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post #31 of 1540 (permalink) Old 03-11-2016, 04:58 PM
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After searching the forum so more, I guess this is the vacuum sensor. From what I understand this helps with timing and rpm. I'm not experienced with this so if I'm wrong, then please explain it for a simple person. Thanks for the help.

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Checked two tachometers from Richard Jemison's Spider race car. One works and I will try to fix the other.
Built an interface for Rich Davisson to enable him to hook up an aftermarket fuel gauge in his car.
Got the tach working properly on my GTV6. It was flopping to zero when the rev's exceeded 5000 rpm due to loading by the Crane CDI. Powered it from the tach output on the crane.
Did a flat out pull from a rolling start to 100 mph in the GTV6. It got there rather quickly.

Retirement is GREAT.
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After doing a lot of work on recently purchased '67 Duetto, I finally got her on the road and boy I have missed the beautiful note of these cars! Grinning ear to ear.

Bought the car in June and have been doing the following work (slowly) on the car since November:
-Alfaholics SS exhaust - love it and bolted right on
-Pertronix dizzy - great addition, easy to install and car fired right up.
-Recored radiator
-New water pump as car was running hot but this was due to a stuck thermostat
-Installed new Weber rubber mounts and balanced and tuned Webers
-Replaced brake line to MC [bled brakes - many times] and replaced fluid reservoir
-Took out dash, installed dash cover, replaced all lights with LEDs and reinstalled
-Changed lug bolts from LH to RH on drivers side [screwed up the rear wheel bearing so had to replace that)
-Put in tranny and differential oil using Redline oil
-PLX wideband O2 sensor - great little device

Car was smoking quite a bit while tuning and diagnosing issues (PO said car was sitting for some time), but since I have put on a couple hundred miles the smoke is almost all gone.

Unfortunately she will go back into storage until October on Monday as work will take me out of the US. So when I get back, I will tackle the front and rear suspension, new headlights, replace floor boards and think about a paint job.

Plus I have to mention that the guys at Classic Alfa have been great as the majority of parts have been sourced from them as the service is spot-on, prices very good (even with shipping and exchange rate) and shipping quick (order on Thursday arrive on Monday).

Wish the Penguins were not playing right now, otherwise I would still be out in the car!

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Finished front suspension adjustment on the autocross Spider. 3 1/4 degrees negative camber. Obviously, not for street use...
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Whatever it takes to get those Hoosiers to bite, George!

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The Hoosiers are on the '76 Spider, which will come out to play next Sunday. The forecast yesterday was for rain, but it didn't happen until evening, so I was able to drive the '91 Spider in some sunshine.

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What I PLAN to do is put in a starter relay I ordered from Amazon, and mount the electric fan, if I can, in back of the radiator. It isn't working worth a **** in front as a pusher.

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Finally replaced the Pininfarina badge on driver's side. I guess someone peeled it out of the holder as a souvenir. Been annoying me since I bought the car last year. Bought the replacement in Nov. Finally got it installed today.
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compression tested my motor 195 in all 4 cylinders..... Happy Days
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post #40 of 1540 (permalink) Old 03-17-2016, 03:06 PM
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Axle swap, Day 1

Removed the 4.5 axle, staged the replacement 4.1 and started to swap stuff over.
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Got my running lights working today, it's now a 24 hour car

Three issues:

1) Contacts on combo switch needed cleaned
2) Ground problem with one of the rear side markers
3) Short circuit at trunk light (which doesn't appear to have had a bulb in it this century)

Now I just need to wire up my license plate lights and I will be all set.

Couldn't have done it without Papajam's fabulous wiring diagram!

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Replaced inner and middle shift boots and the "grommet" that goes under the metal piece. Traced all switch/lighting wiring and corrected several that were incorrect. Installed new speakers. Installed new visors. Installed new door end rubber.

Bought new toolbox to keep all these fun new tools that I'm accruing. Rearranged garage
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Trans tear down for the 71 spider project. Feeling good about this bargain trans-/I've asked my guru but I'm good either way -- have both a short shift rod (number 04606) and a long shift rid trans number 40744 ( hopefully one of these is a bona fide 1750 trans....
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I had a busy few days.
Installed the 4.1 axle - picture of Axle City
Replaced 11" curved blade fan with new 12" SPAL straight blade
Rich Hanning - 65Sprint came around today and helped me install a repaired gearbox and the driveshaft. It was a full day and everything went together well - no levers or big hammers. I had a setback on Thursday when the gear box casing cracked as I was installing a new tranny bushing. I have done many of these and never had this problem. I suspect the bushing is oversize. I got it welded with the bushing in place and it looks good. Also found damaged throwout bearing. Rich brought a good used spare with him.

Tomorrow I just have to wire the starter, fill the gearbox with oil, rebuild the rear calipers and install them and bleed the brakes - and replace the broken balance spring on the garage door.
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I moved my electric fan from the pusher position to the puller side, and also switched to a higher CFM fan. It now runs as cool as the stock fan; all I could ask for.

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