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Hi Guys,

Found this Alfa out the front of my girl friends place the other morning. Is it a GTC or just some really bad hack job? Sorry for the poor pic quality, taken on my phone.

Also, and more importantly for my 2000 GTV baby, how easy is it to rebuild Delorto carburettors? i.e. buying the kit from my local friendly Alfa specialist. I've got basic tools, ignition timer and an airflow meter for balancing the carbs. Do I need any electric powered tools (e.g. air compressor, drill), vice anything tricky apart from std screwdrivers, spanners & sockets? I've looked at my Dellorto book and the procedure looks fine. I'm pretty mechanically competent (grew up on farm fixing tractors etc) but haven't touched carbs apart from small motor bike ones before.

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Tom
 

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That's a hack job of a GTV 2000, it's definitely not a GTC. The GTC was only produced in '65 and '66 (I think), and from what I know was a fill-in model until the arrival of the Duetto spider.

There's a similar car for sale in Australia at the moment, but I can't imagine any Alfisti going near it. As a hack job, it's now neither a GTC nor an original GTV, so by cutting the roof off I think the owner kissed goodbye to most of the car's value.

You'd have to wonder how well engineered it was. Without the structural support of the roof I imagine the thing would flex like a Russian gymnast!
 

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God **** - that's not only a hack job, its a heluva bad top too.

Re carbs - the number one rule should be to be meticullous. Get yourself some plastic money bags from the bank, some labels and a good diagram of the carbs. As you dismantle them, place parts in the bags after cleaning labelling them in accordance with the keyed numbers on the diagram.

Dont force, scratch or bend anything and at the very least try and get the main components cleaned and bathed proffesionally.

And dont let your kids near them.
 

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I've seen this one in the flesh, I'm afraid. The phone-camera pictures are quite adequate to convey the rather awkward proportions.
(I hesitate to be rude about anyone else's car, for fear of seeing a picture of my own car here with comments about rusty doors, dull paintwork, non-original wheels, and a plethora of other sins; or worse, seeing Akitaman commencing a restoration on a car that's in significantly better condition than mine!)
Angus.

Crikey, two posts in one night. I'll be in double figures soon.
 

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I never thought I'd ever cringe at the site of a 105...
That car looks awful!

My thoughts on the whole concept of hack jobs aside; if they had designed the top better to more accurately resemble the original lines of the roof and rear screen (as per GTC) it would probably look okay. But that particular (particularly bad) top just throws the proportions of the whole car out of whack. Subsquently... YUK!

There is a guy here in Brisbane who has done the same to a Datsun 240Z. I see it driving around my area occasionally. The 240Z is one of my favourite classics, but minus a roof it just doesn't look at all attractive.

Oh well, each to his own idiocy.

-Col-
 

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yuck that top looks bad! They did not even try to replicate a GTC.....may be designed with high hat wearers in the back seat in mind;)
 

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I never thought I`d say this about any Alfa -but that car is a wart on the bum-spectacularly ugly and unsympathetic to a car with normally beautiful lines.
Can`t you do the car a favour and set fire to it.

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Back to the carbs: Dellortos are pretty easy to rebuild. Don't take the butterflies/shafts out unless you are a pro...

Disassemble, carb cleaner, compressed air, boiling water poured through the bodies, more compressed air. All on a clean bench. Make sure the floats bodies are in line with eachother set up at the right hieght.

Two tricky bits are: Aussie DO's on later cars have a very fine thread on the idle screw which used to sieze up. There was a special AR kit to fix it, but you may have to find a carb specialist if you can't get them out.

And: The pivot from the accellerator pump wears out and the pumps do not deliver the correct amount of squirt, causing hesitation in older cars. You can fix it with new larger pins, but requires the delivery rate to be set up again. Once again, there was an AR kit to do this properly.

If there is basically nothing wrong with the carbs and they just require a clean, go for it. But some repairs can get a bit tricky on older less cared for cars, so be prepared to send them to a specialist.
 

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WOW!! Now there's something you don't see every day! OK so giving the benefit of the doubt, maybe the guy is 6'9" and the only way he can drive the car is sitting in the back seat, but then there was a headroom problem?

Or pehaps they cut the top off to install a massive roll cage and it came out a bit larger than expected?

Or when they were installing the roll cage somebody stole the roof that was leaning up out back of the garage?

Or maybe it was parked on the street and an anvil fell out of a 6th floor window and destroyed the roof of the car and the insurance co. wanted to total it and this was the only way to save the car?

There's got to be story behind this one...... Steve
 

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Or maybe they were trapped at the top of a snowy covered hill, and didn't have a toboggan, but did have a hacksaw and the nicely rounded roof of a 105.

Or perhaps they backed out of the garage without looking and the roller door was only half-way up.

Or, they didn't have enough money to get out of a car park and decided to drive through the boom gate, not realising that particularly unique boom gate was made of rail-track iron.

Or maybe someone vandalised it...
Someone with no idea of the aesthetic.
Someone with no appreciation of the value of originality in a classic car.
Someone with no taste what-so-ever took to it with an angle grinder and threw the roof in the bin.

Oh wait, I think I solved it:D

Sorry Tom, I know nothing about re-building carbs. So all my input is going to have to be paying out on the GT-Crud.
 

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Since this thread seems to be more about the GTV convertable, I will add my bit: While I don't totally disagree with doing it, as Alfa did it themselves, the execution of that soft top is plainly disgraceful! Surely it could not be that difficult in the grand scheme of things to get the frame layout and design of an original GTC to at least try to replicate the roof line!
 
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