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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Bit off more than can chew?

Hi folks. In a fit of pique, I bought myself a 1979 Spider. Looked very carefully for any rust as I have in the past owned Fiats and Lancia. This one seems to be a perfect body. Black over ivory. Seats nice, top nice.

Big issues is the motor has a knocking sound. Thought to myself that I'd tear into it and fix it, but health issues since the purchase have left me with a non-op for a year now. Car is still intact and will run.

SO; the big question is who in the vicinity of Carson City knows of a decent Alfa mechanic that I can have repair the engine for me? I'd like to drive it before I have to move on....

Thanks!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 10:48 AM
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Where is the knock coming from? Can you narrow down whether it is top or bottom end? Fix might be easier than a total tear down. You can localize the knock with a stethoscope, or a piece of wooden rod with your ear on one end.....
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Yes, it could be something very simple - exhaust manifold leak, exhaust rattling against something. How is the oil pressure?

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post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-18-2019, 02:10 PM
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I live in Carson City. Might consider building an engine, or whatever it needs. What part of town are you in?

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Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


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John you lucked out with Dpeterson right there. He knows Alfa’s inside and out— look at his posts !

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-20-2019, 07:56 AM
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Hmmmm. No contact from original poster. I hope his health is OK.

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Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...
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Don,

Yes.... I'd love some help. This site will not allow me to pm until 10 posts. Also a bugger to even reply here. Let's see if this works.

Thanks;

John
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Don,

Yes.... I'd love some help. This site will not allow me to pm until 10 posts. Also a bugger to even reply here. Let's see if this works.

Thanks;

John
John,
just keep up the post. There is a "test" area here to use,, use it.

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John,

What part of town? I could meet you for breakfast tomorrow, if you like. Nugget Eatery? Perhaps around 9:00?

Don

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Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...
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Well, not having much luck helping this fellow. Might help if he checked his own thread for replies.

Standing by.....

Don P
Carson City, NV

Past Alfas...
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas

Current Alfas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Oops. Add to the "present" list, 10204 01488, 2000 Touring Roadster project

And past...
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)

And present...
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 40 years) Over 55 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird


You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...
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Don;

I keep posting replies that apparently do not make it...

Give it a go once again..

John
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Well, this AM seems to be different. As well as using my work computer. Maybe a Mac thing?

And just found out there is a timer for posting....
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Now that I'm in. More information.

What I suspect is that the oil may have gotten diluted with fuel from the injection pump. This from reading the various posts.

Am planning on doing an oil change with some fresh 20w-50 and try starting it up to see if it gets at all quieter.
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I've also read that these motors are notorious for low oil pressure. This is what I hope to see come up.

Any thoughts on using a viscosity improver for this test? (STP type stuff)
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I've also read that these motors are notorious for low oil pressure. This is what I hope to see come up.

Any thoughts on using a viscosity improver for this test? (STP type stuff)
I have seen many that the oil pressure reads low on the gauge at idle but comes up fine with RPM. Nothing really to worry about at a no load state.
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