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post #1396 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 04:44 PM
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I'm really lucky in that three Alfa BB members live in the area and they are all hands-on owners. I think that collectively we could likely do anything needed. I probably should put them in my will.........maybe not.
I'd consider Velocedoc for the will

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post #1397 of 1807 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 05:20 PM
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As a matter of semi-fact, Velocedoc is one of the Three Musketeers.

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I could be wrong, I have been before but that torque arm looks like a bad idea and I foresee damage in the future.
Nobody makes solid mounts for this, and there’s quite a bit of movement putting down just above 200whp. The turbo sits close to the control arm mount and the oil return is tight to the body and I didn’t want any chafing.

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Some serious autocross cars do this when allowed for specific preparation levels. The modification is described in the SCCA Solo rule book.

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I could be wrong, I have been before but that torque arm looks like a bad idea and I foresee damage in the future.


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I'm not disputing the need for the application, only the engineering.
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After using up my week's quota of Band Aids for skinned knuckles and Epsom salts for my 69 year old carcass I had the pleasure of holding down a lawn chair today for a couple of hours while Veloce Doc and Slow Creek changed a brake booster in an S4. It's wonderful to watch somebody else drop the nut, the washer, and then the wrench.

Now that I've watched the job successfully completed I know exactly who to talk into doing it for me when my Spider needs one

It was a beautiful day to watch others work.
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Re-installed the trunk lid. I found a few tiny black dots under the clear. They resprayed the lid and I picked it up this afternoon and put it back on. Cleaned under the hood to get all the body shop dust off and cleaned it up for tomorrows cars and coffee at [email protected]

After coffee I will be parked in front of a pub tv watching the champions league final. YNWA!
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It sounds like you discovered "The Tom Sawyer whitewash fence" concept. younger people might not know about this, but I was able to use it to good effect in my early days of Alfa ownership:

Me: struggling with doing something to my Giulietta while friend sits in the shade sipping on a beer

Cursing, struggling, etc.

Friend: couldn't stand my whining and starts working on the Alfa while I sit in the shade sipping a beer.

It worked almost every time...

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After using up my week's quota of Band Aids for skinned knuckles and Epsom salts for my 69 year old carcass I had the pleasure of holding down a lawn chair today for a couple of hours while Veloce Doc and Slow Creek changed a brake booster in an S4. It's wonderful to watch somebody else drop the nut, the washer, and then the wrench.

Now that I've watched the job successfully completed I know exactly who to talk into doing it for me when my Spider needs one

It was a beautiful day to watch others work.


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Today, I finally finished a retro-mod of my '79 Spider's console and interior, using a Classic Alfa euro console and shifter boot, a Retrosound Hermosa head unit, new speakers in the kick panels, and a vintage shifter knob that I refurbished.

I removed all the idiot lights, retaining only the handbrake warning light, which is a red "jewel" legacy light mounted low on the console across from the throttle knob. I love the clean look of the new console.

As one might expect, the number of complications and curve balls made this seemingly simple modification much harder than I anticipated: as much as we love our Alfas, they don't always love us back!

That said, after I completed the the mods,I took a beautiful top-down ride up the parkway and back: what a wonderful reward!!

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Today, I finally finished a retro-mod of my '79 Spider's console and interior, using a Classic Alfa euro console and shifter boot, a Retrosound Hermosa head unit, new speakers in the kick panels, and a vintage shifter knob that I refurbished.

I removed all the idiot lights, retaining only the handbrake warning light, which is a red "jewel" legacy light mounted low on the console across from the throttle knob. I love the clean look of the new console.

As one might expect, the number of complications and curve balls made this seemingly simple modification much harder than I anticipated: as much as we love our Alfas, they don't always love us back!

That said, after I completed the the mods,I took a beautiful top-down ride up the parkway and back: what a wonderful reward!!

Before and After photos follow:

After


I am a fan of keeping the car stock, but wow what a nice improvement. I have said this before and it is worth saying again. We all love looking at our Alfa, but you spend more time behind the wheel. You have to be happy with the visual interior.


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When I first got Renzo back together following her 5 year restoration there were a few minor things that I just had to push to the back burner. With the very long winter we had here in the Bay Area I was able to tackle a few of them, and finally, with summer coming soon I was finally able to renew some steering related parts.

Yesterday I installed new ball joints on the tie-rods and center track rod, as well as a new sealed bearing idler box. While the old girl was up on jack stands I changed the engine oil and filter, and changed the gearbox oil with Dentax. My car’s gearbox has the early style “molybdenum” synchros which apparently need Dentax gearbox oil. I’m looking forward to a drive today to see what effect it has on the synchros.

-tj in the Cruz Moutains


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When I first got Renzo back together following her 5 year restoration there were a few minor things that I just had to push to the back burner. With the very long winter we had here in the Bay Area I was able to tackle a few of them, and finally, with summer coming soon I was finally able to renew some steering related parts.



Yesterday I installed new ball joints on the tie-rods and center track rod, as well as a new sealed bearing idler box. While the old girl was up on jack stands I changed the engine oil and filter, and changed the gearbox oil with Dentax. My car’s gearbox has the early style “molybdenum” synchros which apparently need Dentax gearbox oil. I’m looking forward to a drive today to see what effect it has on the synchros.



-tj in the Cruz Moutains


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Thanks for sharing the photos with us. You should be really proud of the end result. You really went through a lot to keep an Alfa on the road!


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Bigger problems to deal with, buttttt... Darn arachnid paternal instinct... She still gets priority
I did get a couple of parallel bars welded acrosse each of the two doors but thinking may be I should put 2 long diagonal cross bar across to further support the mid-section while on the rotisserie... Not too confident about the rust-till-you-drop situation...
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