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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 10:30 AM
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I don't quite understand why these transaxles are that worn, as we put more than 180k miles on our 78 Alfetta sedan and at least 100k miles on the 86 GTV6 and 89 Milano, all with some sporty driving and no change in shifting from new condition. This using the Alfa recommended lube.
Del, I tend to believe that you have much more acumen and mechanical sympathy than the prior owners of my GTV6.

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I left for message for Larry Jr at APE to see if he could rebuild my 1977 alfetta gt transmission. Haven't heard back in a few days. Anyone else in CA or the west coast rebuilding alfetta transmissions? Maybe the Group 2 guys in Seattle?

Upshifts OK 1-5, downshift 4 to 3rd is very bad, but 3 to 2nd ok, as well a 2-1st.


I have a front end damaged 84 GTV6 as a parts car but don't know if the transmission is in good shape. Maybe I can swap out and check when I deliver my alfetta transmission for rebuild. I know I'll have to change linkage, dedion, etc to make it all fit.
Try calling the Alfaman (Jim Cestarollo) in Novato, CA (415.382.6020). First class work.

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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-14-2019, 01:57 PM
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" I tend to believe that you have much more acumen and mechanical sympathy than the prior owners of my GTV6"

Hah, perhaps not, according to my wife, lol. Still, I have seen those drivers who did seem to be able to thrash things. One used to warm his car up by revving the engine to almost red line a few times after he started it. Another used to keep the engine at ~5000 rpm, slipping the clutch as he drove down the driveway at Carlo's old truck farm barn workshop, Carlo saying, he'll be back in 6 months for another clutch. Another used to forcefully speed shift the transmission in the lower gears all the time, having never learned or had the patience for the patented "Alfa hesitation shift".

Indeed, I must admit that the 81 GTV6 I bought had a 2nd gear synchro problem and a wornout clutch at 30k miles, obviously thrashed. Sold that sucker a year later for the much much better 86 GTV6, a very good and fun car (which I eventually sold to Lino, he and Carlo thinking it so good) until I drove a 91 164S for the first time.

I've always tried to use a soft touch in driving, for better or worse, since one could "feel/sense" the mechanisms doing their thing (I tend to like fingertip shifting), and operate the car accordingly, letting the mechanisms take the time they need (analogous to sailing I think, where you "feel" what the boat and environment are telling you). As Jackie Stewart said once, you can be very fast yet be so smooth in your actions. Had a friend, racing a hot Carlo prepared 59 Giulietta Coupe, who was the smoothest driver I've ever experienced. Absolutely butter smooth, and very fast. The car just flowed, going up and down through the gears (had a 5 speed Carlo built). Could never do that, but spent many years trying, lol. Still miss once in a while, the wife just smiling. Sheesh.
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1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
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62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6

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