INTERMECCANICA OWNERS' CLUB
L. L. Burnett
R.D.3 Huntington, N.Y. 11743
Expenses of only $27.50 (we're
learning) leave a balance of $64.50
after adding four new members:
Mr. Ahl is in the market for a good
Some members have encountered
problems in securing collision insurance. State Farm Mutual, for example, refused to
renew an Omega because the car was not the product of a "recognized
manufacturer" and had a "fiberglass body". No amount of explanation could
change this absurb porsition. Those members who have trouble-free coverage should drop me
a postcard so that others can benefit.
While you are at it, please add
complete data on your car, confirm or correct numbers or interchangability of replacement
parts, express the extentof your interest in Club badges (and/or key fobs), suggest ways
the Club can be more helpful. If you have information that has not appeared in the
Newsletters, it is needed.
Mr. Dennis DeBano, restoring '68
Torino #58 asks for pictures which will show trim and paint color (and inspire him too, I
suppose). Send to (address removed).
I am compliling as many
Intermeccannica sales brochures as can be located. Needed are: Apolloo, Griffith,
and Italia (West Coast, INI?). Please send description and price.
One owner, needing a new dipstick,
located the motor code on the left front of the 289 Ford block (by the waterpump) and
discovered he did not have the 271 HP high performance engine. He is wondering why the car
is so fast! Another found the rear throttle shift on the 4-barrel carburetor had
never been opening. Mr.Julian Leekus will provide Bilstein shock absorbers to
members at 30% off list price until December 31st (High Performance Auto Accessories,
Hauppauqe, L.I., New York. Phone is: 516-231-3440
Gas Tank Leaks
Mr. Bill Hirsch markets a gas tank
sealer -- just pour in and slosh
around. $9.00 (396 Littleton Avenue,
Newark, New Jersey 07013)
Several owners have asked about
windshields. They are available from S&V at about $400. Used ones are scarce. I
recently read of a new process now being adapted by auto glass firms which provides good
repair of cracks and stars. Anyone with more immediate informatioon this should share it.
Some scratches can be polished off. Mr. Jon Ward advertises his willingness to make
up anything is curved glass -- if provided a pattern. Maybe someone will have him make a
batch of windshields (1511 N. Ogden Drive, Los Angeles, Calif. 90046).
Parts for a complete custom system
for Itaia (and probably others) from manifolds on back are available from Tasso Haritos
for only $125.00. It employs 1967 Mustang Y-pipes and Pantera mufflers. With it, you
need only secure welding and installation. If you'd rather "do it yourself",
complete details for assembling and dapting parts will appear in Newsletter #7. It
look as if this system might increase ground clearance somewhat
Tie Rod Ends
Fiat part #4109626 $10.77 is correct
(Mr. Haritos). If your tie rod ends lack grease fittings, have them put on (Mr.Burnett).
At the end of our first year we have
over 25 members and over 50 in the Registry. There are lots of errors no doubt, but they
can be caught and corrected in time. My dependence upon the members for advice and
assistance is increasing. Luckily, everyone has been gracious and willing. I hope
everyone will retain their membership in 1975. The fee remains $12.00 First time new
members in 1975 will be offered 1974 Newsletters for $3.00.
Get-together #2 will be in April.
Parking Brakes - Windshield Wipers
The following discussions are
provided by Mr. Haritos. Note too the date on Rear Spring Pads - Oil Filter
- Parking Lights - Convertible Top Windows
PARKING (EMERGENCY) BRAKE
To replace linings:
1. Raise rear of car using proper
support positions so that two rear wheels are off the ground.
2. Remove rear wheels and clean disc
brake units with air hose or brush.
3. Remove emergeny cable yokes from
both rear emergency brakes.
4. Remove bolt and nut hold emergency
brake shoe guides and remove guides (2 on each side) from each shoe. These are at rear of
5. Unscrew adjusting nut and remove
nut and indexing washer.
