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Hiya Apex.....This is the UK where standard garages are about 16 x 8 ft (if you are lucky), a few people have double garages to squeeze two cars in and many or course have none. I have watched many a youtube video of you guys driving in and out of your Aircraft hanger size garages and YES "I would Love one of those" !
As for working on the Spider...another inch or two passenger side and I would have been snookered ! I have that land opposite the bungalow and have rebuilt a Land Rover 90 over there plus stored two Classic vehicles for a couple of years until I became too concerned about the weathers effect on them. I did apply to the Planning office for a double length garage on that land (about 100 ft x 14 ft) but was turned down so, whilst I am fit and agile enough I work in the garage when vehicle up on stands for any length of time and outdoors usually apart from in heavy rain...which we get a lot of. I did consider moving to Florida keys area once but alligators passing me my tools and sharing the pool is just not my scene ! Think of us Brit enthusiasts and know how lucky you guys are, Cheers
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I honestly do feel a bit guilty. I was just throwing a fit in my "two car" garage with the Manx and the MINI in it, as I was plotting how I could move the motorcycle, the two pushbikes, the antiques, the piles of crap, the stack of wheels&tires for a 4X4 I don't own (and never owned, and actually don't know where these came from), the 4 empty wheelie-bins, the three 2-metre tall wire racks, 6 months worth of carbonated water for the wife, two decorative storks and a metal detector, so I could put the Manx on castors, and actually get all three cars in the "two car" garage once the Spider comes home.

Frankly, Americans sometimes have a tendency to overbuild, due to the cheapness of land, building materials, the liberal way permits are given, especially in areas such as the semi-rural area I live in.

We aren't often confronted with the realities of life in an island nation such as yours, where you have to be mindful of every centimeter. I sometimes think of the Japanese, and wonder how folks who want to mod their cars, and have zero garage space make that work...
 

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Forget the cars, when it comes to "most" Japanese people....UK "space" is Ginormous when you look at the tiny spaces whole families live in there, but you do have a point about where do they go to do their mods......
The daft thing here is that our small cars of the 1950-70's fitted in our 16 x 8 average garage but since then our cars have grown in size and because building land for housing has become less available and population growing, the modern starter home now has an even smaller garage in some cases, so, like yourself the folk store everything but a car in them.
The Spider fits like a glove in my garage, just very tight for space passenger side (opposite to yours). my work bench I made narrow, my tools and equipment, as you can see, are set out around me. My career as an Aircraft Engineer working in very confined space in the tiny hangers of Frigates and Destroyers taught me how to organise myself. Even our Aircraft Carriers space was very limited.
Your bikes and detector will easily store on the wall, stack your wheels, the crap goes the tip, the Stork patrols the garden. Antiques..tricky and upsetting the Wife...Dangerous ! :oops:
The Manx and Mini Must stay.....especially if the Mini is a Supercharged R53 Cooper S 2004-6.
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Forget the cars, when it comes to "most" Japanese people....UK "space" is Ginormous when you look at the tiny spaces whole families live in there, but you do have a point about where do they go to do their mods......
The daft thing here is that our small cars of the 1950-70's fitted in our 16 x 8 average garage but since then our cars have grown in size and because building land for housing has become less available and population growing, the modern starter home now has an even smaller garage in some cases, so, like yourself the folk store everything but a car in them.
The Spider fits like a glove in my garage, just very tight for space passenger side (opposite to yours). my work bench I made narrow, my tools and equipment, as you can see, are set out around me. My career as an Aircraft Engineer working in very confined space in the tiny hangers of Frigates and Destroyers taught me how to organise myself. Even our Aircraft Carriers space was very limited.
Your bikes and detector will easily store on the wall, stack your wheels, the crap goes the tip, the Stork patrols the garden. Antiques..tricky and upsetting the Wife...Dangerous ! :oops:
The Manx and Mini Must stay.....especially if the Mini is a Supercharged R53 Cooper S 2004-6.
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Honestly, I laugh at my neighbors. I'm actually the organized one in the neighbor hood, and I'm the only one that has my cars inside the garage! Everyone else parks theirs on the drive, because their garages are filled wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling with crap, and then they have even more crap at the "self-storage depot", another garage they drive to, and pay a monthly fee for! Insanity! If it's in storage, you don't need it, get rid of it!

Sadly, no... the MINI is the bog standard Hardtop model, but it's the 6speed manny, and it does the job, especially in the twisties. We have a dragon here, and once you learn to coexist with the beast, instead of constantly trying to slay it, she will teach you things about the fun of driving slow cars fast, instead of driving fast cars slow...

