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Old 10-04-2014   #1
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1979(?) 124/Spider 2000 - Need a correct carb

Hello all, I've done some searching in the forums but can't quite find what I need so I hope you can help me.

I've recently been tasked with getting a 79 Spider running after sitting for God only knows how long. I've replaced a bunch of parts (plugs, wires, air pump just to name a few). I could get the car running and even drove it to the gas station to put air in the tires and gas in the tank but the very next day, the owner would call me back and say the car wouldn't run. When I would return, I could get the car running again with some coaxing (i.e starter fluid). Once it got some heat into it, it would run nice and smooth but once it cooled back down, it wouldn't even start without starter fluid. This is when I noticed the carb had a vacuum leak from the top and bottom gaskets. Bought a rebuild kit but I noticed upon taking the thing apart that it was missing internal parts (the car had been previously worked on by an unknown mechanic). I'm amazed the thing ran at all...

I guess what I need is a good parts supplier in the US, specifically San Diego, CA if possible, where I can get the correct carb and get the car back on the road before I dent the fender with my forehead.

I appreciate you taking the time to look at my thread and hope you can point me in the right direction. Thank you for your time.
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Re: 1979(?) 124/Spider 2000 - Need a correct carb

You might try:-

Chris Obert, 2131 D Delaware St., Santa Cruz, CA95060 Ph 1-831.423.0218
(formally Fiatplus) also goes under the name :- C.Obert & Co.
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San Diego Carburetor 6622 University Ave., San Diego, CA92115
Ph. (619)265-240
www.sdcarb.com
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Or post your request on www.garagejournal.com (Free Parking section),
several members have Fiat 124 Spiders and may have a suitable spare carburetor.
Would also suggest a web search using one of the search engines, Google, Bing etc.,
Why not have the existing carb repaired by one of the carb. specialists as used carbs,
especially those left lying unused, can be troublesome to get working properly again.
There can't be much wrong with the existing carb if the engine runs well when warmed up.
Hope this is of some help,

Regards,

Al.
(124 Coupe owner and former Fiat Main Dealer mechanic in '70s & '80s)
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Re: 1979(?) 124/Spider 2000 - Need a correct carb

Hello. I'm a newish owner of a 78 Spider. My car came to me with a new Empi 32/36 carb which is an improvement over the stock Weber. It's almost identical and a new one costs about $200 or $250. They aren't legal in CA but I was still able to smog the car with it on -- the tech couldn't see the carb under the air cleaner and all the visible hoses were hooked up properly. They sell them through Allison Automotive among other places. Good luck.
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