New 1969 Spider Project

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by 18Fiatsandcounting » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:33 pm

Brad, my '69 has exactly the same backup light, with the same markings on the lens. I won't include a picture as it's the same, plus mine suffered from partially melting on the outer side when my car decided it wanted to participate in a wildfire several decades ago... However, the backup light is original as I've had the car since 1969.

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by mark » Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:01 pm

Same as on my ‘69 124 & ‘68 850. Only on the early US cars AFAIK
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I really can’t bring myself to make modifications like that. I talk...and then I don’t do it.

Here is a photo of the reverse light, it’s a shared part with the Alfa duetto. I’m looking into the history of it because it wasn’t common on fiats.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:13 am

Beautiful cars. My lenses are all shot; centerline sells the replacement lens for the backup and auto ricambi has the brake/tail lamps. Side markers are okay, one is busted but I have a spare.

The putting on my chrome gauges is a bit tough but mostly cleaning up.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by fp55scca » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:19 pm

--I'll second that Brad! Beautiful cars Mark! I definitely like the "over-riders removed" look, and the tighter bumpers on the '68-72... :)

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--Ah crap! Why does my computer hate me Brad? ..... something keeps turning all my pictures :(
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:22 pm

I fixed it for you.

I would have to guess you're using an iPad to shoot pictures and there is a flaw in iOS that sets the "orientation" flag incorrectly. phpBB (the forum software) doesn't correct it. If you first save to your computer and then upload it should fix it, but really, I don't know, seems almost random.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by fp55scca » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:28 pm

--Thanks Brad! And thanks for rotating the pic!

--Been using an iPhone for the photos, and this "rotation" issue I think has only started recently, when I switched from Windows 7 to Windows 10? I send the pics to my email, and then save to the computer. Problem seems to occur when I send the pic from iPhone to computer? At this point it turns 90 degrees. I save it to the computer, and then rotate it, and save the rotated pic....?
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:26 pm

I removed the tail lamps and side markers from the red 69 today. What's remarkable isn't the dirt, the evidence of a bad paint job, or the wasp nest that occupied 1/4 of the interior of the trunk, but the lack of any body work or rust. Kind of nice to see, really. Also notable was the rubber gaskets between the body and the lamps are in nearly perfect shape.
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And, of course, comedy...
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"Why does the trunk smell like something's burning when I turn on the trunk light?"
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by mark » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:50 am

It’s one of those little things that make a big difference in the overall look. I did the same thing on my X1/9s
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fp55scca wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:19 pm
--I'll second that Brad! Beautiful cars Mark! I definitely like the "over-riders removed" look, and the tighter bumpers on the '68-72... :)


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--Ah crap! Why does my computer hate me Brad? ..... something keeps turning all my pictures :(
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Fri May 17, 2019 8:50 pm

FUGLY engine bay.

At some point in time the engine was removed, the engine bay and motor and everything in it painted black (everything, even the bottles and hoses), then the engine was reinstalled. It has oversized pistons and corroded bores. Seems to have run never after the rebuild, just reinstalled filthy. I found the intake camshaft pin sheared off, which explains why it didn't want to run, and thankfully the flycut pistons kept the valves from crashing.

In all it needs a total rebuild, I can't even get it to turn though it did for Andy and I a while back. Poor thing just needs some love. And a re-bore.

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by dimitridodys » Mon May 20, 2019 9:49 am

The early chrome bumper 124 Spiders are beautiful! It will be a keeper when you finish it.
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