The Manx in my signature has every bit of 60 horse power, and with nothing more than 3rd gear and tire grip, will leave a poorly driven dragon slayer for dead, and a massive smile on my gob.
 

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I wrote earlier that to complete my "Brexit Mods" I had ordered a set of 17" BBS Le Mans in Diamond Black 02/09/19 with a 3-4 month delivery schedule, well.......5 Months on !! and no sign, so I contacted the proposed supplier who informed me that my wheels are forged and on board a container ship heading for Germany ! ? arriving week 7 (11/17th February 2020) so once unloaded and sorted at BBS HQ Germany they then get freighted to BBS HQ UK and on to my supplier and finally, around 6 months after ordering to me. Not On !
Breach of Contract of Consumer Rights Act UK 2015 apply's so Cancellation, Full Refund and Confirmation due.
Such a shame after all this time but a warning to all ensure a written contract with agreed delivery date in place....
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UPDATE .....Still No wheels, involved Trading Standards via Consumer Advice as Wheelbasealloys have NOT responded.............so FOR ANYONE ordering these alloy wheels UNLESS THEY ARE IN STOCK....Don't Bother.
 

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Responding to a request about Spider battery update I was able to supply some valuable information as I had previously considered changing my own standard 39.4 Lb old style Top Up MONSTER..so I will record the info here so that you all know what's what..............Lifting my battery out was a back and fingertip breaking nightmare so once out I went in search of, and found two alternatives, then, before doing anything silly read 21st Century 124 info and did nothing. Dan the Man behind 21st Century completed his observations by advising against the change to a lightweight battery for a daily driver as the lightweight is really for racing, so does not hold a heavy charge so will need to be on charge when not in use. Limited like an electric car !
The BRAILLE B2015 AGM part number 147-B2015 weighs 15 Lb sizes L6.8" x W3.4" x H6.1" has cold crank 425, crank 574 & pulse crank 1067. 2 yr warranty). Has a Braille mounting kit (alloy) part 147-211. US market so import for UK.
The EXIDE EFB 027 (EL 600) weighs 34 LB , sizes similar to OEM battery with a better CCA rating of 640 A and a
3 yr warranty and is recommended 2020 as Best Buy replacement by most UK suppliers.Cheers
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UPDATE .....Still No wheels, involved Trading Standards via Consumer Advice as Wheelbasealloys have NOT responded.............so FOR ANYONE ordering these alloy wheels UNLESS THEY ARE IN STOCK....Don't Bother.
Just notified...No wheels but refunded to my account !
 

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Whilst talking wheels and tyres.......I came across a site suggesting revolutions per mile / speeds variations at set speeds for 16" and 17" wheel tyres that may interest you......whatever Spider you may own
size revs per mile speedo reading and variation
195/50 R 16 852 20--20 30-30 40-40 50-50 60-60 70-70 80--80 90--90
205/50 R 16 838 20(20.3) 30(30.5) 40(40.7) 50(50.8) 60(61) 70(71.2) 80(81.4) 90(91.5)
205/45 R 17 832 20(20.5) 30(30.7) 40(41) 50(51.3) 60(61.5) 70(71.8) 80(82) 90(92.3)
215/45 R 17 820 20(20.8) 30(31.1) 40(41.5) 50(51.9) 60(62.3) 70(72.7) 80(83) 90(93.4)

Obviously revolutions per mile tyre wear, whilst speedo gains interesting where speed and Police converge.....
 

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Nothing to see here, move along please......Just adding in tips from Wooley68 & Arthur reset SAT NAV.......clean SD contacts first then, hold down NAV & Back (10 secs till screen blank)- jump to slash screens...Got it, just in case.
 

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Great News.....Having failed miserably to buy my BBS Le Mans ( as above ) I still fancied 17" alloys....just been on ebay UK and low and behold...a Guy selling his almost perfect set of 124 Spider Lusso 17" by auction, with Bridgestone's.
I waited till last few seconds (yes, I'm a Sniper) and won them at £320 for a SET of Four ! At last, after 6 months messing about, I have my 17" alloys, and, they fit anyway, no need for the spigots, Cheers
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Yer Spider looks great!

Funny enough, Fiats are rare in North America, and most people here have never even heard of Abarth. I wish my Abarth read “FIAT” somewhere on it so people got a clue of what it is.

PS - I got my 16x8 König Dekagram wheels mounted today, so my 17” Abarth wheels will be going on Craigslist soon.
 

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Yer Spider looks great!

Funny enough, Fiats are rare in North America, and most people here have never even heard of Abarth. I wish my Abarth read “FIAT” somewhere on it so people got a clue of what it is.

