Intermeccanica owners' club
Newsletter #21 Spring 1980
1 Editor's Note 3
2 Movie Review 3
Rockville Car Meet 2 Price Rise
Rockville Remeet 3 Oil Sender 4
3 Tid Bits
Club funds: $169.00 after expenses of
Editor and Mailing: President (Europe):
L. L. Burnett
Sea Shell Lane
Carl von Linde Str. 4
New York 11768
Illinois 61925 W.
Subscription is ten dollars per year.
Members are welcome to contribute articles, technical Information, photographs, or other
items of interest.
EUROPEAN NOTES: by L. L.
This initiates a section which will
appear in all future newsletters. Our club now has a European branch headed by
copresident: Helmut Aulgur.
Mr. Aulgur owns Indra coupe #18 which
hag had It's 327 chev. replaced by a 350 LT-1; he'll report the too speed after break-in.
Notice of the formation of the European branch will appear in Auto Motor und Sport.
Info of primarily European Interest will be
published In German. However, correspondence with Mr. Aulgur will be In English, as will
newsletter items of American interest.
At present, Indras sell for between 8 and
28,000 Marks, averaging 18,000 marks or $9900. Recently a good Italia was offered for sale
at 23,000 Marks (1.82 Marks per $).
Mr. Aulgur can assist members with discount
prices on wheel rims (ATS, BBS, Ronal, Cromadora, Campagnello, etc.), VDO instruments,
Opel, Fiat (yeah), Alfa, and German Ford parts; and has a friend In the exotic car
restoration business who can help with parts (switches, weatherstripping, maybe).
He reports that two Indra tail
lights, complete (67 Alfa 1750), come to $112. I'm wondering if he could not have had them
from Italy or even the U.S., paid 8-13% duty and still saved money. German high test is
$2.46 a gallon and the "road tax" (discouraging large engines) is 800 M per year
for his Indra. "Intermeccanica driving is an expensive hobby In Germany!"
We wholeheartedly welcome this new
developement. I hope our U.S. members will do all they can to assist the new members to
come. I'm sure those in Europe will prove similarly helpful to our domestic parts
INDRAS HERE!: by Frank
I got a real surprise last week. I was
barreling down Rt. 17 around the Paramus area (New Jersey), and what catches my eye in a
used foreign car lot? The sleek nose of an Indra.
In this country? I turned around and checked
It out. It was at Rally Motors. It was a 2+2 fastback model, gold on copper color with low
mileage. I thought these cars were not imported into this country because of federal
bumper and emissions standards. It's an attractive car inside and out. If only I had the
money! The interior impressed me the most. I wish my Italia had that interior.
ROCKVILLE CAR MEET: by Rob
As has been a tradition the past few
years, there was an Italia get-together at the Sports Car Collectors Society of America
Annual Meet. This year I was there.
It was threatening to rain when I
arrived early the morning of the meet. Even so, exotic cars were being driven and
trailered In. What caught my attention first was a pair of Ferrari GTB's. One was brown (a
nice car) and one was red. The red Ferrari was the four cam model; I was impressed. There
were also MG's (nice early ones), Healy's, TVR's, and Shelby's, to mention a few.
But where are the Italias?, I thought. Even
though things were getting interesting as an immaculate AC cobra was trailered in, I
decided to go for breakfast.
When I got back it was raining. My
first thought was the guy with the Ferrari who said his car had never been in the rain. It
has now! What a downpour! As I stood on the road on the side of a small hill the water
flowed over the tons of my sneakers. I ran down the hill snapping pictures franticly as
everybody left. If I hadn't held my camera over my head with one arm (to keep from dunking
the camera, I might have been able to stop myself from losing my footing and landing in a
The rest of the afternoon was spent driving
around the D.C. area trying to find Italias. In a back allyway I found Anthony Podrow's
Omega. It's light blue metallic with an automatic transmission. I was impressed by the
real knock-off wheels (but only in front?).
ROCKVILLE REMEET: by L. L. Burnett
Paul Gibson's Italia #26 and Burt
Pompas' and my Torinos were there. Gibson is an officer of the SCCSA meet, I think, and
not a club member. Tony Podrow, Brian Snow, and Jack Triplett stopped by also.
INDRA MODEL: by Frank
In case you're not aware, a 1/43
scale die cast (metal) model is only about three to four Inches long. Not much size for my
interests and probably not that much detail. But, It's the only Intermeccanica model car I
have ever seen for sale.
Indra models are made by Pilen of
Spain. They are available from the adjacent address as #PIL-343 fro $4.50. Richardi's Auto
Models P.O. Box 8 Parsippany, NJ 07054 201-887-0505.
