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Just came back from Gulfport MS to Houston in my 74..Round trip for one week
....it can get HOT at times...comfort isnt too bad...like you say "not like my Volvo" but not bad.......LOLI drive a C30 daily , have had many Volvos...
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right leg may get cramped if youre taller...I had my accelerator modified to get more straight leg... the 'roller bearing modification'...

re Bumpers...I dont mind the fronts rubber 'nipples', as you call them...I thought for awhile to remove and buy earlier parts, but gotten used to them, the replacements seem pretty pricey......rear bumper I have a Euro bumper , installed by previous owner.

mine isnt modified much...ROTA rims..15 inch...Nardi steering wheel...side makers removed by PO over 20 yrs ago...SPICA was removed, now Dellorto carbs, which suits me just fine...

on a long trip like that, you might encounter rain...my top doesnt leak , but after heavy rains I get a tiny drip from where windshield ends , top meets door..drips onto arm, then runs to elbow then drips to pants....

The trip youre doing , Ive done several times...but not in the ALFA , but in old Landcruiser, and other cars....got 140 miles out into desert from LA once in an old Bronco before it died and flat bedded back to LA....I think you`ll be fine...just take your time...the most boring part is West Texas to San Antonio...


and....get rid of the side moldings if they peel off...should be glued...but be careful to not pull the paint! I added stripes to the hood on my 1963 Mini Cooper in 1964...changed my mind in 65 , peeled off, only to lose about 30% of the paint under...luckily a small hood to re paint!

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As others have said, I'd drive it first to see how you like it before starting on any performance mods. Side molding was added by the dealer (or aftermarket), so I'd have no problem ditching that.

For your trip, bring spares. I'd carry a Spica injection pump belt, maybe a fan belt, some fuses, fuel filter, maybe a fuel pump, etc. Stuff like that can be easily replaced on the road if it breaks, but can take days to get if you don't have it with you. Tools, you can buy or borrow most of what you might need along the way.

Have fun!

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Ah, Mr. Shorey. Your name came up in conversation about a year ago at a brewery in Chino Valley, Arizona if I remember correctly..............

It's Giuseppe's giubos, not Guido's guibos, on my 78 Spider and Sport Sedan
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Glad I’m not the only nut out there!

Thanks all for the tips and well wishes. Should be fun.
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Keep this number: Gordon Self, 505-220-4712. Alfa Trained mechanic in Albuquerque, NM. Assume I-40 is on your route, possibly.
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Awesome! Thank you so much. I feel better knowing shops along the way
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Ah, Mr. Shorey. Your name came up in conversation about a year ago at a brewery in Chino Valley, Arizona if I remember correctly..............
I don't know - I wasn't there! Was I?

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Make the car what you want it to be but save the original parts. I built my 64 spider, Abby, to be a blond, chick magnet in the 1980s and I have now been happily married to one for 18 years. Good on ya for making the drive from CA to TX, especially with your Dad. These cars were made for driving! I wish I could have had my Dad accompany me on one of my seven cross country trips. Last month we tried Sarasota, FL to Grapevine, TX for the Italian Car Fest but Abby lost her tranny in Jackson, MS. Mike Besic in Chicago is rebuilding her a new one now. You have many great Alfa shops in CA. When we did the trip from Sarasota to San Francisco via Canada and back via Mexico five years ago we stopped in Las Cruces. There is a Sonics, the largest chilli pepper in the world and the most little cucarachas there. Join your local Alfa Romeo Owners Club for a list of repair shops.

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Here she is pre-trip. The only things that look to be non-original are the cam cover powdercoat and carpet, but I like both of those so I’m good with that. Even shifter boot looks original. Wiper blades were not correct but I bought a pair of stainless ones from Alfa Parts in Berkeley already.


“I lost my tranny in Mississippi, now my baby’s in Chicago...”. Could be a good country song!
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I don't know - I wasn't there! Was I?

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No. You weren't. But your daughter was. She brought up Alfas because I had my Alfa hat on.

I asked my buddy tonight as we worked on his 91 spider in my garage if he knew a Brian Shorey from the BB.

He said "BS? Sure I know him"

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Holy cow that’s Radical! Sure looks a lot faster than mine!
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