Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Some check point progress.
Although my original wiper motor worked, it tended toward intermittent operation (one of the standard Lucas operational modes), and all of the cloth wires were tired and fraying. So, I found a fellow in Delaware that rebuilds them, and had one in stock. It arrived shortly, and worked great! Except no parking function. After some futzing around, I determined that the internal park-set switch had corroded contacts (another Lucas feature). A little emory paper, and all was good. Now fully installed, and tested. Works so well, I may send the motor from 00072 out for a makeover.
I remain staggeringly pleased with Art Brass Plating. All of the chrome and polishing is totally first rate. Not cheap, but very much what I was hoping for. There IS a difference.
I’m futzing with the rear cross member carpet. Hard to get a perfect lay-down over and around the hump in the middle. I know it can be done, so I’ll get there. It’s a little different with the dynomat in place, but so far so good.
I’m expecting the driving experience to be less raw and rattly than 00072, with its lack of deadening, one less resonator, and high revving nature. 1488 is getting the same cams, so maybe it’ll be civilized, with an edge. I’m hoping one or more of you guys will help arrange for us to drive each others’ cars. I’d very much enjoy a real-world, side-by-side comparison. Maybe a driver’s review article will result? At, before, or after Concorso next year?
Anyone have a dead trunk lock that I can scavenge the lock “tumblers” out of?
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...