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You need a reproduction owners manual for the glove box. I got mine from Omicron.
Even though I drive my Fulvia every week I still refer to it from time to time.
I do exercise the heater valve ( the lever Ed refered to ) every time I drive it, from my experience with other Italian cars it seems the valve is more likely to fail if its left off all summer than from regular use

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You need a reproduction owners manual for the glove box. I got mine from Omicron.
Even though I drive my Fulvia every week I still refer to it from time to time.
I do exercise the heater valve ( the lever Ed refered to ) every time I drive it, from my experience with other Italian cars it seems the valve is more likely to fail if its left off all summer than from regular use
Oh, I've got the owner's manual.

It's really the best of its kind that I've seen, since it includes stuff like wiring diagrams and detailed tune up specs (as well as operating instructions for the 'air conditioning' system).

It's just that my reading skills are at the same abysmal level as my heating system operating skills before I've had my coffee.

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Well if we ever get to do a driving event together we will be on the same page about the coffee, my day has to start with a quality cup!

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Well if we ever get to do a driving event together we will be on the same page about the coffee, my day has to start with a quality cup!
You're in luck. Most of the California old car events seem to start at or near coffee shops. Or, in the case of the Melee, they have coffee trucked in to the starting point.

This is a safety measure that I approve of.
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Oh, I've got the owner's manual.

It's really the best of its kind that I've seen, since it includes stuff like wiring diagrams and detailed tune up specs (as well as operating instructions for the 'air conditioning' system).

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This remined me of a time I went to a Boeing school, they kept on about "conditioned air". I had a hard time grasping the concept of hot air being "conditioned air" but thats the term they use any time a temperature change has been made, hot or cold. I guess the Italian translators use the same concept, some other manuals I have of the period also refer to "air conditioning" for the heat/vent system.

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The Fulvia has a fan for the heater??

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The Fulvia has a fan for the heater??
Well, I've never met anyone who is a fan of that.

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This remined me of a time I went to a Boeing school, they kept on about "conditioned air". I had a hard time grasping the concept of hot air being "conditioned air" but thats the term they use any time a temperature change has been made, hot or cold. I guess the Italian translators use the same concept, some other manuals I have of the period also refer to "air conditioning" for the heat/vent system.
The only time my Fulvia has working air conditioning (in the American sense of the term) is when I'm cornering faster than my codriver/spouse likes. Then, for some reason, it often seems to get real frosty inside the car.

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A real quick update: Bought a new set of Vredestein Quatrac - 175/65TR14 tires for the car in preparation for the Snowball Rally next weekend (even got tire chains!!). Yesterday was the running of One Lap of Marin and I took the car out with it's new shoes to "break them in" a bit. I must say - so far I'm extremely pleased with the transformation. Car drives much smoother and feels less coarse in sharp corners. I only ever scrubbed the passenger tire once on the fender in a hairpin. Is it possible that different manufacturer's tires, even though listed as being the same size, are actually slightly different? I'd assume yes - but curious what other's think.
I'll have a more definitive report after the Snowball - maybe the scrubbing will return, I'm hoping not.

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A real quick update: Bought a new set of Vredestein Quatrac - 175/65TR14 tires for the car in preparation for the Snowball Rally next weekend (even got tire chains!!). Yesterday was the running of One Lap of Marin and I took the car out with it's new shoes to "break them in" a bit. I must say - so far I'm extremely pleased with the transformation. Car drives much smoother and feels less coarse in sharp corners. I only ever scrubbed the passenger tire once on the fender in a hairpin. Is it possible that different manufacturer's tires, even though listed as being the same size, are actually slightly different? I'd assume yes - but curious what other's think.
I'll have a more definitive report after the Snowball - maybe the scrubbing will return, I'm hoping not.
Jeff, that's good news.

I think that, yes, there is some dimensional variance between tires of the same stated size. I can't find the web table I once found that demonstrated this.

From Norm's pictures (Norman S. Weinfeld's Albums), it looks like the One Lap of Marin was well represented by Lancias. Besides your Fulvia, I saw two Flavia GTs -- one with wire wheels -- and an Aurelia Spider.

See you next weekend in Sacramento.

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Jeff, that's good news.

I think that, yes, there is some dimensional variance between tires of the same stated size. I can't find the web table I once found that demonstrated this.

From Norm's pictures (Norman S. Weinfeld's Albums), it looks like the One Lap of Marin was well represented by Lancias. Besides your Fulvia, I saw two Flavia GTs -- one with wire wheels -- and an Aurelia Spider.

See you next weekend in Sacramento.
Yes - it's interesting - this was the year of the Flavia's - last year - the Flaminia's were everywhere and there were no Flavia's - this year - the complete reverse.

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Further to the One Lap of Marin, for those who are interested:

Alfista Matt Hamilton has posted a good write up with pictures and a link to more pictures on his blog: giulietta sprints

Matt managed to catch Jeff in his Fulvia, presumably right after he discovered that the tires don't scrub anymore.


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...I think that, yes, there is some dimensional variance between tires of the same stated size. I can't find the web table I once found that demonstrated this...
Not only is there dimensional variance in terms of overall diameter, but there are be significant differences in cross-sectional shape. Tires of the same indicated size can have squarer or rounder shoulders, and this can make all the difference in wheel well clearance.

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So, I'm back from the Snowball. Looks like the problem was mostly in the tires. The new set has transformed the car - no longer scrubs, feels much smoother, etc. Now if I can just keep it under the speed limit, I'll be golden.

My camera developed issues - so no real good pictures to share. I'll borrow this one from a fellow Snowballer - taken at the beginning of the rally.
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Now if I can just keep it under the speed limit, I'll be golden.
For those who have had a rough Monday and can't break the code, here's what Jeff is referring to:
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Sorry to see that. Saw the write-up on BaT; looks like it was a nice event. And I'm glad to learn that Jeff's tire issue has been sorted.

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