"Carbon on the valves"
Haven't heard that one in years. We used to quote that all the time after we started driving Alfas, etc. Actually still do, now and then, but hardly anyone knows it. It's from the movie "A New Leaf" starring Walter Matthau and Elaine May. Great movie, made in 1971. It went along with our "Famous Mechanics Club", an informal club we had at the time. Those were fun and innocent days.
Today's Alfa trial was waiting to hear from the mechanic about the failed power steering pump on the LS. Screeched to a halt as the car was idling, stopped the engine. He didn't call, so I will have to give him a visit tomorrow, I guess. Don't know if it's bearing failed, or it ran dry, although the reservoir was full. Could a line get plugged? Unless I can find a good used one, I'll have to get a rebuilt. First have to figure out why it failed. The car has been so reliable otherwise for 40k miles since I bought it.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 01-31-2012 at 11:13 PM.