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Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Forensic mechanics. Supposedly, the government thinks I'm skilled at this enough to give me a license to inspect and approve such things.
The head was getting what appears to be plenty of oil. No problems there.
The oil pump looks perfect.
The pressure release valve appears fine, moves, and is unobstructed.
All of the main bearings and three of the rod bearings show distress and exposed copper, going from worst to best from back to front.
The crank has threaded plugs in the crank galley access holes, showing that the shop at least did what I told them to do. Did they block the internal passages? They ground flat the ends of the plugs, meaning I'll have to go old-school to get them out.
So..... Either the main oil galley down the side of the block is obstructed, more at the rear than the front, or the crank is internally obstructed, more at the rear than at the front.
I have four, new head gaskets in stock. All are for the 2300 with its larger bore, so although they might work, I've ordered the correct bore size from CA to arrive early next week. Suprisingly, they now list an Elring for the old 2000. Whoopee. $161. Yikes.
It's amazing how much stuff is now on the market for the 102. Since there are probably 150 left in either restored or restorable condition, and at least half will already be completed, that's a lot of investment for a short-term, and non-continuing return. Color me appreciative.
Pending arrival of the correct head gasket, I expect Tuesday or Thursday to be back on the road.
Did the shop similarly screw up the crank galley plugs on the second engine?
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...