New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

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New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Postby KGROLLE » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:22 pm

Hello all,
After owning my 72 Fiat 124 Spider since 1979, it was high time to do a couple of things:
1. Enter a 'final phase' of major refurbishment, and
2. Join . . . Why I never fully appreciated how valuable this site is, I can't explain.

I haven't figured out how to share photographs yet but you can my appreciate my 'project' (1st picture / 5th row) on the following page:

Don't let outward appearances fool you, the original 1.6L motor was recently pronounced beyond repair, so I'm now working with another 1.8L (4381917 | 131AB.40/7). If it passes my machinist's initial inspection, I'll be having it fully machined and rebuilt with new parts. That will then be combined with a conversion to dual Webers, new Painless wiring harness / relays / connectors, engine bay cleanup & painting, etc. Yes, there has been a bit of 'scope creep' for those experienced with projects!

I look forward to exchanging thoughts with the members of

Ciao . . . Kaj

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Your car is a: 1968 124 Sport Spider
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Re: New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Postby spiderdan » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:20 pm

Hey Kaj, welcome to the forum
I'm sure we've met at one of the ICCO events/parades.
Looks like you have a few interesting projects ahead of you.
Are you doing the work yourself?
Not many willing to work on these cars in Ottawa since Franks' closed.
Keep us updated on your progress.

1968 124 Sport Spider
2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport (hers)
2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited (cottage toy) ... t%20Spider

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Your car is a: 1981 Fiat Spider
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Re: New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Postby rjkoop » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:04 pm

Another Fiat Spider owner in Ottawa... Awesome!

Do you have a good Fiat mechanic you use in Ottawa? I'd love a 'Once Over' by someone who knows these cars. My '81 runs well but I think it could run better.

Ottawa (Kanata)

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Re: New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Postby KGROLLE » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:51 pm

Hi Dan,
Yes I'm sure we've met but likely a few years back. My car hasn't been mechanically reliable the last couple of years so I didn't attend ICCO events. Hopefully soon though. I just received a replacement engine from GA and the machine shop reports it's in very good shape.

I'll post my progress, thanks Kaj

Hi Richard,
I'm on the fence with mechanics at the moment. I've used quite a few and discovered some interesting things removing my engine and transmission. I'm working with a machinist presently and will recommend him in a month or two, after we complete the rebuild of my 'new' engine. So far, I'm quite impressed with him . . . he's always giving me sober 2nd thought on 'improvements'. Basically believes that the original 1.8L engine parts were built solidly while newer parts may be hit and miss, i.e. the pistons may be 40 years old but they still look perfect and the well built.

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Your car is a: 1974 Fiat Spider 1800
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Re: New member from Ottawa, ON, Canada

Postby phaetn » Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:43 pm


There are a few of us here in Ottawa but the driving season is comparatively short compared to our brethren down south. :)

Sound advice from your machinist: If the parts are still good after 40+ years, why risk a newer part that might fail if its quality control isn't as good?

When you feel like it, let us know your machinist. I used once recently to get the head on my 1.8 done (valve seats, new guides, and a decking) and was happy with the work. The local Fiat guru said he's the only shop he'd use on the old engines...

1974 CS1 Spider
32/36 DFV carb
Allison's CompuTronix electronic igntion
Vick's stainless header; no cat
A/R's progressive coils, Koni Yellow dampers
205/50-15 Dunlops on CD-66 style wheels
Momo steering wheel, Corbeau seats and harness
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