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Bob's Barn Alfa

With a certain degree of shame, mixed with a renewed enthusiasm, I present our Barn Alfa. 1974 GTV, 66,000 original miles. Parked by the previous owner since 1988, made it over to our barn 8 years ago. It was to be a father-son project with my then 15 year-old. He lost enthusiasm quickly, so the car has stayed firmly in "Jackstand Queen" status every since.

I want to get it running and road worthy for my wife's 50th birthday on December 27th.
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It might be appropriate to post the car in the "injured Alfa" thread as a proper penance.
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Thumbs up Wahoo!

Excellent, enjoy the work ahead. She will look great someday and bring a smile to your face with every drive.
Ahhh, but, what is your definition of "running and roadworthy"? The only way to do that by 27 December (of this year) for a car that's been sitting since 1988 is to have a slot next week on an automotive reality show where a crew of pros jump on it armed with a few thousand dollars worth of all the right spare parts!
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Well, I've had all these parts on the shelf for that 8 years. Now I just need to remember what they all are.
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I started working on the rear brakes this evening. The calipers are just dusty and need cleaning. We had red caliper paint for these, but 8 years later I'm not really liking the idea. The rear rotors' set screws wouldn't come loose without some persuasion. I was surprised by the handbrake drum and shoe arrangement. I didn't see that in either of Braden's books that I purchased.
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December 27th for your wife's 50th birthday? That might actually be doable as you did not specify what year, and you replace the current wife with one aged in her mid to early 40's.

Don P
Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
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

Current Alfas
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

And past...
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)

And present...
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


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It looks like the color is "Beige Cava" -- which I find to be an exceptionally good looking color for this model.

Congrats on re-starting the resto!

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Interesting fuel can in the first picture. Is that some kind of pit stop refueler?

I'm guessing your wife shows horses. Been there, done that, hauled the feed for old carrot breath. A man's hobbies should kick him in the billfold, not the knees. You've made a wise choice. Good luck and have fun!

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It looks like the color is "Beige Cava" -- which I find to be an exceptionally good looking color for this model.

Congrats on re-starting the resto!
Seems to look more like Piper Yellow.

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Interesting fuel can in the first picture. Is that some kind of pit stop refueler?

I'm guessing your wife shows horses. Been there, done that, hauled the feed for old carrot breath. A man's hobbies should kick him in the billfold, not the knees. You've made a wise choice. Good luck and have fun!
Yes, its a dump can for a racecar.

What's the most efficient way to turn money into crap...a horse.

We have a big barn, and dressage facility. There is a reason for my screen name.
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I told my wife her horsecrap production plant was too expensive to run so I was going to outsource horsecrap production to China!
She did English riding, hunter/jumper mainly.

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Seems to look more like Piper Yellow.
You might be right.

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December 27th for your wife's 50th birthday? That might actually be doable as you did not specify what year, and you replace the current wife with one aged in her mid to early 40's.
That could all be arranged.
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I had a wife that didn't like flying in small airplanes. One has to confront these sorts of decisions and do what is necessary. On the other hand, you could tell the current one that she doesn't look a day over 47, thereby getting the 3 years you need to do the job right, spare you a LOT of money, and perhaps get a really nice night out of it.

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Past Alfas...
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

Current Alfas
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

And past...
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)

And present...
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...
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You are clearly wise beyond your years...or have lived a lively life.

Through one of the threads here I found a wealth of reference information. Man, nothing beats shop manuals and parts references.

I'll need to pace myself when it comes to printing, I'll burn out the printer. I still like paper, it's really hard to write notes on a computer with a Sharpie.
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