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I made an appointment at Nasco Imports in Portland for Monday- time to rebuild this engine!
 

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I washed up the 91 Spider and the new Giulia for the local Italian Heritage Festival on Sunday. Taking both for the little Italian Car Show. Hopefully the weather is good!
 

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Met Greg from Las Vegas. He was nice enough to bring a body part for my 77 all the way out here to Ventura.

Great guy, enjoyed meeting him and talking about Alfas. He has a 74 he is restoring that sounds like it is going to be great.

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^^^^+1 on that^^^^ Greg is an awesome guy ; loves his cars!! That 74 is going to be sweet!!!
 

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I think that springs are next on my list. What did you get, and why?

I have poly bushings and Koni Reds all around. I'll be getting a rebuilt steering idler box this week- just enough play in it now that it can't be properly aligned.

I'm lucky with my dash- never had a crack. I've used Zymol Vinyl on all my vinyl and I swear by it. I think the trick is to never use silicone based products. They make everything look shiny, but they pull the moisture out.

Another reason I use Zymol products? They smell so good! :grin2:

Gotta cook up some pasta for tomorrow to check my handling! >:)
I know this post is over a year old, but it's a persistent myth that just needs to be corrected (all due respect to rcmanners). A quick lookup of the Zymol MSDS documention on their vinyl products shows the presence of polysiloxanes in both available products. Which means, yes, Zymol Vinyl does indeed contain silicone. Silicone is not the problem with products used on interior plastics and vinyls. Silicone (an incredibly broad term, by the way) is a group of inert ingredients that are usually added to a product to either modify the characteristics of another ingredient, or to aid in application (spreading) or wipe off of the product. They can increase gloss, but they don't have to. They can make a product greasy and slimy, but they don't have to. It all depends on which silicones the manufacture chooses, and how much they use. And, technically, there is no such thing as a "silicone based" product when discussing automotive vinyl, rubber or tire care products. They are all either water based or solvent based. Either can, and usually do, contain some sort of silicone but they don't have to. Interestingly, in my search for the MSDS documentation on this product I came across a discussion on a Porsche forum about the horrors of silicones on German vinyl. One of the highly recommended products was Meguiar's M40 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/Conditioner. It was praised for it's low sheen, non greasy or slippery feel and was recommended for interior use on delicate German vinyl where, according to the author, silicone is a HUGE no-no. Well, I happen to work for Meguiar's; my title is Senior Global Product & Training Specialist. And I'm here to tell you that our M40 contains silicone. Yet, the author of that article condemned any product with silicone as being verboten on German vinyl due to it's unique nature (another point I'll argue, but that's for another discussion). Even so, he highly recommended Meguiar's M40. With silicone. Hmmmmm.......

I've had similar discussions with a gentleman who praised a certain "boutique brand" water based dressing, claiming to have used it monthly for nearly a decade on his car (which is German made, come to think of it), and used that anecdote as supposed proof that water based is superior to silicone based. Which, as I've already mentioned, is a misnomer and totally inaccurate. His product of choice, according to the MSDS, contained more silicone than even Meguiar's Natural Shine (a consumer line derivative of our M40) and yet it caused zero issues on his car with repeated use over many years. In fact, he claimed his interior looked "as good as new". When I pointed out that his first hand experience proved my point that silicone is not the horror show so many believe it to be, he never returned to the discussion.

Now, this certainly does not imply that there is anything at all wrong with the Zymol product that rcmanners seems to be so fond of. If he's used it for an extended period of time and really likes it - how it applies, durability, final appearance, aroma, etc - then I say great, stick with it!! You've found a product that works well and that you enjoy using. That means you'll use it regularly and keep the interior of your car looking good for a long, long time. I wish more people would do that, regardless the car(s) they own.

Oh, and to keep in the spirit of this thread - today I replaced the rubber weatherstripping on the trunk of my '74 Spider.
 

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Today I'll hug my Alfa and leave it in the garage as the daily does errands. There is something about Friday rush hour traffic that makes me very protective of my Alfa. Tomorrow we hit the road!
 

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Finally got my new Sony stereo working. It is the highest output of any stereo on the market without an exterior amp. Took a drive to Santa Barbara to test it and promptly blew out my speakers. They were at least ten years old and god only knows the last time they were hooked up to a stereo. So today went and bought new Sony speakers; 6 1/2" for the front and 6x9's for the package shelf. I'll be installing them this weekend along with trying to figure out why my turn signals quit working.

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Yesterday had the headers on my '89 Spider Veloce wrapped with Titanium wrap so today ran errands to burn off the smell. Beautiful sunny, hot day here in northern Tennessee (Clarksville) so with top down (how else) took the long way between errands. Disappointed when the trip was over.
Sooooo much fun!!! :smile2:

But, now back to reality:frown2:

Alfa onward. Tony
 

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While the car is out for paint, I have been taking the opportunity to fix up some things that need attention. I made some new isolators for the fuel lines from some 1/2 inch neoprene. I also finished up the clean-up and painting of the fuel tank.





 

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Drove to Vancouver BC. 300+ miles. Spider ran awesome. New cams, head work recently. Pulled strong thru all gears. Heavy traffic coming into BC and the long wait at the border. Not sure how I always pick the slow lane. Do some sightseeing tomorrow and attend Italian/ French car show on Sunday. New tires great in dry or rain. Really like the wheel change and the induction change. Not a tire spinner, but sounds and goes better than before.
Cheers, Jon
 

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Drove to Vancouver BC. 300+ miles. Spider ran awesome. New cams, head work recently. Pulled strong thru all gears. Heavy traffic coming into BC and the long wait at the border. Not sure how I always pick the slow lane. Do some sightseeing tomorrow and attend Italian/ French car show on Sunday. New tires great in dry or rain. Really like the wheel change and the induction change. Not a tire spinner, but sounds and goes better than before.
Cheers, Jon
Your Spider is beautiful Jon!
 

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Tires are Eagle RS-A 195/60/15
Thanks Edward!!! Nice to behind the wheel again. Been over a year..
Cheers, Jon
 

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Stout work, John! Your engine bay looks perfect. All the work has paid off! I'm glad she ran strong the whole trip :smile2:
 

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Yes ran in the high 70 mph to low 80. We are doing an Italian/French car show Sunday. Located on the bay entrance to Vancouver. Every Italian and French marque invited. Happens every Fathers Day. I'll post photos tomorrow.
Cheers, Jon
 
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Finished the weekend by driving back from Vancouver BC. 600+ miles without a problem. Yep picked the wrong line at customs. Info sign showed 20 minute wait which was over an hour. Then managed to hit heavy traffic from Bellvue to Tacoma. The usual 6 hour trip ended up over 8 hours. Spider preformed marvelously. I held steady speeds between 75-80 when not in traffic. There was a lot more in reserve that I could have used but I decided I was ok with it.
I posted some photos of the italian/French show in the "events section".
Cheers, Jon
 
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Just another tour in the South of Sweden, just the sheer joy of driving. Mine has now more than 256000 miles in my hands since 1970. Still as thrilled. :wink2:
 

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