This is so weird....
Here's a few of what I thought was the only regular driven V-8 Alfa Spider in the US and some engineer in Az. builds one right under my nose! While I may not be an engineer (I'm a professional musician), we both teach at Mesa College! Me in San Diego and you in Mesa, Az. Weird, huh?
Mine has been around for over 14 years and has over 40,000 miles on the conversion: a 1971 body with many other year parts (mostly '78), a 1994 HO motor, T-5 world class, and a nine inch rear end, 3.50 gears. It's run 13.9's/103 in the quarter, has 52/48 weight distribution of about 2640 lbs., and steers like a truck: the ackerman is incorrect. Kinda like my old Tigers, which is where I got the idea for this.
Car was silver, then repainted by the previous owner beige (?) while he started the conversion. I took the project over and mostly finished it: boxed the frame rails, trailing arms, Ron Davis custom radiator, IAP springs, Koni yellow shocks set to full hard, poly bushings, roll bar, etc. When something broke, you just figured out a stronger solution to fix it.
Just got painted last month and is at home now with me trying to get it ready for SD Italian Festa. You know, the detail stuff that takes forever! The color is Viper medium blue.
I could not agree more that this car is a driver first and foremost and will never be a show car. I'm having too much fun telling people "yes" when they ask, "You got a V-8 in that thing?"