During lunch, I stopped by Jaan's shop for a quick peek. I'm working on a 10-question interview, so if you have any suggestions for questions, please let me know.
The Fiat X1/9 in the foreground is the shop's errand truck.
Jaan was working on this Flavia 1.8. It came in for a brake job but Jaan ended up fixing the fuel injection. This particular example is so emblematic of Flavias, it is the subject of a Wikipedia photo of a Flavia. Between 1965 and 1967, just 72 Flavia's came with fuel injection. Jaan has never seen one that worked perfectly.
I asked if injection owners ever switched to carburetors for reliability. He replied: Why? Look how beautiful it is.
Spare parts are not available, anywhere. So they have to be handmade, here.
A job that would stress out many a professional seemed calming, almost meditative, for this mechanic.
Inside, a somber Lancia Flamina and a Porsche 911 Turbo are up in the air, with their undersides exposed.
As I left, we partially pulled the cover off of this other Fiat. The owner is a cannon collector (!) and the yellow paint was used to restore one of his cannons. Wow.