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post #136 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 03:22 PM
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Gave the Engine bay a good cleaning

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post #137 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 03:49 PM
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I bought a 1985 spider 4 or 5 months ago to repair and hopefully sell. Good paint and a really nice interior. The owner said it burned an exhaust valve 3 or so years ago. Got the head of and sure enough it bad an exhaust valve. What he failed to mention was he kept driving it until it dropped the valve seat out. Then kept driving it until it trashed number 2 cylinder that dropped the seat and the number one cylinder when it passed metal through the intake. Good thing I have a good used engine for it.

Also just picked up a 1986 spider thats been in a garage for the last 16 years. It went into the garage a year after getting a 4000.00 grand paint job. Someone keyed it and the owner got mad and parked it .he keying is easily repairable.
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1969 1750 Spider Veloce w/dual webers, 1969 1750 Berlina, 1971 1750 Spider Veloce w/ dual webers, 1985 Spider Veloce 23,000 orig. miles, {Two} 1986 Spider Veloces, 1987 Spider Veloce bought new, 1988 Quadrifoglio, 1991 164S, Plus several more. I think they are breeding.
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I just got 2 more. Now I have a Matta. I must be crazy.
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post #138 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-05-2016, 04:29 PM
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Started a front suspension and steering rebuild... Figured I would take advantage of the hot summer days (when I may not normally drive the car). Battling through MN rust, the project took me a few days longer than expected. Now the suspension is buttoned up but I found my idler shaft to be way too rusty to keep using as is. I was hoping to only have to change the tie-rod ends. Now I'll be changing the ends, the idler (to the model with bearings) and the steering box after discovering cracks. Oof. Highlight of the project: getting a 12 ton press at HF and using it to replace all the new bushings with newer poly bushings on the various supension components. Lowlight: having to remove the steering drop arm, idler and cutting off the tie rods because they were seized solid. All the tie rods. I had to use my new HF 12 ton press to press them out. And when they finally went? The whole garage shook..

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post #139 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-07-2016, 07:34 AM
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Started staring at my old rear window, decided I could do better!

I feel like I did!
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post #140 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 02:58 PM
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I installed a new e brake boot from centerline today. The old vinyl was very faded. Earlier this year I replaced the black shifter boot that was torn by pm. The tan leather version from centerline is a thick leather. After the shifter, the brake stood out. These two additions added a rich appearance to the interior. I recommend doing this. The shifter is more difficult than the e brake. I forgot to take a picture. Sorry.
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post #141 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 03:37 PM
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Started staring at my old rear window, decided I could do better!

I feel like I did!
Please tell us how you did that beautiful rear window. My spider is jealous.
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post #142 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 04:55 PM
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The wife and I went for a nice drive on country roads. It was a bit hot but nice in the shade. Odo crossed 60,000 about four miles after we left home. All good here.

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2017 VW Jetta Tsi
2006 Subaru Outback - almost a driveway requirement in VT & NH
2007 Toyota Corolla

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2009 VW Jett TDi (Deer took this one out)
1984 Mercedes 300TDT wagon, rust took that one
1972 Mercedes 280SE, got in straight swap for the Discovery
1996 Land Rover Discovery
1986 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon
1962 VW Bug - 6 volt
1974 Triumph Spitfire - wobbly driveshaft kept destroying stuff
1972 Triumph Spitfire - got totaled while parked at DMV

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Please tell us how you did that beautiful rear window. My spider is jealous.
It's lexan, and to be honest... it's amazing!!! Top goes up and down, and its watertight ( tested with garden hose and several rain storms thus far!)

I'll get you a small write up with a few photos in the next couple of days.
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post #144 of 1641 (permalink) Old 07-24-2016, 07:23 PM
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Today, as in most weekend days that are nice..I drove! I go from Beacon, NY to Hudson, Ny most weekends, it is about 130 mile round trip on the Taconic parkway> a nice winding two lane.
A nice fun ride!
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Best Alfa day for some time: fixed a leak in the Alfetta's gas tank; replaced a light bulb in the 147 and had an awesome drive in the Giulia Super with friends driving two 4Cs, a 147GTA, Giulietta QV and Spider S3.
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I drove my son to a few parks in town to find Pokemon, then picked up a bunch of groceries. It's great to have a daily driver Alfa
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Fighting Brake Issues

I guess everyone was too busy driving their Spiders to post anything new. That's probably a good thing.

My '69 is sidelined right now because one of the servos went kaput. At first I thought it was a bad master cylinder but the cloud of smoke coming from the exhaust confirmed a hemorrhaging brake servo. After a couple of attempts at cleaning the servo and renewing the seals, and a few quarts of wasted brake fluid, I gave up and ordered a new servo from Classic Alfa. I'm waiting for the shipment to arrive.

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Bought her a pair of Maserati air horns...sick and tired of people reversing in front of me, and not hearing my feeble (stock) horn.
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I drove her to work in a spirited manner.
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Hi Vintre,

that engine bay is looking awesome
I'm thinking on doing the same on my 88' Spider but I'm not sure what product to use and if it's safe to use water or not even isolating the electric parts with some plastic bags.
Any tips on how you have clean yours?

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