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post #466 of 1798 (permalink) Old 11-30-2017, 06:23 PM
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Finished up the installation of the Wes Ingram rebuilt SPICA and went for a test drive in my 74 Spider.....brilliant! Drives like a new car. Eastport Alfa, I'm in Deal, I didn't know there were other Alfas in the area.
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post #467 of 1798 (permalink) Old 12-03-2017, 07:35 PM
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New Top and Cleanup Day

David: I'll watch for you on the roads out this way! Would love to connect to see how you've found getting service and support in this area.

I picked up the Spider late Thursday with the new top--they did an outstanding job and the difference in wind noise and appearance was dramatic. I knew I needed a new top when I purchased, and am glad I got it done now. With a sunny, near 60 degree day, it was finally time to clean the Spider inside and out. I had not cleaned the car since it arrived from CA at the end of October, and was stunned at how dirty the interior really was. On the outside, much washing and twice as much time drying--its amazing how many crevices and spots on every edge can collect water. After drying as throughly as possible, I let the car air dry in the sun and breeze, then went back over all the problem areas one last time.

No wax today--the water beaded up well, and it was time to get in a drive before putting the cover back on waiting for another warm day! A couple of photos below:
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Looks great.
I am debating whether or not to have my top replaced in the near future only because it is original and faded.
Can I ask you what Company you used and what the cost was.
I am kind of nervous about having a shop that is not familiar with Alfa's do it.
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post #469 of 1798 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 10:48 AM
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Huzz: I sourced the top through Difatta here in Baltimore and they used a shop to install that regularly does Alfa tops. I was very satisfied with the quality of the top, and the work was done in two days by the upholsterer. The fit is very tight, and the interior seams all look to be done correctly. I also replaced the seal/gasket for the top. All in with tax and installation I spent about $1200. No leaks after washing the car on Sunday--a good sign!

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Thanks Steve
I'm probably going to replace mine in the spring.
That's a pretty good price.
Thanks again for the info
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I had to leave the car out in 30deg weather over night due to xmas tree drying out in the garage, and spent an hour getting it defogged and defrosted enough to drive it into Portland. She had her first head-torquing after the engine rebuild! I'm now free to drive it pretty much how I want it. Only negative about the visit; once again, my VVT doesn't freaking work. I got it working a couple of years ago, but since the rebuild it's once again sleeping. Not that I notice- with Motronics in a fresh engine, it's plenty quick

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...Only negative about the visit; once again, my VVT doesn't freaking work. I got it working a couple of years ago, but since the rebuild it's once again sleeping...
its possible the solenoid is just physically stuck and that is very easy to check/rectify:
remove the electric connector, unscrew the end bit and pull out the little shaft.....that can gum up.

Mike explains here:
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...ally-dead.html

might of course be the electric harness has failed (there is a workaround) or the internal oil passages have blocked.

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Transmission back in place!

My son came over and helped me wiggle the transmission back into place. Now to get all those upper bolts back in...

I've now experienced removal & replacement of the combined engine & gearbox AND the gearbox by itself... and I'm firmly of the opinion that it is far easier to just yank the whole engine and gearbox on a 1976 Spider!!
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We had the annual AONE Christmas party with singing Christmas songs with slightly changed lyrics. Here is my favorite.

I got 12 Alfa beers from the Yankee Swap gift exchange.

Was snowy, and a challenging drive in both directions. Worth it of course.

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We had the annual AONE Christmas party with singing Christmas songs with slightly changed lyrics. Here is my favorite.

I got 12 Alfa beers from the Yankee Swap gift exchange.

Was snowy, and a challenging drive in both directions. Worth it of course.

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Mounted New Front Bumpers On My '74 Spider Project. Didn't Use The Rubber Tips That Originally Came On The Car. First Photo Is Of The Bumpers After Initial Install. Second Photos Is After Taking The Bumpers Off, Trimming Back Rubber "Isolators" & Reinstalling Numerous Times. I Copied The Bumper Position Of A '71 Spider. Total Time About 5-1/2 Hours; I've Got To Be Crazy!

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Mounted New Front Bumpers On My '74 Spider Project. Didn't Use The Rubber Tips That Originally Came On The Car. First Photo Is Of The Bumpers After Initial Install. Second Photos Is After Taking The Bumpers Off, Trimming Back Rubber "Isolators" & Reinstalling Numerous Times. I Copied The Bumper Position Of A '71 Spider. Total Time About 5-1/2 Hours; I've Got To Be Crazy!

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No John... you're not crazy at all! You took the time to make them fit and look right! Hats off to you, sir! Great looking Spider.
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It was 52 F today so I took the black Spider out, so far 500 miles has been put on her this year. Towards the end of the drive some kid in a white Spider gave me a thumbs up as I passed him. Smh, white?

I have been working on adjusting the idle on the individual FI throttle bodies and after this drive today I can say it's good. It was a lot easier when it only had 1.
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Got the car back with its new top installed!
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Looks terrific, Rich, with those wheels.

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