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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Mystery cable!

Can anyone please help me identify what this mystery black cable may be?
It’s located on the passenger side (RHS), has a ‘bullet connector’ end, and is tied off with a cable tie.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 01:44 AM
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It looks to me like the oil temperature sender cable. The sender is screwed into the back of the sump.

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I think, as the cable is in the proximity to the starter i.e. the RH side of the engine ,that this is the wire from the water temperature sender. I also recall that the oil temperature sender has a white and black wire.

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To me the exposed wire looks more like black and (dirty) white rather than black and (faded) yellow...

Easy test is to earth it with the ignition on and see which gauge deflects. (assuming the other end is still attached to the tri-gauge!!)
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This IS fun! Isn't that a HUGE cable? It could be the photo angle, but it looks to be the size of a brake line. Where does the other end vanish too?
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Gordon....my thoughts exactly....it looks like a coax cable for an antenna , but couldn't imagine it coming from front of car!

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It's probably the side repeater indicator wire - these were not fitted for US spec cars, but the wiring harnesses available are for the European spec with side repeaters, so they are either cut off or taped back

RHS side repeater wire is black & yellow, LHS is black & white

Same colours as the water temp sensor & the oil temp sensor

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WoW! I did not know that! Thanks Greig.


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Thank you to you all!
I am away from the car now, but will pass your thoughts on to my so who can look into this further!
I like the oil temperature suggestion as currently that is not operational!
Thanks again
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Greig . Euro Sprint, Spider, or both had the repeater wires?
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USA Spec vs European Spec for 750/101 Giulietta

Carl the Giulietta's were built in 2 (ok, call it 3) specifications, what we generally refer to as US Spec & European or Home Spec + an Export Spec

Basically Hoffman had the clout of buying power and ordered a few changes, so loosely speaking the US Spec is as follows:

1.) No fender indicator repeaters on both Sprints & Spiders
2.) 750 SWB Spider has no quarter light / wind wing windows
3.) Lucas 'Football' oval tail lights with a chrome surround - Early 750 cars
4.) Red/Red/White tail light lenses for Carello/Altissimo on later Interim & pure 101 cars
5.) Imperial MPH Gauges
6.) During '59 the Factory even did a short run of 10104 & 10105 designated Spiders & Sprints - this was the US designation
7.) Sealed Beam headlights - General Electric seems to be the main brand

In contrast the European spec is as follows

1.) Fender mounted indicators /repeaters
2.) 750 SWB Spiders could have been fitted with quarter light / wind wings mainly in '57
3.) Amber/red/white or amber red amber Carello / Altissimo triangular tail lights
4.) Amber/red/white Carello / Altissimo tail lights on later Interim & 101 cars
5.) Metric KPH gauges
6.) Carello headlights with replaceable bulbs

To confuse things even further there's an Export spec but outside the US to countries like South Africa or Oz or Singapore etc

1.) Fender mounted indicators /repeaters
2.) 750 SWB Spiders could have been fitted with quarter light / wind wings mainly in '57
3.) Amber/red/white or amber red amber Carello / Altissimo triangular tail lights
4.) Amber/red/white Carello / Altissimo tail lights on later Interim & 101 cars
5.) Imperial MPH gauges
6.) Carello headlights with replaceable bulbs

Granted there are rats & mice US Spec Giulietta's around the world that escaped this US net just as there are European spec cars in the USA... while the theory of dedicated spec for specific countries was a nice concept in the '50's, in reality Alfa shipped what was in the finished car lot regardless of what the spec was.

SWB Spiders with quarter light windows also slipped across the border from Canada which got the European spec... go figure !! The bulk of Giulietta Spiders went to the USA & the 750 SWB without quarter light windows is the predominant view we have of the car, plus the BB is US based so the view is skewed Stateside. It really only sunk in when we got SWB Spider 02806 with quarter light windows about 8 years ago.

A friend locally has a '62 Giulietta Spider Normale 1300, built on an early Giulia Spider Normale shell without fender indicators... hence US Spec & it was originally shipped to Zambia in the middle of Africa - someone on the copper mines must have gotten a big bonus in December '61 & plunked it down on a Graphite Grey Spider & they dispatched what was in the stock yard at the time

Similarly another friend out here has a '61 Sprint Normale in US Spec, I have a '57 Sprint Normale sold new in South Africa in November '57 with metric gauges even though SA was an Imperial country at that time - again they dispatched the first light grey Sprint that was available & it just happened to be a Home spec model

Fun & games stuff --. The only 'Constant' with Alfa was change

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Greig,
You forgot to mention the sealed beam headlights for the US market cars.
These look like 750s being prepared for shipment without headlight units, to be installed at the entry point apparently.

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Good catch Joe, I've edited the info to include them

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Amazing picture, stacked 2 high in wooden crates. I see the wheel chocks visible in the front crate & the high crate at the back - for shipping by sea

Plastic over the soft tops & the seats

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