NEWSLETTER #1 INTERMECCANICA OWNER'S CLUB FEBRUARY 1974
The Club is getting off to a slow but steady start. Advertisments which appeared Autoweek and Car and Driver have alerted many people but it took four months to 'get through'to Road and Track, probably the most widely-read magazine.A notice will appear in their next issue. Word of mouth is still an excellent referral system, however.
In response to questions, my best information on the production of Intermeccanica through the years;
21 IMP 700 G.T. 1960 Steyr Puch 645cc
85-90 Apollo (11 convertibles) 1963 Buick V8
? Griffith (about 14 to Canada) 1966 Chrysler 273 C.I. V8
33 Omega 1967 Ford 289 C.I. V8
600+ Torino, Italia, 1968 Ford 302, 351 C.I. V8, Chevrolet V8
10 Murena (stationwagons) Ford 429 C.I.
? Indra (the latest thing) Chevrolet V8
Some data on Intermeccanica cars which was compiled and distributed to owners by Edward Ueberall has been sent to me. Apparently he (and earlier, Mr. L. Alcare) has attempted to form a club. Unfortunately, I have not been able to contact him at 811 Hard Road, Webster, New York. He had a list of 40 owners as of July 1971. Meanwhile,member John Wright has borrowed and is Xeroxing the fairly comphrehen- sive Italia owner's manual I secured from the factory. Those who lack one can con- tact him for copies. It is particularily useful since it contains a wiring diagram. His address is 5405 Old Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, Maryland 20031. I have a copy of the large diagram drawn by Mr.Ueberall and sent out by him to owners. I would appreciate any leads to his current address so that I might secure his perm- ission to distribute some of the information he so carefully compiled.
RUST All Intermeccanica owners, even those with recently purchased cars that appear perfect, should make rust repair and prevention a top priority. Lower grill opening panels, front and rear quarter panels, rear wheel openings and spare tire wall are easily attacked by rain and road salt.
There are commercial concerns(such as Ziebart)that can and will disassemble where necessary, reaching into crannies to apply special rust-proofing to suscept- ible panels. This should be done even to a new car. On older cars, the rust is al- ready started and it is best to take a wire brush to the thick rust and then coat with a special zinc primer. (I've had fairly good results with both spray and brush Rustoleum.) However, it is often wise to let a few months elapse and then check primed areas again before painting and/or undercoating. Incidentlally, just applying undercoat may cause trouble since undetected rust can exist underneath and spread rapidly because of the undercoating.The wire-brushing process is tedious and you may want to hire a teen-aged car buff for this, as he probably has his 'street-rod' similarly fixed. If you must have this done by others, asking around at body shops and speed or high-performance-oriented shopes may yeild a good lead to someone who will do a conscientious job. Also, some Texaco service stations use a greasy compound on undersurfaces; not permanent, but good stuff. Note: Your car should be thoroughly dried out for several days prior to rust-proofing. It is likely that your car will become a desireable collector's item in the not-too- distant future. A rust-free body is one of the best financial investments you can make.
Sooner or later we all run into pipe and muffler replacement. To the best of my current knowledge, early cars with Ford engines can use modified Mustang front pipes. You may have to have them fabricated, however. I understand that the importers are getting in some correct parts for recent cars. A somewhat quieter system can employ 1957 Chrysler mufflers. The 1963 Cadillac mufflers are a good fit on Omega and probably others.One Italia owner, sparing no expense, has adapted Stebro flow-thru muffler systems designed for Triumph TR-4. These exit at the rear in double tips at a jaunty angle inclination.
Newsletter #2 will begin the membership registry and a rundown of parts interchangability. Please let me know of you special problems or useful soloutions.
L. Burnett RD 3, Huntington, New York 11743
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