Thanks guys. By the way, yes it is a cabriolet (in answer to the first question) and it is 1990. And yes, we are heading to the St.Patrick's Day parade in Limerick City today....we are heading up the parade in one of my other cars....a 1970 MGB Roadster....so not too much booze (not until later anyway). We are transporting the Heineken Cup (big gold trophy) and a local rugby star in the car.
Down to business though, problem is the window glass is up. I cannot therefore lower the roof as the window needs to be down. Is there a way to lower the glass manually? To be honest, it doesn't look like removal of the rear tyre will give me access but I'll take another look. We did get the side grill off and there is a small 5" x 3" access panel which just fits a small hand and allows very limited access to bolts etc. I will try a gentle tap though before getting too stuck in. That seems to work on old starter motors so might work here.
If I could get the motor out we have a little man that can repair / recondition it (and much cheaper than a new one!). Also, did notice FIAT written on the mechanism as you say so a part number should allow me to get a FIAT one (probably also at much less cost). When the clutch slave cylinder went we noticed that was made in England....is any of this car truly Ferrari??!! Appreciate the help.