On Feb 3, 9:19 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Sexton) wrote:
Yeah, I don't know what they did or didn't do for corrosion
protection, but those Fiat's were rust buckets. I had a 76 124
Spyder. Had it Ziebarted, which may have helped and was smart enought
to get rid of it in maybe 4 years or less. At that point, it didn't
have any rust yet. But just about every year, I'd have to replace one
or more calipers, because they seized. Had a cylinder head gasket
go, with no overheating preceding it. It did happen while my friend
had borrowed the car and was driving in some mountain areas with
grades. I know he had a habit of letting the engine lug, instead of
downshifting, and always wondered if that could have contributed to
the head gasket failing. This was at maybe 60K miles and when they
removed the head, they said the valve seals were shot, so had to have
that done. They asked if I hadn't change the oil, like it was my
fault. But I had changed the oil at or before schedule every
time. Just another example of fine Fiat quality. Did I mention
the time the clutch cable broke in a parking garage in NYC?
Yup, that's a Fiat. My timing belt broke at 79K miles. Munched a couple
of valves and buggered the head. Had the head rebuilt, rebuilt the
motor, went away to Uni... my folks sold it for $100 to some Spanish
kid who racked up tickets on it in my name for two years.
I rebuilt everything on that car except the differential. Mine had
a cherrywood dash (the coupes had black platic there, the spyders
had real wood) and a capybara gearshift boot.
Still though, with a twincam engine, 4 wheel discs and a 5 speed
in the mid 70's it was a helluva car. I always lusted after
an Alfa till I drove one and found it nowhere near as
fast or managable.
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On Feb 7, 12:35 pm, email@example.com (Richard Sexton) wrote:
Now that you mention Alfas, here's a good story. I bought my Fiat
spyder when I was in college. A good friend of mine, Charlie, had
one and I thought they were hot cars too. A year or so later,
Charlie and his fiancee both buy brand new Alfa spyders.
So, Fiats being what they are, one fine day my fuel pump went when I
was out on the highway. So, I called a tow truck and had it towed.
Charlie discovered that I had used a regular tow truck, not a flat-
bed. Being on the highway at the time, the thought of what kind of
tow truck to ask for never entered my mind. And they towed it fine,
no problems. So, I get a big lecture on how I was nuts to let them
tow it with a regular tow truck.
Then about a year later, Charlie and the fiancee are driving home from
Boston to PA and the girl friends Alfa breaks down. So, what does HE
do? Why he tries to push it with his Alfa and creams the front of
his car. Maybe her car too, don't really remember that part anymore.
On Tue, 3 Feb 2009 14:19:05 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard
Believe it or not, the first mass produced cars to use galvanizing in
the USA were those made by AMC/Rambler.
My 1962 Rambler had the entire body deep dipped in electro-galvanising
primer with the rocker panels made of standard galvanized steel.
I have *NEVER* said or suggested that the MB was anything but an excellent
automobile. Or that it wasn't fuel efficient. The non-turbo diesels of the
80's were just slow as hell. Newer ones are much quicker. I don't know why
some dorks need to take commenting that they were slow as an attack on the
quality of the car. They weren't made to RACE. They were a nice, very
comfortable, economical and extremely reliable even IF incredibly SLOW cars.
Car quality isn't defined by 0 to 60 times. But I must say 30 seconds is
probably a bit optimistic. Downhill maybe.(If the incline was steep enough)
OM61x series diesel engines until mid-80s. These have iron cylinder head.
Yours is OM60x series (in fact, OM602) which has aluminum cylinder head
with hydraulic lifter. The valve never needs adjustment but the lifter
sometimes does go bad. The gap can be checked when, for example,
replacing valve cover gasket.
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