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  1. Need Help Removing 74 Head

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    I cannot seem to remove the %#&$ing 2 13mm nuts underneath the intake manifolds on my SPICA Spider. I have removed the fuel lines. I have removed just about everything remotely in my way except the starter. I have soaked the nuts (which are slightly rounded) in penetrating oil. I have heated...
  2. Which Head Gasket

    Engine Repair, Diagnostics & Rebuilding
    I have a 1600 block fitted with a 1750 head. Do I use a 1600 head gasket, a 1750, or whatever I have on hand? Any tnoughts?
  3. 1976 Spider Veloce dropped Cylinder Sleeve

    Engine Repair, Diagnostics & Rebuilding
    This past summer the head gasket blew, and after removing the head my mechanic discovered that the sleeve on cylinder #2 was a thousandth and a half shorter than the other 3 sleeves. I had the head resurfaced and we installed a new head gasket, which blew within a few minutes of startup. The...
  4. Is this a good idea?

    Engine Repair, Diagnostics & Rebuilding
    Is it "okay enough" to use two head gaskets to raise head and relieve too much compression on probably twice shaved head already installed? :) Appreciate any comments about potential of this simple maybe easy fix. Please don't be shy.
  5. Help! My engine is drowning

    Engine Management
    I would be extremely grateful for any suggestions, 1974 spider. I recently found that the engine wouldn't start, and tracked it down to a likely faulty coil. For this reason, the engine hasn't been run for a couple of weeks when I was waiting to receive the coil from centerline. I just put the...
  6. head gasket leak from front of engine

    Engine Repair, Diagnostics & Rebuilding
    Hi Looking for some advice. There is a rather small oil leak from the head gasket at the front of the engine in my 74 spider. Its running down onto the top of the water pump. I see that there are two bolts compressing the front part of the gasket, on either side of the block at the front. Do...
  7. head gasket 1974 spider

    Engine Management
    Hi, I had the engine rebuilt a couple of years ago, and there are now two small oil leaks from the head gasket down the side of the block #1 by the rear end of the exhaust headers and #2 at the front of the engine on the passenger side above the water pump. Not much of a leak, but they are...
  8. HELP!!! First Alfa, first head gasket, first big issue

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Greetings, I'm changing the head gasket in my 77 spider all was going well until we tried to pull the head off. All 12 bolts are pulled exhaust is clear but the head WILL NOT release. Used PB blast on all the head bolts tapped pried yanked and pulled...nothing. Any tips?
  9. Spider Head Gasket Replacement Completed....Here Are The Results

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    All, I just completed the head gasket replacement on my 1986 Spider Quad, thanks to Vintre’s excellent post located at: The step by step procedure was spot on and could not have...
  10. VVT gasket on mount at valve cover?

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    All, In the process of replacing my head gasket and, by the way, thanks to jcslocum and all contributors for the fantastic guide on the Spider Technical FAQ Digest!! I am at the step of removing the VVT and noticed the amount of oil gunk on...
  11. Tiny Bubbles in the radiator

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    I have been trouble shooting a rough idle and stumbling acceleration on my stock '85. I'm using the excellent online L-Jetronic guide posted here and trying to get through the process methodically. As i was changing some of the vacuum system hoses today, I noticed a slow, steady stream of...
  12. procedure to replace cylinder liner seals

    164 & 168 (1991-1995)
    Hi fellow Alfisti, I am well into a head gasket replacement job and was wondering what I needed to know to replace the cylinder liner seals. I would imagine the liners slide off easy enough, then clean area out, put a new seal on the bottom of liner, put piston ring compressor on and slide the...
  13. 1978 Alfa Spider - Blowing Smoke from Hose connected to valve cover...

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    I checked compression - cylinders 1&3 are at 60 psi and cylinders 2&4 are at 150. When the car is running, it blows smoke out of the hose connected to the outlet on the valve cover beside the oil cap. This same outlet also has another hose connected to it, I guess for fuel... Rings? Valves...
  14. Tips/How To's on Flushing the RAD

    Spider - 105 & 115 Series (1966-1994)
    Apologies for the 'simple', we recently bought a spider veloce 91 - LOVE it!! :p AND last night I completed my first oil change on it :eek: a couple trips to the auto store for a 27 mm (!) Oil drain socket and a different Oil Filter than advertised (book says a Fram P16 should...