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post #12526 of 14189 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 07:35 AM
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Today i have received my package from Chazzy!! glad he put some foam padding so it could arrive to me safely. now i just have to clean it up a little and install it.
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Rossa left for surgery this evening. It was strange when Walters kid brought me home in her. Well, lemme rephrase. I drove home and he drove her back to the shop where the work is done. No one except Alfisto Steve has driven this car so it was very strange when Adalberto left in her. Otherwise all is good. Mr Del, yu really haven't farted in your car? Sounds suspect to me. Ciao, Chris

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79 Alfetta GTV w/Spica, my 1st Alfa

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79 Scirroco, ex plowed into an illegally parked house with it...
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post #12528 of 14189 (permalink) Old 02-05-2018, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Played musical cars with BB1 and BB2 today. Moved BB1 back into work que side of the garage in anticipation of bumper and fender returning soon and before weather goes north feeling again.

Stuffed good spare set of 164L front and rears from BB4 into QS2 as sun room has become holding shed for smoked belongings from daughter's home.

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Was a bit cold outside, a cold 17F here but that did not stop me from installing the Tank, a portable heater helps a bit lol. I cleaned the tank the best i could and assured that it was clean to my liking and im picky lol. I managed to install the tank fill it up bleed any air out of the system, then i was able to start her up!!! all that is left is to bleed the brakes but that will come later when it gets warmer out as we got snow yesterday and have more coming this week.
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Was a bit cold outside, a cold 17F here but that did not stop me from installing the Tank, a portable heater helps a bit lol. I cleaned the tank the best i could and assured that it was clean to my liking and im picky lol. I managed to install the tank fill it up bleed any air out of the system, then i was able to start her up!!! all that is left is to bleed the brakes but that will come later when it gets warmer out as we got snow yesterday and have more coming this week.
So did you fix leaking rubber grommet and elbow on brake master when you had coolant tank out?

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Played/moved spare 164 spare leather seats from sun roof to QS2 so now has two sets of rears and a better set of fronts I got from a 93L in P-N-P last summer.

I made room in sun room so daughter and BF can go through and sort out their smoked goods.

I drove BB4 again to commissary. ML got back from northern VA visit.

JJ called from paint store trying to match paint for BB1's new repaired bumper. I had given him a can of 633 code which turns out to be from my 164S lower cladding/bumper color and it turns out 164B/L code is 776. He must have used up that color bumper paint last time he repaired to bumper that was the one that got damaged in hit and run. They ended up doing did a computer color from R/F lower cladding off damaged fender.

We got the 34 page rebuild estimate for daughter's house fire from USAA ins co today. Have a conference call with adjuster tomorrow. Hope to get that project demo part started soon.

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Changed the oil and filter in the LS today. Took about 1/2 hour for everything. Worst part always is finding the filter, lol. Long reach in and up. Once found, no problem. The right hand works best through the right wheel well, no panels to remove, just wheel. Used Mobil 1 15W-50.

Different subject, also got the telescope running with a new alt drive. The old one slipped a little when tracking. Hot to trot with the new astro cameras once we get some clear weather, which for Seattle may be in a couple of months, lol.

Also watched the liftoff of the Falcon Heavy rocket. Simply spectacular, and an absolute scream to see the Tesla roadster in orbit. The simultaneous landing of the two side boosters back at Canaveral was also spectacular. Too bad the center booster had an engine ignition problem which caused it to crash at 300 mph on the barge at sea. However, simply a great show, and glad Elon Musk is being successful in competing against the mainline companies and NASA, even if NASA is also a customer. Musk spent 500 million at least of his own company money developing the Heavy. He and SpaceX are bringing excitement back to the space programs, as we used to have back in the Apollo days.
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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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Alfas on the track - So Calif

Well you send out an invitation for a free "tour" on a racetrack and the Alfas come out of the woodwork.
I counted 10 Giulias and 2 4Cs as well as a few other vintage Alfas. They were lead by 2 Giulias and a Stelvio from our friends at Hunter Alfa Romeo Lancaster.
Several other Giulias did not want to do the track tour and there were 4 other 4Cs that stayed in the pits waiting for their time trial group to start when the Tour was over.
Not a bad day.
The Hunter Alfa people used our track event as an Alfa customer appreciation event where they invited some customers out to the track.
Funny, 2 of them had Giulia Quads but did not want to do the track tour even though we did it at freeway speeds, "Oh no, watching you all from here is good enough for me."
One guy trailered his 4C all the way from Aspen CO just for this event. It must be nice. . . .
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Finished the main mechanicals on the spider gearbox. Now just gotta seal it up, add the reverse idler, add bellhousing etc etc then the simple easy job of installing it back in the car on my back with 14 inches clearance. Piece of cake.

