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by rridge
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 2019 the last year for the Fiat 500 in the U.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: 2019 the last year for the Fiat 500 in the U.S.

Apparently Mini sales are dropping also. Must be the marketing.
http://www.motoringfile.com/2016/07/27/ ... -dropping/
by rridge
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 2019 the last year for the Fiat 500 in the U.S.
Replies: 4
Views: 48

2019 the last year for the Fiat 500 in the U.S.

Looks like both regular and Abarth versions are going away. 500X and 500L will carry on another year or two. The 124 will continue. Seems like just a few years ago that Laura Soava handed over the keys of the first new 500 to Shaun Folkerts as a few classic Fiat owners looked on in Gaithersburg MD b...
by rridge
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Some History for Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 196

Re: Some History for Sale

I saw Al run at Vineland in the mid-60's. He was strange even then. Don't think it had anything to do with SCCA drivers. Eye-hand coordination, mechanical aptitude, and personality are independent variables.
by rridge
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Upper and lower ball joints
Replies: 5
Views: 148

Re: Upper and lower ball joints

Good question. If you mean three small bolts that hold each balljoint to the arm, the factory service manual and the abbreviated manuals based on it are silent because Fiat never sold ball joints. They sold replacement control arms with ball joints already riveted in place. I often default to a gene...
by rridge
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: air compressof for home garage use.
Replies: 11
Views: 296

Re: air compressof for home garage use.

I live without a compressor. I use 18v lithium battery powered tools in the garage, impact wrench, a variety of lights and fans, and a portable air inflator for tires. I've thought about getting an air tank to use for cleaning or paint touch up with a airbrush but don't really have enough need to ju...
by rridge
Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Transmission intermittent whirr sound
Replies: 11
Views: 271

Re: Transmission intermittent whirr sound

Agree. With any strange noise from the drivetrain start with a close inspection of the rubber donut. Then check for excessive play in the center bearing support. While under there pump some grease into the nipple on the front driveshaft which lubes the sliding spline. U-joints also need a check for ...
by rridge
Sat Aug 31, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Timing belt change: mileage or time determined?
Replies: 27
Views: 667

Re: Timing belt change: mileage or time determined?

Like the 124 disc brakes, the rubber cam belt was a pioneer and is unlike modern cam belt drives in some details, which is why attention to the manual is more important than experience in installing modern belts. One is that the tensioner spring is used only to set the initial tension. Once the tens...
by rridge
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Timing belt change: mileage or time determined?
Replies: 27
Views: 667

Re: Timing belt change: mileage or time determined?

Such a simple question. And yet you won't find a consensus answer. Modern belts seldom fail under 100k miles or 10 years unless the car is stored for many years before startup, the belt is contaminated with oil or coolant, the bearing in the tension seizes or the cam pulleys have excessive wear. Non...
by rridge
Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Hood liner
Replies: 6
Views: 608

Re: Hood liner

Besides noise control, a hood liner protects the hood from the heat radiating off the exhaust manifold and can extend the life of the paint job. Not a big issue if you still have stock manifold and manifold heat shield.
by rridge
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: Bike powered spider
Replies: 17
Views: 2291

Re: Bike powered spider

Carl wrote: When all electric cars become THE thing and gas stations close for lack of business Most gas stations today are not kept open by profits on the sale of gasoline. They are there to sell cigarettes, convenience foods and lottery tickets. If ninety percent of the cars on the road are electr...