Intermeccanica Owners' Club
L. L. Burnett
R. D. 3
Huntington, N.Y. 11743
As of December 31st the Club has
eleven new members,monies totaling $219.34 and excellent prospects for 1976 and beyond.
Coming aboard are:(list removed)
Although others are waiting to become
1976 members (Gary Smookler '72 Italia Coupe) and some punctual members have sent in '76
dues, I would like to step aside a little and let another carry the torch. Therefore, I
ask for volunteers. If none appear, I will offer to write sporadic newsletters when I have
enough new information of interest. And I'll ask others to do the typing, reproduction,
and mailing and be reimbursed. Each function could be done by a different member at little
cost in time. So please consider volunteering to do the whole thing, or part.
D. Hamelink's solution was a Koni 350
lb/in. of the type used with their racing shocks. The only modification needed is to
remove the shock collar which forms the upper spring mount and weld on a slightly smaller
one. Springs are 14" long and are pretty stiff, so probably a 300 would be about
right. These springs are sold by Kensington Corp.,150 Green Street, Hackensack, New
Jersey, 07601 for $40 retail.Drew's cost $37 from a speed shop. Since Mr.Leekus of High
Performance Auto, 40 Oser Street, Hauppauge, L.I.,New York provides Bilstein's to Club
members or $39, you can figure on about $160 for parts. This contrasts with approximately
$400 for the Koni shock and spring combination! Larry Simon says he thinks the B46-476-HA
Bilstein includes a spring and collar but Mr.Vos says "no" and provides spring
specifications: Wire diameter 13mm, Turns 12.5,Useful turns 11,Free length 333mm,405 Kg
load = 240mm length,Internal diameter of top 2 coils 85mm. This gives 4.354 Kg/mm as a
guide to spring selection.Please note that the specs on p3 of NL5 are obvioulsy early
suspension data. Now if some member will work it all out, including the data for late rear
Numerologist members will have
already noted that Griffith #1 is owned by Mr. Nibali. Well -- Bill Stamm is now proud
possessor of Omega #1. Also N.W. Lancione has met the owner of Apollo #1 inFort Lauderdale
and Early Italia #1 is in Beverly Hills (Ed Carter).
Cracks and stars can be fixed, it
seems. According to Jack Triplett:
I had a star-break in mine, as in the
diagram, approximately 7/8" across. This was repaired with the Cifer System by
Metroglass Centers (6700 Industrial Road, Springfield, Virginia 20151, is Cifer
work was done in Maryland, by a
franchise). This is done by drilling a small hole ar the center of the star and forcing in
a special, patented material, which moves into the cracks of the star, bonding the two
edges together. The material cannot be forced all the way to the points of the star,
for fear of pushing the cracks further out, so the repaired place looks like the lower
diagram (hole in the center shows)> The technician told me that stars are the hardest
kind of windshield break to fix because of the difficulty of forcing the material into the
cracks, and also claims that the NOVUS process doesn't bond and so is not as good as
Cifer's. For me, it was worth the $45 to evade (or postpone) a windshield
Meanwhile Mr. Vos of S&V Imports
has contracted to have new windshields manufactured in the U.S. Club members will receive
a discount which should keep the cost below $500. I sugges those in need or wishing to
have a spare contact him without delay. $495 FOB New York. Member discount 10%. Add $25
Larry Simon, contemplating having a
top made, has sent in sketches of proposed designs (filling in xeroxs of the fold-out from
the Italia Owners' Manual).
Ranging from coupe through fastback
to stationwagonback, they're intriguing. Mr. P.C.Pintler has a fiberglass top, apparently
factory supplied. Dr. Shapiro has constructed an interesting Targa-like top from
fiberglass. I'm using a steel top cut from a coupe and referring to photos of Mr.
Pintler's top for detail guidance. This is an area that needs further exploration and
Drew Hamelink added a wire from
solenoid to coil (actucally a resistor just before the coil). He says there is one
terminal wired through the ignition to the coil for normal operation. A second terminal
connects to a bypass circuit leading directly to coil for use when starting the engine.
Without the bypass he was getting only 7.5 volts to the coil.
Cockpit heat on non-A/C cars can be
difficult in summer. An asbestos sheet can be placed under floor-firewall mat or on engine
side of firewall. Heater can be bypassed by making a loop of one heater hose.Batteries
should be shielded with foil-backed fiberglass insulation.
Parts, Tid-bits and Update
Lower Control Arms
Mr.Vos advises that he has arms for
the Torino - early Italia series. Serial numbers beginning with 48, 58, 49, or 59.
Mr.Vos wants to confirm the length,
number of turns and outside circumfer- ence, front and rear. Has anyone confirmed the
specs appearing in Newsletter #5?
Bull Grill Emblems
Those used to be handmade of brass in
Italy and cost S&V $22. Dr.Rapasarda is looking for a new source.
Air Conditioner Outlet Nozzles
Replace with those used on Triumph
TR-6 as they open and close (L. Simon)
Upper Motor Mount
For 351 in late Italia use mount from
'63 Ford Galaxy with 289 engine (L.Simon)
Mufflers and Tips
Faza in Daytona, Florida has them and are
acquainted with Italia. Phone number ?? (L.Simon)
- Girling 64325750 (Ferrari)
Mintex M33 Volvo 1800S, Aston-Martin, Alfa 2600, etc.
