Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
It lives, it runs, it drives!
After finalizing the fuel tank hookups, and installing the right side seatbelt (no seat at this point), the time arrived.
Got it wiggled by hand out of the shop. Cranked it up. Backed up the sloped driveway, and tested the brakes by coasting back down. It took some pumping, but I got some brakes.
Then, down the driveway, pumping brakes to try to get the adjusters to slide into take-up position.
Then, out on the street for a few tentative passes up and down.
Then out onto the feeder street for a third-gear dash up the hill and back.
Now he's back in the shop where I'll monitor for leaks.
Gear shifting with NS was excellent. Very smooth.
Power, even at partial throttle, exhilarating.
Back in the shop, warm, I tweaked the idle for best at-temp idling.
Only squawk was a very slight stumble just off idle, but this seemed to go away as he came up to temp.
Now, to get the insurance activated and a set of plates.
Vanity plate suggestions?
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...