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    The Italians are together again

    The Italians are together again. The Spider seems to be running fine now (it was over heating when we 1st got it back, the control module for the fan was defective, plus the ignition switch decided to start not making contact) . Been putting it through it's paces this morning while running errands. Smooth doing 70mph also. Besides the wiring, rebuilt/tooled engine, ignition switch, new coolant system, new windshield wiper motor (it barely moved before), new locks for the trunk and doors, new dash and cloth top. Fingers crossed that's it. Now we can move on to the rest of the interior and some surface rust issues (no serious rust fortunately), and adding air conditioning. They got that stupid clock/compass thing off the glove box door also without damage. Wife wants to do as much to the interior ourselves as possible. For now just glad to have her back so we can enjoy her for the rest of the season. No name for the Spider yet. That will come later. Only 1 bumper sticker for this one also (not like the Abarth)...a blue lives matter decal/flag for the back.
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    The Italians are together again. The Spider seems to be running fine now (it was over heating when we 1st got it back, the control module for the fan was defective, plus the ignition switch decided to start not making contact) . Been putting it through it's paces this morning while running errands. Smooth doing 70mph also. Besides the wiring, rebuilt/tooled engine, ignition switch, new coolant system, new windshield wiper motor (it barely moved before), new locks for the trunk and doors, new dash and cloth top. Fingers crossed that's it. Now we can move on to the rest of the interior and some surface rust issues (no serious rust fortunately), and adding air conditioning. They got that stupid clock/compass thing off the glove box door also without damage. Wife wants to do as much to the interior ourselves as possible. For now just glad to have her back so we can enjoy her for the rest of the season. No name for the Spider yet. That will come later. Only 1 bumper sticker for this one also (not like the Abarth)...a blue lives matter decal/flag for the back.
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    Great to hear and to see! Here are a few videos on doing interior work on a Spider. There are a lot of pieces available and it is not too hard to disassemble. Just takes patience and take lots of pictures so you can remember how everything goes.

    Console:



    Door panel:



    Carpet install:





    The only real skill involved is seat upholstery and you can save a lot of money by removing the seats and bringing them to the upholsterer. If you are into doing it yourself, replacing the seat covers is doable if you have patience. Check out the videos on youtube on upholstery to get familiar with how its done. Have fun!
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    Thanks. My wife said she learned how to work on her old Ford F150 by looking up videos on you tube...and she really wants to tackle most of this herself (unlike me....she loves working on cars). Most seem pretty straight forward. Think the hardest part will be the center console/arm rest thing. Most is just bolts/screws. Don't think we'll have it car show pristine..especially since we got it for weekend drives to go antiquing...but heck...I'll take to some..even as is. Can't wait to take it to a cars and coffee. We've spent way more than I intended just to get it here (but as my wife pointed out...less than what our budget was for a fully restored classic car, add to the fact we hired an automotive technician who got his start at a Fiat dealership back in the day instead of doing it ourselves like others do), and no way we would get our money back if sold...but the wife wanted this one..especially since it's an automatic. Plus...I want my son to eventually have this...so don't really plan on selling it. nice thing is the shop stands behind it's work with a warranty.

    Another nice thing is the gas station I use has no ethanol gas...both regular and premium. Been putting in premium. Not sure what we'll do on longer trips where it all seems to contain ethanol...which I'm leary of with this car.
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    Yesterday we took her a little further out but still fairly close to home. Wife and I drove out to a lake about 20 miles away, then after stopping at Sonic for orange slushies (or what ever they're called....kind of like an orange julius)...decided to drive around another lake about 40 miles away. No problem with highway speeds...had her up to 70 (but still getting passed...65 zone). Saturday we took her out to the inlaws about 10 miles away...and I took my sister in-law for a drive around the lake they live on, and she liked it. She thought it was fun...and was surprised how quiet it was. Saturday morning I took her to run errands (grocery shopping...hunting for hot wheels and matchboxes...etc) so lots of starts and stops. No issues...and enjoyed her they way she should be enjoyed...top down...radio on...and just out cruising with the wife. Except for how hot it was yesterday...it was a good day. Caught the wife this morning looking up how to videos on you tube on interior repair/restoring. Found a cover for the steering wheel column for 25 (roughly) in good shape with the screws online...so went ahead and got that coming. Figure a little bit here and there. Hard part will be finding colors that match (door panels are red with black on top)...and didn't have any luck finding the seat belt receptacles...they work..but the plastic is all cracked and brittle.


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