Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin
When I lived in Grand Rapids I did most of my own work but there were a couple of shops that one could trust to work on Alfas, both in the G.R area and in Kalamazoo (~40 mi south). I'm not sure what the current situation is as I've been away for ten years or so. Not too many of the WMARO people are on the Board regularly so current references might be a little hard to come by. If you'll PM me I can give you the names of a couple of owners who might be up on the current situation.
IMO, Dean Russell is a super guy and a great resource but he's a good 2-1/2 -3 hour drive away in Dearborn. If you have any serious issues that require a specialist (like, for instance, a timing belt change) with the 164 he'd be a good bet. For more routine stuff, you need someone closer.
Roman Tucker is in Lapeer, MI, another healthy drive to the east side of the state. But he's not a maintenance shop, he's a restoration artist and vintage racer specializing in the care and mantenance of GTA's. Since he's an artist, one may have to wait awhile to see the results of his work. AMHIK.
Anyway, I hope your move to Rockford goes well. We enjoyed our time in West Michigan. There is a small but friendly group of Alfa owners in the area.