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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Rear end removal. No honey. Not you. Put down the knife
I got all the stuff under the car in the rear out and onto the floor. It was momentarily exciting when I detached the two nuts, one holding the top of a shock and the other holding a piece of all-thread where the shock used to be. The springs still had quite a load, and as I had the rear end supported by my floor jack, the car jumped about 9" into the air, fortunately coming back down on the jack stands. Phew. A couple of inches left or right and it might have turned out differently.
The rear brakes do not appear to be self-adjusting, but they have that funny big knob just like the front. I have no idea what it does, or how it does it. Inside that knob is a pin that fits into a grooved pin. On first glance, it would seem to be more of a guide than anything that would adjust the clearances. Lots of meat left on the linings. Cylinders frozen, but oddly clean. I'll soak them in a variety of magical, holistic essential oils, and dangle a crystal over them. The California method.
The axles required both persuasion, and heating around the end of the housing to encourage looseness. The bearings finally got unstuck, along with the axles. Hopefully nothing got bent in the process.
The oil inside, presumably since at least the 70s, was a medium amber and clear-ish.
The backing plates left and right are identical to each other. As assembled, this means the cylinder and adjusting shaft are clocked differently from side to side. I doubt it matters, but will research whether that's correct or not. Should I have a left/right backing plate? Parts book research.
After cleaning everything up, I'll haul the axle housing over to the powder coater, and the pumpkin down to Larry for a good check. That's a long time just sitting.
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...
Last edited by DPeterson3; 01-10-2018 at 06:32 PM.