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Ran when parked!
Surface rust only!
All original paint!
Original miles!
Rare and appreciating!
Etc.!

As a related subpart of the Giulietta purchase I recently made from Bill Gillham, I also got this Berlina. Bill and I met halfway between our respective homes, in Weed, California, Friday morning, and I towed it home behind my Exploder on a car dolly. The pics show in at Weed Airport rest area on I-5 where we transferred the car, in front of Mount Shasta. Great day, though a long one.

It's an early 1972 2000 Berlina, been sitting in Oregon for a couple years; Bill got it as part of a package deal and moved it along to me. Original engine, Spica pump, interior, etc. Not the most rust-free car I've ever owned. Amazingly, the bumpers are perfect, and all the electrics and gauges so far, other than the turn signals, seem to work.

I changed the oil and filter yesterday, put some gas and decent plugs in it, and if fired right up. It has brakes, but I need to sort the clutch hydraulics before I try to drive it. It has a Shankle Sure-Start rather than an actuator, which I've never dealt with before. So far so good.

It's a resurrection project that I'll get operable, then hope to pass along if there are any takers. Patina is big now, so are rat rods; check out any issue of Hot Rod magazine. Maybe a 24 Hours of LeMons candidate?

Andrew
 

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Yes, that was my minimal experience with Shankle Sure-Starts on a few cars I've driven. Good in concept, kinda poor in execution, and they don't hold the position that well.

I am not proposing to build a LeMons car myself; I have enough to do, and don't think I could bear to see the destruction. Several people are already hounding me to part this car out, but I'd hate to do that, and would rather see it go to someone who really wants to brush up on their sheetmetal and welding skills. Nothing's going to happen immediately though.

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I concur. If you have a decent pump, TA, and engine, and go through the setup steps, which are not that complicated, a Spica car will start hot or cold in any weather (well, I can't speak to Michigan weather), idle, pull well, and generally just be great. The only Spica car I ever had starting trouble with was my first one, a 69 Berlina, and once I learned how to set it up, and got a decent TA, I never had problems again.

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Well, yesterday and today I swapped in good clutch MC and SC, bled the clutch and brakes, put some gas in it, and drove it up and down the street. Drives not bad, although the exhaust is really rotted out.

Has 190ish compression in all four cylinders, good oil pressure, and decent water temp. All the gauges work, and even the turn signals came back to life today. This car was alleged to have sat two years, but I think it was more like five, at least. Amazing; this was true on the beater silver 1750 GTV I had recently; even after sitting 15 years it was basically all there and was driveable with a couple days' sorting. And people say Alfas aren't robust.

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Silver; grigio metallica or whatever it's called. I think it hasn't been repainted much; I think it's mostly original paint peeling off, exposing primer. Tan interior that's not great but not awful. Door panels good, headliner OK, seats average with driver's seat a bit tattered. Carpets are kinda sad. I've got a local guy already interested in it.

I think I'm smoking a mouse nest out of the exhaust. Already removed one from the glove box and another from inside the Spica air box filters.

Andrew
 
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