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post #31 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 06:46 PM
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In the 1980s we got into 1960s Rover P6s because we could buy them really cheap (sometimes people just gave them to us) get parts, and keep them running. It's exciting because on certain episodes of the British show "Endeavor" the cops are driving them, as they were hot cars but extremely safe. They were an absolute dream to work on, beautifully engineered, and the owners and workshop manuals were absolutely how I learned to work on cars. No crappy photos, just really really good drawings, and a list of tools you needed, before you started. Gary still has a 2000TC that runs, mine has a problem with one of the SU carbs, and needs a generator (yeah, that's right). So we're doin' the Alfas mostly now.
This touched a chord.....I went from 70's Alfa's to 80's Rover SD models which came after the beloved P series which I so loved growing up.
I was an SU Carb expert....also Stromberg and Weber.....gone are those days.

But back to Giulia matters.....I love the car and been in it at obscene high speed on tight roads...yes right here in FL...it's a beauty.
Truthfully the electronics scare me maintenance wise.
All is well and good until a few years down the line when electronics tend to wear out and fail.
But five years down the line if Giulia proves to be good who knows what I might do.....

Meanwhile we love our 164's.....don't we.....

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Works for me so far.

Did a little maintenance on the LS, using some of the Redline shockproof gear lube which quiets down the transmission very nicely, mixed with Amsoil 75W-90 gear lube about 50/50 as recommended by Redline. Carlo had used it to quiet down a Ferrari 308 transmission nicely.

Also lubed the shift rods on top of the transmission, but can't get that plastic cover back on because the stupid rubber gasket it uses won't stay in place, and my hand will almost not fit in that area. Too many hoses, etc. Someday I'll have to take out a couple of things to do a better job of accessing that area. Also glue the gasket to the underside of the cover to keep it in place when I reinstall it.

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72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)

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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

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Right side headlight out on low beam on Blue Car. Its a Bosch unit, so the whole thing has to come out. Could also be wiring. Outside temp is hovering around 12 degrees and I have a really bad head cold. I think this needs to wait a week or two until the weather gets better.

In the mean while, I will drive the Tundra 4x4. Just the thing for the 8 to 12 inches of snow predicted for next Tuesday.

Also, the Blue Car's brake pad warning lights are now on all the time. I suspect that this is a continuity gap in the sensor wires, which are shorted to put the warning lights out, as the nice semi-metallic pads I bought from Centerline don't have the wear sensor.

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"Right side headlight out on low beam on Blue Car. Its a Bosch unit, so the whole thing has to come out"

By just moving the relay box mounted on the cross beam above it, you can reach down to pull out the bulb. Had to do that not long ago.

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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
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This touched a chord.....I went from 70's Alfa's to 80's Rover SD models which came after the beloved P series which I so loved growing up.
I was an SU Carb expert....also Stromberg and Weber.....gone are those days.

But back to Giulia matters.....I love the car and been in it at obscene high speed on tight roads...yes right here in FL...it's a beauty.
Truthfully the electronics scare me maintenance wise.
All is well and good until a few years down the line when electronics tend to wear out and fail.
But five years down the line if Giulia proves to be good who knows what I might do.....

Meanwhile we love our 164's.....don't we.....

Ta,

Neville.
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Yes, indeed. The thing which always amazes me is that our two 164s are so different from each other. The 91S is so much fun and easy (a lighter feel) to drive in the suburbs, and our LS is just about the best all around car I've owned and driven, for my preferences.

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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

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I've only experienced the L, and it is by far the best car of its size that I've ever ridden in. Gary hated to drive when we were first married, so I drove us everywhere, first in the P6s, then in various other vehicles. But after he got the 164, that was it. He was happy to drive me anywhere I wanted to go! We got it from a guy who bought it new in 1991. He was lamenting that it was only worth $2900 about 5 years later, so we bought it off him with cash - we can't even remember when. The first thing we had to do was replace the stepper motor! We had the video, made the tools as required, and did it together, in a friend's garage. It was our baptism!
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