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Having picked up an Alfetta with Spica that had been sitting a while, I'd advise to replace all the fuel lines if possible when you do the filters. Mine seemed fine, but then sprung a huge leak about 9 mos later and I'm lucky to have not started a fire.

I wonder why the PO was removing the steering wheel?

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I went over today and inflated the tires in preparation for the move. I got a little more information from the widow of PO. Apparently, it's been sitting since around the mid 90's and reportedly due to some sort of misfire, backfire, "shooting flames". The engine was also rebuilt around that time and only a few hundred miles on it since then. Additionally, some parts from a parts car added but I don't have information as to what and why but there is an (extra?) SPICA pump in the trunk.

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Wow, that is going to clean up nicely I bet . please post before/during/after photos! Also, I'm in newport if you need any help - always love resurrecting old cars.

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@peakay, definitely, I'm sure I will be reaching out soon. I'm at the end of the 73 just where it meets the 5 so only 20 minutes...
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Wow, looks like a pretty good barn find - I bet you will be able to get a lot done yourself, including getting it started and running the first time. Everyone has an opinion, here is mine:

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Remove the battery and just get a new one. If it doesn't hold a charge later on down the line, you'll know it's not that, and I'll sell you my spare alternator.
Hose down that engine bay - @AlfistiSA is spot on for engine bay cleaning procedure
Swap out the plugs - NGK BP7ES
New cap and rotor - make sure you figure out exactly what is needed, not sure if you have a MarelliPlex or..?
Fuel filters - replace the rear one for sure, whether you think it needs one or not.
Replace the engine oil, oil filter, SPICA filter - do all this at once, I like Castrol GTX 20W50, and the oil filter they sell at https://centerlinealfa.com is good.
Coolant - There is a well documented process to refilling the coolant so that you don't get air bubbles trapped in the system, be sure to follow this.
Transmission and diff oil - Use Redline 75W90 NS (NS is the important identifier) in the transmission, and Redline 75W90 in the diff.
Clean/replace the air filter - K&N makes a good replacement
New fan belt
Inspect braking system & replace brake fluid
Inspect /replace clutch cylinder fluid
Check the SPICA - @Roadtrip has the info you need here

... and go from there. https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spi...aq-digest.html is very helpful. That should keep you busy for a while!

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@peakay, definitely, I'm sure I will be reaching out soon. I'm at the end of the 73 just where it meets the 5 so only 20 minutes...
Great, let me know. I'm at the 73 and mcarthur.

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Thank you all! @jbbosco do I need any special grease or similar when replacing the plugs?
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How do I install the rear bumper properly?
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'Backfire, misfire, shooting flames'.
Reckon the distributor wasn't well secured and may have moved after the rebuild.
Odds are the ignition timing is way out. Double-check that too.
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Quick question. I need to push the car up a short slope into my garage. After sitting for 20 odd years, what are your thoughts on whether there would be any kind braking available and if not, best safe method to stop the car if need be?
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Quick question. I need to push the car up a short slope into my garage. After sitting for 20 odd years, what are your thoughts on whether there would be any kind braking available and if not, best safe method to stop the car if need be?
2x4s or the like would be a sensible precaution.

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Brakes....
Does your park brake work?
Got a firm brake pedal?
Can you (or someone else) move the car with your foot on the brake, or with the park brake on?
That should tell you enough.
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This book has been very useful for me:

https://www.amazon.ca/Alfa-Romeo-Own...r=8-1-fkmrnull

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Quick question. I need to push the car up a short slope into my garage. After sitting for 20 odd years, what are your thoughts on whether there would be any kind braking available and if not, best safe method to stop the car if need be?
Do not push the brake pedal. More then likely if you do it won't be rolling anywhere. Just use the parking brake.

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Oops too late. Brakes worked enough but the handbrake didn't. Now that it's in my garage i can see a little more. Clutch pedal is on the floor, a few dings on the rear panels, no rust immediately obvious, missing the rear alfa and iniezione badges but after I go through the various extra parts I might them. Unfortunately, the dash is cracked in a few places and the turbina wheels have some curb rash so those have been added to the "make beautiful" list.

Cleaning over the weekend...

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