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by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: jack mount in passenger side rear fender
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: jack mount in passenger side rear fender

I just checked both of my cars, and this "felt padding" is about 3" by 3", and it actually looks more like some sort of thin carpeting. In both of my cars, this padding is pretty chewed up, and so you have given me another idea of something to improve. Felt would probably work just fine, or anything...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: jack mount in passenger side rear fender
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: jack mount in passenger side rear fender

I can only comment for the two spiders I currently have, '69 and '71. The hexagonal end shaft of the jack (the shaft you put the ratchet on, next to the knob) fits into a bracket with a rubber-lined hole in the center right near to the passenger side marker light. The bottom plate of the jack rests ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Contaminated fuel or something else?
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: Contaminated fuel or something else?

There's a lot in your description to chew on, especially given that this could be either an electrical problem or a fuel issue, and the first big step would be to narrow down which it is. Given your observation about the fuel gauge, it sounds electrical, but there could be more than one thing going ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 78 spider - crazy points
Replies: 16
Views: 1540

Re: 78 spider - crazy points

I think you're working with a new set of points, but if not, definitely time to replace. Points can wear unevenly across the surface of the two "points", and it can be hard then to get an accurate reading of the gap with a feeler gauge, which should be 0.017" if I recall. However, I usually set my p...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 1975 Spider only runs with choke
Replies: 17
Views: 541

Re: 1975 Spider only runs with choke

I put a free-flow air filter on several of my spiders, and while I can't give you any data about engine performance, it did give a nicer overall sound to the engine and exhaust. As mentioned, it also provides better access to around the carb. And it looks nice. You could retap the stripped threads o...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 78 spider - crazy points
Replies: 16
Views: 1540

Re: 78 spider - crazy points

It doesn't sound like it's a timing belt issue. Given the "marble-like-sound" you are hearing, is it possible that the distributor shaft bearings are bad, so that the distributor shaft is loose and shifting around? This could create the sound as well as make it hard to adjust the points, as the gap ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 32/36 DFEV - no fuel thru venturi
Replies: 15
Views: 379

Re: 32/36 DFEV - no fuel thru venturi

I agree, that seems very odd. I'm not familiar with your electronic ignition, but does your system have a centrifugal advance and a vacuum retard? If the retard was working but the advance wasn't, that's about the only way I could explain what you describe. Either that or your engine is running back...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 32/36 DFEV - no fuel thru venturi
Replies: 15
Views: 379

Re: 32/36 DFEV - no fuel thru venturi

Do you have a vacuum gauge that you could connect to the intake manifold? At idle the engine should be pulling between 15 and 18 in. of mercury, give or take, and it should be fairly steady. As you slowly open the throttle, the vacuum should drop but recover. If the vacuum drops at part throttle to ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: 1975 Spider only runs with choke
Replies: 17
Views: 541

Re: 1975 Spider only runs with choke

I was just about to respond pretty much exactly as Brad did, but he beat me to it. I'll just add that the lack of a smooth idle has many potential causes, from the simple (adjusting the idle mixture screw at the base of the carburetor or correcting the ignition timing) to more complex causes such as...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Rebuilding FIAMM Air Horns
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Rebuilding FIAMM Air Horns

Thanks, good to know, and I need to place this on my "to-do" list, as my horn takes a second or two before it builds up enough speed to push enough air to operate the air horns. Not a calamity, but when you need the horn, you need the horn to work NOW.

-Bryan