Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: San Francisco, Ca.
Um...so did some of you miss where I had a new head gasket put on? Or, are you suggesting that the new head gasket is bad and it needs to be replaced a second time?
Neil, I am just assuming a crack to be the culprit. I believe the head gasket blew at the beginning of the rally. I proceeded to drive the car hard for 8 + hours before I was able to check fluids the next morning. I had been running with very little coolant in the system, and while the temp gauge never got even hot - I now think that is because there was no coolant touching the gauge sensor. So, I imagine it would be easy enough to crack the head or block from running all day without much coolant in the system?
Let me just say this to all your do-it-yourselfer's: Please be patient with me, I'd love nothing more than to be able to do all my own work. However, I never inherited the car gene from my parents - no one in my family gives a lick about cars. My obsession with cars came at an early age, and was not exactly "encouraged". I wasn't raised around cars, and I didn't attend schools that had 'shop' classes. I can't go back to school to learn about mechanics on new cars that I don't care about. So where does that leave me? Well, ever since I've had my own car, I've had older Italian cars. I've always taken excellent care of them, and for the most part they have rewarded me with the driving experience that I love so much. This is the first time I've encountered something like this - I have questions - and I apprecate the expertise and experience that many of you have, and would like your imput. That is why I created and continue to update this thread.
Lastly, in defense of Jaan: He's E X T R E M E L Y busy. He really likes that fact that my Fulvia is my daily driver, and he is nice enough to push me to the front of his extremely long line of clients when I need his help. He knows I need the car running asap and he's always incredibly helpful. In return, I try to do as much research as possible so that I can tell him what to focus on.
'69 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1,3 S
gone but not forgotten
'79 Alfetta Sprint Veloce/'77 Alfetta Sedan /'76 Alfetta Sedan/'75 Alfetta Sedan