Dino's Return

Dino is a 1967 Fiat 500.

Dino arrived in the burbs several weeks ago.  I drove him into his new home, the nice warm dry garage, and he seemed fine with it.

Fine, that is, until the next time we tried to start him up: there was some grumbling and some reluctant turning over, but his spark had gone.  He is temperamental, elderly, and Italian: a combination that does not bode well when it comes to change management.  To make matters worse, it has been rather damp lately.  He had developed vehicular arthritis.

In the garage he sat, arms folded, resolutely refusing to come out.  We tried everything within our limited mechanical repertoire and eventually resorted to squirting a copious quantity of highly flammable ‘Easy Start’ into the air-filter.

Italian design, New Zealand backdrop, 2008.

Still nothing.

Dino was officially not sparking, and complicated electrical wiring isn’t our forte, especially when most of said wiring is older than either of us.

We delivered him to a friendly local mechanic, who fell in love with him.  The mechanic delicately installed a new condenser and set of spark plugs, and we’re on the road again!  K-man took him out shopping this morning and reported that Dino is back to his attention-seeking ways.

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1 Response to “Dino's Return”


  1. 1 Stacie November 22, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Isn’t that Mr. Bean’s car?


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