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post #76 of 1798 (permalink) Old 06-05-2016, 08:32 AM
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Took advantage of the (rare) horizon-to-horizon blue skies and warm temps, and went for a nice long drive, passing through the Malvern hills, and back home. Absolute bliss.
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Started re dying all the carpet from brown/orange to black and made a few new sections for the trunk. Still waiting on enough money to buy the seat covers but we should have a chance to take the car to my friends and weld in the floor patches I made. Then it will be just work on the appearance of the car.

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Got up early, loaded the Spider on the trailer. Hit I-84 east by 9am on the way to Nashville. Stopped in Boise for the night. Head for Wyoming tomorrow. Drove the truck 450 miles and the Spider 14 feet.
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Ran an autocross last Sunday, and the transmission broke. No 1st or 2nd gear so probably a broken shift fork bolt. Fortunately, I had help assembling a spare tranny earlier this year, and there is time to install before leaving next Tuesday for the AROC convention in Nashville.


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Took advantage of the (rare) horizon-to-horizon blue skies and warm temps, and went for a nice long drive, passing through the Malvern hills, and back home. Absolute bliss.
Glad you've fallen back in love Chris

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Glad you've fallen back in love Chris
Definitely ! Drives like a new car now. Enjoying it more than ever. All lovers have their tiffs now and again.

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I have finally put the wires correct for my hidden GPS-tracker. I used the backup battery before until I discovered and read the manual. Quite embarressing but now it works as it should. No more "low battery" messages.

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What I NEED to do is yank out the fuel rail again and re-cut the lengths of hose to the injectors, as I cut them too long last time...seems that on #1 and #2, they need to be a bit shorter if I want to use the rail mount...

What I WILL do is drive the TR6 to lunch, then spend the rest of the day figuring out how to install it's soft top.

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What I did with my alfa

Well it wasn't today more like a few weeks ago. After visiting my dad I stopped to fuel up before the drive home, while my brother was waiting for me he snapped this photo.
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This weekend finished installing passenger side cowl drain tube, replaced shift boot and shift knob with a mohagany one, replaced a couple bulbs in console, replaced brake reservoir grommets and fixed glove box latch/spring mechanism. Also adjusted the driver's side window cable as it would not open or close all the way.

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It has been a busy couple of weeks with my first spider. After several months, I finally finished reupholstering the seats, made a new parcel shelf, replace the soft top, put all the trims and bumper back together after a paint job, fixed the radiator fan/relay, secured the exhaust, and bypassed the leaking heater valve. She is now ready for the road. Tomorrow, I will take her out for some fun.
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Finished the transmission last night ! Next up 1750 motor -- light refresh if needed but for sure a total clean up and head gasket replacement at least. Pulled the lower oil pan last week and looks surprisingly good (not a lot of crap in the pan); no signs of abuse

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A blast to the post office in town (the long way, of course)...and some touch-up of paintwork in engine bay.

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I've replaced the passenger seat upholstery and will do the driver side as it is even worse. I still need to order carpet but have had a setback after getting the engine going after a 10 year unintended park of my 87 Veloce. There is clearly oil in the coolant and water in the oil. I guess it's time for a head gasket replacement but will try just doing a head retorque first. I see the excellent posts on how to do this and am at least contemplating doing it with my dad. Of course, once open should I put in new hi performance valves or just do the seals? Recommendations are welcome.
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Started the motor clean up. I like to try to get grime off the motor before I get into it. So today was another 'clean grime' day. Did lower oil pan couple weeks ago, today was upper oil pan and I got into it, took off intake mani and went to go for that in the parts washer too.

I bought this motor from a really nice and knowledgeable guy here on BB- 1750. It was the dirtiest motor I'd ever seen but I wanted it so got it! Filthy outside -=- seems well build and maintained inside!

Found that someone had done some porting on both the intake side of the head and the intake mani. After I get everything cleaned up its time for metrology!

I'm getting psyched that this car might end up being a screamer -- in a couple of years!!

PS -- That parts washer I bought of Craigslist for $20 -- best $20 I;ve spent in EONS!!!

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