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post #106 of 213 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 06:43 PM
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1st gear with a 4.56 is ridiculous; you have to shift before you get across the intersection......
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I was out for drive today and realized remembered your comment, that's not so bad, I thought, I am going into third to get across��

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Yes, 5.12 is beyond silly if you ask me. I sold my 65 TI a friend some years ago, soon after put a 1750 in it. That power with a 5.12, you're through the gears before you know it. Swapped in an ATE 4.56 eventually, much happier.

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Back to my Super; when changing diff found rear u-joint sloppy, cup was spinning in the yoke. Took it to Driveline Service, as expected the yoke was the problem, not the cup. Alas, this driveshaft has been in the car for 20 years, very smooth all along. I have various others, took another to them, they were happy with it, put the new 24mm u-joint kits in, straightened and balanced with the front half, which got a new donut and rubber carrier. I did the nose bushing 15 years ago, shows no wear.

Seems every 105 sooner or later needs driveshaft work. This car had a good long run, hope it continues to. Note, 1600 had two sizes, one Italian at 24mm, another Hardy/Spicer, just under, probably an inch size since it's an odd mm size. I had shafts with both. Jon Norman has the 24mm kits, but Hardy/Spicer ones he says he can't get. The driveshaft shop said they can get new H/S yokes, but not Italian ones! Never the twain shall meet.

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My Super and Keith Martin's, which are twins and consecutive VINs, turn 50 today. Previous owner of Keith's car, a friend in Santa Barbara, and I discovered the nose-to-tail-on-the-production-line numbers a few year ago in my driveway. Small world. Both cars green/tan, both sold new in Calif, both still had their black Calif plates til the other car moved to Portland.

In spite of minor driveshaft woes, puttin' on the miles. Did over 500 miles last week, two trips to the South Bay, one trip to my dad's, and the Super Drive. Car just goes. Pretty good for 50.

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I'm sure it runs and looks better than some of us that are over 50.

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I was 8 when it was built. It's has more rebuilds than I have. My dad is 93; if I still have it when I'm 93, we'll both be pretty old.
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Happy birthday to your (and Keith's ) Super!

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You're making me feel like a bad parent. I need to look up Giulia's bday now.

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Did the heater valve (see other thread) while the car was up on jacks while I painted the wheels and got new tires installed. Previously had Hercules 185/70-14, made in 2004, that I got for free when the Calif Melee garage ("The Jerk Palace") broke up a few years ago. Lots of age cracks and not feeling as light and nimble as they used to. My tires always age out before they wear out; I just don't drive enough miles.

Got these Vredestin 185/70-14 Sportrac (Giugiaro Design, it says all over them) from a friend in LA who was going with CN-36s on his GTV. So they have like 1000 miles on them. Installed today by Los Hermanos Orozco in Berkeley ("just $80") on the painted 14" 1750 wheels. Lookin' good. Have driven all of 20 feet.

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These Sport-Trac Vreds didn't last long; I've put maybe 2000 miles on but don't really like them. They have a tiny resistance to changing direction. They stick OK, but the don't want to change from what they're doing now. I had a set of tall 185-14 Vred Sprint Classics that came off a friend's Fiat Dino. Installed them today and will put the Sport-Tracs on some other wheels as backups if needed. Kind of a bummer, but that's life.
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It's really a shame. I read a number of terrible reviews for those tires. I was quite happy with Sprint+'s. I've had them on several cars and they were great (and long wearing). Not sure why they stopped making those tires. There are basically no good "skinny" options for 14" wheels now unless you want order Cinturatos from Longstone - I've heard great things about those. I recently acquired a set of Mille Miglias and will probably get some of those tires to put on as an alternate to the 15" 185's I'm running on the Zagato.

I really like the Classic 15" 155's that I'm using on my super. We drove the pants off them on the Melee and they were great.

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Yes, Sprint+80 165-14 were the best tires I ever had. Sprint Classics are fine, have had them on a few Giuliettas. Just did some moderate cornering in the Super and these Classic are so much nimbler than the SportTracs. The guy I bought them from pulled them off his GTV after a few miles. He didn't say he didn't like them, but i think now that was what was up.

I know a number of folks who've bought CN36, others from Longstone and been very happy with the delivery speed and shipping cost (free). Can't beat that.
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Took my first long trip in this in a long time. A couple years ago I went to Fresno and back in the summer, 106*, 400 miles RT.

This weekend went to a small event in LA with a few 1900s, drove the Super down on 101 and 1, came back just now on 99. Just under 900 miles, all at roughly 68 mph, no issues at all. New tires are great. Did a 60-mile loop up into the Santa Monica Mountains (Mullholland) yesterday as chase car for the 1900s, so fun. Had two SSZ, one T2, one T4, and a Pininfarina Coupe. Great day. Got stopped a ton, even with the 1900s, by passers-by to comment on the Super and ask what it was.

In pics below, the Super checks out the surf above Zuma. And in the parking lot with a 1900 SSZ.
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It's funny, isn't it? People work hard at pretending the Junior Zagato is invisible but they'll cross a busy four-lane road to come make a comment about the Super.

I think it's just a more accessible car for people. My gut is that people assume the worst of dudes in sporty or exotic cars.

Heading down the coast this weekend to do some wine tasting in Paso Robles. Can wait to drive the Super. The Z is off the road this winter for some improvements.

Thanks for posting, Andrew!

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