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1986 Spider: About two weeks ago, I was driving into work as usual. The temp gauge was reading a little high, made a mental note to check once I parked. Popped the hood, water was gushing out of the thermostat bypass hose. Of course- the most difficult to get to hose...learned all about venting coolant when at operating temperature.

Changed the hose after work in the parking lot. Endured dirty looks from some coworkers because of the coolant on their parking lot, so got some kitty litter the next day to soak it up.

While replacing the hose, learned that the number one rubber injector hose was deteriorated and leaking. Removed fuel rail in parking lot. Wife took me and the fuel rail to local Alfa specialist for repair.

Picked up the fuel rail at noon the next day, installed after work without any problems, even though it was the hottest day of the year- about 98 F. Noted that car idled differently. Took home and adjusted idle- it idles fine at start-up, once it reaches operating temperature the idle got rough.

Of course, decided to adjust idle day before leaving town. Started engine, died a few minutes later- wouldn't start. Checked for spark and fuel. If anything, it smelled like it was flooded- thought you couldn't flood a fuel injected engine...

Went out this morning- started right up and ran like a champ. For now, problem solved. Spent all day troubleshooting, today she must know I have some ambivalent/malevolent feelings towards her, so she's back to normal. This car is as temperamental as any person I've known, but I love her...
 

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A 25 year old car needs preventive maintenance of any rubber part. It's not "if" it'll fail, but rather when. Most cars that old were melted ingots long ago.
 
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