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post #9511 of 14386 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 08:48 AM
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Double Alfa fun yesterday. Finished the brakes on the dream spider, and helped my buddy find an intermittent, annoying squeal in the drive belt area of his 24v 164. We tried everything but could not locate the source of the noise and given it was intermittent could not track it easily. Finally as we were close to calling it a day he gave the serp tensioner a light rap With a hammer and the squeal started up! I had an SKF tensioner in stock so we swapped it on.

Note to self- it's ok to run the car with no serp belt for a little bit to try to isolate the noise. But next time Goats don't let it run so long that the coolant starts to boil!! The water pump is important...
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post #9512 of 14386 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 09:06 AM
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roadtrip, not the BB'r

Camping. Buddies and us in the mountains. Their tent. Everything fit in Rossa. Our tent will fit but I'll need a roof carrier. Camping with style!! The girl is having a hissy cause the boys are either squirting her with the SuperSoaker or they aren't letting her play in the boat. I'm guessing they're seven, maybe 8ish. So she's pitching a willy and crying in the lake and throwing rocks at them. They're close enough, one of the rocks bounces off the inflatable hull and clocks her in the head. You just can't make this stuff up. Parenting comments aside, these boys had an electric motor and could drive the stew out of this thing. having the time of thier lives. Susan and I got some kyaking in. Pics to come. Ciao, Chris
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her first time and she did great! Ciao, chris
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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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post #9514 of 14386 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 01:20 PM
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Looks like a nice bit of fun.

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1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27

previously owned since 1964:

62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
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All that stuff plus those steaks, fit in a 164? Impressive!

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Pushed the spider out last night with help from a couple high school boys across the alley. Turned it nose out so today I could wrestle the hoist out of the side yard and yank the 2l mid 80's motor out! Everything was disconnected , trans off exhaust manis off so was 30 min to have it out. Moved this filthy POS motor to the side yard and put the hoist back too after I busted one slat in the side yard gate trying to fit the 36" hoist thru the 36.5" gate--just ran the hoist leg into it and the slat cracked. 54 tall by 2.5 wide by 5/8. So I just go to local home despot and they have cedar fence slats but 6.5 wide. Guy feels sorry for me and rips me two at 2.5 "!!

3 bucks!

Feeling like finally visible progress on spider! Next up is pull the Burman box rebuild it then start on floor pans and frame stuff --- probably farm that out but not sure yet.

Am in schedule AND budget so far!! Actually favorable to budget by $1400 so buying some SPICA setups....
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Great photos Chris! Looks like a great trip. I had a camping weekend too. I went to a Bluegrass and acoustic roots festival about an hour south of here in a Place called Wirrina Cove. It is an annual event and I was helping my brother with his PA system in the open mike tent. We got to listen to some great music and performed two sets of Bluegrass songs as a duo with me on bass guitar and my brother on acoustic six string. We got some great compliments for our harmonies and playing and got a real buzz out of it. We are putting together a full on Bluegrass group with the fiddle player from our Aussie folk band and an old friend who is one of the best banjo players in the state but they couldn't be there on the weekend unfortunately. I drove the GT, loaded up with my camping gear and bass and as usual it was a joy. The GT is a masterpiece of design on the part of Bertone because it is a sports beautiful coupe with the room of a wagon in the back.
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I saw one of those GT's with the boot open and it is cavernous, your 156 wagon would work well as well no? I've found that flat pack and sorting stuff so it fits inside of each other is a godsend. Pinterest - yea I know - has a ton of neat ideas too! Those two stand up plastic drawer units fit neatly in the trunk and hold a TON of stuff. You see that cooler? It is rated for 5 days. It bloody works. Our 2 luxury camp chairs and 4 saw horses created the most fitment issues. But seeing that this is the 1st time using Rossa as a camper, we learn. Roof rack ordered. I'd like to find a roof box like the crazy Russian has ( less all the rivets!) but have to ponder this all. I want a canoe and maybe can use it as a carrier with some netting over the opening so it can perform dual duty. John, those steaks travelled well in that cooler!! ciao, chris

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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

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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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Brought home a Dio Tipo 61 kit car with the intent of an Alfa Spider rebody.
Should be about a ton lighter than original.
As such will not need much else to improver performance.
Now looking for original chassis suspension attachment point drawings.
Also wondering it there is any real reason front sides cannot be swapped for a R&P conversion.

Twin-Cam Hemi, Webers, Headers, Overdrive, Disc brakes, and no emissions equipment to spoil it all. These are gonna be FUN rides!
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I saw one of those GT's with the boot open and it is cavernous, your 156 wagon would work well as well no? ciao, chris
I took a couple of iPhone photos of my stuff in the boot but the BB software as usual attaches them upside down. I have begged them to do something about it, but I'm not holding my breath. Our wagon is a 159 and that has loads of room. The tailgate on that is more vertical than the GT's so if you have something tall like the 60 litre compressor I bought a couple of years ago, it fits without touching the glass. As far as fridges go, we have what is called a eutectic portable fridge. It has a compressor on one end that can be run from mains power or the car and it is filled in between the inner and outer fibreglass shells with the stuff they use in those soft cold packs you use for your aches and pains. You run it for a day before you leave and it freezes the stuff, which will then keep very cold for three days without power, or if you want, you can run it off the car or mains electricity for a couple of hours a day and it will stay freezing. The hardest part when we first got it was getting the setting right so it didn't freeze everything. I didn't take it on this trip but it would have fitted with a bit of shuffling of stuff.

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), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís new car).

Non Alfa
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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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My camping has been curtailed but the best times are after this holiday weekend when all the kids go back to school and the crowds pack it in for the coming winter. I've been doing the same thing as Goats, wheeling the old engine hoist around the side yard but the motor is about twice as big - 4.0 liter coming out, 4.6 liter going in.





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post #9522 of 14386 (permalink) Old 09-04-2016, 11:58 PM
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Nice one Paul. The Rover engines are nice. I had a 4 litre in my old 85 Range Rover and it really pulled. Let us know how the 4.6 goes. If my wife would let me and I had the money, I would get another Rangie. I have often wondered what the 4.6 engines are like. You can pick up 90s RRs with those in them pretty cheap. They are probably thirsty though.

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), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís 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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The 4.0 and 4.6 are the same motor the only difference is crank and rods giving longer stroke and more torque. Despite being an ancient design the all aluminum Rover pushrod V8 has it's endearing qualities such as light weight and silky smooth operation and contrary to popular myths mine never dripped nor burnt a drop of oil between changes. I know Toyotas have their ironclad reputation for reliability but I'll never give up my Disco. They are the last solid axle Land Rover, maybe someday when they are all gone everyone will want one lol.

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The Rangies and Discos are still probably the most effective of all those sort of vehicles off road. That time Clarkson drove a Disco up that Scottish mountain was proof of that.

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), sonís girlfiendís car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (sonís 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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Went to the car show at Lime Rock yesterday. Saw many nice cars and some noteworthy Alfas. For me, the black one was pic of the show, and I don't like black cars.

Also fixed the rear turn signal on the silver GTV6. I had to replace the circuit board with another one that worked. Steve is right, you can never have too many parts.

In checking the function of that board, it looks like the brake light in the other side may not be working either. Will dive into that shortly.
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