California Spider Question

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spiderbit
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Your car is a: 1981 Fiat 124 Spider

California Spider Question

Postby spiderbit » Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:08 pm

I have an 81 that’s painfully slow and I’m assuming that some of the issue is because the car was first sold in California. My question is what should I loook for to de-California this car? How do I know if catalytic converter is original? Other emission parts I can change or remove? Thanks.

JohnMc
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Your car is a: 1970 Fiat 124

Re: California Spider Question

Postby JohnMc » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:41 pm

I had a 1980 California 124 with fuel injection. It was fast - or should I say much faster than my California 1969 - fast is relative. I wonder if some of your smog and cats are having issues.

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Odoyle
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Your car is a: 1983 Pinafarina Spider

Re: California Spider Question

Postby Odoyle » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:07 am

As John said, fast is relative, but shouldn't be as your describing, +1 on check cat and center muffler +rear muffler. Could be rusted inside causing excess back pressure. Also check that timing of the distributor is set to 10 degrees ± 1 using a timing light.

JohnMc
Posts: 108
Joined: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:30 pm
Your car is a: 1970 Fiat 124

Re: California Spider Question

Postby JohnMc » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:49 pm

Another thought - when I had my 1980 FI California 124 (in about 1986) I really screwed up and had sprayed down the engine to clean it off, like I had done with my 1969. Terrible idea - when driving it back home the car was not running well and pumping unburned gasoline into the cat. The cat heated up and melted - while shooting out hot pieces. Took to a shop that scolded me and I ended up having to get another cat put on. The car did not run nearly as fast with that aftermarket cat as it did before - but at that time the original cat was about twice as much as the aftermarket.
Now you can get cats that are much less restrictive.
So that is a good question your raise - but I do not have the answer. Sorry.


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