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Changed out my trans and differential gear oils ordered and used Redline 75-90w and 75-90WNS. Haven't brought it down yet cause I want to replace a bad speedo cable. Next week looks like good sunny whether to go for a ride with the misses.
 

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Pulled the transmission and starting a rebuild!

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Getting ready for autocross season with the '76 Spider. The #4 exhaust valve clearance is .002 in. too tight. I have the Wes Ingram cam chain adjuster modification so, with just one rear cam bucket to remove, I'm gonna back off the chain tension bolt, remove the cam bearing caps, lift the cam, and and see if I can get the bucket and shim out without splitting the chain and completely removing the cam. Heresy or laziness?. If this scheme doesn't work, I know how to do the procedure properly.
 

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George,

I'm Not Familiar With Wes Ingram's Cam Chain Adjuster Modification. What Is It & How Does It Work?

-John
 

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Definitely been trying to assess/recover the level of originality of my '85' series 3 Spider.
Why? Prior to '86 these cars had a couple of specificities, interior-wise, of which the most relevant is the dual pod that holds the tacho and the speedometer which was dropped from '86 onwards. Unfortunately there are a handful of smaller details that I am trying to catch up with, being the most difficult so far to get a "new" gear knob since the one my car has was obviously painted black and looks well, passable...

A list of what I have found so far:

- the framing of the heater levers. Like a series 2 but black instead of chrome;
- the ashtray. Dunno if any series 2 had one like it but from '86 onwards it became full black plastic, until then it was all metal with a chrome surrounding;
- the aforementioned gear knob which is suposed to be faux wood with white shiftting schematic but with time and wear an tear it becomes plan white... very hard to find!
- the head rests are, I believe, the same as 2 series, small and concave. They became larger and rectangular later on;
- the Hellebore steering wheel then became an all black plastic dull one;
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I took advantage of a rare nice afternoon yesterday. We had about six inches of heavy wet snow on Saturday, but it was sunny and warm on Sunday and yesterday - getting up to 65 Deg. F which dried up most of the melt water in the streets. I went for a 25 minute run with the top down at 5pm and then top up and a quick run to a store after dinner.

Back under cover in the garage today as it is 39 deg and raining all day today. Such is our variable weather. Car ran great! Was a joy to get it warmed up and out and about.

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I replaced the last piece of the 'gas smell' puzzle yesterday- the fuel filler hose and the rubber catch/drain in my S3. The hose was really stiff and a PITA to get on; I had to boil it, and even then I had to lube up the gas tank neck and the other end also with dish soap to slide it in. It worked, though! No more fuel vapors. The last rubber thing in the fuel circuit; wouldn't you know it.
 

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Yesterday was my first Alfa drive of the season. I took my car to the shop for the spring inspection. Driving a real car was so much fun! I almost forgot how good it is since the end of last season. While I was waiting for my car another customer remarked that I enjoy life. He said you can tell when someone is happy. I told him that driving my Alfa makes me happy.

All Alfa drives are good ones. There is something special about the first one each season. The last of a season is special too but sort of bittersweet.

Driving my Alfa made it a good day!
 

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Finished the new soft top install. Even with Gadwhite's most excellent instructions, a copy of the official Alfa Romeo Convertible Manual, and a high quality fabric top (with padded quarters and pre-punched rear stud holes) from Classic Alfa the process was still quite a PITA.
Had to repaint the entire frame due to excessive rust (I used POR-15 semi-gloss black top coat) and replace 5 broken studs I discovered in the water channel after removing the old top.
Once I had the front and back attached, I was unable to latch the roof. I loosened the frame bolts and lowered the frame about 1/8" and still couldn't do it.
Finally found a small note about utilizing 2 turnbuckle assemblies (to use between the top frame and door pillar) in the main shop manual (see step 6. reproduced below). Fabricated a pair from parts found at Home Depot, hooked them up, and was able to slowly winch the front bow close enough to latch the top down, but then the frame sides were too low to get the chrome edge guide screws past the trim. Loosened the frame bolts/nuts and forced it back up so I could get the edge guides installed.
It's as tight as a drum but it's done. I dread having to re-latch the roof when I let it down for the first time for more than a few minutes.
 

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Did you try using a room heater inside the car or parking the car in the sunshine to heat up the material? This causes it to stretch. You do want a nice tight fit.
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Did you try using a room heater inside the car or parking the car in the sunshine to heat up the material? This causes it to stretch. You do want a nice tight fit.
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Yes. Since I did this project over the winter (in my garage), I used a space heater to warm it up. I managed to get the air a little over 70 degrees F. That helped a bit, but latching it was still very difficult, and the top is still very tight. Hopefully when the weather improves and I can get her out in the sun it will help.
 

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We had weather that was 'just right' for the annual South shore ride today.


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Darn near cracked the oil pan open three times in fifteen minutes... gotta lift her up an inch or two... prosac just won't cut it any more...


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Was on a nice little drive today when suddenly I saw the voltage gauge had dropped from it's usual 12-13 range down to around 7-8 volts. Then the "Battery" warning light came on. Looks like I have a "remove alternator and test" project in my near future, and just when the weather had started to get nice.
 

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Was on a nice little drive today when suddenly I saw the voltage gauge had dropped from it's usual 12-13 range down to around 7-8 volts. Then the "Battery" warning light came on. Looks like I have a "remove alternator and test" project in my near future, and just when the weather had started to get nice.

I'd first check voltage across battery when running (gauge/warning light could be a gremlin in the monopod)
then wires in main block on fender for clean contact (especially green for the gauge)
maybe even pull out the regulator/brushes unit from the back of alt, and inspect those.

....before removing the alt itself.
 

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You are lucky. I drove my Spider to church on Sunday and then went for a cloudy afternoon ride. Has been gloomy here since then.

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Went and had a new key made for mine. Since I have owned the car the key was slightly twisted; it finally gave out and broke.

It was great! Walked into the local locksmith and he looked in his stock, he had several. Made the new one and I was out in five minutes for under $5.00. I expected it to be much more difficult and expensive than that.

Car is sitting outside work right now waiting for me to get off and go for a drive.

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