So let me back up and tell the story to date.
I'm obviously a long time Alfisti. Seth is a former Porsche mechanic and currently owns 3 including a 951/944 Turbo, a 70's 911 and a Cayenne. But he thinks the Milano is gorgeous. So you can see he's crazy too.
We found someone locally who was selling three Milanos so we went to look at them. By the time we finally got there one Platinum was sold. The other Platinum is low mile, but a rusty former Monteal car with a Canadian title. And not drivable. So we passed.
The one we liked was a Gold from New Mexico with no title. Super rust free, and the engine sounded great. The clutch needed help, but that's manageable. We said we'd think it over and call back if interested. But within the week it had sold, so we were back to square one.
Seth posted a wanted ad on Craigslist and got a few leads. Chad from Eugene said he had a Milano with 190k miles. He had sanded down the trunk, hood and roof and they were starting to rust again. It ran and had a relatively recently rebuilt engine, a recent water pump and timing belt replacement, and lots of receipts from previous owners, but the clutch wasn't working. His asking price was fair, so we tried to find a time to go see it down in Eugene (about a 2 hour drive). Between work, travel, family etc. it took a few weeks but on the Friday after Thanksgiving we decided to do a little "Black Friday" shopping. Alfa style.
Chad had mentioned that the clutch pivot pin was broken, so we bought one from Centerline, grabbed a spare battery, and came prepared with all sorts of tools to get the pivot pin out. We hoped.
This being Oregon, it was of course raining the whole way down. Once we arrived Chad showed us the car. Overall it was straight but worn out. It took a lot of persuading to get it started, but once warmed up a bit it ran ok. We could hear a couple exhaust leaks, but nothing too major. And we also figured out that it was a Platinum, so it has the LSD transaxle. Yay!
Since the Milano was parked on the street and on a steep hill, we needed to get it into Chad's driveway to see what we could do with the clutch. Seth volunteered to use his Cayenne to pull it up the hill, and I piloted it back down the hill and wrestled it into the driveway. First problem solved.
Once in the driveway we got the rear end up in the air and started looking at the clutch. Surprise #1, the clutch pivot pin wasn't broken, it had just backed out and was in the bottom of the transmission! Woo hoo! I managed to fish it out with a magnet, and we screwed the new one it.
Surprise #2, the clutch slave was leaking. Shocking right? Chad mentioned that it was recently rebuilt so we popped it out and took a look. One of the seals was pinched so we pulled it apart, straightened it out, and it held well enough to work a little bit. After much bleeding we had about 1/2" of pedal travel, just enough to release the clutch.
We took it for a spin around the block, and it started, stopped (barely) and shifted, so we decided to head for home.
Since I had formerly owned a Milano I won the toss and got to pilot the battleship. Very quickly I figured out that the car has a bad driveline vibration. Chad had mentioned recent giubo work, but I don't think the shop put everything back together properly. I figured out that 3000 RPM in 4th gear was smoother than 2500 in 5th, so I drove home most of the way in 4th. With no radio, and a passenger window stuck down 1" in the rain. But at least the heat and wipers worked. Woo hoo!
On the way home as we passed a car broken down on the shoulder Seth texts me to say "the number of dead cars we pass is our race number." We passed 4, and made it home without further incident. Lucky number 4.
So here are a few shots the day we picked it up. The photo of the floor in the last shot is to show it was full of water from the stuck window, and also a windshield that might be leaking.
Ian Lomax - Current: 1973 Berlina, 1987 Milano Platinum "racecar"
Past: 71, 74 Spiders, 2x 74 Berlina, 74 GTV, 76 Alfetta GT, 88 Milano 3.0, 164LS