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Yes judging by your workmanship and attention to detail with your own project I thought you were joking. 101`s are perhaps even simpler than 105s but fantastic cars. We sold our 105 spider and kept the 101 in preference.
Very interested in your 105 project as I work through mine, a `74 2 litre coupe. Particularly the painting it yourself aspect.
 

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Yes if I was to purchase an Alfa Spider, I would prefer an earlier one over a 105 ... but, and this might freak you out, if I was keen on a convertible I think I'd look at a Triumph Stag and heck, maybe even and automatic one. Love the burble and good car for cruising
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Triumph Stags are a good car now that means of overcoming the engine design weakness are available, in fact most have been done. Certainly cheaper than an Alfa Spider too if a 101 or early 105. Great V8 burble to them too. I like them too and as they are a cruiser an auto version suits the car rather like a Mercedes SL.
 

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When the car was imported brake fluid was changed for the VINZ check apparently. My brake fluid tester also indicated fresh. We are replacing fluid anyway when we replace the seals in all wheel cylinders. The quantity within the system is not great so not expensive nor onerous to do.
 

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Yes if I was to purchase an Alfa Spider, I would prefer an earlier one over a 105 ... but, and this might freak you out, if I was keen on a convertible I think I'd look at a Triumph Stag and heck, maybe even and automatic one. Love the burble and good car for cruising
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Triumph Stags are a good car now that means of overcoming the engine design weakness are available, in fact most have been done. Certainly cheaper than an Alfa Spider too if a 101 or early 105. Great V8 burble to them too. I like them too and as they are a cruiser an auto version suits the car rather like a Mercedes SL.
NZ temperatures would be kind to a Stag too.
 

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What I have learnt over the last 35 years is that to rebuild a Triumph motor well you need to be very good at measuring things. I read somewhere about preparing Dolomite engines for the BTCC and they basically remachined everything and the result was a good engine. I also remember, as my father was sort of a Triumph specialist, that he had the crankshaft balanced for a Triumph 2500 when he did one rebuild, and the end result was an engine as smooth and turbine like as any BMW straight 6 ... this implies that they left the factory not well balanced, compared to our Alfas.

So if I ever did own a Stag and had any mechanical issues I would consider that an opportunity to rebuild that area properly, and be measuring/machine everything as necessary. I assume this is what has happened to Stags that have survived. Such a shame as we owned lots of 2000/2500's as family cars and they were nice cars for their day, but ...
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My Dad owned a 2500TC for several years in the 70’s. Pretty good car, a bit underpowered (it was a 4-speed with O/D) but comfortable and much better than the HQ Kingswood it replaced.
 

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I always remember our neighbour who had a brand new Stag attempted twice to take it over to the West Coast to visit their timber mill and each time he had to get towed back to Christchurch by his company mechanics and the car taken into the dealers for warranty rectification. I remember the first time it overheated, I think the second time it was a timing chain issue. He got rid of the car after it was fixed which was a huge admission of defeat for a Triumph enthusiast who had a series of Triumphs before this, the owners having as company cars the top spec Triumph 2500 saloons and he also having a GT6. Where we lived when they came out Stags were one of "the" cars to buy and be seen in.
 
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