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Yeah, thanks, I think Uncle Dick will crack up when he discovers the bear claw marks. I hope the "Bear Proof" SAAB ends up being a conversation piece for him that segues into a lot of stories and reminiscing.
 

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I drove the Alfa yesterday up to Mt Wilson and back, part of the 800 to 1000 break-in miles that Santo and Anthony want me to put on the new engine before they check it over.
This first stop is above the Arroro Seca overlooking it's golf course. The Rose Bowl is just out of sight.

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Another shot of the car above the arroyo with the San Gabriel mountains as the backdrop.

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This is the entry to the Mt Wilson Observatory and my turn around point. Currently it's as far up Angeles Crest Hwy that anyone is allowed...rock slides and washouts caused by the recent rains.

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One of the spots I turned out on to take some pics.

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During yesterday's drive I experienced a scary moment when I pulled off onto a scenic rest stop. As I steered off the highway the clutch pedal went to the floor and stayed there as I tried to downshift. I had to force it out of gear and coast to a stop. The clutch fluid bottle was full, I couldn't see any leaks in the engine bay. After about 10 minutes waiting, the ground under the slave looked dry and the pedal had come up a bit. I pumped it 3-4 times and it felt firm again. I called AAA but the was zero phone service. So nervously I started down the hill. The clutch behaved perfectly normal all the way home. NOT fun. So on Monday I'll call the shop and see what they say.???

I've done 500 miles since getting the car back and one thing I've noticed is I'll get reciprocal headlight flashes from GTVs, Spiders, Alfettas, Milanos, even vintage Mustangs and 911's...BUT, so far nothing from Stelvio or Giulia drivers, except usually a look of confusion or in a few cases a look of inflate amour propre.???
 

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I drove the Alfa yesterday up to Mt Wilson and back, part of the 800 to 1000 break-in miles that Santo and Anthony want me to put on the new engine before they check it over.
This first stop is above the Arroro Seca overlooking it's golf course. The Rose Bowl is just out of sight.

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Another shot of the car above the arroyo with the San Gabriel mountains as the backdrop.

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This is the entry to the Mt Wilson Observatory and my turn around point. Currently it's as far up Angeles Crest Hwy that anyone is allowed...rock slides and washouts caused by the recent rains.

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One of the spots I turned out on to take some pics.

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During yesterday's drive I experienced a scary moment when I pulled off onto a scenic rest stop. As I steered off the highway the clutch pedal went to the floor and stayed there as I tried to downshift. I had to force it out of gear and coast to a stop. The clutch fluid bottle was full, I couldn't see any leaks in the engine bay. After about 10 minutes waiting, the ground under the slave looked dry and the pedal had come up a bit. I pumped it 3-4 times and it felt firm again. I called AAA but the was zero phone service. So nervously I started down the hill. The clutch behaved perfectly normal all the way home. NOT fun. So on Monday I'll call the shop and see what they say.???

I've done 500 miles since getting the car back and one thing I've noticed is I'll get reciprocal headlight flashes from GTVs, Spiders, Alfettas, Milanos, even vintage Mustangs and 911's...BUT, so far nothing from Stelvio or Giulia drivers, except usually a look of confusion or in a few cases a look of inflate amour propre.???
Andy, your clutch issue sounds like an air bubble in the line. The heat and/or elevation changes effect how the clutch feels and works. Bleed the bubble out and it will probably be just fine.


I get the same lack of response from the new Giulia & Stelvio drivers. If I get response at all, it's that dull look of "Who is this idiot that thinks they know me?" Unfortunately, this new generation of Alfa owners are not brand or car enthusiasts.
 

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Recently, I took the Alfa out for another drive to break in the engine. Freeway cruise in light traffic...10 min at 3000 rpm, another 10 at 4 grand, etc. I'm at 700 miles of the 800-1000 the shop wants before re-torquing, changing oil and re-tuning.

On the way home I took an off ramp that leads down to the Huntington Library in San Marino. I found an unused gate entrance to take a few shots before heading home.

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Without a passenger side door mirror I went looking for an attachable wide angle rear view mirror.

My first attempt was on Amazon...an inexpensive "Fit System" Model #RM010. It would have been fine except the expanding clip-on "jaws" were about 3mm shy of fitting the stock Alfa mirror body.

