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Author Topic: A Spyder recommissioning  (Read 894 times)
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Lancia Beta Spider, Lancia Fulvia Zagato

« on: 20 August, 2021, 10:28:25 AM »

At present Iím unable to get onto the Betaboyz site where I originally posted an enquiry, so please excuse any duplication.
Iím recommissioning a Beta Spider after being garaged for four years, firstly Iím getting the car back from the garage in Essex to my driveway in Kent, so if anyone living in Kent knows of any garages available Iíd be interested.
The following was obtained from a friend who is a Jaguar restorer and applies to a Mark 2 3.4. Firstly spark plugs come out and pour in an upper cylinder lubricant (Tru Blue) and leave for three days, change oil and oil filter, drain any fuel from tank, clean any filter there, clean other filters in fuel line. Strip and clean carburettors (never done that in all my amateur mechanics life).
Connect up battery turn over engine without turning on ignition to ascertain if engine turns over( maybe turn over engine manually instead?)
Bleed all brakes, change fluid to DOT 4 fluid, change gearbox oil, change spark plugs, change point?
My thoughts on the above are, use 20/50 engine oil, a synthetic gearbox oil, a new battery ( your recommendations would be appreciated).
In previous messages I retold my ďadventure ď on the M23/M25 connection where the fuel evaporated before reaching the carburettor and stranding us in the middle of 6 lanes of motorway, an electric fuel pump seems the best option there Betaboyz bits have one but not in stock at present.
I am so sorry if all the above sounds rather my ABC book of car maintenance but up until recently I was driving a 2005 Alfa GT 1.9 diesel, which dumped most of its oil in Dartford Tunnel last weekend making it not a viable restoration, and I thought spending money on replacement pushes the Lancia renovation further back, so use Carolís C3 and concentrate on getting things sorted.
Many thanks again for letting me bend your ears, Iíve been impressed by the friendship gained by the Forum,I also still have the Fulvia Zagato 1300, awaiting a similar job
Regards Alan
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