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Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   10-09-2019, 04:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By adowns
I get my batteries at Wal-Mart. They must have a...

I get my batteries at Wal-Mart. They must have a clock in them. The last few have died right after warranty expiration. My son was lucky. His 3 year battery bit the dust after 2 years, 11 months....
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-22-2019, 03:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 780
Posted By adowns
A better thread on Alfa engine tilt. ...

A better thread on Alfa engine tilt.

https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/engine-repair-diagnostics-rebuilding/78074-nord-engine-cant.html
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-21-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 780
Posted By adowns
I was worried about my engine leaning to the...

I was worried about my engine leaning to the left. This old thread assured me all is ok. Thank you mcola and rcess.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-20-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 881
Posted By adowns
A beautiful car. I like the clean back end. (My...

A beautiful car. I like the clean back end. (My 1985 has the goofy rubber spoiler.)
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-19-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By adowns
Oil capacity and viscosity questions

Why such a large capacity oil pan, 7 to 8 quarts, when most cars hold 4 or 5?

Why is such thick oil, 50 weight, specified instead of 30 weight?

Alfa Romeo Spider FAQ - Appendix B...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-26-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,145
Posted By adowns
Although I complained about the DMV not getting...

Although I complained about the DMV not getting the color of my car correct, overall strong title laws administered by the DMV have reduced auto theft and made purchasing cars safer. Who would...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-26-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,145
Posted By adowns
The local clerk I have dealt with was very nice...

The local clerk I have dealt with was very nice and tried to help me get the color designation correct. I suspect the "cream or" was the result of a data entry clerk at the state DMV typing in...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-26-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,145
Posted By adowns
I took my title to the DMV and paid for a title...

I took my title to the DMV and paid for a title correction. ($18) I told the clerk either cream or ivory was ok. Today I got my title. The color is listed as "cream or". not cream, not ivory, not...
Forum: Alfa Romeo Cars For Sale & Wanted   08-16-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,569
Posted By adowns
That is a beautiful car.

That is a beautiful car.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-15-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
I would like to get the NYT print version but...

I would like to get the NYT print version but they won't mail it and there is no delivery here.

One of my brothers subscribed to Sunday NYT just for the crossword. He would work on it all week...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-15-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
I agree, there is more in the print version. ...

I agree, there is more in the print version.

Why charge less if you get both versions? Here's my guess: They charge advertisers for the print version even if their ads are never viewed. I never...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-15-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
I end up reading most of it in the online edition...

I end up reading most of it in the online edition and when the print edition arrives I've already read most of it. Sadly, our local paper only comes out 3 days a week now and I expect it will cease...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-14-2019, 03:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
Unfortunately the entire story was about renting...

Unfortunately the entire story was about renting a Country Squire station wagon in Minnesota. They provided a link to a firm in Italy that will rent you some neat cars there. Here is their list I...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-10-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
A quote from the article: "While we talked,...

A quote from the article:

"While we talked, another of the cyclists snapped pictures of the car, and, grinning, said of me, “It’s Clark Griswold and the family truckster!” referring to the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-10-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
Most of the article is about the author's...

Most of the article is about the author's experience renting a 1966 Ford Country Squire station wagon. The Italian vintage rental firm is just an afterthought. But it was the Alfa that made the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-10-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By adowns
Spider on Wall Street Journal front page

I got the newspaper from the mailbox and what did I see?

There is an article in this paper about renting vintage cars for vacation travel. Here is a link to one of the packages.
...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-03-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,145
Posted By adowns
Mo, I like the color a lot and have received a...

Mo, I like the color a lot and have received a few compliments already.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-03-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,145
Posted By adowns
Our DMV at work

I just received my car title for my recently purchased Spider. When I applied for the title the clerk asked what color. "Avorio" of course is not on the checklist of colors. I described it as...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-01-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 119
Posted By adowns
Fixing speedometer error

Here is how I corrected my 1985 Spider's speedometer.

Before: Speedometer's rest position was about 15 mph, way above the resting peg. Speedometer read waaay fast at all speeds. Needle fluctuated...
Forum: Guests, New Members & Introductions - Please Read   07-31-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 596
Posted By adowns
Thank you Jack and Greig for the welcomes. I...

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...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-29-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By adowns
I finally figured out the solution. I was under...

I finally figured out the solution. I was under the impression that the "actuator hook" hooked around the actuator plate as in this picture I lifted from another thread. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! The...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-28-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By adowns
After disassembling my door for the last time I...

After disassembling my door for the last time I just threw it back together with no care so it would look OK when my kids came to visit today. I told my son to get in the driver's seat and I would...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-25-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By adowns
My parts should arrive next week. I will post my...

My parts should arrive next week. I will post my results after I install them. (IF I an able to install them!)
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-24-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By adowns
After two days of bending and repositioning the...

After two days of bending and repositioning the parts I could not get them to work. I ordered an outside door handle and the latch mechanism on eBay. (used but they both look to be in excellent...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-23-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By adowns
I don't see the pictures that I attached to the...

I don't see the pictures that I attached to the message. Maybe the text alone is sufficient to describe my problem.
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