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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 12:08 PM
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@adowns --> That's a really nice Spider & in a really pretty colour too !!

Glad it's a good one, you can spend some time detailing it, but I'll bet you would rather spend time driving it !!

Don't worry about little things, very soon the others will arrive to fill up your life with restoring big things Always Looking For Another remember ??

Post some pics in the Spider forum, they really like their pictures --> https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spi...ted-today.html

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post #17 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Jack and Greig for the welcomes. I have enjoyed my short time with this 85 Spider. My kids and grandchildren like it too.

I've fixed several items so far. 1) passenger side door latch 2) speedometer repair 3) had to get a new battery

Its good points: 1) No 2nd gear synchro issues 2) starts instantly and runs perfectly 3) all instruments and lights work 4) 61000 miles, which I think is accurate, no discrepancies found in Autocheck report 5) No rust in spare tire well or inside the door I had apart 5) I don't think it has ever been repainted except for touch-ups 6) top doesn't leak

Bad points: I can tell it's 34 years old. 1) Droopy sun visors. 2) Seats sag. 3) Suspension bottoms if you hit a bump too hard. 4) Lots of dings and chips covered with touchup paint 5) Region below the doors has been bondo-ed and touched up. 6) Outside rear-view mirrors are tiny.

The most dramatic impression is how small it is and how low it sits. Picture attached - I took granddaughter for a short ride.
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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 06:23 PM
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Bad points: I can tell it's 34 years old. 1) Droopy sun visors. 2) Seats sag. 3) Suspension bottoms if you hit a bump too hard. 4) Lots of dings and chips covered with touchup paint 5) Region below the doors has been bondo-ed and touched up. 6) Outside rear-view mirrors are tiny.
Well, most of that is normal for a 34-year old car.

1) The BB has a thread about fixing droopy visors
2) It's probably time to visit an upholsterer - foam rubber disintegrates after 34 years
3) You probably need new shocks - how does the car rebound when you push down hard on a fender? If you do need shocks, Konis are my recommendation. Lots of threads on how to adjust them.
4) Now you don't have to worry about future dings & chips.
6) Tiny rear view mirrors are one of the charms of a vintage car.

Uh, but about #5: By "Region below the doors" do you mean the rocker panels? This one could be serious, as the rockers are part of the structure of a unibody car like your Alfa. Might be worthwhile having a good body shop take a look at this.

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The number of problems owners have is somewhat disconcerting though.
Let's put this in perspective - I'm also on the Honda Odyssey Owner's BBS. These vans are generally less than 15 years old, and the issues they have are jaw-dropping. (Sliding door kills the battery? VVT blows up the engine????)

I've worked on Alfas and Odysseys - and the Alfa is by far easier - and.... wait for it... the parts ARE CHEAPER!! (Alternator for Odyssey - $600, Spider $200)
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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-01-2019, 07:51 AM
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Nice start to Alfas.
Yeah--Koni Reds.
The saggy springs can be improved by putting in rubber wedges, or threading on a bit of hose to the bottom coils of each spring.
No need to go to a "performance" suspension kit.

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