- Girling 64325738
- Girling 64032818 - LP19LP-16/3 (Torino), Volvo 122S #16/3
- AC Cobra, Fiat 2300 Girling 64032734 - 5YN - 12/3H (Torino) Volvo 122S #12/3 - SP2542
Master Cylinder (double) -
Girling Triumph TR5, TR250, TR6. 640-688-22 Kit #2490
Pressure Warning Device - Girling
Brake Hose - Pirelli,
- Girling IL 427 (Torino)
rebuild kit available Lucas, Girling 64049126 (Italia) Kit SP 2228
'70 - '71 Fiat 124 system works
HEATER HOSE - OMEGA
Small L-shaped - John Bull #433 fro
Jaguar 2.4 "56-'61, MK II '59-'61, cut down (L. Burnett).
The following data, furnished by B.
Edelstein, taken together with the factory data from J. Triplett (see Bibliography),
should make Apollo-Vetta V. ownership even more of a pleasure:
Headlight rims, Lancia Appia
3rd series, part #2163-215.
Rear axel housing, '63 Buick
6340-41-4300, 1355912 - Housing.
Rear air bag, A-19 air lift,
J.C. Whiteny #55-1520, p65, cat.312
Mufflers, A.S.A. 240Z.
Tail lights, Ferrari.
Door Locks, Fiat.
He states he had good response to
part orders from the light manufacturer, Altissimo Aimone, S.P.A., 10024
Moncalieri-Strada, Genova, 216, Italy. He's using Pirelli 185S16's on his Borrani 175x400
wire with aluminum alloy rims.
G. Willetts suggest Solbe Supply 1008
S.W. 5th Street, Miami, Florida.
L.Simon reports that Penn Auto Part
(717) 421-4050 has a computer exchange providing information on part numbers from
manufacturers' serial numbers. It works for some Intermeccanica parts.
Body and Paint
-- Color Creations by Danny, 50
Tolland Turnpike, Manchester, Connecticut 203-649-1370 (L.Burnett)
-- Action Auto, 1413 N. 5th,
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 717-424-2242(L.Simon)
-- T. Haritos, Club member, New
-- L. Simon knows a man in
-- O.F.Thomas, 9th and Sarah Street,
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 717-421-6789
The following bibliography
obviously contains errors and needs completion. Please help if you can.
Apollo Buick 3500 GT ??
(J.T.C.) pp. 70-72
Apollo Apollo 3500 GT ?? pp.47-49
6-63 Mention of
Apollo Motor Trend
9-63 Road Test
Apollo 3500 GT Car and Driver pp. 30-32
?-63 Road Test
Apollo 3500 GT Road and Track pp.12-15
European Report Apollo 3500 GT
(Note on bodies) ? p. ?
12-63 Salesman's Guide Apollo
5000 11 pages
11-63 Road Test
Apollo GT Road and Track pp. 34-37
Factory Assemby Notes Apollo 5000 GT
(Parts and Procedure Lists)
Apollo 5000 GT Automotive News one page
Magazine article Apollo 5000
Town and Country one page
7-65 Photos from
N.Y. Auto Show "Griffith" (Apollo 2+2) Road and Track p.28
MAGAZINE ARTICLE Apollo 5000
Motor Trend one page
Griffith 500 GT Car and Driver pp. 73
Griffith 500 GT Road and Track pp.51-52
Specification Sheet Omega
12-66 Magazine article
Phoenix Car and Driver pp.57-60, 118
Magazine article Omega Car
and Driver pp.66-69, 102
mid-67 Magazine article
Apollo? Automobile Quarterly Vol.5 #4 pp.408-9
Omega Motor Trend pp.52-53
1968? Magazine article
Omega ? ? p.73
11-70 Road Test
Italia Sports Car Graphic pp.36-39
12-70 Road Test
Italia Auto Motor and Sport pp.120-125
early 71 Magazine
article Intermeccanic '71 Automobile Quarterly Vol.9 #3 pp.308-317
Italia High Performance Imported Cars pp.85-89
Intermeccanica Competition Press and Autoweek 9-27-73 pp. 27-28
Car Valuations - Insurance
The value of your Intermeccanica car
is not only what you will take to let it go. In case of accident it may become what you
prove it was worth before the crash. Some early cars were registered as Fords. You
can imagine the problems that causes. It is wise to investigate and receive a written
statement as to the value the company is basing premiums on. Special forms of coverage are
available on either a stated value or a per $1000 of value basis - just try to make sure
you don't find yourself in Steve Olson's predicament. Mr. Olson is requesting from
all members a written description of your car (including year, ID number and value). He's
already received a few and they look like this: (note - retail prices unless otherwise
1969 - $3400
1968 - $4400 1969 - $6000
1969 - $3700
1969 - $5500 1967 - $8500
1967 - $4000(wholesale) 1070 - $5500
1969 - $10000
He will summarize all his data and
place it in the Newsletter. However I suggest that the above estimate do not reflect the
fact that inflation has struck. They do emphasize that car condition outweighs year
in making estimates. I'm not sure how insurance companies think, however. Anyone who can
enlighten us further on all this, should. So do help out Steve (and yourself) with a
statement, trying to keep your conservatisms somewhere between Eldridge Cleaver and Louis
Please return the car photos which
are being passed around. Can anyone provide enlargements so that each member could start a
collection? Thanks go to those sending in parts data, restoration tips,
photos, literature, references, etc. Apologies for being late with this Newsletter. 1976
might find our Club with over 100 members. It is now registered on two major media lists
of car clubs.