Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
These tear downs are like a forensic autopsy. Was it a crime scene, or genetic mutation?
I tend to think the bracket at the front was air horns. The horn button on the steering wheel had the headlight flasher wire disconnected. Why? Possibly that ring had been rewired to control the air horns, but when they were removed they disconnected the wire to avoid shorting things up front rather than reconnect stuff back to being a headlight flasher. There were some non standard wires up front, but I didn't take time to trace them for function.
BTW, I'm not concerned about the asbestos. It's a factor only when it's in a dust form, and inhaled. As a woven fabric, and coated in oil, it's not a threat.
My vague recollection is that the rubber mats were held in place by little snaps. Not the sort of snaps that we see today, but little "dot" looking snaps. This car has the more modern snaps, so I'm wondering if, by 1960, these had displaced the earlier version.
As I noted, the floor boards have well-laid insulation on them. Each snap was supported by a small steel ferrule that penetrates the insulation, rather than have an unsupported snap compress the insulation. Thus, the rubber mats would have laid flat rather than have a dimple at each attach point. That seems like work a factory would do, rather than a later enthusiastic owner.
The plastic lens cover over the choke-on indicator light is still white, rather than the always-seen sun-yellowed. Further indication of long-term protected storage.
My steering wheel puller managed to strip one of the bolt holes. I've heli-coiled it, but turned my attentions elsewhere for now.
About the only discouragement is the condition of the push-pull handles below the dash. They are all a bit crusty. Maybe someone has a pair of these assemblies from a sacrificial car?
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...