Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
A good day in the shop yesterday. I got the roti mobilized on casters, loaded it onto the trailer (thank you JP!), and hauled it down to the DMV for the required VIN check.
The nice fellow at the DMV smiled, shook his head, and informed me the car had to be mobile on its own wheels in order to get his blessing. After seeing my extreme dejection, he observed that any "peace officer" could fill in and sign the form. Ah! Off to my Crossfit gym, which is about 50% cops and firefighters. 10 minutes later, and signed form in hand, and I was back on mission.
I spent much of the remainder starting the shop cleanup. A chop saw, hand grinder, drill press, mig welder, and air cutoff tool make a big mess when turning 2" square steel tube into a structure. Next will be to further organize the many removed parts into "needs restoration" and "ready to install" storage, and staging work spaces for several different types of restoration processes. It'll be nice to get my shop whipped back into something less industrially toxic, and more functional.
By the way, I received a nice note from Dave Rundle, the Aussie that restored 01481 while completing its conversion to RHD. The museum he sold it to for a nice price is offering it for resale. At $299,000 AUD! That's about $197,000 USD, presumably with "offers entertained". We can hope.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...