Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
You do have a little mismatch there. DO prop it up in front, but try avoiding removal if the 6 nuts and bolts on the cross member as on this car the stamped frame rails move when you disconnect the linking member, making it a pain to re-install, lining up bolt holes and using the cross member to pull everything back in alignment.
Warm it up draining HOT oil. While oil is draining remove the filter canister. There were at least three usual variations of the canister with sub variations, Fram, Fispa and Comit. Inside the canister are a long bolt and a filter support mechanism, which differs with the different manufactures and sub variations. DO NOT lose or accidentally throw away internal canister parts! They are not easily replaced. When you think your on your way to success, there were different sizes and types of giant "O" rings in the upper assembly attached to the engine. Some were square cross section "O" rings, but round usually works. Reseat the can filter and bolt CAREFULLY. Owners of these cars will tell you horror stories of dumping 7-8 quarts of oil VERY quickly in the driveway if the canister was not correctly seated on the "O" ring.
Use the correct oil. Usually a 20-50 mineral base with plenty of ZDDP zinc for cam lubrication. If your oil is for an engine with catalytic converter, it might not contain adequate zinc. If in doubt, most oils for diesel engines still contain zinc, or you can buy it as an additive.
Some use Valvoline VR-1 race 20-50 mineral base as it has plenty of zinc.
If you are not sure what to do, ASK on the BB. Never take a chance that might damage a costly to repair Alfa engine.
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