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reckon?? I hope thats Aussie for "I know you will and if not I'l pay for the parts"!!!!! Otherwise "you know what the underside of a bus looks like?" Seriously, I see where you are going with this. I'm thinking I'l note a difference is the sensation of any free play being gone. Plus what the heck, it's the kinda thing I like doing!! I'll send you the info I have when I have more typing time but want to acknowledge your PM.

In the FWIW dept, I like Hamilton. He seems at ease with himself and in all the stuff I've seen him in/on - he doesn't seem arrogant. Nuther hot one today. Up near 100. ciao jc

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post #6527 of 14385 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 10:04 PM
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reckon?? I hope thats Aussie for "I know you will and if not I'l pay for the parts"!!!!! Otherwise "you know what the underside of a bus looks like?" Seriously, I see where you are going with this. I'm thinking I'l note a difference is the sensation of any free play being gone. Plus what the heck, it's the kinda thing I like doing!! I'll send you the info I have when I have more typing time but want to acknowledge your PM.ciao jc
Haha! I loved the way my car felt when I did it and look forward to fitting them to the current car. It is now 2:30 pm here and cold outside. I had plans for us to move my son's 75 into the shed now that I have made space for it and to start on replacing the brake master and proportioning valve on the project car, but so far other things have intervened as usual. I'd better get to work or the day is wasted.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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post #6528 of 14385 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 11:34 PM
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We don't get tested. No worries, no problems...at least in that area.
I wouldn't call inspections a problem. They do more than just check emissions. They also check all the lights and see if the headlights are aligned, service brake and handbrake performance, suspension damping and play in each wheel.
I've had a few problems spotted there before they became serious. That includes a worn balljoint, worn bushings on the rear and a stuck proportioning valve.

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post #6529 of 14385 (permalink) Old 07-06-2015, 07:42 PM
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Just got the latest issue of Autoweek, and on the last page there is the Craigslist Ad of the Week, with a photo of what is said to be a 89 BMW 750L, but it sure looks more like an Alfa 164 to my eyes. Front end burnt up. Maybe forgot to check his engine fuel lines, which should have been changed decades ago?

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Nothing alfa related today but on the subject of oil i put a quart of roughly 10 year old quakerstate in my jag.
And i'm pretty sure most of it is on the ground by now.

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Well, I had another memorable and enjoyable drive in BB1 yesterday with working A/C as I ran it down to oceanfront to our property managers office and then on the rental unit as renter's daughter had failed to close an inner door properly in the elevator.

Next BB1 took me to commissary and package store as my bride wanted a bottle of white merlot.

I seem to be getting a bit of semi torque steer when getting on and off the throttle so I checked motor mounts and steering rack inner/outer tie rod ends for play but found none. Will have to check further for something in suspension bushings next. It is a funny feeling like car is "walking the dog" Anybody ever fly in the old Beechcraft Bonanza and remember the walking landing gear? It sort of feels like that.

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[U] BB1 1991 164L w/S engine and A/T now excess to inventory [U]

Daily driver and parts hauler but not car hauler 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4.7L H.O. V-8

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Drove the GT to the supermarket and back and went to see "Mad Max Fury Road" at the cinema. Driving that car and listening to the 3.2 Busso is always a joy.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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Warm (cool) enough in early a.m. last couple days to drive the S with windows open and enjoying listening to the Ansa rear twin pipe talking away as I shift up and down the gears.

My Dodge Ram V8 sounds pretty good, too. Took a load of old rugs and couches from the church to the dump this morning. Buster and my bride ML went along for the ride. I had truck and trailer loaded pretty good.

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Steve check the A arms bushings. Also take a quick look at the lollipops too

and yes a few hours in bonanza years ago!

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Steve check the A arms bushings. Also take a quick look at the lollipops too

and yes a few hours in bonanza years ago!
I will however, I changed A arms, lollis and one ball joint when i got the car about 5-6 years ago. I had whole sub frame out and changed motor mounts, too.

