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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
There have been reviews of AFRA elsewhere, but it seems useful to include a comment on this unique company.
It was, and still is, a repository for parts that Alfa, and others, declared obsolete. Thus, they often had a great many impossible to find, original equipment parts that were not available elsewhere. As these parts have become depleted, they have expanded their focus to include aftermarket parts. Sometimes these parts are the same as can be had elsewhere, and sometimes they are reproductions of variable quality.
When their only inventory was true OEM product, in OEM packaging, with OEM part numbers still attached, there were very few problems. As their stock is increasingly aftermarket, the problems have expanded, often due to misidentification. Unfortunately, they seem to still have "we are the OEM dealer source" mentality, so can resist admitting an error.
They are still invaluable when they have rare, OEM parts, but tread carefully, and document your request completely, in detail.
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)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
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...