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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Road Trip w/67 GTV - Contacts wanted

Hi,
I'm planning a road trip in my newly acquired 67 GTV from San Francisco, up the coast through Northern Cali, Oregon, and on to the Olympic Peninsula. Will be my brother and myself and being new to Alfa's I wanted to know if there are any of you fellow BBers who are along the way and who wouldn't mind being on my contact list should we need some technical advice or simply some moral support. Not expecting problems but the car is 45 years old and may protest being driven so far from its home of at least 35 years.
Any advice on spares/tools that I should pack would be most appreciated.
Wish me luck!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 06:41 PM
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There are lots of threads here on the AlfaBB (like this one:http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/seda...try-drive.html) regarding road trips and what spares/tools to bring. The obvious items are: Cell phone, fuses, fan belt, good spare tire, points (if you don't have elec ignition), thermostat, fuel pump (maybe), metric wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, duct tape, bailing wire, etc. Most parts are readily available at most Alfa parts suppliers and can be overnighted if necessary.

Also don't forget the "Registry of Alfa Mechanics" thread (including map) in the "Anything" forum.

I'm near Arcata, CA (5 hrs north of SF on the 101) and there's a good shop there (German Motors) if need be. Feel free to PM me if you want to stop by and say hello, have lunch, and/or check out my Alfas. I'd love to see your new step-nose!

Lots of good Alfa mechanics in OR. By the time you get to WA you'll be in Daron Walker (Akitaman) of Vintage Customs territory. As good as it gets.

Good luck!!! (You'll be fine )

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If you have a chance, or need help, Alfa of Tacoma is your best bet for help. It's also an interesting place to visit, as you will see quite a few Alfas and Ferraris being rebuilt or tuned up. Carlo and Lino are the best around. They have a great selection of parts for older Alfas. They are the only ones who have touched my daily driver Alfas since the mid 60's.

People also recommend Group 2 in Seattle.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 10:34 AM
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I'll second the Group 2 recommendation in Seattle.

Depending on the route you choose, when you reach Olympia, you can stay on I-5 north for Seattle, or take 101 to the Olympic peninsula.

If you're having troubles when you get to Olympia, I-5 will take you first to Tacoma for Alfa of Tacoma, then further north to Seattle for Group 2. I think, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, Akitaman is even farther north now than Seattle.

I'm guessing good help on the Peninsula will be harder to find.

I'm out of town for the whole month of September, but other than that PM me for my number if you want. I could at least help with transportation or directions if you end up in the Seattle area.

Good luck. Sounds like a fun trip.

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I will PM my cell number to you for any help from Roseburg north to Chehalis Washington. Let me know which days you are traveling too.
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HI,
Thanks to all, great advice and nice to know you're not alone on the roads. My plans have solidified a bit and am now going to be leaving SF on Wednesday the 29th. Probably get an early start and take in as much of the coast as possible. Hope to get to WA on Saturday so we can't do too much sightseeing. I will take some pics along the way and keep you guys in the loop. It's a bit like doing the Peeble Beach Motoring Classic in reverse ( and on a shoestring).

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