter mount and replace the gasket and hopefully resolve that.

Idle is mostly good, but when I accelerate, I get a backfire through the carb and the motor quits. Have to look into that yet, so still not quite roadworthy.

Tach is inop, need to figure that out as well.

All in all, a good couple of days.

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Re: '75 spider

Post by davedecker4 » Fri May 25, 2018 4:42 pm

Do you have electronic ignition or points?
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