FFO 2004 Asheville

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FFO 2004 Asheville

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:48 pm

Drove the car from NYC to Asheville... middle of July as I recall.... Oil pressure always up and water temperature in the green....
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Post by lanciahf » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:27 pm

Joe, Very Cool!
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Post by friedman » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:34 am

When everything is working correctly, oil pressure and engine temps on a Fiat TC motor will be within spec. The reason our cars have a bad rep for overheating is folks with problems have something wrong in their cooling system. This is why I like the in-head thermostat, that arrangement is much less prone to air pocket issues. If I drove my spider as far as you drove that lovely sedan I'd be in rehab for a month getting my back pain taken care of.
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Post by SimcaBertone66 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:14 am

Just remember using Italian AC (vent windows) at highway speeds... seats were pretty good, had more stuffing when restoring , but the black vinyl was hot.
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Post by cgranju » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:08 am

It was a lovely car in person. If it had been for sale at a different time, I would have enjoyed being its next owner.

My much much lesser 124 Special TC (also auto, had a 1592) was a very comfortable (a la Volvo 240) car to drive and I could imagine other than vinyl not breathing it being quite alright for the trip. Driving my 124 Spider from east TN to Detroit this summer, I was happy to find that it did not leave me uncomfortable. I should still do yoga though.....
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Re: FFO 2004 Asheville

Post by scaraj » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:02 pm

Some of my best childhood memories were of my mother hauling us around in her 124 Sedan.
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Post by SimcaBertone66 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:09 pm

Carl... YFI it had a pushrod 1438 motor/automatic and tweaked with a balanced rotating assembly, port matching for intake and exhaust ports, shaved head to bump compression, 34 DMSA, and a Marelli electronic distributer from a Lancia Bets TC motor.
Also my just turned 18 year old daughter it drove to Ashville for FFO 2003.... as I was recovering after a quad bypass in 2003. Car is still going strong in Long Island City NY
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Re: FFO 2004 Asheville

Post by friedman » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:35 am

My 124 sedan had a 2L TC and the stock automatic. I quickly changed that to a spider 5-speed. I had to extend the steering wheel about six inches so I didn't drive with my knees on the pedals and installed Acura seats. Eventually sold it to Don Robinson who had it at Freakout in West Virginia.
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