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Andy, I missed seeing you and your new-old car at Willow Springs. Mike said you drove out as part of your break-in run. Glad to hear it's finished and driving now.

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Sorry I missed you at Willow Springs Bob. How'd you guys do? I was putting varied rev miles on the car and I was interested in getting back on the road before Sunday traffic loaded up and while I still had good daylight. Here's some pics of the car at home. I have to get those race tires off that it was delivered to the shop with. I think I'll get the street wheels back on today.
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So glad your GTV is on the road again Andy. Anthony and his crew do such good work and your car looks so nice now.

Dad is doing well. This was his first track event since he fell off his bicycle six months ago and broke his hip. My brother and I went along as support. Good news is that we didn't have to do much and could just relax and watch the races. Dad finished second in class.

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I did not get the wheels switched out as intended yesterday, but I did get more break in miles on the engine. Just north of 300 now. I revisited the shop so I could get a picture of Santo, Anthony and Hugo.

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Then I went 1/2 a block south so Juan could pose with his paint job before I go and screw it up.

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Back on page 5 I had a story about my brother in law's "Bear Proof" SAAB. I finished the project finally, and before his birthday.

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The famous (only in our family) bear claw marks.

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Nice. The claw marks are the best!

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Yeah, thanks, I think Uncle Dick will crack up when he discovers the bear claw marks. I hope the "Bear Proof" SAAB ends up being a conversation piece for him that segues into a lot of stories and reminiscing.
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I drove the Alfa yesterday up to Mt Wilson and back, part of the 800 to 1000 break-in miles that Santo and Anthony want me to put on the new engine before they check it over.
This first stop is above the Arroro Seca overlooking it's golf course. The Rose Bowl is just out of sight.

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Another shot of the car above the arroyo with the San Gabriel mountains as the backdrop.

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This is the entry to the Mt Wilson Observatory and my turn around point. Currently it's as far up Angeles Crest Hwy that anyone is allowed...rock slides and washouts caused by the recent rains.

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One of the spots I turned out on to take some pics.

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During yesterday's drive I experienced a scary moment when I pulled off onto a scenic rest stop. As I steered off the highway the clutch pedal went to the floor and stayed there as I tried to downshift. I had to force it out of gear and coast to a stop. The clutch fluid bottle was full, I couldn't see any leaks in the engine bay. After about 10 minutes waiting, the ground under the slave looked dry and the pedal had come up a bit. I pumped it 3-4 times and it felt firm again. I called AAA but the was zero phone service. So nervously I started down the hill. The clutch behaved perfectly normal all the way home. NOT fun. So on Monday I'll call the shop and see what they say.???

I've done 500 miles since getting the car back and one thing I've noticed is I'll get reciprocal headlight flashes from GTVs, Spiders, Alfettas, Milanos, even vintage Mustangs and 911's...BUT, so far nothing from Stelvio or Giulia drivers, except usually a look of confusion or in a few cases a look of inflate amour propre.???
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I drove the Alfa yesterday up to Mt Wilson and back, part of the 800 to 1000 break-in miles that Santo and Anthony want me to put on the new engine before they check it over.
This first stop is above the Arroro Seca overlooking it's golf course. The Rose Bowl is just out of sight.

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Another shot of the car above the arroyo with the San Gabriel mountains as the backdrop.

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This is the entry to the Mt Wilson Observatory and my turn around point. Currently it's as far up Angeles Crest Hwy that anyone is allowed...rock slides and washouts caused by the recent rains.

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One of the spots I turned out on to take some pics.

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During yesterday's drive I experienced a scary moment when I pulled off onto a scenic rest stop. As I steered off the highway the clutch pedal went to the floor and stayed there as I tried to downshift. I had to force it out of gear and coast to a stop. The clutch fluid bottle was full, I couldn't see any leaks in the engine bay. After about 10 minutes waiting, the ground under the slave looked dry and the pedal had come up a bit. I pumped it 3-4 times and it felt firm again. I called AAA but the was zero phone service. So nervously I started down the hill. The clutch behaved perfectly normal all the way home. NOT fun. So on Monday I'll call the shop and see what they say.???

