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|Yesterday 05:40 PM|
|Del||I even put one of those all purpose Chrysler AM/FM/Cassette/CD player radios in my LS as well as the S. Suits us just fine, works well, and better than most peoples' ears can hear, esp these days with people degrading their ears with earbuds turned up too high.|
|Yesterday 02:37 PM|
Il Diavolo Rosso's resurrection
Still fettling Il Diavolo Rosso. Put new hood struts on it after the hood almost took off my cousin's head when we were recharging the AC system. That was a scare. I had no idea the old ones were so weak. Just a slight bump on the hood and it went crashing down. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Anyway, also installed some stronger headlight bulbs: 80w/100w versus the 45w/80w standard ones on the car. Let's see how much brighter they are as Winter comes to California.
I finally also got around to installing a new radio: I put in an AM-FM/ Cassette Player/ CD Player I found at Pick-and-Pull a few months ago. It came out of a Chrysler Minivan. Fit right in the dash with only a little trimming away of the legs on the plastic face plate. It plays great and even has a built in "mini" equalizer. Very retro! Nonetheless, it is a big improvement over the old Alfa AM-FM Cassette Player radio which went straight into the trash once removed. (Both radios were built by Mitsubishi) The new speakers I bought from Crutchfield now sound fantastic and all the static from the old radio has disappeared.
A few weeks ago I bought a Dupray "Neat" steam cleaner for the house in order to clean the grout in out tile floors. Yesterday I tried it out on the carpets in the Alfa 164S. Wow, what a difference it made. This little machine really cleans them up.
Remaining big items on my "To Do List" are to replace the headliner; replace the stepper motors; and replace the power steering rack, power steering pump, and related hoses to stop all the power steering fluid leaks. After 28 years, they definitely need to be replaced.
|10-16-2019 04:08 PM|
"wanted her Jeep today so I was forced to drive BB2"
Oh, what a setback! The sacrifices we must make for our wives.
|10-16-2019 03:36 PM|
ML wanted her Jeep today so I was forced to drive BB2 to the fitness center and wally world for groceries.
Pretty nice grocery getter if I must say so myself.
|10-15-2019 09:12 AM|
Out with summer seats in with the winter ones
Installed S front leather seats back into BB2.
|10-14-2019 11:46 PM|
CDN S on ebay
|10-14-2019 10:38 PM|
Change of seasons
ML setting up one of our guest rooms for future guests. So BB2's front leathers had to be moved. I put them in another one of the guest bedrooms for now. I recently had treated the leather with Lexol cleaner and condition when we got back from summer vacation.
I touched up the driver's seat left bolster with Kiwi black.
I will be swapping seats back into BB2 soon and putting away the summer 164B velours currently in BB2.
I had left rear leathers in for the summer this year.
|10-14-2019 04:24 PM|
Checked the adjustment of the 164S driver's door hinges for tightness, the door used most of the time. Not too bad, pins not frozen. Tried to tighten the nuts up just a little. Door doesn't seem to sag worth talking about even after 192k miles. Pleased about that. I do oil all of them a couple of times a year though, all hinges in all the cars, actually. Hood, doors, pivots, latches, whatever I can find, as well as spraying everything in the engine bays with Armorall.
Now also getting time to do all the leather in the cars with leather care goop, after I use the KIWI black shoe liquid on the scuffs. And of course, Armorall on the vinyl parts, esp in the 91S which as the DD sees much more sunlight than the others.
|10-14-2019 02:17 PM|
|Allan||It is also a great place to be, though it is a bit away from home.|
|10-13-2019 03:16 PM|
|Rogue Leader||JEALOUS of that garage.|
|10-13-2019 01:41 PM|
|Del||It's so clean...|
|10-13-2019 12:43 PM|
|Allan||Spent time organizing spare parts for different cars in the garage this weekend - my arms feel a bit longer right now...|
|10-12-2019 01:05 PM|
"Pool time coming up after this lament"
Alas, our lap pool is down for the winter. Costs too much to heat it to the temps we like (we may be Scandinavian in ancestry, however, brushing ice away while swimming, as our exchange students parents seemed to like is not our thing, lol). Do have to run the pump now and then to move the algaecide and shock around so that come next May, it won't be such a chore to clean.
I've been slowly going through all the spare Alfa parts I have, trying to decide just what is viable or potentially of use in the next few years, and that which is probably here just because, well, I thought at the time why not. Old tires have to go, a spare ok Milano 2.5 radiator, and old 164 window regulators which I haven't bothered to try to mess with as well. Plus, old really big electrical motors, a working vacuum pump, the list goes on and on, to say nothing of all the old household junk I thought at one time might be used, or come in handy.
|10-12-2019 10:30 AM|
It can be cheaper to live in Florida But!
That being said, I am still sorting out and trying to find everything Alfa and non-Alfa 164 related.
Today was another red-letter day to unpack and repack and move from garage to shed xyz.
Been selling such things as new Clevite engine bearing sets, used window regulators and front crank pulley to NJ, VA and MN Alfisti.
Trying to help dude in north Florida get his newly installed Alfa 164 engine started via email.
Managed to sort Alfa parts and pressure wash garden storage shed as I go along with 164 parts re-stash.
ML made me a super omelet we shared for brunch, too.
Pool time coming up after this lament.
|10-12-2019 09:37 AM|
Originally Posted by Del View Post
The two 164's just keep running and even though the black one is pretty close to pristine condition they both have high miles and nobody is going to give me anything for them so may as well just run them until they quit. I'm stuck with them.
The Spider was my wife's car, I've had it for 39 years and couldn't sell it.
The truck and the Disco are vehicles with special purposes. I've always had a pickup truck and would feel insecure without one so - stuck with those two as well.
The Ferrari is not practical or particularly useful and I could turn it back into a big pile of cash anytime if I wanted to but it's just the most fun, coolest little car I've ever owned. You can get satisfaction just looking at it so I guess I'm stuck with that too.
I know... there are plenty of people with bigger problems than me in the world.
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