The weekend is almost upon us and I’m trying to get motivated to work on some stuff. I figure I’ll make a list to provide some accountability, so I encourage all of you to be disappointed in me when I don’t finish these.
... is smokey and unrelaible.
A bit lazy on words for now, but I will write on driving impressions soon. I’ve cleaned it up because it was unbelievably filthy (I will never ship a nice sports car on an open trailer again, unless it’s from within CA and not during winter).
On Thursday, May 24st, the Alfa club hosted a driver training/ track day at Hallett Motor Racing circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma. It was a lot of work to get my old girl there, but also a lot of fun!
So many pretty cars. My car drove home under its own power. Good day.
As the Alfa club track day swiftly approaches, the TODO list on the Alfa is getting pleasantly shorter. That said, rain is in the forecast so things might get weird.
Allegedly this is Euro spec, but I have my doubts.
In my never-ending and seemingly futile quest to shower my vehicles with love, attention, and cash, the Alfa is finally wrapping up its suspension rebuild.
I am pleased to say the final round of Alfa repairs was mostly completed on Saturday. Not only did we not lose the patient, but I finally have floorboards… and a working interior light!
It actually looks worse in photos, but holy crap the Alfa’s chassis rail looks like hot garbage!
More Alfa progress is good Alfa progress. We’ve only been working on it for three weeks, but it already feels like several months of work. Luckily, the repairs are nearing their conclusion.
Apparently my method of coping with a particularly hellish commute was a bottle of soju. Apparently my method of coping with a bottle of soju is to order $1,700 of car parts and then work on plumbing.
Suspension!? How does that work!? Ok but seriously, in the never ending parts cascade that is “Oh well while you’re in there...” the Spider is about to get a lot more parts thrown at it.
Yesterday (Saturday) I spent eight hours rolling around on a (heated!) concrete floor with a bunch of
mostly strangers people I am getting to know pretty well and bits of what used to be my car. It was a lot of fun!
I’ve never done that before. It went well! They are Cromodora Campanatura wheels, also known as “turbine” wheels, and they are probably the most unloved of the classic Alfa wheels. They are also one of my favorites.
Sunday was the first of many surgeries on my poor little Alfa. The good news is the damage doesn’t seem to be as bad as originally thought.
One of the reasons the restorer decided not to work on my Alfa was it took a piss on their floor. And by that I mean it leaked coolant on the shop floor, which apparently “didn’t bode well for the car”.
The Alfa’s fate has been a little up in the air since the major, respected restoration shop in town decided the car wasn’t worth his time. Luckily at the Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club annual planning meeting, I got two bits of good news.
It occurs to me I never posted this image. A while back I had a friend in town who is (A) an excellent photographer and (B) the only person I’ve successfully covered to driving stick. Furthermore, all the cars were running at that moment (this was days before the Disco got in a wreck and the Alfa went to try and get…
[Notice: This post contains a lot of f-bombs] I’ve posted before that my Alfa isn’t in the best condition and needs some work. The most consequential and, unfortunately, the most expensive is repairing an odd rust problem in the driver’s side rocker panel and some damage to the driver’s side chassis rail. Rust is car…