Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
My 2300 engine (a developed version of the cast iron 2000) gets about 11-12 around town, and 23 during “brisk” highway driving.
It has high lift, reduced overlap cams, and 45 DCOEs with matched manifold.
The highway mileage is slightly better than I recall with an old 2000 using the 44PHH Solex carbs, but worse around town. My carbs are early 45DCOE9s that achieve their low RPM driveability by having rich transition circuits.
If you’ve got the original Solex carbs, they tend to wear in all the wrong places. This leads to mismatched fuel/air ratios from optimum, and even air flow and fuel ratio differences between carbs. Any of these things will negatively impact fuel consumption rates.
When they are new or freshly restored, they’re kind of fun carbs. The cost to correctly restore them is what leads many to switch to Webers, but that can be its own bag of monkeys.
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...