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This one came available here in Denver this week, and I bought it this morning. It's got a lot of original parts, and it runs pretty well. But it's going to require a lot of work.

The Good: Runs well, new brakes, wheels, & tires. Past Alfa club officer's car. He upgraded the suspension and rebuilt the engine. Lots of original parts remain. IAP headers added.

The Bad: Rust! Bad surface rust in floor pans & wheel well. Really bad panel rust in the rockers. Luckily I at least have rust repair experience. And very possibly a leaky SPICA pump (gas in oil).

















Needless to say, it's a project! :D Dickson
 

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Looks like it will make a full recovery! And thanks for all those parts I got from u and ur friend. Really needed those wiring harnesses I got from u, as well as all those other misc. Parts.
 

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Given the rust/repaint and bad Spica pump ($$$), I hope you got it priced right. If you can do the bodywork, you're probably ok. Looks like a good candidate for restoration, although I'm surprised that a Alfa Club Officer would let it go to pot so badly. What was the original color?

If you want some Spica tech material, let me know.
 

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I suspect that I got an exceptional deal on the car. I was lucky to hear about the new posting on Craigslist from a pal, and was the first to call the seller. He was kind enough to hold the car for me for a week while I was away on business last week. :cool:

I can & will do the rust repair myself. That part is a project, but is within my abilities. My hourly rate is cheap!

As for the Spica pump, we'll see. It's a 575/1 (IIRC) - supposedly the best one - so I may have it rebuilt rather than replaced with another.

I found a set of donor Webers locally, but I think I'll stick with the MFI for now.

Lots of what I'd consider doable work on this car. The original color, as far as I can see, is silver with black interior. I am tempted by BRG with Carellos and Panasports wheels, but we'll see.

The seller was a nice fellow, but an admitted non-car guy. This was his wife's car. They bought it 15 years ago from the Alfa club officer, and it's their doing that the car has been subjected to weather, etc. :eek:

In the meantime, it's an unseasonably warm, sunny day in Denver, so I'm off for a morning coffee - in the "new" '74. :D
 

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Dickson -
Good luck on the project.
In case you would like to see what that car would look like in BRG (actually Verde Inglese!), Carellos, and Panasports....
 

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I need to stop by and look at it!

John, knowing Dickson, he will want what ever SPICA material you can get for him, but he is just to proud to beg! If you want to email it to me, I can get it to him.

Chizel... we still want to see pictures when you are done!

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Gordy - Thanks for the photo. That's pure Alfa porn to me. :D

I may want to copy your car! Dickson
 

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You probably mean a T255/1 pump; that's what a 74 Spider would have come with in the first place.
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That's what I meant: 255/1.

Still a bit daunted by all of the variables involved with Spica...Facing a $1000 rebuild, why shouldn't I consider a Weber conversion? :confused:
 

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Gordy - Thanks for the photo. That's pure Alfa porn to me. :D

I may want to copy your car! Dickson
I could save you a bunch of time and $$, and just sell you mine.....;):rolleyes:
 

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Gordy - That's not a bad idea, but I must ask why you'd want to sell. Are you already a Weber guy? If so, why? Thanks
 

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Dickson -
Look at my signature block - "No Carbs" .... Herb pumped up the SPICA when Wes pumped up the top end a couple of years ago. I really don't know why anybody would spend the $ to make the change to Webers.

(Not really for sale - right now) But the Spider languishes sometimes when the Zach-auto rolls!!
 

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Not all pumps that aren't perfect need rebuilds; sometimes it's not that serious. Wes can inspect and evaluate, and fix what's needed, or buy a known-good used pump. They tend to go for a lot less. On a separate thread, I just got a 78 Spider running after 14 years, and the pump is working well, though time will be needed to see if it's leaking gas into the oil.
Spica is wonderful when right; I think far better than carbs. Smoother, better mileage, no flat spots.
Andrew
 
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