Tunnels, Joints and Good Food
Departed So. France yesterday. Left Kristy's father's car at the TGV train station in Avignon for his return later by train. Unfortunately took the Autoroute (tolls) most all the way to Santa Margherita to make good time over 420 km. Very busy with trucks. Small glimpses of Italian coast between tunnels in Italy but much was spent in tunnels, really. Next time will village hop on the coast road for sure. Just gorgeous. We get a lot of both adorning and curious looks in the Giulia. Have not seen one oldtimer yet. And they are curious as it has Spanish plates and a big blond driver.
The driveshaft is still acting up worse. I kept it under about 3200 rom the whole drive (110 kph) which added some time and made drivers behind crabby and gave old Alfas a bad rap. I'm sure it's a bad u-joint rebuild - what else? Increasing vibration over 3200 rpm, and at low speeds when you disengage the clutch and coast. When the shaft is well loaded going uphill to about 3200 rpm it's pretty quiet. I think the guy got the right hand needle bearings in the left hand joint. . . .
But it could be something else. We are pretty loaded down - in the photo below of only me and luggage to Avignon, look at the stance, and that is before another 270 pounds is added. With our very helpful rental person, we hit two local garages today, one specializing in Alfas, but on a Saturday there was little interest in doing anything, even putting it up on a rack for a look and feel.
One older guy at an Alfa shop took a drive but always shifted under 2500, kept it under 40 kph and did no coasting. And my Italian is not so fluent. He said it was starting to go out. I think it's demise is well underway. I turned a set of needle bearings to black dust once. Anyway I digress. Perhaps we can get someone interested in Florence or when it is sticking up through the floorpans.
Tomorrow an all-day coastal boat ride down to the Cinque Terre and back. CU L8tr.
; Ph.A., B.S.A., U. of NOTASME
- Spider Veloce
, '69 US1750/4.56 LSD (pictures
) - since '75 for that early mid-life crisis!
- '72 Super, 2L/4.30LSD (pictures
) - for that late mid-life crisis!!
- Gina Lolo Bianca
- '65 early Series 1 Super, white/lt.blue-gray, stock 1600/4.56 (pics)(more pics) (Blog)
- for the heck of it now!!!
- Mr Meconium
- '73 Giulia Super 1.6, Giallo Piper/black, very stock (pics
) - for another Euro trip?
- "The Beast"
- Forthcoming - stay tuned for details
- El Blanco -
'75 Super, ex-Nuova to earlier Super style, 2L/4.30LSD, white/gray-black - pics
- Colonel Mustard
- '67 Giulia Sprint GTV, Giallo Ocra/black, very stock, 1600 (pics
) - LINK
- '70 1300 TI
, 2L/4.10LSD, white/black - for a short while only . . .
- '76 ex-Nuova to 1600 Super (pics
) - for the 2011 Euro trip
- '69 1750 Berlina
(wish I still had)
Pinyo's 2010, 10 wk, 8000 mi "Super" Euro-Trip Blog
Benjamin's 2011, 7 week, 3500 mile "Super2" Euro-Trip Blog
Gina Lolo's 2011 Alfa Convention, 3350 mile Roadtrip blog