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Adapter Plate 1980 Fiat Spider

Hello Everyone!

New to the forum - what a great group of helpful people!

I am in the planning stage of a 1980 Fiat Spider conversion and the first big challenge is to figure out how to get an adapter plate for the motor to trans. The motor/drivetrain plan so far is a Hyper 9 Motor connected to the OEM flywheel/clutch/5-speed transmission for the Spider. The problem is that there do not seem to be off the shelf motor adapter/couplers for the Fiat Spider (checked CAN EV and some other places). I have looked on this forum and a few members have overcome this (specific car) by building their own - but I do not have the ability to fabricate one.

Thoughts? Would a local metal fabricator be able to do this? I'm concerned about the precision of alignment that will be needed between motor and trans/drive to not mess up the transmission. Are there people who have a model or one available?

I also see CAN EV sells "blank/generic" adapters that one then has to customize - is this a much easier route to take and have people done this?

Finally - if I go this route - are there fabricators people would recommend in Southern California who can do this?

Thanks for any help you may have!
 

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Adapter Plate 1980 Fiat Spider

Hello Everyone!

New to the forum - what a great group of helpful people!

I am in the planning stage of a 1980 Fiat Spider conversion and the first big challenge is to figure out how to get an adapter plate for the motor to trans. The motor/drivetrain plan so far is a Hyper 9 Motor connected to the OEM flywheel/clutch/5-speed transmission for the Spider. The problem is that there do not seem to be off the shelf motor adapter/couplers for the Fiat Spider (checked CAN EV and some other places). I have looked on this forum and a few members have overcome this (specific car) by building their own - but I do not have the ability to fabricate one.

Thoughts? Would a local metal fabricator be able to do this? I'm concerned about the precision of alignment that will be needed between motor and trans/drive to not mess up the transmission. Are there people who have a model or one available?

I also see CAN EV sells "blank/generic" adapters that one then has to customize - is this a much easier route to take and have people done this?

Finally - if I go this route - are there fabricators people would recommend in Southern California who can do this?

Thanks for any help you may have!
Did you ever find a solution to this? I'm also wondering how one would do this for a Fiat Spider without fabricating themselves?
 

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Yes, I went to Electric GT - Electric Vehicle Systems and Components One of their first conversions was a 1980 Fiat Spider. I got the adpapter plate, the new lightweight clutch, and a bracket to hold the controller from them. They were very responsive and also very nice. I have yet to install it.
Where are you? I'm in SoCal, so was nearby and went to them to pick it up.

I had tried getting one from EVWest (they said they have done one before) but they left me waiting for over 9 months before I finally gave up on them and asked for my $$ back.

Hope this helps!
 
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