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I have a fiat spider 1981. Starts fine but when motor gets pretty heated it spurts spatters acts like it is choking for fuel or air or something. It dies and in about five minutes it starts again. Any ideas? thanks in advance for any helop this car only has 15,000 actual miles and I would love to drive it and show it off.

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When my 79 fiat spider did this it turned out to be the ignition module located in the distributor. My fiat would die when it got hot. Let it sit for a little while it would fire right back up. Have you tried that yet? Here is a parts supplier for FIATs if you do not already know about these guys:
http://www.international-auto.com/

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Finally, for lots of detailed help and assistance, I strongly suggest that you register on the Fiat Forum at the address below:-

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