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And you're pretty close to Tracy, where Alfa Parts Exchange is located now, so you _could_ consider buying an S engine from them and installing it. You might complete the engine swap for under $2k through transport and installation bits and pieces (engine purchase, travel to/from, miscellaneous bits and hoses, oil and coolant, etc), with another few days of labor. Rent or borrow a hoist, etc. Time consuming. My son and I have been refitting his S engine into another S (purchased with a seized engine), but that process has been stalled because he's started a new job and it's been taking pretty much all of his energy to come up to speed working long summer hours.

Sean is already close to you with recent engine rebuilding experience. My son had a black '92S like yours, and I'd bought another '92S (red) for my wife. I thought they'd have sister cars, but before I got the red one's engine re-done my son's car ended up in a ditch totalled (lost while dodging road debris on a frozen winter night). His replacement car is a red '91S, so he and the wife will have more-matching colors. "Arrest Me Red" isn't quite what I'd have picked in a sane moment, but that's what they will both have. Maybe it will help them both keep their pedal feet off the floorboard, though.

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Because I put some relevant info in it, here is another post asking about engine rebuilding

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/showthread.php?t=46151

My wife's S engine, including shop fees for heads and block cleanup/check but exclusive of the hoist I bought for the job, pushed pretty close to $2k direct cost plus my time, including all the bits and pieces and cleaners and sealants and so forth. I was amazed. But I expect to have a high-quality, very long-lived engine out of the deal. That's what I _expect_.
 

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For reference, just now you might take a look at this (in your neighborhood, too):

Dorris Auto Wreckers, Inc. USA-CA(Hayward) E-mail 1-510-782-4393/1-510-782-4394 seem to have a 1993 67k mile Auto tranny engine from a 164L for $1k. You might need to swap flywheels. It's not an S, but all you need are the heads and pistons to swap. Or Remeca Auto Salvage in the Tampa, FL, area seems to have a 125k mile S engine for $500 plus shipping to you. You never know....

Just trying to help.

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You have to be aware that used car prices are driven entirely by demand. Used equipment, in the presence of new equipment that people would rather buy, depreciates to scrap value pretty fast. There is still more demand here in the States (and in NZ, too, from what I see) for Alfas than there is demand for their scrap metal. The problem is that it costs large money to ship things intact across the various Oceans. I've heard that from Europe to the US East Coast costs roughly a thousand pounds Sterling. Then for a useful vehicle you have to add up the various import requirements of external lighting changes and documentation. It rapidly gets ridiculous. But find a nice, well-sorted 1995 164Q4 and get it over here and maybe you could sell it at a profit. If I'm ever working over in Europe for long enough to make such arrangements in my off time....
 
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