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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys. New here. I just happened to find a spider that was abandoned covered up in a barn. It was last registered in 05. I took some pictures for you guys to maybe get some more info on it. Reading and searching I've found out it's a 1980 spider. Waiting for the state of Ohio to release the title to me and also had to order a new ignition lock with key since there wasn't any keys to it. It's also missing the driver and passenger windows but a little bit of work never stopped me before. The good news no rust. Good paint and interior minus missing some small stuff. Good new top and back window is t damaged. Havent been able to drive it or turn the engine over but with the body and interior in such good condition I'm not tonworroed about the mechanicals.


Looking at tons of spiders my engine looks different. Does it have the carb conversion done to it?


Here's some pictures of the car
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Hey jnj,
welcome to the board.
your pics won't post until a minimum of 10 posts I believe. Subsequently we can't see the pictures, yet. keep posting until over 10 recorded below your signature,,

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Thanks for the welcome. I'll be sure to post pics once I hit 10 posts.
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Looking at tons of spiders my engine looks different. Does it have the carb conversion done to it?



Here's some pictures of the car








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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 05:08 PM
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Welcome. Looking forward to some Pics..

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o well, there are the pics...LOL Looks nice...

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Looks like SPICA injection with some sort of aftermarket air filter system.

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Looks clean. Congrats and enjoy. This forum and the contributors has helped me immensely. When you have a question, the answer is found here.
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Looks like SPICA injection with some sort of aftermarket air filter system.
Agree. I believe 1980 was the last year for the multi-throttle body Spica system. So what you have is mechanical fuel injection; not electronic fuel injection, not carburetors.

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80's had a single throttle plate. Maybe this one is a 79 that was first registered in 80.

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Welcome, and congrats, but a word of caution, never repeat aloud this statement from your first post; "I'm not tonworroed about the mechanicals"

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80's had a single throttle plate. Maybe this one is a 79 that was first registered in 80.
I'm inclined to agree with Ed. '80-'81 were the "monofarfalla" years and yours is definitely multi-plate Spica mechanical injection. While it's possible to change the intake manifold, throttle bodies and airbox from an earlier car (I have done this on the '80 engine I plan to put in my
Berlina this spring), I doubt that this was done in your case. Probably a '79 registered in '80. I'd try to procure an original Spica airbox and get rid of those funky little filters. I'd also drain and clean the fuel system before trying to fire it up. I'm sure there are a number of threads here about starting up a Spica system that has been sitting.

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Welcome and that's a nice find !

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thanks for the kind words guys. I'm planning on flushing all fluids and changing out fuel lines and brake lines, adding fresh fuel before i even attempt to fire it up.

it appears the intake filters are the shankle quadraflow kit but with seperate k&n filters instead of one filter for two runners.
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