Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
It helps if one visualizes Christopher Lloyd in "Taxi". It explains a lot.
A few years ago, on the way to my first visit to Concorso, the 2000 Touring transmission began making the "ball bearings in a tin can" noise. I was in Berkeley, miles from home and 125 miles from the show site.
Hagerty quickly agreed to tow the car without charge to my destination, but what to do when the show was over, and I was required to vacate the golf course?
I called Larry Jr. in Tracy, and explained my predicament. He said, "I'll call you back"
Shortly, the phone rang, and he said "my dad will be at the golf course at 4:30 with a trailer. What do you want us to do with the car?"
How about take it to Tracy and overhaul the trans, plus rebuild a second trans I have as a spare?
"We'll take care of it"
And they did, just as promised, on the schedule they promised, at an entirely reasonable price, which I did NOT ask them to quote before doing all of this.
Plus, I got to meet Larry, sr, which was entirely amusing, to say the least.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...