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  1. Haste has made waste

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - Went out the Spider this morning to find a dead battery (problem 1) In my haste to jump the car, reversed positive and negative jumper cables (I know, how stupid). Found mistake almost immediately but smelled burnt electronics smell from around the ignition switch. So...what's the...
  2. For Sale 1984 Spider Veloce..parting out

    Alfa Romeo Parts For Sale & Wanted
    Starter How much for the starter and 3 mounting bolts? Also need 17mm bolt to mount jetronic plenum to bracket. Starter...nearly new, still has UPC codes Brake booster Master brake cylinder Master clutch cylinder Radiator ....not leaking Center console.. Gauges..speedometer, tachometer...
  3. Wanted '83 Spider 17mm bolt & shoulder bolt

    Alfa Romeo Parts For Sale & Wanted
    I know it's not much, but I'm looking for the 17mm bolt (one of two) that secures the Jetronic plenum to its support bracket. I'm also looking for a shoulder bolt that aligns and secures the starter motor. I think I have the other two, regular bolts, but have heard the shoulder bolt is THE most...
  4. '83 starter bolts

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Well...bent the flange slightly and out came the bolt (not threaded into the bell housing). Makes me realize that AR never intended these (or this) bolt to come out of the bell housing. Nuts just came off the opposite end and everyone's happy. Will keep everyone posted on this thrilling...
  5. '83 starter bolts

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Thanks so much sloboy- I think I've solved the riddle: based on my experience with this particular car, my hunch is that the PO must've been a machine shop owner, or at least associated with one (don't ask). In this particular case, he/she must've lost the through-bolts for the starter, and, in...
  6. Temp Gauge: Removal & Source of Replacement

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Parts is parts Hi Joe - I've had great luck with the parts and accessories portion of the ebay motors web site. It's a little tricky getting to the good stuff on the site, but well worth the digging. Ciao! Craig
  7. 1984 no spark after storage (help or buy for parts!)

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    My 2 cents Hi bimholte - My input might not be THE most technically accurate here on the bb, but I can share what I went through (or the most important part of it). I had a similar episode this spring with my '83 Spider after getting her out of hibernation from a Maine winter; just went dead in...
  8. Dark clutch fluid OK?

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - I replaced my clutch fluid in June and am now noticing it turning dark - not black but visibly darker than clear. I did some roamin' around on the internet and found (of course) posts in both directions; some say the darkening is 'natural', others say it is from decaying seals at the...
  9. Center Console Support Cracked

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Console crack Hi Dekuiper- I had the EXACT same condition and ended up epoxying the side piece to the metal cross bracket. It seems fine and once everything is bolted back together I'm assuming it'll rest in peace. What I'm finding, in trying to put all the pieces back in place (plastic...
  10. Speed bleeders

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Bleeders Thanks to you all for your input! Ordered 4 yesterday and am looking forward to getting rid of the maple syrup in my current brake lines. :blink: Happy motoring!
  11. Strange noise on startup

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - There's a brief sound when starting my '83 Spider that only happens when it's cold and doesn't seem to affect how the car runs...yet. The only analogous sound I've come up with is...an odd turkey gobble; a kind of mid-pitched squawk that goes away immediately and doesn't reappear when...
  12. Speed bleeders

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - I'm considering buying 4 speed bleeders so I can bleed the brakes by myself. Anyone out there know of any reason not to use these? Thanks in advance.
  13. Clutch bleed and interesting PO fix

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - I wanted to share two things that came up today on the Spider. First, I went to replace the clutch fluid, starting with the conventional step of opening the bleeder nipple and attaching a hose terminating in a jelly jar (no jelly, of course). I went inside for 3 seconds, came back out...
  14. 87 spider stall, no start hot

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Replaced the distributor Hi Richard - I had the same problem earlier this spring and replaced a bunch of fuel/ignition items and it seems OK....but it made me aware of how complex the Jetronic system is. Your post infers that if you replace the distributor, all the sensors and ECU are rendered...
  15. Driveshaft rotation

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - As long as I'm here on the bb, I wanted to ask this question concerning my driveshaft. Put simply, I can grab the driveshaft and rotate it approximately half an inch in either direction and it's particularly noticeable pulling away from a start (clunk). I'm almost positive it's not the...
  16. Throttle linkage

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Quick update Just because I know you're all on edge waiting to hear what's happened... took my throttle connector plate thingy with a loose pin to a place literally right down the hill from where I work - Rockport Marine - and had a really nice guy in their phenomenal metal shop re-place the...
  17. Throttle linkage

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    The Italian mistress is really challenging my mechanic-on-the-fly abilities. Just now, as I was out for an evening constitutional (drive, that is) the pin that connects the throttle linkage to the plenum flapper valve just dropped out. The car simply went into idle mode and there was no throttle...
  18. Air flow meter

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi Eric - Thanks so much for the input. The air flow meter fiddling is actually right there on Greg Gordon's great jetronic site. Will definitely NOT follow that advice. Tried the oil cap test and the motor definitely lost power...so at least the air tightness of the system is OK. Am not looking...
  19. Air flow meter

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all, once again - My current jetronic investigation has me looking at my air flow meter. Since I've owned the car, I've noticed a very slight hesitation when pressing the throttle, particularly when pressing it hard. I'd always assumed it was a sticky throttle linkage, but now have other...
  20. Time to change fluids

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Hi all - Now that my Alfa repair confidence is on the upswing, it seems like a good time to change my brake and clutch fluids based on the fact that they look like what Jed Clampett saw when he was 'shootin' at some food'. I've looked around the site, but can't find specifics on what to use...
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