PS - I got my 16x8 König Dekagram wheels mounted today, so my 17” Abarth wheels will be going on Craigslist soon.
Yes, I am very happy with it and will be even happier once I have swapped out to the 17" wheels. They have the original set of Bridgestone's on with 14000 miles and 4+ thread so I will run with them for a while, though I am not a fan of RUN FLATS (My Supercharged R53 2006 Mini Cooper S had them). I was going Michelin Pilot Sport 4 until the new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5 arrived to the market here, even better in all departments so they are lined up......
The 16" alloys will go on ebay UK I suspect and the Mazda MX5 Brotherhood will most likely want them as they are perfect, low miles Yokahoma's . Good Luck with selling on your Abarth wheels, if I am happy to fit the Lusso 17" then somebody out there will want to up to Abarth wheels for sure. Cheers
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Okay okay...I’ll post some photos as soon as I get to my desk... :LOL:
 

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Whilst talking wheels and tyres.......I came across a site suggesting revolutions per mile / speeds variations at set speeds for 16" and 17" wheel tyres that may interest you......whatever Spider you may own
size revs per mile speedo reading and variation
195/50 R 16 852 20--20 30-30 40-40 50-50 60-60 70-70 80--80 90--90
205/50 R 16 838 20(20.3) 30(30.5) 40(40.7) 50(50.8) 60(61) 70(71.2) 80(81.4) 90(91.5)
205/45 R 17 832 20(20.5) 30(30.7) 40(41) 50(51.3) 60(61.5) 70(71.8) 80(82) 90(92.3)
215/45 R 17 820 20(20.8) 30(31.1) 40(41.5) 50(51.9) 60(62.3) 70(72.7) 80(83) 90(93.4)

Obviously revolutions per mile tyre wear, whilst speedo gains interesting where speed and Police converge.....
The site was...type in "tyresize calculator" (Tyresize.com)
 

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I started a thread about Fiat 124 spiders and their short production run focusing on how many where left a short while ago, the thread has fizzled out but the site remains should you ever want to check...."howmanyleft.com"..you type in the model and up comes the answers............
 

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I started a thread about Fiat 124 spiders and their short production run focusing on how many where left a short while ago, the thread has fizzled out but the site remains should you ever want to check...."howmanyleft.com"..you type in the model and up comes the answers............
Is that focused on the UK? I understand Spiders are still being assembled in Hiroshima.
 

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Is that focused on the UK? I understand Spiders are still being assembled in Hiroshima.
Hi Chipshot....Yes, Uk only how many left, the site you want is....carsalesbase.com I typed in there...Fiat 124 Spider European Sales Figures and up popped a chart selection on the right hand side where you can select US or European market, so get PRODUCTION figures only, not if or when it finishes, though most of the Italian press and some British seen to think that it has done, whilst others say soon ? USA to end of 2020 ? again is that sales or the 124 Spider market ? Best Wishes with your end of line Abarth search Mate, Cheers
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Well my "New to me" 17" 124 Lusso alloys arrived safely today and are in excellent original condition, Bridgestone tyres about 5-6mm on rears, 3-4 mm fronts so I will not now be respraying black but will run them this summer. Why I am updating now is for UK MEMBERS to note, if they want....A wheel and Bike specialist courier "Paisley Freight" handled the business for the seller, who says he has used them a lot without issue. Looked at their website £39.50 gets 4 x alloys and tyres anywhere within the UK mainland, 24 hr or less delivery time. Cheers
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Fitted the "New to me" 17" Lusso alloys today "In the Rain of course"...webs appearing between toes soon! Which leaves me with a Brilliant set of 16" alloys plus tyres with only 2500 miles on them to move on at some point.
I am looking to buy the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5's later and was researching 205 v 215 when I came across
"Wheel-Size.com"..........lots of assistance with charts there so you can, using their calculator, put in your wheel size, the tyres sizes you want to compare and it shows you diagrams and facts.
For anyone considering changing out, or just want to play with the chart its worth a visit, Cheers
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Hi Ron. With your experience of cars and modifications you'll probably already know this, but with the efforts you've made to improve your car I thought I'd share my experience of using wider tyres than factory standard just in case its something you've not done in the past. When I've done it, its resulted in a slight increase in mechanical grip but the downside was a slight "unsettled" feeling when corning at speed as the tyre wall was not as taught . Although not drastic it was enough to make me regret the decision as it didn't inspire confidence. I guess the degree to which you will notice this depends on how taught the factory tyres are on the rim, how much wider you go and the suspension set up on your car. My experience was on my wife 1.8 VW Polo GTI where the factory 215s are very taught and the suspension is just a whisker softer than a skate board! Just a thought. S
 
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