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I sent my 69 Spider's head to John in the mid-90's for a rebuild. I thought he was in Long Beach up on Signal Hill? That was where folks did business with him in the 70's. And we saw him get an award at the Alfa Convention in Lexington in July 2011. Last I saw him.

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I sent my 69 Spider's head to John in the mid-90's for a rebuild. I thought he was in Long Beach up on Signal Hill? That was where folks did business with him in the 70's. And we saw him get an award at the Alfa Convention in Lexington in July 2011. Last I saw him.
I think you're thinking of Sperry Valve Works, they were located in Signal Hill. I don't know that John Shankle ever was.
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You are right Cheryl. The head work was Sperry. Thanks for the assist. But it was John at the Convention.
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Sounds like John is still alive, so if anyone is in contact, I'd like to thank him for all the neat parts I bought over the years. I would stop in whenever I was in L.A. He did a lot for the Alfa community.

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Sounds like John is still alive, so if anyone is in contact, I'd like to thank him for all the neat parts I bought over the years. I would stop in whenever I was in L.A. He did a lot for the Alfa community.
I have fond memories of John. As a young'un, just getting started and full of questions, he was always patient, always willing to talk to me and always helpful regardless of how dumb or elementary my problem was. I'll always appreciate the time he took one afternoon to give me detailed instructions on how to port my first Alfa cylinder head. More than a footnote, John was a major contributor to Alfa culture in the US. Shankle catalogs are now collectors' items and are prized by those who have them. I'm sure keepin' mine.

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Shankle started out over in Van Nuys in a little shop off Cabrito Blvd. I used to run heads down to them for repairs and valve jobs. AR Ricambi bought out the founder and built it in to a thriving business. Made lots of parts runs to them as they were open Saturdays. Gene was my go to guy there as he had a 1600 Veloce. His brother now has the car after he passed away. There were an office of people doing the paper work in the back and a big ware house of parts upstairs. After Gene left I always asked for Julius to make sure we were on the same page for parts.
ARicambi started getting into Honda after market parts as they must have seen the Alfa market slowly drying up with out new cars coming over.
Shankle moved over to the Topanga Canyon area in to a better facility and that is where they merged with ARicambi as stated above. Shankle had come up with a lot of R&D for turbo charging Alfa's, and regrinding cams. Just look at their last catalog and you can see they were into a lot of after market parts.
I heard John Shankle passed away from cancer. Correct me if I am wrong.
Brad lives in the Fresno area and last time I saw him was when I was at Concorso where he was selling parts.

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Please tell John that he is truly revered and well remembered across the entire country by a whole generation of Alfisti who got both parts and knowledge from him. We're still using his cylinder heads! Ask him to join us on the BB.

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Shankle Catalog

I used to purchase a ton of stuff from John Shankle back in the '80s and early '90s. I still have three of his catalogs which are indeed collectors items - because of the wealth of technical information they contain. I think some one should scan his latest catalog and post it on here on the BB so all can use it.

I'll be glad to do the scanning if someone (John) will give me permissions to copy and post the catalog. I'm sure its copyrighted and I don't need any trouble from the Feds.

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John appears to be on LinkedIn, so anyone trying to get hold of him might want to start there.

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Bought his suspension kit (springs, torsion bars, stab bars) for my new 89 Milano in 1990. Have always liked the set up, and still works fine.

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Shankle (the ALFA business) was bought out by AR Ricambi which in turn eventually folded. The other division, as I remember, was "Lightspeed" specializing in Mazda. At one time in the 90's AR Ricambi was in discussion with Joe LoRe to open an east coast branch.

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AR Ricambi moved to Alhambra at some point in the late 90's, they were next door to a well known import tuner called JG Engine Dynamics I believe.

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Shankle catalogs are now collectors' items and are prized by those who have them. I'm sure keepin' mine.
my spiral bound version is covered in greasy fingerprints, and has tattered corners. they were to drool over for the performance parts, and so very useful for looking up specifications. cam specs, engine rebuild clearances, torque specs for everything, distributor curves, and so on. just an amazing resource.

AR Ricambi also sold "mechanical parts catalogs" that had collections of factory exploded parts diagrams for your entire car, with factory parts numbers divided up by model and year. they were invaluable when working on or restoring my GTV and GTV6.

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AR Ricambi also sold "mechanical parts catalogs" that had collections of factory exploded parts diagrams for your entire car, with factory parts numbers divided up by model and year. they were invaluable when working on or restoring my GTV and GTV6.
I got one of those with my Spider when I bought it in '99. Then I lost it and I missed it so much that I bought a replacement on ebay.

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