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I need an engine.

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I have a line on the 74 Spyder that I have been trying to find. However, this one is missing the cylinder head. Has the Spica in box. I've been away from Alfa's for too long. Where does one go for a new head? Or perhaps, anyone know of a shop that sell comlete rebuilt motors? I used to have everything done by Yanos down in L.A., but he seems to be gone. What am I going to pay for a motor? Ballpark?
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I highly recommend stopping by Santo's Italian Car Service, it's in Northridge. As I remember you right around in Chatsworth. Definitly stop by, or shoot him a call. Santo (818) 701-1614.

If you were to buy a used motor(not likely running) it would run you about 1000 +/-.

To rebuild a motor, (from what I hear) runs about 5,000 +/-.

p.s. these are just my estimates, I think there lower, but they might be more.
Alfa engines are exceedingly easy to rebuild and there is no way a rebuilt engine should cost $5000 unless it's being blueprinted and enhanced . . . a lot. The crankshafts are very tough and usually don't need any work. Cylinders and liners are about $375. A set of bearings and seals aren't very expensive either. If you're injection pump is unusable, then that will be an additional $700 or so.

Try looking on Ebay. There are cylinder heads advertised often. Rebuilt ones from a commercial shop usually cost about $500 with a core. At the very least you may be able to get a rebuildable core cheap.
Alfa engines

Are a dime a dozen, so to speak.

As RT suggested, search eBay for what you need. There are hundreds of Alfa parts up for auction, most of them for Spiders. I won a rebuilt 2-liter for 500 bones!

Are you gonna rebuild/replace the Spica ( or are you going to convert to carbs?

My eBay tip of the day? Use only the word alfa in your search. The only other alfas I come across are Alfa subs and Alfa motorhomes.

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Thanks guys for your help. I am going to pass on this particular 74, I just had a bad feeling about the people selling it. But since the Alfa I owned previously was a 74, I am convinced that is what I am going to get. (Or else a 75, or 76, since they don't really exist. They were just 74's sneaking in under the smog rules)
The search continues

I am not sure what you mean by the '75 & '76 models. In many people's opinion, besides the Roundtail, the '73 & '74 models are the next most sought after Spiders. They came with SS bumpers and are CA smog exempt, therefore switching to carbs would not be a problem. '75 through '82 models came with rubber bumpers and more and more smog equipment.
This is what I meant. In California, Alfa never imported a "1975" model. They just continued with the "74" and all of its exemptions. So any Alfa sold here in 1975 was really and truly a 74. The same happened in 1976. Until April of 1976 when the feds caught on and said "whoa!"
That is when I bought my first Alfa. In April of 1976 I bought a brand new spyder. But it was a 74 with no smog equipment and the "old" bumpers. So unless someone has a late 1976 (when they were federalized), any "75" or "76" is really a 74 and still valuable.
Complicated? Yea. Sorry I got so wordy. But we do agree on the value of the 73's and 74's.
The search continues....

...ex 74 Spyder
... former Swift Formula Ford
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