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by 18Fiatsandcounting
Fri May 17, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Is this idle OK?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Is this idle OK?

Sounds like a plan! A trick I have used to find a particular cylinder that is misfiring is to disconnect the plug wires one at a time. The misfiring cylinder is the plug wire removal that results in three smoothly running cylinders. Well, as smooth as three cylinders on a Fiat would be expected to r...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Fri May 17, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Is this idle OK?
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Is this idle OK?

I think the electric fan was running when you shot your video, and so it's hard for me to hear the engine itself. However, the engine does appear to shake a bit more than I would expect for stock cams. Could be a plug issue as Brad notes, or a bad plug wire, mixture too lean, engine running too cool...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun May 12, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Strong fuel smell while driving
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Strong fuel smell while driving

Jim, while it's a good idea to replace some of your original tubing from the fuel tank on up to the carburetor, I have another thought: what about the crankcase ventilation system? That is, the 1" diameter or so "breather" tube that runs from the drivers side of the block up to the air cleaner housi...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon May 06, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Weber choke adjustment question
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Weber choke adjustment question

One other thought: I'm not that familiar with your specific carburetor, but some of my Weber carbs have a choke "unloader" or "pull off" mechanism, which is designed to open the choke plates just slightly as soon as the engine starts and is pulling a stronger vacuum. The general idea is that, while ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Brake Bleeding/Pedal Height/Rear Calipers
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Brake Bleeding/Pedal Height/Rear Calipers

I too employ the use of my wife (my better 80% in my case). As for how many cycles of pedal pushing are sufficient, it depends on the car. For Fiats that I own and that have bled the brakes in the past, perhaps 10 cycles for each caliper. For cars that I don't know the history of and that spit out v...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Brake Bleeding/Pedal Height/Rear Calipers
Replies: 17
Views: 410

Re: Brake Bleeding/Pedal Height/Rear Calipers

Thank you for the nice summary, entirely consistent with my experiences, and I even learned a few things. No flames from me! :D

-Bryan
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Correction: Is brake system light supposed to flash...?
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Correction: Is brake system light supposed to flash...?

Thanks, Brad, this is helpful. Since I have the interior on my '71 now completely taken apart, I'll trace out the wiring and verify. It appears to be all original. To be sure, all of my spiders have never flashed the brake system indicator light, and of course they did flash the hazard indicator das...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Tech Questions and Advice
Topic: Correction: Is brake system light supposed to flash...?
Replies: 6
Views: 176

Re: Correction: Is brake system light supposed to flash...?

OK, this still had me stumped so I studied it some more. Both the handbrake switch and the switch on the brake lines connector block simply complete the electrical circuit to ground (car body) when either are activated, so the "positive" to the "brake system light" must be always connected when the ...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Photos
Topic: New 1969 Spider Project
Replies: 28
Views: 799

Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Brad, my '69 has exactly the same backup light, with the same markings on the lens. I won't include a picture as it's the same, plus mine suffered from partially melting on the outer side when my car decided it wanted to participate in a wildfire several decades ago... However, the backup light is o...
by 18Fiatsandcounting
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: F/I/A/T B/S
Topic: 75 spider build
Replies: 151
Views: 21729

Re: 75 spider build

When you say that spark plug #1 was "wet", do you mean wet with gas or wet with oil, or coolant (the smell test is often the easiest here)? Since plug #1 was firing before, I'm inclined to think that it's getting fouled and leading to misfires which just make things worse. Plug gap set OK? If you pu...