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by rridge
Tue May 21, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Aftermarket shift knob adapter
Replies: 4
Views: 106

Re: Aftermarket shift knob adapter

My '81 Spider uses a 10Mx1.25 shift knob thread. That is a fairly common size. If you search for shift knobs by thread size on the internet, there's a wide range of choices for not much money. Many have the correct shift pattern engraved. Many Mazda's including the Miata use both that pitch and our ...
by rridge
Mon May 20, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: AS Spider Vapor Recovery? What is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: AS Spider Vapor Recovery? What is this?

Could be a way of venting the filler neck to prevent fuel from backing up the neck prematurely. In the olden days before leaded gas disappeared the gas station pump hoses used larger diameter discharge nozzles which delivered fuel more rapidly and blocked escaping air.
by rridge
Sun May 19, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Air Filter 1980 Fiat 124 Spider US Model
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Air Filter 1980 Fiat 124 Spider US Model

All 1980 Spiders were 2 liter powered. Some were carbed and some were fuel injected. Common air filters for fuel injected are: Mahle LX218 Mann C3474 Bosch 5001WE In the U.S. the Spider often shared engine parts with the Fiat 131/Brava sedan. You may find some overlap in parts availability with Fiat...
by rridge
Fri May 17, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Sold - Spider Heater Return Pipe
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Sold - Spider Heater Return Pipe

This is the pipe that returns heater flow under the exhaust manifold to the back of the water pump. Unlike the original it is fabricated from stainless steel. Fits 1966-74 Spiders as is. Can be adapted for later Spiders that no longer run a carb water choke or FI intake heater. Does not have a nippl...
by rridge
Thu May 09, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Rear Bumper Shock Surround
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Rear Bumper Shock Surround

When I did it I unbolted the shock mounts from the body and slipped them on that way. Unbolting the driver's mount with the tank mounted is a task. There is a large flange on the end of each mount that bolts to the bumper. The rubber on my gaskets was not nearly pliable enough to stretch over the fl...
by rridge
Mon May 06, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Charcoal canister question
Replies: 9
Views: 456

Re: Charcoal canister question

James, I'll bet you are pulling less vacuum at the PCV port you made on the side of the AFM than at the stock location. People have the notion that there is a significant pressure loss through AFM. That's not true. The flapper door begins to open as the engine cranks and is almost fully open by the ...
by rridge
Sat May 04, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout
Replies: 96
Views: 13861

Re: Garage building thoughts, aesthetics & ultimate shop layout

Think about how to minimize the attraction of rodents and limit their entry options. A field mouse can pass through a 3/4" round hole without real effort and is willing to work on 1/2" holes to enlarge them. Foam insulation is good for sealing air leaks but is not a challenge for rodents. Fiberglass...
by rridge
Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Front Turn Signal Bulb Access?
Replies: 4
Views: 111

Re: Front Turn Signal Bulb Access?

David,

Welcome to Mirafiori. If you embed your year and model in your signature line, you will no longer need to remember to mention it though that never hurts either.
by rridge
Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: brake bleeding with compensator
Replies: 9
Views: 204

Re: brake bleeding with compensator

The rear brake compensator is a carry over from the 124 sedan as is the entire braking system. A small rwd car with just front seats occupied and a half empty tank could be difficult to control in heavy braking once the nose went down and the tail came up allowing the rear wheels to lock and begin s...
by rridge
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Paint and body shop in GA/AL/TN/NC/SC?
Replies: 40
Views: 884

Re: Paint and body shop in GA/AL/TN/NC/SC?

--In any case, I'm having a hard time understanding why Fiat would still be using a lacquer based paint as late as 1981? Other, more durable paints had been developed by then? In the late '70's there weren't many good auto finish choices in the U.S. Environmental regulations were beginning to limit...