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Forum: Car Restoration   09-16-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,446
Posted By bruce1976spider
1970's wooden steering wheels refinish VERY...

1970's wooden steering wheels refinish VERY nicely - provided that they aren't cracked and dry-rotted. Getting the old plastic coating off is the hardest bit of the process. Mechanical removal seems...
Forum: Alfa Romeo Parts For Sale & Wanted   09-16-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By bruce1976spider
SOLD, folks - to a good project home!

SOLD, folks - to a good project home!
Forum: Guests, New Members & Introductions - Please Read   08-01-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 568
Posted By bruce1976spider
Let's put this in perspective - I'm also on the...

Let's put this in perspective - I'm also on the Honda Odyssey Owner's BBS. These vans are generally less than 15 years old, and the issues they have are jaw-dropping. (Sliding door kills the battery?...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-25-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,140
Posted By bruce1976spider
A video is demanded by your loyal fan club......

A video is demanded by your loyal fan club... :grin2:
...when you get time!
Forum: Carburetors, Fuel Injection & Air Intake   06-12-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,329
Posted By bruce1976spider
Now you have me thinking and doing some web...

Now you have me thinking and doing some web research... and I have to share this YouTube - love the 'Good Old Boy' approach.

Did you weld up a fitting on your manifold/header for a wideband O2...
Forum: Carburetors, Fuel Injection & Air Intake   06-12-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,329
Posted By bruce1976spider
Exactly what are you suggesting? The idea...

Exactly what are you suggesting? The idea intrigued me - so I followed the link to the web site. They offer interesting permanent installation fuel injection controls, but nothing in the way of a...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-11-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 750
Posted By bruce1976spider
It's (nearly) always GROUNDS and CONNECTORS for...

It's (nearly) always GROUNDS and CONNECTORS for these types of issues! (I say "Nearly" because I had a wire rub through on my 1976...)

Put the connectors on with the gauge panel unmounted, turn on...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-06-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
Tried that first... (Harbor Freight brand even :)...

Tried that first... (Harbor Freight brand even :) ) But this 3/4 drive socket wrench popped it right out! Heating it might have loosened it at least. Penetrating oil applied as well...
The new...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-06-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
It's done!

Two things - First, how I got the old thermostat out - Picture #1


Second, kengta - you were right!! The 41mm thermostat has exactly the same thread as the 45mm. Further, although the 45mm has...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-02-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
That one came with the engine - and I didn't like...

That one came with the engine - and I didn't like the look of the adapters. I don't have it anymore.
I'd have to locate a manifold for a decent price to swap. The one that's on there works fine...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-02-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
Here's a couple of measurements - the 40mm...

Here's a couple of measurements - the 40mm screw-in style, and a later model drop in thermostat. I happen to have both...
The tops of the threads on the brass screw-in are just a bit under 39mm,...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-01-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
Classic thermostat failure symptoms - slow to...

Classic thermostat failure symptoms - slow to heat up, followed by getting a bit too hot on warm days (probably 1/2 open and not moving).



I need to see ground truth under the hood as to which...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   05-01-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
I will post those measurements, promise! But be...

I will post those measurements, promise! But be patient... :) That old 45mm thermostat is REALLY stuck in place - and may not come out in one piece. Last night I didn't even get time to measure the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
This custom in-line housing might be the hot...

This custom in-line housing might be the hot ticket https://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/53260/10002/-1

They also offer this intriguing thermostat housing - IF it fit the existing threads, it would be...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
A 1976 BMW 2002 in-line thermostat is only $15,...

A 1976 BMW 2002 in-line thermostat is only $15, which is cheap enough to pick one up to fool around with. I see an 80 degree version is available, which seems close enough.

Wish I could measure...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
The manifold that is currently in use was the...

The manifold that is currently in use was the only style that supports the underside throttle linkage with the bell crank and rods... which is why I used it. That thermostat is a problem, though....
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
I'd have to measure each (and the one in the...

I'd have to measure each (and the one in the manifold is not going to nicely come out) - but the ID of the 40mm is MUCH smaller than the 45mm.

NOTE: - I'm NOT thinking to convert to a 40mm...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 551
Posted By bruce1976spider
It would not hurt to check the head torque. ...

It would not hurt to check the head torque. Especially if a P.O. had it off... If it's not tight, the head gasket might suffer (any oil in the antifreeze or vice versa??).
Though, if the head...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   04-30-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By bruce1976spider
Screw-in Thermostat: Convert to...?

It seems that the 45mm screw-in thermostats have become near "unobtainium". 40mm versions are available, but the larger ones don't seem to be readily available any more.

Has anyone converted...
Forum: Suspension, Steering, Brakes, Wheels & Tires   03-25-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By bruce1976spider
One more thing to check - the weld at the end of...

One more thing to check - the weld at the end of this pivot shaft is notorious for breaking. That's what went on my Spider.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   01-07-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,198
Posted By bruce1976spider
It would soon be drooling oil from up there......

It would soon be drooling oil from up there... :frown2:

Catch cans are not that expensive (or at least, they can be had for reasonable prices), and just as easy. I drain my catch-can back to the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   01-07-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,140
Posted By bruce1976spider
Well, there's a top-end market - check this out: ...

Well, there's a top-end market - check this out:

https://www.mensjournal.com/gear/royal-wedding-electric-jaguar-e-type-concept-zero-meghan-markle-prince-harry/
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   12-28-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,719
Views: 101,615
Posted By bruce1976spider
Christmas present :)

Christmas present :)
Forum: Alfa Romeo Parts For Sale & Wanted   11-06-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 223
Posted By bruce1976spider
I think I have a spare - 1976 vintage, but that...

I think I have a spare - 1976 vintage, but that exact reservoir. I'll take a look and send you photos if it looks usable. I don't recall it being stain-free, though.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   10-16-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,140
Posted By bruce1976spider
Interesting!! I've been one of the designers...

Interesting!!

I've been one of the designers for several electric motor controllers of various sizes as part of my job - and one of the key advantages of electric motors is the zero-thru-low RPM...
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