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by rridge
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: OEM, OEM quality or value engineered?
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: OEM, OEM quality or value engineered?

I simply don't buy unbranded parts unless there is no other alternative and used but tested parts are unavailable. This section has accumulated quite a few stories of problems with the fit and performance of unbranded master cylinders over the years. Rebuilding a master cylinder is an alternative if...
by rridge
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 73 1608 Engine with limited power
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: 73 1608 Engine with limited power

In 1968 I bought a five year old Corvair Spyder with low miles from its first owner, a nurse in Philadelphia. The price was right and it had been carefully serviced by her long time boyfriend. How could I go wrong. About a week later I heard a sharp noise on acceleration. Opened the hood and found o...
by rridge
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Spider DS Dash Vents
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: Spider DS Dash Vents

I may be wrong but I believe the drawback of the 83-85 dash vents was that there was that there was no outer flapper door to shut off the airflow to the center vents. The vent mechanism itself was the only way to cut it off cold outside air in winter and the shutoff flaps in the vent outlet leaked. ...
by rridge
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Spider DS Dash Vents
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Spider DS Dash Vents

From time to time the subject of the center vents on the revised dash in the 83-85 Spiders comes up. Where does the air come from? Is it integrated with the a/c and/or heater? Today I came across examples of both the early and late ductwork pieces and took a couple of pictures. The short answer is t...
by rridge
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Argenta Turbo engine bearings?
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: Argenta Turbo engine bearings?

Argenta is 132 in Fiat speak. All Spiders from 1974 on used a 132 engine. No Argenta was turbocharged. Some Argenta engines were supercharged, Volumex in Fiat speak. None were imported to the U.S. If you can get an engine block serial number or head casting number you may be able to learn more from ...
by rridge
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 73 1608 Engine with limited power
Replies: 13
Views: 386

Re: 73 1608 Engine with limited power

The usual reason for a sudden loss of power and low compression in a Fiat Twin Cam is that the timing belt that has skipped a few teeth, often because it is well past its useful life and has been stored for long periods. If you don't know how to check timing belt issues it might be best to find a me...
by rridge
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: easy question, air bubble in top of engine
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: easy question, air bubble in top of engine

You can pick up a Prestone Flush-n-Fill kit at most auto stores and Walmart. For about $4 it gives you three tees of varying sizes, including one that fits the 124 heater hose and two hose clamps. You insert it in the top of the loop coming off the head at the back of the engine.
by rridge
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Stuck Motor Mount
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Stuck Motor Mount

If you wind up buying a crowfoot set, get one that includes a 17mm. Very handy for the distributor hold down nut.
by rridge
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: A/C compressor bracket
Replies: 0
Views: 92

A/C compressor bracket

Used a/c compressor bracket and idler assembly for late Spiders. Mounts to three studs on passenger side of block. Mounts a universal Sanden 508 compressor and runs the belt on the rearmost crank pulley groove. It is similar to the bracket shown in the A/C FAQ and was probably from a dealer installe...
by rridge
Tue Jun 04, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Stuck Motor Mount
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Stuck Motor Mount

Have you tried a crowfoot wrench?