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post #31 of 54 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 09:41 PM
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My 200k mile spider wore Shankle sway bars for most of it's life, as well as a throttle relocation kit, and a Sure-Start at one point.

As a 20-something getting into Alfas I also drooled over the catalog regularly. I still have an AR Ricambi catalog I use as reference.

As an engineer with an MBA I'm not surprised they folded. People who buy 20 year old cars don't normally spend a ton on aftermarket parts, especially on cars that didn't need much help to begin with. No surprise they eventually closed up.

I met an Alfisti recently who's making really nice hotrod parts for Subarus. As a professor once said "Find a parade and get in front of it." He found a big parade and is doing quite well.

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Shankle advertised an "F-1" throttle pedal that I always wanted for my 74 Spider, back in the day.... It lowered the pedal position to eliminate the 'bent right knee' driving position. I've never been able to find one though, and no one else seems to have copied the idea so perhaps it sounded like a better idea than it actually was.

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Lokki, guess what I found rummaging through my Alfa porn... coincidence?

BTW, if anyone can't download it and whats a copy, just pm me with email address
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Lokki, I think I have one in my toolbox. Let me check tonight, it wasn't complcated.

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What I have needed is the chart that shows all the various references for clearances, cams, carburetion jetting and torque values for the Alfa's that Shankle put in the back of their catalog. Just the price of the catalog was worth the pages of information. Should someone have that I would appreciate a scan.

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I also think I have that, at least I hope I still do!

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Shortly after the AlfaRicambi/Shankle merger, AR's newsletters started listing trick Honda parts under the trade name of Lightspeed. My understanding(and somebody please correct me iffn I'm wrong) is that the Lightspeed venture was a bust and Brad had to start laying off employees. AR shrank rapidly. I have saved all of my Shankle and Alfa Ricambi catalogs and newsletters and would be happy to ship them to someone who is more computer savvy than me.They contain a wealth of information.
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What I have needed is the chart that shows all the various references for clearances, cams, carburetion jetting and torque values for the Alfa's that Shankle put in the back of their catalog.
There are about 20 pages of technical information in my catalog. These two might be the ones that you want.
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Shortly after the AlfaRicambi/Shankle merger, AR's newsletters started listing trick Honda parts under the trade name of Lightspeed. My understanding(and somebody please correct me iffn I'm wrong) is that the Lightspeed venture was a bust and Brad had to start laying off employees. AR shrank rapidly. I have saved all of my Shankle and Alfa Ricambi catalogs and newsletters and would be happy to ship them to someone who is more computer savvy than me.They contain a wealth of information.
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Unhappy Shankle disappearance

Yeah anyone knows their disappearance? My 1979 Alfa Sprint Veloce has many parts from them, including a racing headers, rims, etc. I still have the car! Another guy asked where I got the rims and I told him Shankle but where are they in this 2015? Obviously the Alfa population maybe dying off. Such business may not sustain at all. My email is [email protected]
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Yeah anyone knows their disappearance? My 1979 Alfa Sprint Veloce has many parts from them, including a racing headers, rims, etc. I still have the car! Another guy asked where I got the rims and I told him Shankle but where are they in this 2015? Obviously the Alfa population maybe dying off. Such business may not sustain at all. My email is [email protected]
Like noted in the first few posts, they have been out of business for almost 20 years now. I've had quite a few parts from them on both my Spider and GTV6. With so few Alfa's sold in the states it didn't make economic sense to keep going. With Honda, Nissan and Toyota selling the bulk of the vehicles at that time, that's where the performance market went. Then when Subaru came on big, that market was the place to be, not a small Italian firm.

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Bump for an old thread as it appears I have a set of rear (and maybe front) Shankle springs, interesting history.


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I always waited for the new Shankle catalog with more anticipation than the latest issue of Playboy, heck those were every month but the new Shankle catalogs were a once a year deal I'm pretty sure that's were I got the 77mm Mondial pistons for my Giulietta.

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Shortly after the AlfaRicambi/Shankle merger, AR's newsletters started listing trick Honda parts under the trade name of Lightspeed. My understanding(and somebody please correct me iffn I'm wrong) is that the Lightspeed venture was a bust and Brad had to start laying off employees. AR shrank rapidly. I have saved all of my Shankle and Alfa Ricambi catalogs and newsletters and would be happy to ship them to someone who is more computer savvy than me.They contain a wealth of information.
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You are right about the Lightspeed venture. When I quit working on Alfa's in 1996 before heading off to wooden boat building school. I talked to Gene who was the salesperson the Alfa independent shop I worked for always dealt with. He hinted that they were heading for trouble because of the venture. I also think Alfa pulling out didn't help much as they did get a lot of parts from Alfa.

I have always wondered what happened to Gene. He is/was a nice guy, very knowledgeable and always willing to give quantity discounts. As we usually bought at least 1000.00 to 1500.00 a month in parts. When he would call us at the end of the month when he was short on meeting his quota. We would always help him meet his quota so he would get his bonus. One of the reasons I have a set of 5 gta magnesium rims. I think later generations have lost the art of you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. That has always paid off well for me in business.
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Someone in the parts for sale section wanted a Shankle Sure Start. He found the AR Ricambi phone number and says he called and ordered one. This was 5 days ago. Whaaa...?

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