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post #46 of 844 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 02:23 PM
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Probably right

Yes, you are probably right. The air conditioning was installed by the dealer, as this car was originally purchased in Atlanta--where it's very hot. After I noticed the holes were there, I assumed it was probably to add air flow for the air conditioning--as you say. What rare pieces are you referring to, I wonder? This is the only Spider I know intimately (I thought the holes were normal until very recently), I don't know what else might be unusual about it. What clips are you referring to? By the way, I'd like to replace the driver's side seat belt. Does anyone reproduce the Klippan 69 belt that is in the car?

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I'll post an engine shot here...in case anyone is interested. Interestingly, the creative coolant overflow bottle set-up is a fix I did of the crazy job the dealer originally did. They had installed some small US car bottle because that was all that would fit with the air compressor pump in there and an orange juice bottle cap was taped on to it.... Now at least it's an Alfa reservoir...with a cap This shot is from before the rebuild. It's a lot cleaner in there now!
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Owning a 78 myself, I can see lots of rare pieces.

1st the Behr AC system is pretty rare. And this is the first one I have seen with the smog pump still installed with the AC add on. You are correct about the overflow bottle of the Behr setup.

The seat belt clips are the little back strips with knobs on them that reside on the carpeted rocker are usually long gone. The grill pieces are unique for the 78 in that they were both plastic and different from the earlier and later years. The black outs on the side of the front turn signals are usually long gone as are the clips and trim piece for the rear bumper. Looks like a very original car...decals under the hood and all.

Don't have an answer for your seat belt.

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1978 AR Spider Veloce 2000....the first and still here...Bianco
1984 AR Spider Veloce............the second & gone to the parts bin....Rosso
1992 AR Spider Veloce............the third and still here...Bianco
1991 AR 164L........................the fourth and traded on the SS....Rosso
1965 AR Sprint Speciale..........the fifth...in boxes....sold....Bianco
1978 AR Spider Veloce 2000....the sixth gone to be a parts car...slow black
1967 AR Giulia Sprint GT.........the seventh with Gregg and sold......Rosso
1993 AR Spider Veloce............the eighth with Gregg and still here....Verde Inglese
1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi.............the first and still here....Azzurro
1999 Ferrari 355F1 Spider........the second and still here....TdF Blue[/SIZE]
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Thanks for the info

Well, thanks for the information. That's very interesting (at least to me!). I showed this car in its dirty, slightly rusted condition at the Italian car show in Alameda, CA last year just for the fun of it. I was amazed that anyone was interested in it. Although the interior was in good shape generally, the paint was horrible and the carpets were a washed out lemon yellow from fading (instead of the nice camel color that has now been restored). It made me laugh that a lot of people were interested in the air conditioning. I didn't realize it was a big deal. Thanks for clueing me in.

Yes, everything is pretty much original (not EVERYthing). It even had the original brake master cylinder and associated parts until those went bad a couple of years ago. I kind of miss that one. I liked the "bell" in the middle, for some reason.... Also, until it was painted last month, it had it's "Unleaded fuel only" sticker still on the outside by the gas filler door. I was sorry to lose that, too, but, the car looks so nice now, it was worth it.

Too bad about the seat belt. I don't really trust it anymore--though it's probably fine--but I don't want to replace it with something obviously new, either. I sent an inquiry to Klippan in Sweden. Don't know if they'll have any useful information.

Here are some more pics--a new engine shot, included.


Anyway, again, thanks.

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does anyone have photos of series 2 spiders with hardtops attached...I am not sure what was 'correct'...factory, parrish plastics? and/or...?
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post #50 of 844 (permalink) Old 02-26-2008, 02:08 PM
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Just thought I would keep this thread going.
Some lovely examples in the previous pictures.
I just get dizzy with the LHD cars.
Im in Australia and we are RHD.
Keep the pics comming guys.

This is my wifes ETERNITY ring (thats what I call it).
Its a 1976 ,last of the Australian delivered cars.
It is posted elswhere,so appologies if you have seen it before.
In the next couple of weeks,it goes into storage for a few years.
Ill post a pic of the BOX its going into when it gets there.

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1976 2L Spider
1984 GTV 6 3 litre
1967 GSGT 2 litre

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2.0 engine

Mine is rough, but I love the shape and the color is growing on me (Avori - Ivory). We have had it for a few months now and finally drove it a week ago. It has had many mechanical problems, but is slowly rising from the dead.

Paid $1,000 for the car, dropped $2,500 in mechanicals (All new drilled-slotted rotors, pads and tires, plug wires, cap/rotor, plugs, gaskets etc.). Just a bit more to go to get it running smooth and reliably.

