Immediately after getting the car home, all 4 CV joints were
In the year 2002 I did a lot of the work that had needed to be done since I got the car. I replaced the lower cam tower gaskets that were oozing oil onto the exhaust manifold, put on another timing belt and replaced the exhaust manifold with headers and a new muffler. The starter solenoid, which had been intermittent since I got the car, finally quit working so I replaced it and renewed the starter while it was out. The driver side floorboard was rusted badly and the driver's butt was sinking slowly towards the pavement, so I decided that it might be time to fix it. The old floorboards were cut away and I had new, stronger, stiffer metal welded in to replace them. The interior went back in with new carpet from HomeDepot. Only $20 and it matched not only the original color, but even the texture. The rear cross-member in the engine compartment was cracked, as all of them seem to do, so it was patched with yet another weld. Only larger and stronger this time. It really tightened up the shifter.
Floorboards $125 Starter rebuild $75
Cross-member weld $25 Carpet $20
In June, Teresa and I drove to Lake of the Ozarks
2700 mile round trip from Florida was mechanically uneventful. Over twenty
cars showed up. Three were transported by trailer, but the rest drove under their
own power. Several made a round trip of well over a thousand miles, a few drove over
two thousand miles. Only one car broke down on the way and couldn't make it.
Pretty good for 25 to 35 year old sports cars with a reputation for being
unreliable. It just goes to show that you can't believe half of what you hear.
We had a great time, drank lots of beer, ate well and enjoyed meeting the folks I
first met at Mirafiori.com. We're looking forward to being at Fiat Freak Out in
Asheville, NC June 2003. Only this time we'll drive the red Beta or the blue 124