so I flew in to portland after work friday and damian was nice enough to pick me up at the airport. we went out for a few beers and I got to crash at his new pad, which is very nice! The next morining after a few cups of coffee and searching for that pesky title, we said out goodbyes and I hit the road.
Then I realized that I couldn't leave partland without visiting a few friends... so I wen out to lunch and caught up with
a family friend who races datsuns. It was beautiful and exiting to be cruising portland in the new TI!
Finally after touring around a bit, I hit I5 for the long trip home.
Portland is great.
The car cruised really well and I was having fun zipping pas people on the highway and catching looks. It pulled great, and while the linkage for the shifter is a little sloppy, and the clutch is a little worn, the syncros are great! Column shifting IS A BLAST! Sooo much fun. It took about 45min to get used to it, then it was second nature. I did find myself reaching for the floor every now an again, but mostly its just too cool.
I had a little scare when the car wouldn't start after getting gas in southern oregon, but a little "tap" on the starter solenoid got thingsgoing again. and things were good.
Grant's pass was fun, and the car took EVERY CURVE with confidence. I thought for sure that the speedo was off because it felt so stable throughtthe pass. but it was confirmed to be accurate when I got clocked going 89mph by one of california's finest! The cop was a kind soul and only wrote me up for 70.
Welll I guess I dodn't learn my lesson because on the home strech from sacto to Oakland (after about 9hrs of driving) I blew a hole in my #1 piston. and she gave out on me.
I had thought that maybe I had just bent a valve, or blew a gasket or something, but after pulling the head today, I got the scare of my life seeing right through the piston.
Soooo, it's time to max out the credit cards and get her rebuilt top to bottom.
There is rumored to be a crank from a TZ in it... we'll see.
I'm gonna keep it sorta stock. I need to learn some restraint, and I aint gonna get it by bastardising this car with a 2-liter. or even dual carbs.
There is a lot of cancer on the car too, but I think that'll wait till I hit the lottery or something.
All said I still totally looove it. It suits me like a glove and it really handles. the whole thing is such different experience from the GTV. Which I love. Different, but good.
Anyhow, here are some pic's fom the trip, and I'll try to follow up with more of the rebuild.
The car was too good, it lured me into going too fast for too long!
I guess because it is a single carb, the front and rear pistons run a little lean,,, lean means hot and I had dthe pedal down in 5th for a good loooooooong time.
I feel really stupid for blowing up a motor that probably had less than 20k on it. but this is how i learn my lessons! next lesson will be how to rebuild a 1600 101.
I seriously loooooove the car Damian. I couldn't be more thrilled even after being so dumb and tossing the motor. My only problem is going to be in showing some restraint with the spending... now that I blew the motor she needs a lot of love, and I gotta learn how to love her gentler and over longer time
Damians alfetta is the fuggin coolest! Sperry head/ carbs/ 50 50 weight distribution and super low roll center. It pulled like a porsche 911 and it handled... well it handled like a perfectly tuned alfa!