Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Several years ago I spent a bunch of time overhauling several French Renault aircraft engines (like in the yellow biplane). The engine design dated to the early 30's, but remained in production through the 50's, and perhaps even longer in some form. A crude engine in many ways, with a hollow crankshaft that required large bolted-in plugs for the journals, used aluminum connecting rods, and a nearly 4" bore. I'd done many Alfa engines prior to these, so was familiar with sodium cooled valves. At least I thought I was. The French valves had a big round dome for a head, different than anything that I'd seen before.
Anyway, a couple of the heads had stuck valves and other trauma. I decided the only way to get some of the exhaust valves out were to cut off the tips of the stems. I did this near the slop sink in my shop. The valves came out into the sink as hoped, where I let them lay while I cleaned up. This included washing my hands, which resulted in water going down into the unnoticed hollow cores of the valves.
It got very exciting, with a display not unlike that of a well rehearsed July 4th.
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...