Remember the state of Alfa repair shops in the 70's as well. Our experience in Washington, DC, in the late 70's was abysmal/dreadful, to say the least. One shop (in maybe Falls Church?) told us that if we opened the hood of our new 78 Alfetta GT we would void the warranty, that only they were authorized to do that. Another in Anacostia (we called them "Rosanadana, lol) knew something about Alfas of the 50's and 60's but nothing about the Alfetta series, esp those with the double ignition points. At least the Seattle/Tacoma area had excellent mechanics from the 60's on (Bellevue, nada).
Sounds like the national reps at least (if not the factory) for Alfa should be contacted for sure with the Quad troubles. When I had trouble with getting parts for my 64 Sprint GT (the seat back pivot bolts, being told I would have to buy all new front seats, lol), I finally had to send a telegram directly to the factory to get help. They sent me a parts catalog for that car and told me to deal only with them in Italy, they evidently recognizing that some dealers were indeed terrible.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
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
Last edited by Del; 06-08-2018 at 06:02 PM.