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If you don't get the car ready for when you leave, drop me a line and I will fly down and drive it to Rotterdam or wherever you need so that you can get it shipped. Serious.
 

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If you don't get the car ready for when you leave, drop me a line and I will fly down and drive it to Rotterdam or wherever you need so that you can get it shipped. Serious.
Be careful, I may just take you up on that offer!

No idea if I'm moving back to the US or not. It is in the hands of my employer now.... Personally, we'd rather stay another year (so many cars to buy, too little time)

I'm hoping to get the car in the shop in early April and back in a month (it really not that much work).
 

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Buongiorno!

This Giulia causing old parts of my brain to re-activate. Carburetors are blowing my mind. I totally forgot about the inner workings of those things! I put the air filter back on. I lost some of the induction sound but not sucking in stuff and destroying the engine is a plus. It also improved the fuel smell.

I *think* I found the main source of the fuel smell: fuel “percolation”. I didn’t even know this was a thing.... but it totally makes sense. Heat sink from a hot engine is causing the fuel in the bowls to boil after shut off. Apparently in some cars, it is sometimes bad enough to literally boil out of the bowls onto the hot engine.

Apparently solex carbs are a bit more prone to this??? Especially in the USA with Ethanol in the fuel since it lowers the boiling point even more? Something to look forward to when I bring the car home.

Sunday evening I took the car out for a drive (we’ve been away the last few weekends). Drove it pretty aggressively (that was fun!) and probably didn’t really let the engine cool down enough before parking in garage. Later on the garage smelled awful. No fuel anywhere, outside of the carbs felt dry. Seems to fit the description, hot engine boiled the fuel out of the bowls and filled the garage with vapor. Is this a thing? Or just more internet BS?

Next time I’ll drive or calmly for the last few miles.
 

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I *think* I found the main source of the fuel smell: fuel “percolation”. I didn’t even know this was a thing.... but it totally makes sense. Heat sink from a hot engine is causing the fuel in the bowls to boil after shut off. Apparently in some cars, it is sometimes bad enough to literally boil out of the bowls onto the hot engine.

Unlikely, especially in Italy in the winter time. Instead it sounds like you have a leak somewhere or something internal in the carbs. Bad needle and seat, float levels, banjo fittings, etc, etc. . . . Take it to your friends and let them look at the carbs. Probably an adjustment, minor repair will solve the problem. Keep in mind that Alfas have their carbs on the cool side of the engine. There's just not much heat over there.
 

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A good point about “cool” side of the engine, i was not reading about the nord engine specifically but solex carbs in general when the topic came up.

That’s why I asked, if it was a “thing” on Giulias or not. Thanks. If it’s not that then your right, there’s a bunch of other stuff that could cause it.

Honestly, fuel consumption “seems” high but I haven’t done a full tank yet so I haven’t calculated it out. That would line up with them needing adjustments.

As I said it’s been close to 25 years since I’ve had a car with carbs!

(Btw, it’s actually been unusually warm recently... 65 degrees when I was out in the car the other evening.)
 

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Quick update.

Had the local guys replace both rear floorpans and touch up some of the dodgy body work from the PO. Car looks great. Going back in for Solex maintenance and suspension bushings all before going on the boat to USA in late July! Downside is not enough time to drive it.
 

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I have a twin 1973 1300 Super and also purchased in Italy in summer 2001. Mine has Solexs and has run well so I would not worry about them. A bit of fuel/oil smell almost standard with vintage machines, especially if driven and used. As an area Alfa racer told me, if the Solexs start and run well don't touch them. So, I would spend money is other areas, suspension being a priority. BTW, I upped the 1300 to a 1400 and Super drives much closer to a 1750.
 

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I have a twin 1973 1300 Super and also purchased in Italy in summer 2001. Mine has Solexs and has run well so I would not worry about them. A bit of fuel/oil smell almost standard with vintage machines, especially if driven and used. As an area Alfa racer told me, if the Solexs start and run well don't touch them. So, I would spend money is other areas, suspension being a priority. BTW, I upped the 1300 to a 1400 and Super drives much closer to a 1750.
Unfortunately my Solexes need actual work. They are weeping a bit and consuming A LOT of benzina. My mechanics have a guy that is a Solex specialist and is going to set them up properly.... I hope.

your car looks similar to mine - but it has headrests on the seats
 

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Instead of another thread....

