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About difrangia

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    SE Oklahoma
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    78 620 Longbed, '63/64 NL320, '64 Beetle Type 117 Ragtop, 61 FIAT 500D, 3 Vespa Scooters
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    Unique cars, microcars, military sidearms, violin refurbishment
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    C/NC Programmer; Retired

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  1. difrangia

    dash color

    I redid the gages on our 320 several years ago and this is the result. I had an original gage surround scanned and matched and this is what I came up with: This is the match that my guys found in Martin Senyour paint.
  2. difrangia

    dash color

    I believe that dashes were body color and instrument surround panel was medium gray.
  3. Old military term; 'I'm marking time on this one'. Might be back !!
  4. 'Another Piece Of America Gone' !! You'd best believe it !!
  5. difrangia

    320 paint code

    Not positive what years this covers, but it's neat to look at !!
  6. Moses, You can check your sender and narrow it down to the gage being why it never reads full. with the float all the way up, the sender should have a resistance value of 90 ohms. With float all the way down should read 0 ohms. Mine never reads over half full and I have the new Classic Instruments tubular sender, so I'm chalking it up to the gage.
  7. Whew, Matt !! That gave me a bigtime flashback !! You're right about the leaks and fine tuning. Lots easier on the stand. Rocker cover gasket gave me fits. Went through three cork gaskets and finally coughed up 20 bucks for a Britt silicone one and can't make it leak now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MEIf9ETatQ
  8. That's what I was trying to say. I did a good study on fuel gages/senders a few years back and learned that there are a number of ohm ranges and some rise in resistance and some fall as the tank empties. I'm figuring that the temperature systems also use different parameters from one system to another. I believe that Ted H. also posted that there might also be a small screw on the gage to calibrate/adjust to fine tune the gage reading.
  9. Rusty Dawg says this is a J13 in the title of the thread. I'm thinking the J-Series and the E-Series temp sender are different. I have a J-Series temp sender in my E-1 and it appears to me to read backward. I might see if I can contact Andy in Kansas and see if he can shed some light. He has a group of these 320's.
  10. Getting the little feller up into condition to keep up with modern traffic requirements is one thing. The rear axle up-gearing is one project that I want to do sometime in the future on our 320. I've got the discs and a little more horsepower. What I see as the real challenge is keeping out of the way of the disconnected 'other drivers' out there. Any of that sheetmetal and trim stuff on an NL aft of the windshield is irreplacable. Too many critters out there on the phone or otherwise in 'La La Land' while driving and monstrous windshield posts and other safety oriented design features render
  11. If you just break it down and rebuild it, you'll always wonder how it would have resurrected if you don't give it a shot. When I acquired our 320, I knew the E1 was loosy-goosy, but I babied it around for eleven months getting acquainted while I gathered all the goodies for a rebuild. Were it mine, I'd see what it has to say and if nothing throws up a flag visually or audibly, I'd run it around at least a little. If it dumps oil out the front, back or tailpipe or rattles and bangs like two skeletons screwing on a tin roof barn, go for the rebuild. An oil pressure gage, even rigged up temporari
  12. When we renovated our 61 FIAT 500D, I couldn't find the passenger seat frame when it came time to do the interior. The original seats are a tubular frame with very thin padding and vinyl covers. When the new FIAT 500 was introduced in 1957 as an entry level automobile that was the next step up from motorbikes & scooters for a society still recovering from the ravages of WWII. They were engineered as simple and light as possible. They're two cylinder air-cooled and weigh about 1000 pounds. They sold for about $1000 out the dealer's door: go figure. I rummaged through a couple o
  13. Great looking truk. If you're driving it every day, check into Mike 'Blue Hands' front disc conversion. Stops a lot better. http://www.bluehandsinc.com/320520521620-disc-brake-kit.html
  14. Now that there is a 'Barn-Less' Find !! Wonder of wonders; just walked in the living room and wifey is watching a 70'ish film named 'Family Plot' with Bruce Dern and Karen Black and there is an early Tempest convertible in it. You can't make this SH1T up !!
  15. Up to and through the 1960's the individual automakers under the GM umbrella were much more autonomous with their own mechanicals and chassis/body platforms than the different brands under the Ford Corp. and Chrysler Corp. umbrellas. There was some sharing of body structures between some of the GM makes but, for the most part, most of the drivetrain components were unique to the individual makers. Started changing for GM as time moved on into the 70's.
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