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Well, crap. I've completely fallen off the wagon. After trying to find some performance pistons, and looking further into 2.5 parts, I gave up and purchased a 3.0 from APE. Sometimes there is a convergence of interests, and this was one of those times.

So, next year, 3.0 engine build, Verde transaxle build, DeDion build, Milano halfshafts...what am I missing? LOL
 

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What am I missing?
Your 105 series GTV :D

I'm guilty to, as I've been playing with my 156v6 instead of doing real work on the 1750.
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Your 105 series GTV :D

I'm guilty to, as I've been playing with my 156v6 instead of doing real work on the 1750.
Pete
Ouch!!!

That's going to leave a scar.

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That's super, Bob. Glad to read about good results! I think our old Alfas, like any old cars, fall victim to unseen corrosion INSIDE of electrical connectors, between the wire strands and the connector sleeve where it's factory crimped. I've seen this issue mentioned in several posts over the years here on the BB, and I would bet anybody a six pack that some of our electrical gremlins originate with this kind of hard-to-find corrosion.

Your big-gauge additional ground lead was a great idea, also. I hear that was a popular thing on old Giuliettas. Long ago, I recall some old sports cars I worked on that had corrosion so bad up inside connectors, I had to cut them off, dip the wire strands in baking soda/water solution, and re-crimp new connectors onto clean copper wire.

Now... speaking of electrical gremlins, the next dragon we have to slay with Mike's car are the power windows! But we'll do that when we get the door panels reupholstered over the winter.
 

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I came across this today. I figured since you've checked almost everything on the car. You might want to check this. It should be fun.
 

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That’s really great info, Jim, thanks.


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I think it's getting pissed off that I'm working on the LS. The front main seal has started leaking, and I've had a wheel bearing start to grumble. Unfortunately the LS is occupying the lift.

I've put over 3,000 mile on since I started daily driving the car, so it's time for a good going over, oil and filter change, and I might breakdown and check the valve lash.
 

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I think it's getting pissed off that I'm working on the LS. The front main seal has started leaking, and I've had a wheel bearing start to grumble. Unfortunately the LS is occupying the lift.

I've put over 3,000 mile on since I started daily driving the car, so it's time for a good going over, oil and filter change, and I might breakdown and check the valve lash.
Yes I definitely believe that cars get pissed when other vehicles are given priority time in the shed. This is why I bumped my head on the 1750GTV the other day because I'd been playing with the 156v6 too much ... a small cut was my punishment.
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About 7 years ago I had a non-racing related incident that precluded my ability to race. I'm finally feeling good enough to give a track day or two a chance. I've always wanted to run at Big Willow and Laguna Seca, so this build will take a minor change in direction to allow me to do that.

Stay tuned.
 

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Well, crap. I've completely fallen off the wagon. After trying to find some performance pistons, and looking further into 2.5 parts, I gave up and purchased a 3.0 from APE. Sometimes there is a convergence of interests, and this was one of those times.

So, next year, 3.0 engine build, Verde transaxle build, DeDion build, Milano halfshafts...what am I missing? LOL
Why didn't you just pull the engine out of the 164S I sold you and go through it? You are at risk of becoming an "Alfa Hoarder"
 

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As I start down the road of preparing the car for a couple of track days, I'm trying to keep these wise words in mind:


There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Will Rogers

I've pissed on enough fences.
 

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Dog gone it!!!

Didn't drive it for about a week. Battery wasn't happy and it would barely start. Threw it on the charger for awhile, got worse. I'll pull the battery and test it.

So it must have some kind of electrical drain (an electrical problem, can you imagine that!), so I'll have to test to find that.
 

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Dave, it was a cheap purchase that I knew was going to bite me in the...well you know where!

I’ve had it on the charger. We’ll see tomorrow.


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Still no sparky. Have gas, but no lights blinking on the timing light. Time for trouble shooting. Looks like it was fortuitous that I purchased a bunch of spare ignition parts from Ed.


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No joy...yet.

Coil was bad. I'll post the pictures of the process when I find my cord to attach the phone to the computer. It was out of spec. I proofed the other one I had, it was within spec.But...still wouldn't start. Swapped in a different ignition module, but decided not to try and start it without pulling the spark plugs and letting the gas evaporate. Had a really strong gas smell, and yesterday I recalled our experience when we were doing the Engine Masters Challenge with a Chrysler Hemi. Anytime we had fueling problems, flooding the engine, we'd have to change the plugs to get it to fire back up. So I picked up some plugs. Car is currently sitting in the workshop out-gassing the excess fuel. The plugs were stinky wet, and were clearly also oil fouled.

Fingers crossed, with an in-spec coil, known good ignition module, new plugs, cleaned cap and rotor...I think the only thing left is a fubared ECU. :(
 
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