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Alfa related has slowed down quite a bit lately. Replaced by daughter in law and 2 grand kids. We're having a really good time
Yesterday, fiber glassed the inside of the really nice Milano front door panels to try and prevent the collapse of the arm rest that happens so often to them. Also took the trailer and black 164S to bellingham to pick up bunk beds for the kids

Red 1991 164S, Black 1991 164S, Red 1987 Milano, 1972 Berlina, 1973 Berlina rebuilding SPICA engine
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yer off the hook oz3. Had RC aligned and it was pretty close with my modification so I felt good about that. The car feels different. Better. Discussing this and thinking/pondering this I dare say alot of the forces the caster rod feeds into the chassis have changed to directly as opposed to a prying type movement. The feedback is a bit more precise and the suspension movement up front is just that - suspension movement. Not much more movement is transfered into the body. Anyway, good mod and wortht he time and effort. ciao jc

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89 164 2l Twin Spark, 2011 Tonka Dump

Recently added: an 89 75 (Milano) 1.6 litre w/44K on the klok.

Past loves:
79 Alfetta GTV w/Spica, my 1st Alfa

An 88 Graduate. Not really love but interesting nonetheless.

A 68 BMW 1602 - man do I regret letting that one go!

79 Scirroco, ex plowed into an illegally parked house with it...
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yer off the hook oz3. Had RC aligned and it was pretty close with my modification so I felt good about that. The car feels different. Better. Discussing this and thinking/pondering this I dare say alot of the forces the caster rod feeds into the chassis have changed to directly as opposed to a prying type movement. The feedback is a bit more precise and the suspension movement up front is just that - suspension movement. Not much more movement is transfered into the body. Anyway, good mod and wortht he time and effort. ciao jc
Told you that you would love it, didn't I Chris?

I've been working on the brakes on the 75 during the last few days. I thought the master cylinder was leaking because there was fluid dripping down the booster, onto the exhaust. When I took it off however it was dry at the end of the cylinder and inside the booster. The master and proportioning valve were brand new back in 2010 and look to be fine. The leak was coming from the rear seal for the reservoir that was a bit damaged and different from the originals. I had a good one on my spare master, so I fitted that. It is all bolted up, with the car jacked up ready for bleeding now. Boy I had trouble putting the front pipe from the proportioning valve to master back on. The factory made them the wrong shape altogether. The spare one and the one on my son's car are the same. I eventually managed to bend it to fit much better. Hopefully it will bleed OK.

The other day we bought a set of 2004 GT black leather seats to fit the 75. Adapting them to fit is our next job. It should look fantastic and will be 1000% more comfortable. They are fully adjustable every which way and heated as well. They have better bolstering and hold you in like racing seats, compared to the seats in normal sedans like the 156. I just have to get the left hand front one re-stitched where the air bag has gone off. I will post photos when we do the job.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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more like "enchanted" LOL!! One thing the alignment Wiz did was align it to 2L twin spark specs. I doubt there is much if any diff in them from the 1.6 but the dude said I'll like the feel of the car. I have the biggest tires/wheelset I can run on the car and still qualify for the type tax rate he falls under. The 2L T/S runs a bigger tire/wheel so I'm guessing his mindset goes down that path. Going into the mountains today to shake it out. My initial feeling is the car is now less "self centering" which is a caster related phenomenon. I like cars that require active input. I still cant for the life of me figure out why it came with power assist tho....ciao jc

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Recently added: an 89 75 (Milano) 1.6 litre w/44K on the klok.

Past loves:
79 Alfetta GTV w/Spica, my 1st Alfa

An 88 Graduate. Not really love but interesting nonetheless.

A 68 BMW 1602 - man do I regret letting that one go!

79 Scirroco, ex plowed into an illegally parked house with it...
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more like "enchanted" LOL!! One thing the alignment Wiz did was align it to 2L twin spark specs. I doubt there is much if any diff in them from the 1.6 but the dude said I'll like the feel of the car. I have the biggest tires/wheelset I can run on the car and still qualify for the type tax rate he falls under. The 2L T/S runs a bigger tire/wheel so I'm guessing his mindset goes down that path. Going into the mountains today to shake it out. My initial feeling is the car is now less "self centering" which is a caster related phenomenon. I like cars that require active input. I still cant for the life of me figure out why it came with power assist tho....ciao jc
I like the power assist on the 75s. It is just right - not too light or heavy. I don't know about the four cylinder like yours, but when the rack was broken in my son's car he cut the belt off the pump as suggested by one of our Alfa friends, who said it would be fine. It wasn't. My son is pretty strong and he could hardly turn it.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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