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post #39 of (permalink) Old 06-17-2008, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Alfetta Successfully Recovered!

Greetings Jeff and all other supporters: We are HOME!!!

Yes, what a relief it was to see all the Alfas at Mondo's. Tony and Pino have quite a collection in all, and several great customer Alfas in the shop proper. It was a case of one great development followed by another.

First, having seen the leak at the service area, vs at some 8300-foot altitude mountain pass (and before she actually ran dry at 80MPH... I mean 70, of course...).

Then having that sweet, enormous, flatbed show up at the service area as quickly as they did.

Next, finding the Mondo web page on first google for "Alfa Repair Cleveland" - and seeing that they were only 20 miles away! (kudo's to a laptop with a Verizon Broadband Card)

Everyone was so helpful, and the Comfort Suites Hotel was only .7 mile away. They gave us a bit of a discount after hearing our plight. (walk-up rates are usually not as friendly as internet ones)

Tony could not get a water pump until noon today since it had to be over-nighted from afar, so we agreed yesterday to go with a serviceable one he pulled from an engine that he had done a total rebuild on. The starter was available locally, so that went on new.

The failed starter indeed looked new, but it went out the door as core without being diagnosed beyond the fact that the solenoid would not pull. Tony said that the failed starter was one from the S4 Spider, and although it probably was OK, that misfit may have been it's downfall.

And Mondo's timely work on our Alfetta got us home in Connecticut with no further difficulties. Here are some pics of the "fixed" Alfetta, with Pino, and Tony with his great pristine 50-year old Fiat. Thanks for dropping everything and getting us back on the road!

Trip Summary:

#1 thing we did right in prep without knowing how important it would be: have Group 2 install that heater control valve & get the heater working - this is summer, right?

#1 thing we did wrong in prep without knowing how important it would be: Not verifying there was a working +12 v cigaret lighter socket to power the GPS.

Biggest surprise: How well she handled, stopped, and pulled

Biggest disappointment: All that blue smoke out the tailpipe - she devoured 11 quarts getting across the 4000 miles.

Biggest gamble that paid off: doing the trip

Biggest gamble that came up short: that the weather would cooperate

Quality of drive uplift: How quite and roomy vs our S4 Spider

Quality of drive letdown: the bucking at neutral throttle, and the max 5 min idle before she began to foul the plugs.
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