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Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-29-2016, 01:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By gdpedersen
Thanks for the reply. The fluid level is down. I...

Thanks for the reply. The fluid level is down. I will check tonight to see if I can tell where it's leaking. The pedal height is fine and I did take a look at the pivot arm and it seem to be ok.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-29-2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By gdpedersen
Need help diagnosing a clutch problem

My 1985 Graduate has started clashing gears when I try to shift into first or reverse and I could use some advise on what to try next.

It only happens occasionally, and only when the car is...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   03-29-2016, 11:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,051
Posted By gdpedersen
Hey! If my Alfa survives me, I will be the PO one...

Hey! If my Alfa survives me, I will be the PO one day.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   03-25-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,266
Posted By gdpedersen
This happened to me last spring (and it seemed...

This happened to me last spring (and it seemed like a pretty sudden loss of power). When I finally got around to doing a compression test I had zero compression on cylinder number one. Through the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   03-24-2016, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,187
Posted By gdpedersen
The top on my Graduate looks good, but the vinyl...

The top on my Graduate looks good, but the vinyl on the front bow (the part you see when the top is folded) is a little cracked and faded, so I use my boot cover all the time. The top is rarely up. I...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-22-2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Here are three photos... just because I promised...

Here are three photos... just because I promised I would upload some.
First is the intake valves. No. 1 cylinder is at right.
Next is the top of the block.
Last is the exhaust valve. Hosed valve...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-22-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Amen to that Ed and kcab. I've worked under the...

Amen to that Ed and kcab. I've worked under the car enough to know that I would like this job a whole lot better standing at a (relatively) clean and comfortable bench rather than lying on cold...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-21-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
John533i, I didn't find any bits of the valve in...

John533i, I didn't find any bits of the valve in the chamber when I pulled the head. They could have gotten broken up and blown out the exhaust, I guess. And thanks for the bright side. Since the car...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-21-2015, 09:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Steve, I'll take a closer look tonight when I...

Steve,
I'll take a closer look tonight when I get back to it -- and take some photos. The edge of the valve looked eroded to me, not broken and the shape is very symmetrical, but I've never seen...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-21-2015, 08:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
I've owned the car for 15+ years and my daughter...

I've owned the car for 15+ years and my daughter owned it for a couple of years before that. I've put about 30,000 miles on it since then and it has not had the head off in that time. It ran great...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-21-2015, 06:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
I got the head off yesterday (thanks for the tip...

I got the head off yesterday (thanks for the tip dghii) and was able to get a good look at the valves. Attached is a photo of no. 1 cylinder, showing a pretty severely burned rim of the exhaust valve...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-18-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
I took the valve cover off last night and the...

I took the valve cover off last night and the valve clearances are all within spec (I adjusted them within the past year) and the timing marks on the cam shafts are pretty much right on. I like the...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-17-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Steve, That's what I wanted to hear, I'm...

Steve,
That's what I wanted to hear, I'm anxious to get started. I'll either fix it or I'll have to shoot it.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-17-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Thanks to everyone for the ideas. On No. 1...

Thanks to everyone for the ideas.

On No. 1 the compression gauge needle does not move at all. I guess I need to figure out how to do a leak-down test. I can sorta see the exhaust valve in it's...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   09-17-2015, 08:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,124
Posted By gdpedersen
Time for a new head gasket?

After 15 years of relatively trouble free ownership, I've been chasing a poor-running condition in my '85 Graduate all summer. Symptoms are:
- poor idle, engine vibration
- low power, especially...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-08-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By gdpedersen
OK, I'll go ahead and put it in. I didn't want to...

OK, I'll go ahead and put it in. I didn't want to risk gumming up an expensive, fragile pump without checking first.
Thanks, Jay!
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   07-08-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 513
Posted By gdpedersen
Old gas in my spare fuel pump

I want to replace the main fuel pump (under the car) on my 85 Graduate with a spare Bosch pump I took off a car about eight years ago. The problem is, I had capped the intake and outtake when I put...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-25-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By gdpedersen
I ordered the part from RockAuto. A lot cheaper...

I ordered the part from RockAuto. A lot cheaper than the ones I was looking at. Many thanks!
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-25-2015, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By gdpedersen
Thanks, Ed. Centerline has the Bosch coil for...

Thanks, Ed.
Centerline has the Bosch coil for the L-jet V6 and they said they though it would work in my car. I will check the other options you suggested, too.
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-25-2015, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By gdpedersen
Source for an Ignition Coil?

I'm looking for an ignition coil for my 85 Graduate. All the regular sources (Centerline, IAP) have the Bosch coils back-ordered. Has anyone here found a suitable replacement?
Thanks for any leads...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-14-2013, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 701
Posted By gdpedersen
I have a 85 Graduate with a soft vinyl boot that...

I have a 85 Graduate with a soft vinyl boot that I got at IAP. It secures at the front with a couple of snaps and with about a dozen plastic clips around the sides and back. There are two straps that...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   08-30-2012, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 926
Posted By gdpedersen
Looks like a beauty. Congratulations!

Looks like a beauty. Congratulations!
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-27-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,489
Posted By gdpedersen
I always like the S4s in this green/tan color...

I always like the S4s in this green/tan color combination. Congrats! Look like a nice one.
Forum: Alfa Romeo Topics Not Covered Elsewhere   12-05-2011, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,773
Posted By gdpedersen
I always wondered about this, too. It doesn't...

I always wondered about this, too. It doesn't follow the normal rules. Must be why the guy behind the counter at an Italian coffee shop is called a "barista"

When I visited the Alfa Romeo museum...
Forum: Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)   06-07-2011, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,195
Posted By gdpedersen
Very nice job, Jay. Lots of great detail.

Very nice job, Jay. Lots of great detail.
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