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post #256 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-21-2017, 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Norseman50 View Post
Was on a nice little drive today when suddenly I saw the voltage gauge had dropped from it's usual 12-13 range down to around 7-8 volts. Then the "Battery" warning light came on. Looks like I have a "remove alternator and test" project in my near future, and just when the weather had started to get nice.

I'd first check voltage across battery when running (gauge/warning light could be a gremlin in the monopod)
then wires in main block on fender for clean contact (especially green for the gauge)
maybe even pull out the regulator/brushes unit from the back of alt, and inspect those.

....before removing the alt itself.
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post #257 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 06:14 AM
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Thanks Dom. I will try those things.
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post #258 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 11:31 AM
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Finally had a nice day here in Ohio to get the Spider out.

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post #259 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 11:56 AM
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You are lucky. I drove my Spider to church on Sunday and then went for a cloudy afternoon ride. Has been gloomy here since then.


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2017 VW Jetta Tsi
2006 Subaru Outback - almost a driveway requirement in VT & NH
2007 Toyota Corolla

2009 VW Jett TDi (Deer took this one out)
1984 Mercedes 300TDT wagon, rust took that one
1972 Mercedes 280SE, got in straight swap for the Discovery
1996 Land Rover Discovery
1986 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon
1962 VW Bug - 6 volt
1974 Triumph Spitfire - wobbly driveshaft kept destroying stuff
1972 Triumph Spitfire - got totaled while parked at DMV

some others that were less interesting
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post #260 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 12:58 PM
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Went and had a new key made for mine. Since I have owned the car the key was slightly twisted; it finally gave out and broke.

It was great! Walked into the local locksmith and he looked in his stock, he had several. Made the new one and I was out in five minutes for under $5.00. I expected it to be much more difficult and expensive than that.

Car is sitting outside work right now waiting for me to get off and go for a drive.

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post #261 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 01:28 PM
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I made an appointment at Nasco Imports in Portland for Monday- time to rebuild this engine!

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post #262 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 02:05 PM
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I washed up the 91 Spider and the new Giulia for the local Italian Heritage Festival on Sunday. Taking both for the little Italian Car Show. Hopefully the weather is good!
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post #263 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 05:04 PM
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Met Greg from Las Vegas. He was nice enough to bring a body part for my 77 all the way out here to Ventura.

Great guy, enjoyed meeting him and talking about Alfas. He has a 74 he is restoring that sounds like it is going to be great.

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post #264 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-01-2017, 05:14 PM
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^^^^+1 on that^^^^ Greg is an awesome guy ; loves his cars!! That 74 is going to be sweet!!!

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post #265 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 08:48 AM
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post #266 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 08:33 PM
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I think that springs are next on my list. What did you get, and why?

I have poly bushings and Koni Reds all around. I'll be getting a rebuilt steering idler box this week- just enough play in it now that it can't be properly aligned.

I'm lucky with my dash- never had a crack. I've used Zymol Vinyl on all my vinyl and I swear by it. I think the trick is to never use silicone based products. They make everything look shiny, but they pull the moisture out.

Another reason I use Zymol products? They smell so good!

Gotta cook up some pasta for tomorrow to check my handling!
I know this post is over a year old, but it's a persistent myth that just needs to be corrected (all due respect to rcmanners). A quick lookup of the Zymol MSDS documention on their vinyl products shows the presence of polysiloxanes in both available products. Which means, yes, Zymol Vinyl does indeed contain silicone. Silicone is not the problem with products used on interior plastics and vinyls. Silicone (an incredibly broad term, by the way) is a group of inert ingredients that are usually added to a product to either modify the characteristics of another ingredient, or to aid in application (spreading) or wipe off of the product. They can increase gloss, but they don't have to. They can make a product greasy and slimy, but they don't have to. It all depends on which silicones the manufacture chooses, and how much they use. And, technically, there is no such thing as a "silicone based" product when discussing automotive vinyl, rubber or tire care products. They are all either water based or solvent based. Either can, and usually do, contain some sort of silicone but they don't have to. Interestingly, in my search for the MSDS documentation on this product I came across a discussion on a Porsche forum about the horrors of silicones on German vinyl. One of the highly recommended products was Meguiar's M40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It was praised for it's low sheen, non greasy or slippery feel and was recommended for interior use on delicate German vinyl where, according to the author, silicone is a HUGE no-no. Well, I happen to work for Meguiar's; my title is Senior Global Product & Training Specialist. And I'm here to tell you that our M40 contains silicone. Yet, the author of that article condemned any product with silicone as being verboten on German vinyl due to it's unique nature (another point I'll argue, but that's for another discussion). Even so, he highly recommended Meguiar's M40. With silicone. Hmmmmm.......

I've had similar discussions with a gentleman who praised a certain "boutique brand" water based dressing, claiming to have used it monthly for nearly a decade on his car (which is German made, come to think of it), and used that anecdote as supposed proof that water based is superior to silicone based. Which, as I've already mentioned, is a misnomer and totally inaccurate. His product of choice, according to the MSDS, contained more silicone than even Meguiar's Natural Shine (a consumer line derivative of our M40) and yet it caused zero issues on his car with repeated use over many years. In fact, he claimed his interior looked "as good as new". When I pointed out that his first hand experience proved my point that silicone is not the horror show so many believe it to be, he never returned to the discussion.

Now, this certainly does not imply that there is anything at all wrong with the Zymol product that rcmanners seems to be so fond of. If he's used it for an extended period of time and really likes it - how it applies, durability, final appearance, aroma, etc - then I say great, stick with it!! You've found a product that works well and that you enjoy using. That means you'll use it regularly and keep the interior of your car looking good for a long, long time. I wish more people would do that, regardless the car(s) they own.

Oh, and to keep in the spirit of this thread - today I replaced the rubber weatherstripping on the trunk of my '74 Spider.
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Not today....but last Sunday. All Italian car show at Rose Tree Park near Media Pa. great weather and lost of great Italian cars. Fun day!
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post #268 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 09:38 AM
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Today I'll hug my Alfa and leave it in the garage as the daily does errands. There is something about Friday rush hour traffic that makes me very protective of my Alfa. Tomorrow we hit the road!
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post #269 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 10:20 AM
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Finally got my new Sony stereo working. It is the highest output of any stereo on the market without an exterior amp. Took a drive to Santa Barbara to test it and promptly blew out my speakers. They were at least ten years old and god only knows the last time they were hooked up to a stereo. So today went and bought new Sony speakers; 6 1/2" for the front and 6x9's for the package shelf. I'll be installing them this weekend along with trying to figure out why my turn signals quit working.

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post #270 of 1807 (permalink) Old 06-09-2017, 11:59 AM
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Yesterday had the headers on my '89 Spider Veloce wrapped with Titanium wrap so today ran errands to burn off the smell. Beautiful sunny, hot day here in northern Tennessee (Clarksville) so with top down (how else) took the long way between errands. Disappointed when the trip was over.
Sooooo much fun!!!

But, now back to reality

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