1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

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1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby ZacktheCanuck » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:34 pm

Hey Im new to the forum but I was hoping I might be able to find a little help here. Im 19 and have been restoring a 1978 124 for the last few years. It was for sale In my area (ottawa) by a guy who had no intrust In a classic, he just wanted a simple cruiser and this car need a decent amount of work so after listing the car for a while he was close to giving up trying to sell it and was getting ready to scrap it. I didn't have the heart to let it get crushed so I took on the project and low and behold a few years later ( and most of my pay cheques) the cars almost done. All thats left was to get it safetied and during the inspection my mechanic found that most of the thread on two of the holes on the flange of the drivers side axle shaft for the wheel are mostly stripped. So there was enough thread to hold on the wheel but not to torque the bolts. So long story short I'm in very desperate need of a rear axle shaft for a '78 with the 132 A1 040 engine code. Any and all help and advise would be more than welcome.

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby RRoller123 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:56 pm

Welcome aboard! You will find plenty of knowledgeable and friendly people here. Try posting in the "Parts Wanted" section. Member "Spiderparts" here on the forum may be able to help.

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby ZacktheCanuck » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:59 pm

thanks so much! Still figuring out the forum,I really appreciate the advise

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby DRUMMOND » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:18 pm

Have you talked to a machine shop to see if they could weld and re tap the flange?

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby ZacktheCanuck » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:55 am

Yea I called a few shops in the area and theres no stud thats bigger but not too big. The next step would be a truck stud. So
I guess the moral of the story is make sure no one messes with your axle. But ill see if its possible to weld the hole to add metal to tap. thanks for the advise.

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby aj81spider » Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:42 pm

There are a couple of axles on ebay. You could also check with Matthews (lots of used Fiat parts) and Fun Imported in Connecticut.
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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby kilrwail » Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:58 pm

I suggest you phone Dan at Anything Fiat in Carlsbad Springs - 613-822-6207. He might have something.
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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby ZacktheCanuck » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:44 pm

thanks for the lead! I called Dan but the number was inactive

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby spiderdan » Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:49 pm

Hi Zack
Call "Canadan" at 613-852-3344. He's still in Carlsbad Springs.
Suggest you call him tomorrow morning.
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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby spiderdan » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:43 pm

Well Zack got to met Canadan today.
Phaetn, 4uall and I joined in to eat a few sausages have a few pints and pops (no Zack is too young)
And Mrs Canadan even supplied desert.
The pics said it all....until photobucket got greedy!
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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby AriK » Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:24 am

Hey Zack, well you got yourself into the right connections to solve any problem you run into. Nice car you got there, you rescued another one from the crusher. Go figure, what bad judgement folks have when it comes to scrapping cars. Hope to see it one day when you cross my path;-)

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby phaetn » Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:18 am

Awesome to see it happen.

Zack got the advice he needed with parts galore, plus learned how to do a bunch of stuff on his own. (He has a lot of know how already!) Biggest issues were addressing a seized LR caliper, bleeding brakes (master cylinder was full of air after sitting for so many years), lubing sliders, new points on the distributor and adjusting timing, messing with the carb and -- of course -- tapping the wheel bolt receiving threads so no new axle shaft was required. Oh yeah, and a quick fix to ground the side marker lights that also was also hanging up the safety certification.

So it went from when I showed up as a "needs a trailer Spider" that was running really rough to what now seems like a solid runner. I expect to see it on the road with plates in a day or two. :)

Welcome to the addiction, Zack!! Now you'll have sleepless nights thinking about the next thing to tinker on in the car. Next up: fan relay/temp switch. :P I'm glad you saved this car from the wrecker because it's a keeper.

Canadadan - you are one super good egg to help him out!

4uall, your expertise in fuel related matters (i.e. this car needs some) was priceless! It's amazing how much better Spiders run when they're not fuel-starved. Spiderdan, thanks for the great food and laughs! BTW, I think my nose was already broken before you slid me into the dash under braking on the fuel run. :mrgreen:

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby spiderdan » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:17 am

phaetn wrote:BTW, I think my nose was already broken before you slid me into the dash

I guess going from a 4 point harness to a simple lap belt is a difficult transition...
Lucky the airbags didn't go off!
Didn't you say you wanted to visit Bangladash?

Glad we could help Zack.
Kudos for keeping another Spider alive and out of the scrap yard.
But remember Zack, your new addiction including your new (addict) friends...
it's all phaetns' fault!
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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby spider2081 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:19 am

great looking car. Enjoy and drive it all you can.

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Re: 1978 Fiat 124 spider axle shaft replacement

Postby kilrwail » Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:32 am

Glad to hear that worked out so well! Congratulations and welcome!
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