1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

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1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:50 pm

In the latest round of "but you have all of these unfinished projects....what are you thinking?!?!?"

I've acquired a real project, one that might keep me busy for a long time. It'll be a while until I can get my hands on it and get started, but here are some initial shots.
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by MadFiat » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:24 pm

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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:41 am

lol
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:37 pm

So it’s arrived in Texas, or most of it. The hood vanished in transit. Thankfully a spare was packed.
Properly Italian, I need a translator for the gauges.
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by sportfan » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:31 pm

In the early 70's several guys in the sportscar club I was a member of , in Va. had 850's. They spent about the same amount of time working on them as driving them. I wish you luck.

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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by MadFiat » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:35 pm

As soon as I finish my latest repair I need to see your disaster.
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:01 pm

sportfan wrote:
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:31 pm
In the early 70's several guys in the sportscar club I was a member of , in Va. had 850's. They spent about the same amount of time working on them as driving them. I wish you luck.
I can see why that is. I got hold of the owner's book online and the maintenance tasks are extensive. Even when it's running well there seems to be stuff to do. This is definitely a little sports car that thinks it's an Italian exotic.
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Mon Jul 13, 2020 1:50 pm

So I'd made a decision to park this car up until I've completed the existing projects that I'm behind on, and until the weather in Texas was more reasonable.

That said I have been poking around to see what the future might hold.

The first thing I noticed is the engine is tiny. It also has stuff that I don't understand, I guess I'll have to learn what was going on in 1970 when the car was built.
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My eyes were also drawn to some numbers written under the trunk lid (is that the correct name for a rear engined car, rear hood?). Those look a bit like compression numbers, so that suggests some internal issues. I was planning to dissemble the engine anyway, but still....
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compression?
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I started pulling out the interior to clean things up a bit. Discovered that there were some extra ventilation points under the seats.
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I also test fitted the spare hood (frunk?) since the original is somewhere between Vegas and Houston.
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It fits well, but now I have some doubts about what color scheme I want. Thankfully I'm probably years from that decision needing to be finalized.

I also found a partial, mangled original FIAT tool kit, so some positive news (clutching at straws here).
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by MadFiat » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:33 pm

After I finish my project, would you like me to drop my engine hoist off at your place?
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Re: 1971 Fiat 850 Sport Spider - Unnamed

Post by texanbrit » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:48 am

MadFiat wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:33 pm
After I finish my project, would you like me to drop my engine hoist off at your place?
That would probably be smart, although the engine weighs less than 50lbs.
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