Weekend wrenching


Yesterday and today I finished installation of the charcoal canister and its bracket to the sub-frame. It took some time to collect the canister and the bracket but various folks helped me out in that regard.

I connected the bottom port on the canister to the line from the two-way valve, this collects fumes from the tank. The top port goes to a constant vacuum port on the base of the carb, which has a small vacuum at all times. The unused port is for a cab vent which my 38DGAS doesn't have.

I also came up with a solution to a previously unmentioned problem; that of the plastic mountings of the dash-door bolster extension. On the driver's side mine were severely damaged to the point where they could barely support the bolster. I fashioned some reinforcement from simple fender washers and used plastic welding solvent to adhere the washers to the remaining ABS/PS plastic. So far so good.

I ended the weekend with a sunny day open-top drive to Lezisig's place to admire his 850 Spider project. I got to recall various esoteric details from when I owned my '72 850 Sport Spider, and we compared a lot of notes. I also gave him a copy of a modification guide I have held on to.

On the way home I stopped at a local auto parts place to pick something up and got a lot of compliments from another guy who seemed to recognize the car but mistook it as a Alfa Romeo. Oh well. :whistle:


Old enough to know better
Nice work on your part. I love seeing people make/fix what is broken and not just replacing.

As for his 850 Spider, he has made a number of posts showing some of his work on the Fiat Spider forum, nice work. I haven't owned a Spider (of either kind) yet but I look forward to it.