Got the surprise short in the fuel gauge sorted. I don't know what I did. Took it all apart (not the gauge itself) and put it all back together, and now it works fine. It was blowing the instrument light fuse, which also shuts down the generator. Fingers crossed it was just a loose wire finger somewhere making an intermittent, and self-destroying short.
Wiper motor should arrive, again, today. Rebuilder no longer making aggressive comments. I described my diagnosis to him and he went quiet. Due to deleting the thermal breaker in the motor, I had zero protection against a short. The first rebuild he provided had a pinched wire inside, creating a short that drained my battery, and heated up the guts of the motor for the two days it took to drain the battery. This heat did damage to the internal windings, so although he repaired the pinched wire, the windings were now not only cooked, they were making a short to the motor case. Apparently, he never checks for a short to the case, and expressed surprise that Alfa runs these motor via unswitched AND unfused power. I think I'm lucky my car didn't burn down.
Paid a visit to Larry and picked up a few bits I might need someday, including another wiper motor. Apparently I don't get a discount over there, but I'm far happier that his business thrives than I get a few points shaved. I also picked up a couple of seat pans, so when I finish the seat back frames I'll have at least one complete, and restored, set of seats for a 102, plus a pair of seat backs for Jay that have the shoulder harness guide option built into them. I can still increase the build quantity for new seat backs if you speak up quickly.
Got the freshly chromed and rebuilt shift lever from Larry, and installed it. Now that's all buttoned up, except I don't like the carpet piece from WULPH, so will have someone make a custom piece that fits better.
Engine still runs well, but needs to be fully warm to be happy during initial acceleration. The 2300 is happy from start up, so I may investigate enrichening the idle jets a step and see what happens.
Having problems with upholsterer, so will be meeting with a back up on Thursday. As Hot August Nights is rapidly approaching, they're all maxed out. I like Johnny, but I'm not very happy with him right now. I've already got a date booked with Alex, who did the top on 00072, for three weeks from now. I may end up having to redo some, or much, of the rear surround. Some wrinkles that may or may not come out in the sun. Plus, some rough edge finishing on the top bolster. I still think I'll make it to Concorso, but will have some rework before I can offer it to the next custodian.
Planning on taking the car back to Kelly on Friday for the final exterior touch up.
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...