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  1. Info here: www.automobile-catalog.com or www.zeroto60times.com may be helpful without risking any parts Bob
  2. Sounds like a bad connection somewhere from the battery. Positive or ground. I had a battery negative cable that had intermittent contact in the connector itself on the battery end. Would not turn the starter but lights etc would work. Bob
  3. The muffler bearings are cheap though................
  4. http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=51&zenid=uLCyjBlLsN2CHPws7oajo1
  5. Common leak point is the top/windshield interface on the door ends. Solution is to use foam tape to form a gasket. Bob
  6. 3/32 should be big enough to let the cleaner spigot enter. Put tape on the bit so you don't go deeper than 1/8 in. or so. Mid way between the terminals and paddle should do it. Use Deoxit 5 contact spray. Bob
  7. Did you try cleaning the switch first? Italian cars are famous for dirty contacts. Get some Deoxit 5 and spray the switch. It's expensive but worth it. Bob
  8. Has some of the hallmarks of a scam- I'd pass. Bob
  9. The dash mat my PO used was the carpet type and the heat deteriorated the backing which stuck to the leather and also wrinkled it. If I was to use anything it would be cotton, not plastic or synthetics which have the propensity to outgas potentially harmful (to the leather) chemicals. Leatherique is an excellent idea anyway. It will clean, moisten and preserve the leather even in the sun. I do some leather work and the material is available to redo the TC's leather. I have never done a whole dash but have done the part over the instruments and steering wheels. Bob
  10. The PO of my 89 SOHC car used a dashmat here in TX and it ruined the leather on the passenger side from whatever the backing material was.. I would treat with Leatherique, go matless and let the sun try to do it's best. Bob
  11. Show me the documented numbers of stopping distances by independent sources ( not manufactures or vendors) and I will be open to changing my mind. Bob
  12. Too bad you didn't read this article before doing your brakes- http://oppositelock.kinja.com/brake-myths-what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting-to-st-1688020147 Bob
  13. I would caution you to not get them too hot. Leather can be dried out with too much heat. I don't know if being coated with Leatherique and sealed in plastic would counter the drying effect. Inside a car in the sun the temperature could get as high as 155F. according to local news reports of pets being left in cars in the summer here (Texas). I would try to measure the "in bag" temp. Bob
  14. Leathertique is the best according to most people including the Ford museum and the Smithsonian. Good enough for me and besides it really works. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. Expensive compared to other products but worth it. Bob
  15. Another method to measure a round bar or whatever is to take a strip of paper and wrap it around the object slightly uneven, make a pen or pencil mark across both sides of the strip then take it off and measure between the marks and divide by 3.1416 (pi). Bob
  16. Admittedly I have not tried any other tires on my TCs but I have tries all different kinds of tires on all kinds of cars over the past 50 years from Michelin radials on a '57 Chevy to Goodyear racing tires on a F/V to low profile gummy compound tires on my Lexus SC400. On the Lexus the traction was improved, the handling was different going from under to oversteer and the ride went from nice on a long trip to something like my Ford F-350 diesel pickup with no load. I prefer the touring tires it was designed for. Cars are a compromise where suspension is concerned. Tires, spring load and rates, shock damping and suspension type and geometry all have to be tuned with each other and changing one affects all the others. There are posts all the time on the Alfa BB about tires, shocks and springs and how people have changed them to the latest performance components and how it ruined the feel of their Alfa. Kinda like the latest craze of slotted cross drilled rotors and ceramic brake pads on a street car. Outside of looks, they are actually worse as far as longevity and performance. I do not pretend to know anything about suspension engineering so I let the guys at Maserati take care of that job and trust they know what they are doing. If anyone here has more knowledge than they do please share it with us complete with real data, not seat of the pants readings. Bob
  17. Price seems a bit high since to going rate on Ebay seems to be in the $40 range. I got mine there for $35 with "Buy it now." Bob
  18. I like the ride of my Uniroyal Tiger Paws. TC's were designed as a touring car with a suspension design for that purpose. Trying to "improve" the performance and handling with performance tires and shocks will have dubious if not derogatory results. If you want a great handling track car, get a Porsche 944. If you want a classic Italian handling sports car get an old Alfa Spider. Don't try to make a TC handle like either one of these- it won't because it was not designed to. Enjoy the touring ride qualities with proper touring tires. Bob
  19. With the auction prices up a bit and the topless season arriving I would at least give Ebay a shot rather than parting it out. Just my $.02 Bob
  20. Is the odometer working? Cracking leather all over is a big negative on a 15k mi. car. I paid less for my DOHC and much less for my SOHC both with ~50k mi. with good leather. I would pass if it were offered to me at $5000. Bob
  21. A/C vent problem is usually an unplugged vacuum hose going to selector switch. Mine was under hood going through firewall- small (1/8" app.) diameter hard and flex hose. Bob
  22. Get a can of DeOxit 5% and clean the contacts first. It is a bit expensive but worth it IMO. Required in any Italian car toolbox. Bob
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