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Have new bumper installed. Still have 5 more bolts to install. Dont like the peeling paint and I want to replace these fog lights with my blank inserts the lens are broken on them.
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No luck with the muffler install. Installer claimed he could not bend pipes tight enough and does not have a mandrel bender. This muffler has the same center in-out as the stock and is the same dimension (body, not pipes) so should not be impossible if I get the right installer.
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most of the time, in my experience, auto muffler shops work with and have tools for, 1 1/2" pipe.
maybe if they handle trucks, they may have larger bore setups. just a thought

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Spent some time looking up eBay parts for some things I want to accomplish on Rossa this year. Doing so required some numbers from the libretto or title documents. On 5 May of this year, Rossa turned 30. ciao, chris
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Preserved for future rebuild

Since they really are in pretty good shape and I am out of spares, I took apart, cleaned, honed and reassembled old slave and clutch master cylinders as I have rebuild kits for them.
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most of the time, in my experience, auto muffler shops work with and have tools for, 1 1/2" pipe.
maybe if they handle trucks, they may have larger bore setups. just a thought
I'm in a rural area, close to urban but no one has a mandrel for pipe bending. Will be visiting a shop tomorrow morning to buy pre formed parts and will join them to get he best fit. These will be stainless and they will also make a connector from 2.25 inch (stock pipe) to 3 inc (new inlet). Will post before and after images later.
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I'm in a rural area, close to urban but no one has a mandrel for pipe bending. Will be visiting a shop tomorrow morning to buy pre formed parts and will join them to get he best fit. These will be stainless and they will also make a connector from 2.25 inch (stock pipe) to 3 inc (new inlet). Will post before and after images later.
One time, Did as you describe, bought the best pieces I could find and made the system work, then drove gingerly to the muffler place and had them weld the joints.

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164 RPM/Timing Sensor 3-wire connector wiring

My friend Lee had the S29 RPM/Timing Sensor Bosch 3-wire connector break apart and the wires became separated.

Here is result of my research/verification of how the two sides of the Female and Male connector wires are to be reconnected should the black Bakelite connector become damaged/destroyed:

https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/8419892-post376.html
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So after a good run today with the new bumper installed. After a bit of looking at the fog lights they dont look to terrible. Wonder if there is a connector anywhere to connect them. After a bit of running around and filling tank up, I got home and got ready for work. About 30 - 40 minutes of the car sitting in my driveway i had started it up and it was stumbling. Giving it some gas raised the rpm but the stumble was still there. After just a few seconds it slowly started to go away and then it was idling just fine like nothing happened. This has happened a few times before in the past after a few long runs like this and letting the car sit for no more than 40 minutes. It it sits for about 2 or more hours it's fine on initial start up.
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The voltmeter in the 91S started reading a little low, maybe 13.5 volts instead of the normal 14.5, and at idle the needle would wobble a little until the engine is revved, returning to normal.

Tightened the serp belt and all is fine. I guess I let it get a little loose. I do like to run it not nearly as tight as the manual calls for in order to protect the water pump and serp idler. Maybe about 60-70 lb tension according to the Gates Kriket doohicky. I generally set it so that on a cold start with the a/c turned on, it may give just a little squeak for a second or two, then be ok. I don't normally run the a/c anyway around here, but once the belt is warm, all is ok with the a/c, no slipping as would be indicated by the voltmeter.

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Discovered some distressing news. As of this point we really don't have a simple option for replacing the bushings in the rear lateral arms. (#2 in photo)



So the theory was the bushings from the lolipop ends on the rear adjustable arms (#4/5 in photo) are the same, however I took some new ones and my arms to the machine shop to have the bushings pressed out of the lolipops and into my arms and found the bushing is ever so slightly smaller that it drops right through the hole. So at this point I thought I was screwed, however I managed to find 3 brand new complete arms (of which I bought 2 for for about $63 usd each) on a site called cloverbreakers.com in the UK. They still have 1 left.

That said these parts are otherwise impossible to find even used. One of mine was bent and I was trying to even get a used one and none of the usual suspects had it. This is a part that will likely need to be made custom going forward. Spitfire has been working to try and get a different bushing to fit, but its not as stiff as the stock Alfa ones, nor is it a perfect fit.

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If I ended up with a bent one, I would straighten it back and then put a comparable rod or tube along side, held on with about four good band clamps. The thusly attached rod supplies the necessary bending strength so that the original but damaged strut will not buckle under compression load. Tension loads would not be a problem.

Agree that it might look cludgey but should do the job.

Seems like one might be able to make a strut from tubing with rod ends w/bushings, or just ball joints, kinda standard aerospace. And, there are companies which do make them, used a couple on a satellite I helped design years back.

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Tried to order 3rd one but no shipping option would come up for two addresses I tried. Did you have a good shipping option that worked for you?

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Take a look at McMaster Carr catalog, they have ball joint ends in right and left hand thread. I am not sure about metric threads, buy I wouldn't balk at using SAE threads down there, where nobody can see them.

In SAE, it wouldn't be too hard to make up the center piece length to suit, hexagonal stock and taps are available at McM/C also.

If you must have them in soft suspension, like the original rubber, then surely it wouldn't be too hard to re-cast the originals in medium polyurethane. as Beeton did with his engine mounts. My 2 cents, FWIW.

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