I've done 500 miles since getting the car back and one thing I've noticed is I'll get reciprocal headlight flashes from GTVs, Spiders, Alfettas, Milanos, even vintage Mustangs and 911's...BUT, so far nothing from Stelvio or Giulia drivers, except usually a look of confusion or in a few cases a look of inflate amour propre.???
Andy, your clutch issue sounds like an air bubble in the line. The heat and/or elevation changes effect how the clutch feels and works. Bleed the bubble out and it will probably be just fine.


I get the same lack of response from the new Giulia & Stelvio drivers. If I get response at all, it's that dull look of "Who is this idiot that thinks they know me?" Unfortunately, this new generation of Alfa owners are not brand or car enthusiasts.

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Recently, I took the Alfa out for another drive to break in the engine. Freeway cruise in light traffic...10 min at 3000 rpm, another 10 at 4 grand, etc. I'm at 700 miles of the 800-1000 the shop wants before re-torquing, changing oil and re-tuning.

On the way home I took an off ramp that leads down to the Huntington Library in San Marino. I found an unused gate entrance to take a few shots before heading home.

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Without a passenger side door mirror I went looking for an attachable wide angle rear view mirror.

My first attempt was on Amazon...an inexpensive "Fit System" Model #RM010. It would have been fine except the expanding clip-on "jaws" were about 3mm shy of fitting the stock Alfa mirror body.

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Next I researched facilities near me that might carry something better. All the Pep Boys, AutoZone, O'Reilly type parts stores were (somewhat predictably) a bust.

Then I found a local supplier of aftermarket Japanese "hot rod" goodies in a warehouse section of San Gabriel, JHPUSA https://jhpusa.com/. They mostly fulfill online orders but have a small walk in storefront. They had a variety of possible wide angle rear view mirrors. A fellow there named Brandon recommended a 290 mm wide BLOX "Blue Convex". We took it out of it's packaging to make sure this one would fit and it did, easily. Very tight grip on the mirror body. The "blue" hue reduces night time glare, something the Fit System mirror didn't offer...pricier but it works. On the drive home...no vibration, great visibility. I really liked it.

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An educated guess too is that the offset grips on the BLOX "jaws" make for a more secure fitment than the in-line grips of the RM010 would have.

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I took the GTV back into Santo's shop today having hit the 800-1000 mile mark. They'll re-torque the head, change out the oil and filter and do some minor re-tuning. Santo had me make out a list of things I thought might need attention after the put together...it turned out to be a short list.

Also, since the whole exhaust was toast, they'll be installing a new Alfaholics header and exhaust system.

I got an Uber ride home. Gheez, talk about Mr. Toads Wild Ride! 10X more dangerous than time trial runs. No, actually more than 10X. And the guy showed high rating when I placed the order. Whew.

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Last week I went for a ride in a B-17 at John Wayne Airport. The host of the visiting WWII air fleet was the Lyon Air Museum. They have a small collection of cars as well, including a beautiful TZ-2.

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Hitler rode into Paris in this beast. He liked to ride in the front passenger seat. In the B-17's bay were three 500 lb bombs, one addressed to Hitler.

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Over Long Beach Harbor with a view of the bomb sight.

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Our "ride" for the day.

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I just got the car back. It's first oil change since the engine rebuild (at 900 miles). The old exhaust was toast, so on went a new Alfaholics header and exhaust system.The old system was so blown out that it's actually a lot quieter now, but the exhaust note is spectacular. Also the front suspension bushings all around were shot. Those were rebuilt and we added adjustable upper A-arms. The car handles like it's on rails.

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Happy Fathers Day! I hope you got your "Alfa" Fathers Day dreams. My kids got together and bought me race tires. Nitto NT01's in 205/55 R14.

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