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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yas.SYC4S wrote:
Chris, the alfaholic build is insane... great video with mr Harris showing the Alfa's potential. Yes.. the dreaded rust is the big killer for these cars and the cost of body work repair is eye watering. I am in the same position, happy to tinker with mechanics but no skills or idea about bodywork.

Look forward to hear/see more of your Alfa project. Would be great to see her in person. Planning any drives out this spring/summer?


Yes hoping to get to a few events and shows. Carbs need sorting and a rolling road check first plus I saw a few bits needing attention underneath for touching up first.
170 quid insurance and no road tax is kinda nice too!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:28 am    Post subject: Update Reply with quote

For anyone interested and not upset by Alfa breakdowns lol.
Shortly after doing my first couple of longer runs the engine made a harsh noise and went onto 3 cylinders. Turns out a valve or valve stem seal failed, and mashed one of the pistons and alloy head up. Big time!

So the engine was removed and stripped and I'm currently having a slightly tweaked 2 litre fast road build done. The classic dealer I bought it from has been great and has agreed to cover costs of a standard rebuild leaving me to put a bit more in and get a better outcome to the sad story.
Fingers crossed I might be back in the road this year!

Rebuild with higher compression pistons and higher lift cams inc Labour to fit is about £6k so it's a decent hit but cheaper than a 911 perhaps Smile
While it's in bits I've stripped the underside to bare metal nearly and rustproofed, put new brakes in, relocated brake lines, had the gearbox oil leaks fixed with a total strip (£322) , overhauled the carbs, rewired headlights, replaced a worn door hinge and a dozen other minor jobs.

I missed the alfaholics track day because of this but luckily blagged a track ride with Andrew Banks in one of their famous cars that Chris Harris raves about, which gave me a push to not give in Smile
Onwards and upwards!
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