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1978 Alfa Spider and my 1992 Alfa Spider

Hey All:

Here is a picture and specs of my 78 Spider in pearl white.

1978 Alfa Romeo Spider
73000 original miles
High compression rebuild utilizing IAPs model
10.4:1 CR Borgo
Hasting Rings
11mm cams
oversized valves with high rev valve springs (9000rpm- I have turned 7000 with ease and I will not take her higher!)
port and polish head
dual 45mm Weber DCOE
balanced/blueprinted
IAP Headers
Cat free
Middle muffler free
Ansa Rear muffler
multispark MSD 6AL w/ performance coil/ points bypass
Transmission rebuild
True HID headlight conversion w/ high/low reflector
Headlight Plexi cover conversion
working power antenna with working original AR cassette
Cloth top
Pearl White in color (original white)
Chrome Spider daytona style wheels with 215/60/14
Modified 50mm color center caps to fit the 48mm hole
Performance Springs and Red Koni's
 

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Nice looking Spider John! Got any pics of the engine?
 

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I will take some as soon as I get it all cleaned up. It has wet sand/glazing residue on her now from the repaint.

John M
 

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Engine shots x 3

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Very nice John! Love all the shiny pieces. You must have a buddy at the plating shop. Great 45s, MSD and header too. Did you send that valve cover out for polishing or did you do it yourself?

It's too bad that the shots are grainy. Are these scans?
 

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Hey Kai:

Thanks for the kind comments. Actually the shinny pieces are all just polished out. All of those caps are great for polishing if you got some spare time. I did the radiator cap, the radiator overflow cap, the ATE brake master cap, and the OLIO cap. I got the valve cover off ebay for $90 and its very nice. To polish one of those you need some power tools and about 10 hours. I thought the $90 was a steal! Headers came shiny from IAP. But I have to hit them with 600grit every once in awhile to keep them looking good. I did the rest of the polishing with a 320 then 600 wet sand followed by mothers aluminum polish. All of it done by hand, no tools. Its really not very hard to do and about 45 minutes per cap. Those pics are grainy because it was midnight in the garage when I took them (not much light so I turned up the contrast). I will see if I can't get some better ones today and replace the grainy ones.

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John M
 

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Modified front turn signals from later Bosch

Ok....I felt left out by not having the white marker light in the turn signal assembly. So I took these from my parts car (84) and adapted them to my 78. I also rewired them so that the white marker and amber would both work. Applied a brighter bulb into the white section and changed the amber to a marker/flasher dual filament bulb. Here is the pic.

John M
 

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Thanks for the kind comment. This one has a new sister that will be arriving this week. 92 AR Spider will be joining the 78 in the stables.

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John M
 

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Hey Rob:

I liked yours and Paradiso's cars so much, I just this last week went and bought one sight unseen out of Florida......Now that's liking your car! Thanks for the comments. Those carbs are great and the sound is incredible. I have since the pics, finally located K/N Foam filters for those and now they have the red filters inside the filter holders. She is looking meaner than ever. I will get some better pics of her this week when her new sister arrives.

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John M
 

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Congrats on Spider#2 also! Wow...I hope you like it. I'd love to have a Duetto or 1970s Spider as well just to enjoy the differences of each car. Then again, maybe a nice Giulietta Spider or a Sprint Speciale.....

Whoever came up with that ALFA: Always Looking For Another sure was right.

The other one I heard was Alfa means "First", Romeo means "To Rust":D
 

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I call this Alfadom.:D
 

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Updated engine shot
 

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Interior shot
 

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HIDs in action
 

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The headlamps are very bright.. and the covers really set off the front end. I am thinking of Cibie lights for my car.

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Hey Paul:

Thanks for the comments. If you got the extra funds, be sure to check out real HIDs to go into your Cibie housing. I bet it would be an incredible combination.

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John M
 
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