.... whats the best way to figure out date of manufacture? AR*3333307 1973 Giulia Super 1.3

The Alfa museum now charges 30 euros for this! (70 euros for a printed "certificate"). It used to be free.
 

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Just to follow up, I’ve been one the road for the better part of the last month. Finally carbs came back from solex specialist. All I can say is “wow”. The transformation of the car is remarkable. I paid a pretty penny for the rebuild but I’m very happy with the results.

Apparently they were a total mess and needed a full tear down. Everything is improved: consumption, power, drive ability, sound. Starts on first crank. Only thing is that it was 40 degrees (over 100 F) they day of install/tune. I assume they will need a bit of adjustment later as it cools down?

Suspension is now low priority for now. I can do it back in the USA. The boys and I need winter projects back in the USA.

Immediate priority is Clutch or throw-out bearing. Super noisy in reverse, fades away when warms up. There is small weep in clutch master cylinder too - but that is separate. I speak Italian reasonably well not not car terminology. I think he was thinking the noise is the bearing since it goes away once the car warms up.

He's going to play with that next week while I go on holiday in Puglia. Sad news is my time here it up. I move back to USA on 31 July. Car gets shipped 19 July

Below are some pictures of the company at the mechanic. I love that Fiat 1100D! If you look closely behind the red autobianchi is a Sprint shell that just got dropped of from the paint shop. The Gray Nuova Super belongs to the owner of the shop.

Last picture is us out playing with our toys, the Giulia for me, and the scratch built RC Spitfire for my older son
 

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Updates. It’s been a busy summer!

Drove the car to Vicenza in late July for shipping to the USA. Car handled the (2 hour all highway) drive well, other than the high revs on the highway....It still has the rear end from the 1.3

Finally arrive at the port of Baltimore on 26. August and delivered to my house last week. Now the fun of getting a Pennsylvania title begins!

Some pix:
1. Last drive from the house in Milan
2. Stopping by Villa Rotunda (Palladio and Alfa's make a good photo op)
3. 3500 rpm at 110 kph indicated (about 100 kph actual)
4. Delivered!

(yes I know the grille is missing one of the chrome bars - Luckily I have it and just need to re-install)
 

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I have a twin 1973 1300 Super and also purchased in Italy in summer 2001. Mine has Solexs and has run well so I would not worry about them. A bit of fuel/oil smell almost standard with vintage machines, especially if driven and used. As an area Alfa racer told me, if the Solexs start and run well don't touch them. So, I would spend money is other areas, suspension being a priority. BTW, I upped the 1300 to a 1400 and Super drives much closer to a 1750.
Summer 2001 ? shipped to Durham from Milano by any chance ? 2 Giulias and 1 Fiat 600 ? wonder if it is you ...who bought from me ? ( I might be mistaking ..unless your name's D.L. ? ) :)
 

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Instead of another thread....

.... whats the best way to figure out date of manufacture? AR*3333307 1973 Giulia Super 1.3

The Alfa museum now charges 30 euros for this! (70 euros for a printed "certificate"). It used to be free.
Didn't see any updates on the build date for your Giulia. I can't point you to a free way to get the date and you have more 3's than me, but I have AR*3335292 built on December 24, 1973. I got that info back in 2011 when it was a free service. I have always wondered how close mine was to the last produced in 1973. I asked Marco Fazio of the Alfa museum this, but he said there are just paper records referenced by the chassis number and the numbers often don't chronologically follow the build date so the mystery remains.

Beautiful shade of blue on your Giulia Super.

-Gary
 

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Didn't see any updates on the build date for your Giulia. I can't point you to a free way to get the date and you have more 3's than me, but I have AR*3335292 built on December 24, 1973. I got that info back in 2011 when it was a free service. I have always wondered how close mine was to the last produced in 1973. I asked Marco Fazio of the Alfa museum this, but he said there are just paper records referenced by the chassis number and the numbers often don't chronologically follow the build date so the mystery remains.

Beautiful shade of blue on your Giulia Super.

-Gary
Thanks for that datapoint, it is interesting - our cars are only 1985 cars apart. I have the original "libretto" in front of me, there is no date of construction but the original registration is 11/26/1973. That means mine was built and sold almost immediately... not knowing the production numbers by day makes it hard to discern. I guess I'll pay the 30 bucks :laugh2:
 
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