Tonight I replacing the old ratty booster! I ordered the booster from Alfaholics, took only a few days to get here which surprised me considering how far it had to travel.
The job wasn't too bad, reading on the BB first, it sounded like it was going to be a very easy job and the only major concern was the pushrod on the booster.
I adjusted the rod before hand, I set it a little bit bellow surface level. Out of the box, it stuck out a few MM from the surface of the whole. I had seen where a lot of people were complaining about the boosters being too strong out of the box and not feeling right, though I believe that was mainly the Vicks booster. Either way, I did not have the issue others have had with this part of the brake booster process.
I did however think that I could do this job without having to disconnect the MC brake lines, I was wrong. Maybe I could have made it work, but I decided better not to test it.
Plus a few rusty bolts, that haven't been touched since the car left Italy, made for a bit more of a challenge getting this thing out.
Nonetheless. Its been done! Old booster is out! It was still full of fluid from when the MC went out earlier this year (MC was one of the first thing I replaced), even though I thought I had gotten it all. To be fair, that MC also looked potentially original. It was bad, probably the rustiest part on this car. By far.
I took the car on its first real run around the block since the bad U joint diagnosis, at high speeds, after letting off the gas-the vibration was pretty severe. Thankfully I dont do such spirited drives all that much LOL
I took the car out to test the brake booster, tomorrow I am taking the car to a local car show, nothing special just a cars and coffee deal. After that I am taking the car over to a friend, who has a lift and a love for Alfas(though mine is the first he's worked on), and him and I will get these U joints replaced. All of these are fairly close to home, and no high speed, so I shouldn't be putting too much threat on the old U joint.
The test drive was a great success. Hard pedal is a thing of the past
! And I dont have to plan ahead to stop the car! On said drive, I pushed the speed up to say, 60-80 mph. I noticed something a bit odd.
I noticed a light began to appear in front of me, a rather bright one. I looked down and what I see is my hood just beginning to raise up. I look closer, and there the under hood light glowing, I thought Ill be danged. I put a new bulb in there when I bought the car and could never get that light to glow. It didnt have V at the socket and it didnt change when I jiggled the grounding switch or jiggled the connectors. But here it is, glowing at 70 mph or so in the middle of the night with the hood mostly shut
Thats a mystery I cannot wait to solve
And to answer everyone else question, of why my hood came up in the first place. Earlier this summer when I was doing the carb work, my hood latch decided to keep the engine bay for itself and share none with me. A few times. The cable looked fine, and it was until I pulled the cable right out of the handle. And it was still ok when I used vice grips on the cable directly. It was not okay, when I used a coathanger and pulled the slack of the cable from under the hood to the outside world, and then pulled that with vice grips to finally get my hood to open.
The cable was never the issue, the mechanism itself I believe was just too gummed up (yet naturally it worked just fine whenever the hood was open
). So i took the mechanism out and soaked it in parts cleaner and bought a new cable, which is nice and safe in its packing awaiting for me to actually put it on the car
Heres a pic of the old booster, Ill post more pics over the weekend but heres a peek at what came out of the old girl