1970 Fiat 124 Spider
I bought this car in 1995 with a bad engine. It had been off the road since 1984!
The odometer showed just over 60k miles, which I believed were genuine from the nice
condition of the interior. The dash wasn't even cracked! At first I did not like the orange/black paintjob, but
eventually it grew on me. I installed the 2000cc engine from the wrecked Brava racecar
(see separate page on that :-), and I was on my way! Eventually I rebuilt the engine,
then installed fuel injection, you can read about those things in spearate pages.
Here it is in 1997 with 13" American Racing alloys wheels:
Same car in the spring of 2000 with a new hood and 14" Maserati Biturbo wheels:
A few pics of the 2000FI engine (sorry, the engine compartment is not detailed):
2000 FI block and head, rebuilt Jan-May 1998
Block bored with a torque-plate made from an old cylinder head
8.9:1 CR pistons (84.4mm, gives 2014cc)
Block shaved 1.25mm (.050") to give 9.8:1 CR
Fuel pump lobe cut off from auxiliary shaft,
oil hole plugged with threaded insert
Crankshaft plugs removed, holes tapped and plugged with
Exhaust ports smoothed out, intake ports enlarged
Infinitely adjustable camgears
21 mm timingbelt
Modified Toyota throttle cable and pedal
Stock Fuel Injection
Airfilter box from T-bird Turbo
Stock FI exhaust manifold and downpipe, 50mm (2") exhaust system
DynoMax 57mm (2-1/4") muffler
1974 Spider radiator
Dyno sheet for my Spider!
Here's a pic of the engine before installation:
And here's one after installation. Initially the engine had a Weber 32/36DFEV carburator and block mounted electronic distributor (from a 1979 Lancia Beta).
This one is after the Fuel Injection conversion. Battery moved to trunk, distributor moved to camtower, coil to right inner fender. Since the picture was taken the alternator was moved to the left side of the engine, and the airhorns relocated to the grille area.
25mm (1") front swaybar with urethane bushings
Front suspension rebuilt (bushings, balljoints)
13mm (1/2") rear swaybar (from Toyota Celica)
Spax adjustable front shocks
KYB gas rear shocks
Polyurethane bushings in panhard rod
14x6" Maserati Biturbo wheels
195/60-14 Yokohama AVSi tires
Front suspension after rebuild:
Old, cracking paint with some bondo PIC
Custom made 1-1/2" rollbar
Canvas convertible top
Hella H4 headlights with 100/140 Watt bulbs and relays
Battery relocated to right front corner of trunk
Bumpers overriders removed
Front and side emblems removed PIC
Amber rear turn signal lenses PIC
Front parklamp wires/bulbs reversed, so turn signal is on outside of lamps
Abarth steering wheel PIC
124 Coupe inside door handles
Fire extinguisher and First Aid box mounted on rear 'shelf'
Floors repaired and painted with POR-15
Pics from the summer 2000 Alfa Rodeo': an Alfa Romeo club track event
Hallett Racing Circuit, Oklahoma, USA
Picures of the car and me from November 2002:
Pictures of the car after the wreck in 03/2003 :-(
Another car failed to yield...
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