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Next I researched facilities near me that might carry something better. All the Pep Boys, AutoZone, O'Reilly type parts stores were (somewhat predictably) a bust.

Then I found a local supplier of aftermarket Japanese "hot rod" goodies in a warehouse section of San Gabriel, JHPUSA https://jhpusa.com/. They mostly fulfill online orders but have a small walk in storefront. They had a variety of possible wide angle rear view mirrors. A fellow there named Brandon recommended a 290 mm wide BLOX "Blue Convex". We took it out of it's packaging to make sure this one would fit and it did, easily. Very tight grip on the mirror body. The "blue" hue reduces night time glare, something the Fit System mirror didn't offer...pricier but it works. On the drive home...no vibration, great visibility. I really liked it.

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An educated guess too is that the offset grips on the BLOX "jaws" make for a more secure fitment than the in-line grips of the RM010 would have.

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I took the GTV back into Santo's shop today having hit the 800-1000 mile mark. They'll re-torque the head, change out the oil and filter and do some minor re-tuning. Santo had me make out a list of things I thought might need attention after the put together...it turned out to be a short list.

Also, since the whole exhaust was toast, they'll be installing a new Alfaholics header and exhaust system.

I got an Uber ride home. Gheez, talk about Mr. Toads Wild Ride! 10X more dangerous than time trial runs. No, actually more than 10X. And the guy showed high rating when I placed the order. Whew.
 

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Last week I went for a ride in a B-17 at John Wayne Airport. The host of the visiting WWII air fleet was the Lyon Air Museum. They have a small collection of cars as well, including a beautiful TZ-2.

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Hitler rode into Paris in this beast. He liked to ride in the front passenger seat. In the B-17's bay were three 500 lb bombs, one addressed to Hitler.

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Over Long Beach Harbor with a view of the bomb sight.

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Our "ride" for the day.

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I just got the car back. It's first oil change since the engine rebuild (at 900 miles). The old exhaust was toast, so on went a new Alfaholics header and exhaust system.The old system was so blown out that it's actually a lot quieter now, but the exhaust note is spectacular. Also the front suspension bushings all around were shot. Those were rebuilt and we added adjustable upper A-arms. The car handles like it's on rails.
 

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Happy Fathers Day! I hope you got your "Alfa" Fathers Day dreams. My kids got together and bought me race tires. Nitto NT01's in 205/55 R14.
 

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The grill work I had was nicely restored by Santo and Anthony but when I brought the car in the trim hourglass shaped "blanks" that go in between the headlight rings were missing. So plastic blanks having a mesh imprint were installed. I looked all over the internet for original 1750 GTV mesh blanks. Other than the plastic type I couldn't find any.

Here's a look at the grill, not bad at all, but the lack of continuity with the plastic still kind of nagged. Also a crack had developed at the top of the blank.

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So I emailed Alfaholics hoping to purchase just the 2 stainless mesh end blanks that come with their CROO6/5 GTA style stainless mesh grill kit. The entire kit was out of budget, plus I like and wanted to maintain the 1750 look. Richard emailed back that it was possible and I had them in a few days. When they arrived they were stainless of course, but I wanted them to match the matte black consistent with the look of the rest of the 1750 grill. The lobes for the fastener screws had not been drilled and the lobes didn't quite match the fastener openings of the plastic blanks.

I centered and drilled each lobe and took time to clean up the backside mesh wherever there were "sharpies". Then I found Tortoise Industries nearby. They powder coat in volume, but agreed to prep the pieces and fold them in with a production line job of the same color. About a week later they called to say they were ready.

Here are the plastic blanks off the car.

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And here are the mesh blanks after Tortoise Industries powder coated them for me.

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Here's the new setup on the car.
 

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Are the centre grill pieces "standard"?

Just wondering
Pete
 

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Hi Pete, No, the bright-work center heart and adjacent wings are...as well as the matte black grill frame. The interior mesh within the frame was on the car when I bought it from the previous owner. That's the look I wanted to match.

I did find original looking 1750 grills, sans heart, for purchase. I think that material is an expanded sheet metal with a diamond pattern to it. My problem was I found no one had the corresponding hourglass shaped blanks.

Your project looks awesome by the way!
 

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Okay now if makes sense and yes your final grill "works" and matches nicely.

I'm missing an hour glass ... but as you demonstrate finding one that is not cracked is a challenge
Pete
 
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