EDITOR'S NOTE: by Rob Rowe
Many may be wondering what's going on
with the club since It is now almost a year since the last newsletter. The fault is mine,
not the club's. As editor, I have failed to overcome the inevitable problems that occur
when trying to complete a project of this nature on schedule.
Thanks for your patience. Please keep the
technical pieces coming. If you haven't contributed articles in the past, please do so now
and not just technical articles. Could we have some human interest stories about your
experiences with your Intermeccanica automomobile? Send pictures, too.
During the coming year I hope to have the
newsletter out on a regular basis, perhaps bimonthly. I've been collecting lots of
pictures of Italias in my travels, and will be bringing those- to you In upcoming issues.
MOVIE REVIEW $1,000,000 DUCK:
by Ed Janis
It's been years since I've seen a
movie with Dean Jones. Now I know why. A 1971 comedy first telecast In 1974, this could be
described as "zany" - If that's what you call trying to squeeze (with two hands)
a golden egg from a duck, while barking like a dog!?
The highlight, of course, was when Joe
Flynn, trying to Impress Sandy Duncan, buys a new yellow Italia roadster. The car lasts
about one hour, which includes 45 minutes sitting In front of the house, before three
people jump In (Dean Jones spends three minutes trying to get the door open), and roar off
after a runaway duck. One high speed turn later "Joey Baby'' slams into the back of a
truck - a total life span of about one hour, which is par for an Intermeccanica car on any
city street these days. Cap it all off with a typical Disney ending and you have it ... I
PRICE OF OMEGAS & ITALIAS ON
RISE: by John Lence
The Investment Auto Myers' Guide
speaks very highly of our cars, and its author indicates an annual appreciation in excess
of 20% per year.
The Publication is available from the
following for $12.50:
M I Q Publishing, Ltd.
8023 West Dodge Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68131
ITALIA OIL SENDER REPLACEMENT:
by Ed Janis
For 69 Italia with 302:
Stewart Warner #279.A sender kit.
3 1/2" long by 1/8" blk
1/8" pipe coupling, blk also.
220 ohm resistor (1/4 watt).
1. Remove old sender and extension. With any
luck at all it won't break off in the block.
2. Join nipple and coupling. Weld nut
against back of coupling. (This eases removal and installation).
3. Use adapter on back of oil
pressure gauge and Install resistor between positive pole and ground car, as shown. This
will calibrate the gauge properly. It
measures in kg./cm2.
1.6 kg./cm2=22.7 psi, 2.1 kg./cm2=29.8 Psi, 3.6kg./cm2=51.2 Psi.
Early master cylinder (single one
Inch bore): Replace with Girling 64066355. Application and repair kit not known. LB
Ball joints and tie rod ends: From
FRAP, Pizza F. LLI Bandino, 10045 Pio Ssasco, Italy- #71 tie rod end, #103 upper ball
Joint, #102 lower ball joint. LB
Heater motor (early Italia):
#3048RF12V7223, oversize, has motor bolts carried through bottom cover. (Some early fuses
act as a resistor. For more speed they could be replaced with a larger fuse. Does anyone
know how big a fuse is safe?). RP
Bearing for steering support column:
#6005-2RS (available at any bearing distributor). RP
Late Italia springs front and rear made by:
ACC Spring Betts Spring
Gardines, CA San Leandro, LA
Switch unit for windows (Italia): Ducellier
#09897003, Citroen #5407157.
Window Fears (white plastic- Italia):
Citroen #5-441498. BD
Master cylinder repair kit (Italia):
Girling SP 2490/2. BD
Rear shock absorber (Italia):
Bilstein #446-476. BD
Late Italia side marker lights: Alfa.
Italia rocker panel chrome: Camaro
Italia gauges: Lamborghini 400 GT are
very similar. JR
Bilstein rear shock specifications:
(Thanks to Ronald Jackson).
Compressed length 258mm
Compression valving 170kg
Upper connection pin
Lower connection eye
MECHANIC RECCOMENDATION: by
West Valley Sports Cars, Ivan Jadric
18422 Van Owen St. Reseda, CA 91335
Recommended for electrical, auto-air
work, etc. on Omegas and Italias.
Any member lacking a club decal
should contact L. Burnett. M
Many thanks to Michelle Somma.
Members are welcome to advertise cars
and parts free. Copy is subject to editing or refusal.
AUTOMOBILES FOR SALE:
PARTS FOR SALE:
Thanks for your help, Steve Olson, in
mailing the newsletters in the past. L.L. Burnett. Thanks too, to Jim Shoemaker for
excellent duplicating of past newsletters.
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