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post #10411 of 14314 (permalink) Old 03-08-2017, 07:18 PM
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Hopefully it was an enjoyable hour!! IDK Oz. The rates go down every year on the anniversary of the policy and the 75 is gonna drop significantly this summer I think. It might be next summer but I really don't pay notice as it is so cheap to start with. We don't have any special insurance - for example limited mileage or anything weird. Just liability and roadside assist/towing on the 164 that is good Europewide. Similar to AAA in the USA. Couldn't tell you what drives the rates - pun intended - as we've been with the company, Allianze for years and have no claims. They're out of Germany and big into investments and retirement planning as well tho we don't utilize them for anything but car ins. ciao, chris
We are with Alianz for our house insurance and they have been very good. We insure our cars through a company called Shannons who specialise in insurance for car enthusiasts. In order to work for them you have to be an enthusiast yourself and pass a test on car knowledge. They are always interested in your cars and are great to deal with. The car enthusiast culture is huge in Australia and Shannons have a very large client base. Our Alfa club recently asked them if they would sponsor our annual show in April and they willingly paid more than we needed within two days of asking. They run an excellent website with video programmes on cars, articles written by highly experienced motoring journalists and also run classic vehicle auctions several times a year. Here's a link to one of their latest episodes on the Fiat 850:
https://www.shannons.com.au/club/vid...tv-episode-71/

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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post #10412 of 14314 (permalink) Old 03-09-2017, 03:53 AM
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That video brings back memories! In 1970 when I was in college I sold a 63 VW and bought a red 68 850 coupe. What a blast that car was!. It seemed fast (compared to the VW, but the best part was the handling.
Unfortunately it succumbed to rust about 6 years later. Amazing to see one still around after all these years.

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Put these new wheels on the other day. Got my first ride today and something is out of balance. So I'll be looking into that.
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John: Giving up on the Momos?
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John: Giving up on the Momos?
Not quite yet unless you want to make an offer! They need a proper refurbishment, and I'm afraid of losing the irreplaceable center caps. I made a partial repair to hold them to the retaining rings, but the fingers on those rings are extremely brittle. I lose a couple every time I need to pull a wheel off. I have ideas but no time to deal with it right now.

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No, I'm good for now. I am happy with the OZs on the Red Car and am considering ordering some SZ style wheels for the GTV6. I'm waiting for the Fed to bump the interest rates, which should improve the dollar/Euro exchange rate.

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There's a 2017 Guilia parked in front of my house that we drove home this evening. Wheels similar to Johns. I like them John. Ciao, chirs
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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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Thanks.

Anything to report on the Giulia?

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Chris: I think your driving lights can be adapted to the Giulia. Just sayin'.

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Drove BB2 two days in a row. Spent the night at the beach house last night and caught the sunrise on camera this morning.

Drove BB2 again today for a 68 mile round trip through the tunnel to an Italian eatery to lunch with some Old Farts Alfisti from Williamsburg and Newport News.

What a beautiful day up into the mid 70's so I even tested out the a/c.

Got to bounce the needles off 4500 plus Revs and 79 mph + couple time, so gave it a good IT tune.

Skip hasn't gotten a build date yet on his special order Giulia TI so he had his Duetto out in the sun.

Duo from Williamsburg pooled together in a S4 Spider and our oldest lunch mate came in a VW Passat.
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2.2L 4 cyl diesel with turbocharger, 8 speed auto. Rated at approx 60 mpg in efficiency mode. 330 ft lb 178 hp give or take. Stupid fast in Dynamic mode. Noisier that I expected and features stop start which is annoying as hell. Work on this? Doubt it. Most amazing brakes on a car I have ever driven! 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

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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2.2L 4 cyl diesel with turbocharger, 8 speed auto. Rated at approx 60 mpg in efficiency mode. 330 ft lb 178 hp give or take. Stupid fast in Dynamic mode. Noisier that I expected and features stop start which is annoying as hell. Work on this? Doubt it. Most amazing brakes on a car I have ever driven! ciao, chris
Supposed to be an on/off button for the stop start mode. It is located to left of steering column they say.

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2.2L 4 cyl diesel with turbocharger, 8 speed auto. Rated at approx 60 mpg in efficiency mode. 330 ft lb 178 hp give or take. Stupid fast in Dynamic mode. Noisier that I expected and features stop start which is annoying as hell. Work on this? Doubt it. Most amazing brakes on a car I have ever driven! ciao, chris
What is it like to drive? Are you considering buying 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), 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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Been crawling around under the front end of the 91S, trying find out what clunks when I hit a bump. Only 42F and raining incessantly outside so not real happy to have to do this. Don't have decent heat in the uninsulated garage. Spring has defintely not come yet, been a very wet winter, too much snow in the highway passes keeping them close half the time because of crashes and avalanche dangers and removals.

Anyway, checked all of the suspension, including all bolts and lower ball joints, and all are tight, even the ball joint with the torn cover. Haven't quite figured out how I am going to change that ball joint, as I disconnected the lower susp arm and stab bar, pushed the arm down, and pulled the hub bottom sideways but couldn't get enough clearance to use the ball joint removal tool I bought, tight fit between the ABS ring and top of the ball joint upper stud, and the lower susp arm is still in the way (the ball joint is mounted under the arm and the outer end of the susp arm hangs up on the ball joint flange) for that tool as well. Grrr.

Had installed all new parts in the struts when I rebuilt the S shocks last year, so all that stuff is very good. Anyway, steering is tight as well. Checked the lhs engine mount and it seems intact when lifting up the lhs of the engine/tranny even if it is the original and kind of tired looking (it doesn't cost much and looks easy to change, so might replace it anyway, as the others are new.

Did finally discover that the rhs S rocker side fairing is loose, with the plastic retaining twist nuts gone for much of it, and the plastic broken underneath (thank you, tire balancing/changing shop) at the fwd jacking point. So, when I push up and down on that fairing, it moves up and down maybe 1/4-1/2 inch and clunks loudly. So, maybe that's the problem. Trying to find more of those plastic twist clips now, waiting for Lino to call back if he has any. Otherwise I may just fake it and install some other fasteners instead. Hopefully...

Also found that a source of oil leaking down the back side of the engine appeared to be the vapor recovery hose from the rear head to the vapor recovery canister being loose at the engine end, clamp just hanging there, so tightened that. Fair amount of dripping oil under that installation down the back of the engine. Hope it makes a difference in consumption. The canister is fairly new so should be clean (yet). Still want to install a 2nd canister, which I have, in line to capture more oil before the intake.

Will also change oil and filter now that the car is on jackstands. O'Reillys had VR1 on sale so bought a 5 qt container of it. At least I can do that, lol.

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1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
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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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Today's plan for related Alfa stuff.

1. Inspect BB1 while daughter in NYC for maintenance needs.
2. Repair if needed. I suspect brake pads may need replacing.
3. Take BB1 for an annual state inspection.
4. Stay tuned.

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