Looking for a Local Shop

Discussion in 'Front-Engine Rear Drive Fiats' started by Joe F, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Joe F

    Joe F Hi Miles, Lo Maintenance

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    My 1980 Spider needs more help than I can give.
    I have a retirement home in the Villages Florida (near Ocala) and I bought this Spider a few years ago. I have done all I could with limited space and resources to make it a daily driver. It runs good now, but I've been fighting oil leaks since day one.
    Anyone know of a shop I can use that would be capable of tracking down these leaks? I visited a few "European Repair" shops locally, but I did not feel they knew the car.
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. BEEK

    BEEK True Classic

    Location:
    Clermont Fl
    im near the villages if the car is in fla. Ill help
     
  3. Joe F

    Joe F Hi Miles, Lo Maintenance

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    The car is in Florida, at the Villages. Thanks for the offer, do you have a shop? I cannot do this in my garage. I have a feeling this is going to be a partial teardown with at least replacing the oil pan gasket and the cam seals. It could be even worse...I would hate to burden someone with a long term project.
     
  4. kmead

    kmead True Classic

    Location:
    Michigan
    This is a very kind offer. Have a look at his thread for updating his Spider and Lancia and you will be smart to make a beeline for his garage...

    Better than any mechanic you will find in FL, by far.
     
  5. Joe F

    Joe F Hi Miles, Lo Maintenance

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    BEEK, PM sent.
     
  6. BEEK

    BEEK True Classic

    Location:
    Clermont Fl
    I am a high school auto shop teacher now, Owned a Fiat / Lancia repair business for about 20 years. While I do not have a shop at home I do have full use of the schools facilities. All my tools are at the schools shop. At the moment I am currently 3/4 of the way through football season. I also Coach football. Once that is over I will have plenty of time. When a car, such as yours is in the shop I do all the work and use it for instructional purposes. I do not let the kids work on other peoples cars, except teachers. All I ask is that you provide all the parts, I will provide all labor free of charge. If you like what you get, a small donation can be made to the schools autoshop. But is not mandatory.
     
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  7. Chad C.

    Chad C. Daily Driver

    Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
    Sure do love me some Xweb... : )
     
  8. Joe F

    Joe F Hi Miles, Lo Maintenance

    Location:
    New Hampshire
    I heartily accept your offer. I am glad my car can be used to aid the education of future auto enthusiasts. My car is in no way a trophy contender, I have repaired and modified it to be a daily fun drive. I am a retired mechanical engineer and have been wrenching Fiats (mostly X-1/9's) since 1972. I have no issues with my car being worked on by anyone, just as long as they have a true love for cars.
    I wish you luck with your football season and look forward to communicating with you at seasons end. I posted a personal message to you with my email or you can reply to this message.
    Thanks again.
     

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