Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Mostly, I hung out around my car, but made one escape for a 15 minute tour of the Maserati area. Sorry I missed you. The car has about 8,000 miles since I restored it, so not bothered that it "looks OK". Lots of fun along those miles.
"Don Juan" is currently fitted with an FNM 2300 engine, and has been well documented in another thread. Interesting to read the post above from Mark. Sounds like some major surgery to get the venerable 102 engine to be more exciting. By comparison, my hotrod efforts haven't been all that extreme. After reading the above post, I may go back and review my own pictures to see what the counterweight configuration is on my crank. I don't recall at the moment. I know it gets to an indicated 7,000 RPM very quickly now, and would keep going if I let it. Note that the tach recently tested to read about 500 RPM high.
When I look into the distant future, I see these Touring roadsters gradually moving from the road to collections, museum, or rust piles. I've tried to preserve the original condition of mine in a manner that it can be quickly returned to bone-stock configuration. However, in the meantime, the car is vastly more fun to drive than with the original engine. I can understand why threads dedicated to finding more power in the cast iron 2000 have populated the BB for many years.
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...