Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
As Jay notes, it is a simple system. You could probably do it by eye. I have two suspension sets, one early and one late. The one on my car is the early system, but I have a later rear end out in the shop that I have partially dismantled. They are a bit different, and I suspect the latter one is more like the 2600. If you get stuck, let me know and I can probably put my hands on the parts and take a photo of the way they go together.
About the only things I would add to Jay's notes are these:
I dismantled the adjusters and thoroughly cleaned them up due to some internal corrosion. they operate very nicely now.
I used a very thin layer of disc-brake grease on both the adjuster and emergency brake slider. I agree with Jay's caution about gathering dust, but decided that having them work for a little while and getting a periodic cleaning was better than not working at all very soon after reassembly. We'll see if my theory is right.
I had a fair amount of difficulty getting the drums back on. It requires that everything be left loose, including the cylinder and adjuster, and that the backing-screws that set the shoe alignment be fairly close. Once right, the drums slid on.
Not having the fancy factory tool to align the shoes, I used the method of coming out with the adjuster until the drums would stop, then fiddling with the alignment screw. If fiddling with the screw allowed the drum to turn again, then I would come out some more with the adjuster. Then alignment screw, and back again. With enough iterations you get a sense of when the shoes have aligned themselves.
If memory serves, the main springs are on the back side of the shoes, with their ends poking outward through the holes in the shoes.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
1971 Alfa Montreal (see above comment regarding rationality)
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...