While I awaited the return of the Spider from body and paint work, I began to tackle a host of other tasks such as the front and rear suspensions. After checking out a host of threads, I decided to replace all the ball joints, track rod ends, silent blocks, shocks, springs front and rear wheel bearings, and all bearings and seals for the differential. I had to edit this and say that our local Alfa club expert mechanic, Ron Huff, is handling everything to do with the differential. Ron is a retired Alfa-trained professional.
In an effort to update the rear suspension, I ordered both the rear A Arm and Trailing Arm poly bushing kit only to discover that unless you will driving on streets of glass, the poly unit will produce a ride that be will significantly rougher than going with OEM silent blocks. If you've ever driven in Tulsa you'll know only about 25% of the streets are as smooth as they should be.
So, that's some more items I hope to sell to someone who could use them.
I looked for an easy way to remove the old, deteriorating SBs. I saw a thread where someone used a rig of Schedule 40 PVC fittings, threaded rod, nuts, washers to "pull" the SBs out. It proved to be a fool's errand for me. So, I submitted to conventional wisdom and drilled our the rubber, removed the inner steel sleeve, hack-sawed through the outer sleeve and cleaned up trailing and A arms.
I didn't think I would ever be able to get those devils out, but little-by-little, it's coming along. That's one less job to do before everything goes to the powder coater this Friday.
Oklahoma SNO Alfa Chapter Director
'64/66 Giulia Spider finally back in the garage and painted
'75 Olandase Blu Alfetta Sedan 2.0 & '88 Red Milano Verde; both long gone and dearly missed
Last edited by Raimondo; 02-05-2017 at 06:15 PM.