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by rridge
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: The "lashed to a ship" myth
Replies: 9
Views: 118

Re: The "lashed to a ship" myth

Volvo, Mercedes and Toyota (aka the Japanese Mercedes) were less corrosion prone due to heavier gauge body panels which of course also meant heavier vehicle weights and lower performance. The Russian built 124 sedans (aka Lada) also held up better, despite using Russian steel, but again due to the u...
by rridge
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: The "lashed to a ship" myth
Replies: 9
Views: 118

Re: The "lashed to a ship" myth

The more common myth is that Fiat rust issues are due to use of Russian steel that came as part of the barter for Fiat's construction of the Lada factory. Doesn't matter that Spider bodies, both 850 and 124 were built by Bertone and Pininfarina, not Fiat. And then there's the one about Fiat inventor...
by rridge
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: coolant temp gauge/sender
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: coolant temp gauge/sender

Both the 124 gauge temp sensor and the FI coolant temp sensor are so-called negative temperature coefficient (NTC) thermistors. Years ago they were less than precision items. For example, the Fiat Ljet trouble-shooting manual provided the following acceptable resistance measurements for the coolant ...
by rridge
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Interesting find, dumbfounded!
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Interesting find, dumbfounded!

Bosch still makes the FI temp sensor. It was used in many European cars of the period. Amazon carries it. $13 and free Prime shipping with one day delivery in some areas. The part number is 0280130026. Fuel injection systems are a poor place to use Brand X parts although I will confess to sometimes ...
by rridge
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Valves & springs & things
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Valves & springs & things

Ditto on replacing the entire spring set and taking a good look at the condition of the valve stems, retainers, and cam buckets.
by rridge
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Air auxiliary valve
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

Re: Air auxiliary valve

When a fuel injected engine won't idle at proper rpm, the first thing to check is the ignition. The second thing is air leaks between the AFI and throttle body. The third thing is the O-ring on the throttle bleed screw. The fourth item is the TPS signal at the ECU. You can chase you tails for months...
by rridge
Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Joe's Simca Coupe
Replies: 0
Views: 94

Joe's Simca Coupe

Here on BaT with a nice driving video. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1966- ... e-bertone/
by rridge
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Spider trunk lid seal problem
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Re: Spider trunk lid seal problem

could you remove some (not all) of the bottom of the "clamp" portion of the seal, over a few inches? Yes, that is my fallback plan. Cut it open, trim the U-shaped steel "clamping channel" inside the rubber so that it sits lower, and RTV it back together. The problem only cropped up after the origin...
by rridge
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Spider trunk lid seal problem
Replies: 3
Views: 81

Spider trunk lid seal problem

The rubber weatherstrip on my trunk does not fit properly, holding one of the corners of the trunk lid high. It's not a trunk lid adjustment issue. The lid fits properly with the weatherstrip removed. In the two corners closer to the top, the factory welds three or more panels together in a seam tha...
by rridge
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Abarth on Bring a Trailer
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Abarth on Bring a Trailer

Yes, a very nice resto mod of a car known mostly in a small circle of collectors. It will be interesting to see how it does on BaT. I'm guessing the outcome will be "reserve not met" followed by a private deal on the side. It would be silly to buy a car like this for the dollars it will likely bring...