6. Remove spring holding inside
7. Pry apart two halves of emergency
brake assembly to allow long bolt on which adjusting nut was on to fall free on the pivot
end. You can now remove the brake shoes from their housings. With the housing pried out as
far as possible, each shoe must be pulled back (toward the side) and then down
(toward the bottom) and out of the housing. It may be necessary to use a bent coat
hanger to grasp the shoe from the top and pull back, while simultaneously pulling back on
the bottom. When the pad pulls of its pivot, you then pull down and out. Obtain
Girling Emergency Brake Pads (old number 64932005EE), (new number 64932005LV), $45.80,
from nearest Girling dealer. Reverse procedure to reinstall with the following
A. Install pads into position (with
blank area without lining always facing the rear) and see that the pads swing free and
loose when in position. If they are tight or binding, file sides of horse shoe surfaces
with smooth steel file. If they are still stiff, determine where the interference is and
file until the pads are loose and smooth (no binding) when installed in position.
B. Remove pads, clean all
related surfaces and coat or spray all mvoing interface surface with (Never Seize
lubricating compound) being careful not to get it on brake linings or disc surface.
C. Complete reinstalling being
careful that all related parts move freely and adjust
emergency brake so that the pads do not bear against the disc in the brake off position
and work properly (good luck) in the On position.
GIRLING EMERGENCY BRAKE
LINING NUMBER 6493200SLV*
A. THIS AREA WITHOUT LINING SHOULD
ALWAYS FACE THE REAR
B. THESE SURFACES SHOULD BE FILED, AT
LEAST TO REMOVE BURRS AND PAINT, AND MORE IF NECESSARY TO ACHIEVE A GOOD FIT.
REPLACEMENT LININGS CAN BE OBTAINED ON AN EXCHANGE BASIS FOR $25 FROM TASSO HARITOS 8
INDIAN SPRING ROAD, BUDD LAKE NEW JERSEY 07828
*OLD NUMBER 64932005EE
Windshield wiper mechanisms (2
Lucas Wheel Box, new number 72841,
Lower Rear Spring Pads
Bottom 33 1/2 mm thick (Mercedes part
number 111 322 0885)
Can also be used on top and is
suggested if rear of car is too low - otherwise, use Top Spring Spacer Washer (Mercedes
part number 111 322 0484)
To repair (replace) widnshield wipers:
1. Remove wiper arm from mount by
pulling up from surrated stud on which it is mounted. Two screwdrivers on either side will
pry the wiper arm off.
2. Remove nut hold mounting surrated stud to
body of car and remove adjusting shim.
3. Remove the top of dash as follows:
a. Remove glove compartment.
b. Remove radi by unscrewing nuts on
volume and tuning knob - (push radio in), do not remove, just lower into back.
c. Remove 4 nuts hold dash. Three are
the inside front lip of the dash and one is on the top (on top of the radio). See
Diagram. With nuts removed, pull dash straiaght back and remove.
4. Remove hot air defroster hose from
defroster plate on dash (see diagram). Remove four screws hold defroster plate in
5. Wiper mechanism can now be seen
and is accessible. Loosen two nuts on each wheel box and unhook electrical
wires on wiper motor marking them to insusre correct replacement. Unbolt straps
holding wiper motor. Pull wiper motor out. (The driving cable will come out with the
motor.) The three round casings (gas line tubing) and two wheel boxes will now be able to
be removed. They will fall down since the nut holding them to the body was removed in Step
2. Reverse proceddure to reinstall making sure there is adequate grease on the
drive cable and inside the wheel box housings.
6. It is recommended that a 1/16 inch
plate be welded over the body at the point where the wheel box surrated studs exist. Most
failures are due to flexing of the body sheet metal at this point, causing misalignment
and loosening of the wiper parts resulting in failure (stripping) of the gears in the
7. At reassembly check system out
before reinstalling defroster outlet panel, dash, radio and glove compartment.
8. When replacing defroster hoses it
is advisable to clamp them to the defroster outlet panel.
The following tips are included for
1. Oil filter for 289-302-350
2. Use regular replacement PER 1
Purolator Filter if steering shaft clearance is adequate.
3. Use filter number PER 64
Purolator if there is very tight clearance.
4. Directional lights for the
front may be obtained from Alfa Romeo part number 10103 65.011.00.
(Specifiy white or yellow lens)
Alfa Romeo Corporation (Part Dept)
250 Sylvan Ave
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
5. Aluminum frame with safety
glass rear windows for Intermecanicca convertibles are available. These are 17" x
7 1/2" for $25. Larger sizes are available. Write for prices, X-Parts, 8
Indian Spring Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828