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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody convert BACK to SPICA?

Has anybody taken an Alfetta that was switched to carbs and convert it BACK to SPICA? Just curious...
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In 15 years .. it might be the thing to do.... but then we will be out of petroleum to push through your SPICA.. Interesting question and merits a better answer.
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There have been posts and maybe threads from guys who have done it but take a look at the cost of a rebuilt Spica pump and all of the other parts that are getting scarcer.

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Spica is a love hate relationship...If it works good..... it's great. Here in California it is impossible to pass smog on my 1976 Alfetta GT unless the car has SPICA....
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Spica is a love hate relationship...If it works good..... it's great. Here in California it is impossible to pass smog on my 1976 Alfetta GT unless the car has SPICA....
But then do you spend $4000 to convert on an Alfetta that might be pristine and worth $4000 when you have passed inspection?
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It came with SPICA so was no prob.....
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Reason I originally posted this was b/c I had seen an Alfetta GT for sale that had Webers, but also came with the original SPICA system that they had taken out (no clue as to its condition), so I got curious.
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Curiosity is a good thing .. but I would leave it alone and keep the SPICA in the closet. If you need it to be legal, I'm sure you can figure +'s and -'s from what it will take financially.
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Curiosity is a good thing .. but I would leave it alone and keep the SPICA in the closet. If you need it to be legal, I'm sure you can figure +'s and -'s from what it will take financially.
I could always sell it to Wes Ingram, haha...
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It is worth more in the closet..
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It is worth more in the closet..
That's true, LOL
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I don’t agree with some of the above. When I bought my Alfetta the SPICA had the typical fuel into oil leak so I bought a Wes rebuilt pump. The car runs fantastic. And starting after it sits for a while? first turn of the key. The local SPICA guru raced a car with SPICA and it made good power although he eventually switch to Weber’s.
All that to say you can make SPICA cars run great, even modified ones. Yes you’ll spend money to do right but that’s always the case.
Having both Weber and SPICA cars I think it just boils down to what you want. In the case of my 79 I just wanted to keep it original, cost be damned.
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I donít agree with some of the above. When I bought my Alfetta the SPICA had the typical fuel into oil leak so I bought a Wes rebuilt pump. The car runs fantastic. And starting after it sits for a while? first turn of the key. The local SPICA guru raced a car with SPICA and it made good power although he eventually switch to Weberís.
All that to say you can make SPICA cars run great, even modified ones. Yes youíll spend money to do right but thatís always the case.
Having both Weber and SPICA cars I think it just boils down to what you want. In the case of my 79 I just wanted to keep it original, cost be damned.
The more I read about SPICA and how it works, the more enamored I am of its engineering beauty. I currently don't own an Alfa (I had a Velocissima Edition '79 Sprint Veloce back in the early '90s) but am looking to get back into one SOON.
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The more I read about SPICA and how it works, the more enamored I am of its engineering beauty. I currently don't own an Alfa (I had a Velocissima Edition '79 Sprint Veloce back in the early '90s) but am looking to get back into one SOON.
I have three Alfetta so my 79 will probably be for sale after the first of the year. PM me if youíre interested.

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I donít agree with some of the above. When I bought my Alfetta the SPICA had the typical fuel into oil leak so I bought a Wes rebuilt pump. The car runs fantastic. And starting after it sits for a while? first turn of the key. The local SPICA guru raced a car with SPICA and it made good power although he eventually switch to Weberís.
All that to say you can make SPICA cars run great, even modified ones. Yes youíll spend money to do right but thatís always the case.
Having both Weber and SPICA cars I think it just boils down to what you want. In the case of my 79 I just wanted to keep it original, cost be damned.
If you are referring to my comments you misunderstood. I OWN a SPICA car and like it just the way it is. My comment was couched on the fact an Alfetta isn't worth tearing off carbs that work for the sake of originality. It might be to someone else but not me.
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