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#187 of 196 Funny you should mention.....
Feb 26, 2002 (1:17 pm)
Window regulators..... I "started" installing a window regulator in my son's '82 Fiat Spider 2 weeks ago, I'm still not done with it! Who designed that engineering marvel??? Looks like the same guy that designed the electrical system in the car got pushed over into the window regulator dept! What a mess! So far I've got the window to go up and down, but not without a horrible gear-teeth-eating-cable sound every time I turn the crank. What fun!
Other than that, it's a hoot! One of the best little cars I've ever owned (including my world famous MGC!).
Feb 26, 2002 (2:32 pm)
Oh, those are tough to do. If the cable gets slack while you are installing it, you are in deep kim-chee.
May 21, 2002 (4:45 pm)
Hello all, I had an X 1/9 years ago in college and everything was great until the tranny blew. No replacements were available, and no mechanic would touch it. I had to search high and low to find a guy who would put new tires on the rims. The wheels would not fit on anyone's tire machine! Oh well, fast forward 20 years and lo and behold there is an '81 X1/9 for sale for about 3K. Rebuilt heads, gearbox tuneup, yadda yadda. MY question is "Was '81 the last year for the X1/9?" And, were they any better than my mid 70's crate? All opinions will be welcomed and enjoyed!!!!
May 21, 2002 (5:19 pm)
Fiat X1/9s were built by Bertone up to 1990 and the newer cars are better, yes, especially if they have the larger engine and fuel injection. That's what you want.
May 21, 2002 (5:39 pm)
Do you remember the exact year of your Fiat X1/9? Back in the '70s, Consumer Reports called them "quirky and not very reliable."
#192 of 196 I believe..............
May 22, 2002 (4:09 am)
my X1/9 was a '75. It was a four speed and I think it was fuel injected? This '81 I'm considering is a 5sp, I did not know they existed! I wonder if '81 rims will fit on a tire machine, I've never heard anyone moan so loud when they had to stop what their doing and break a tire by hand and mount a new one. The size of the '81 engine, I'm not sure yet.
#193 of 196 X 1/9 Engine size............
May 23, 2002 (4:01 am)
Seller said motor was F/I 1.5 litre. Is this a decent one?
May 23, 2002 (9:21 am)
Yes, that's the best combo, FI and the 1500. It's not rocket ship but it's the best you are going to get.
Most important thing you have to remember with an X1/9 is that this car was built to a price. It is a cheap car, let's just come out and say it. So you'll have to deal with that basic nature of the car whenever you repair it. Things break off and wear out. It wasn't built to last.
Still, you can have a lot of fun for cheap if you buy a good car to begin with. Just don't match your expectations to that of a Lexus.
#195 of 196 Brings back memories...
Jun 17, 2002 (8:35 pm)
I totaled a 71 124 Spider, found a shell and transferred all my running gear into the shell. I sold it when I got tired of changing the carbs back to stock every other year for the smog test.
I had dual weber IDF carbs on the car. That's one throat feeding each cylinder. It really transforms the engine.
I'm surprised that a previous post mentioned that 124 Spiders weren't officially imported into the UK because the dual weber set-up was available outside the US. If you look at a Haynes manual for the car, you'll see tuning instructions for the dual webers. The intake manifold was a FIAT part.
I recently (finally) sold my pininfarina hardtop. This was a rare factory hardtop used on the Abarth 124 rally car. They were really fun cars. I considered getting another one, but then I remembered how exhausted I felt after rebuilding the first one. Didn't want to touch a car for about a year. They are fun though.
Jun 18, 2002 (7:09 am)
My son's '82 is a hoot to drive! He loves it and so do I. Quick, comfortable (for a sports car) and classy lines..... what more could you ask?