The interior and top will have to wait. The body is nearly straight with just a dent under the chin and a passenger door overswing has slightly creased the front fender. Yes I will be ordering new door straps. Rust is only evident in a couple of spots in the spare tire well and under the chin where the small dent is. The underbody got a full underspray early in its life. It seems to have worked!

We can't wait to go on AROSC runs with the rest of you.
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Robert...just today I took delivery of a set of Momo Vega's (absolutely the coolest period correct wheels!). What size and type of tires are you running there? Would you do anything different if you were picking tires right now? Thanks and your car is awesome!

oh yeah and what are your using for wheel center caps exactly? I don't currently have any for these wheels.


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Thanks Mike.
I do love it,but I call it = My Wifes Eternity Ring.
They are not centre caps.The centre section is part of the wheel.
There are 3 types of Momo wheels available..
2 have solid centres and 1 has a plastic removable cap.
Of the 2 differnet types of solid centre caps,one is thinner and one is thicker around the holes.
I only buy the solid centre ones,cause if you loose a plastic cap,= hard to replace.
Maybe you meant the Badge ?
I just got some grille badges and ground down the outside diameter and siliconed them in from the back.
I did this about 10 years ago.
I think the last time I drove this car was approx 6 years ago when wife was cooking babies (pregnant)
Yes,I do have new RED dist leeds.(genuine).
Keep the pics and the stories comming guys.Great reading.
Hope you can see in the pics,the differences around the holes.
The spider has 205-60-14 tyres,but i would generally use 195-65-14 on the Momos.
I have a few sets of them.1 set on the Spider,1 set on the 105 rally car + 1 set on the Junior Z.
Enough from me.Thanks for the typing practice + the picture taking.

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1984 GTV 6 3 litre
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Hey Michael (spiderwebs son)

Your dooing a great job.
Your next job will be to degrease under the bonnet,and I mean Under the Bonnet.
Amazing how much nicer they are when things are clean.
And the radiator overflow bottle,clean it as well.
Throw in some small nuts and bolts + degreaser and shake it.
Then,put a big rag in it and a bent screwdriver and moove it around.
If you continue to clean the car,your dad might let you take it for a drive.
Wish I had a dad like that.

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1976 2L Spider
1984 GTV 6 3 litre
1967 GSGT 2 litre
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Hey Michael (spiderwebs son)

Your dooing a great job.
Your next job will be to degrease under the bonnet,and I mean Under the Bonnet.
Amazing how much nicer they are when things are clean.
And the radiator overflow bottle,clean it as well.
Throw in some small nuts and bolts + degreaser and shake it.
Then,put a big rag in it and a bent screwdriver and moove it around.
If you continue to clean the car,your dad might let you take it for a drive.
Wish I had a dad like that.

Robert
He already finished cleaning under the bonnet (hood). It's not pristine, but everything under the semi-greasy hood sort of works.

I always say; "Paint don't make it go", or "If it don't go, chrome it".

He knows he can drive it anytime he likes. But first it has to go!

(Michael does not like photos of himself so I took it down. Just imagine an 18 yr old, smiling with greasy hands removing an Alfa alternator.)

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Oh, here is a current under the bonnet photo. Yes, still dirty but not greasy!

My friends and I call it a hood, not bonnet. But I thought I'd just go with it and show respect for other versions of english. 'British English' just sounds classier than our garden variety 'American English'. Except for the use of the word 'Pants'. That just seems backwards to me.
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After some repairs she is as good as new.
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1973 2000 Twin Spark Spider with Momos

Here's mine, owned for the last 13 years and recently repainted after some accident damage at the rear. I was hit by an elderly driver at a junction. The car is fitted with Momo Vegas, twin spark engine and a wind break - otherwise standard!
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I think the black on the Vegas only looks good on a dark green Spider,on the other colours silver looks the best.
ps.my red Spider has silver Vegas.
Before I left South Africa I was offered a green 1750 Spider with Vegas for 2000 Euros.The car was in a very good rust-free condition.Unfortuanately I only have a single garage and my red Spider refuses to share my constant attention!Today I deeply regret not buying it.

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hey all, just picked up my 74 from cali, got to clean her up and will post pics.

whats the deal with the headlight covers? I love the looks of them, but they only came on eurpean cars? I checked IAP and they are like $300 a pair or something, yikes!

whos got a pair to sell me...

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Prior: '84 GTV6, '89 Spider, '74 spider.... whats next?
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