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Now I have SEVEN cars, that’s right (7)

Not really by choice mind you, a friend of mine broke down on the road in her 2009 Camry Hybrid. Took it to the dealer where they told her she needed a new $4,700 battery. I felt bad for her so said I’d buy it for $1,000 see if I could fix it and put it on Craigslist to try get her at least a halfway decent amount. Well that was the plan but the more I look into it the more I shake my head wondering how so many people got suckered into the hybrid hype (this is basically identical to a Prius) While it is possible to replace a bad module or two in the pack it’s likely a temporary fix which gives me reservations about passing it on to someone else. It’s possible to recondition and balance them with a simple hobby charger but it would take you about four months unless you bought 30 of them. Even then the reconditioned battery is only good for another year or two. Apparently these cars are meant to be tossed into the recycle bin after 8 or 10years and replaced with a new one.

My respect for Toyota (which wasn’t high to begin with) just fell another notch.

So how green am I? Since the cumulative age of all of my other cars combined is 92 years I have made it possible for Toyota to save the resources needed to build NINE Priuses!! Yay

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I think the ordinary Camrys are fine. Friend of ours just bought a new one after putting many thousands of miles on her 2000. It was still in fine shape, considering. And for the pure Prius, we have a radio talk host who bought one of the very first original Prius models new when they first came out, and he is still driving it as far as I know.

Hybrids, however, are a mix of technologies, and I suspect that is a hard nut to crack getting right. Could be that Toyota went on the cheap, just to get something out in this new rush to deliver hybrids. The manufacturers are under a great deal of pressure to increase the mpg rating of their fleets, and a hybrid is one way to do it in the interim.

Of course, on the other hand, there are mainline Japanese companies which are in trouble with some sorts of cheating, and a troubling customer perception of dropping product quality.

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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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Now I have SEVEN cars, thatís right (7)

Not really by choice mind you, a friend of mine broke down on the road in her 2009 Camry Hybrid. Took it to the dealer where they told her she needed a new $4,700 battery. I felt bad for her so said Iíd buy it for $1,000 see if I could fix it and put it on Craigslist to try get her at least a halfway decent amount. Well that was the plan but the more I look into it the more I shake my head wondering how so many people got suckered into the hybrid hype (this is basically identical to a Prius) While it is possible to replace a bad module or two in the pack itís likely a temporary fix which gives me reservations about passing it on to someone else. Itís possible to recondition and balance them with a simple hobby charger but it would take you about four months unless you bought 30 of them. Even then the reconditioned battery is only good for another year or two. Apparently these cars are meant to be tossed into the recycle bin after 8 or 10years and replaced with a new one.

My respect for Toyota (which wasnít high to begin with) just fell another notch.

So how green am I? Since the cumulative age of all of my other cars combined is 92 years I have made it possible for Toyota to save the resources needed to build NINE Priuses!! Yay
I always find it strange how electric and hybrid car fans ignore people who point out that when everything is added up they are worse for the environment than petrol or diesel vehicles. It is like some sort of religious zeal I think, where they like to deny the flaws in their faith. As you say Paul, owning old cars is the best thing you can do for the environment. Toyotas are mind numbingly boring as it is. I canít imagine what a completely silent electric one is like.

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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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Hi guys,
I have been trying to figure out what car manual is for
My car
Iíve had 3 164ís so I have 3 manual and they all sumething
Different eg: relay G (see photos)
My car is an Australia landed 1991 Qv right hand drive
In the G relay slot I have a brass strip no relay
The car has no rear cigar lighter or sunroof so I am a little confused
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I will try to post pictures
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I have to put the photos on Facebook
Alfa Romeo 164 fun club
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Ps we still have very slow upload
Because if the internet here sorry
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JJ called yesterday. Looks like fender(s) and bumper(s) are ready for PU. He repaired two bumpers, one fender and painted one spare fender black for BB1. I guess I will have one spare R/F fender and a spare bumper for next fender bender or hit and run.

I still have damaged bumper off BB1 and part of broken off piece but it still is missing part of the top of curve at top corner. I am sure we could find a way to save it somehow but will just add it to my plant garden for now.

Alfa gods please help me - no more twisted sheet metal!

Checks in the mail and we meet with contractor Monday to sign three party check and contract to rebuild our rental house for daughter.

I have one more load with trailer to get artist table, chair; etc.... from fire damaged house before the gut out starts next week. Then I take trailer to PU fenders and bumpers after lunch with Fiat buds at the Frog,

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