Here is the full story of “The Alfa from Colorado Springs.”

I decided it was time for a new project car. Found this 85 gtv-6 listed at $750. I emailed the seller and got the price to $400 and included a 3.0L engine from a 164, and 12 extra wheels.

I left Denver for Colorado Springs at 12:30 to get the car. I had Denver follow me in his ranger for the wheels. Got to the seller’s lot just before 2pm. He helped me load the engine, wheels, and finally the car on the trailer. Got a bill of sale signed and handed over 8 fresh $50 bills.

We got gas in Colorado Springs and got back on the highway about 4:30. Completely uneventful trip until about 5:30 on I-25 around the Denver Tech Center area. I was in the right-middle lane of the 4 lane highway, car’s on both sides, and a black jeep liberty in front of me. About 1/3 before the DTC traffic piling up she slammed on her brakes from about 75 and got to about 5 mph, still 1/3 of a mile from the next car. I was following about 5 seconds behind her, doing 70 in the 75 zone. Because I had the trailer with “The Alfa” on it, I wasn’t able to stop nearly as fast as she was. I rear ended her going about 20 as she was going about 5.

Thankfully there was a cop a few cars back so we didn’t have to wait long. She ran our info and let the other woman go, and I got a careless driving ticket. I got going and got off at the next exit. As we were heading to the next exit Denver noticed sparks from under my trailer.

We got off and in to a parking lot. The accident damaged the front of my truck, but no mechanical damage. The rear wasn’t so lucky. When the truck stopped, the trailer kept coming. It ended up bending the frame about 1” near the back of the truck. As a result the hitch was dragging and that meant I wasn’t going anywhere. I adjusted the car to sit further back to reduce tongue weight. Got it high enough and we were off. Until the odd clicking noise when starting to roll. Turns out that the bend frame pulled the axle, which pulled the drive shaft about 1” out of the transfer case and was leaking gear oil. I’m not going anywhere. After about an hour and a half and several phone calls, we have Nibbles coming with his truck, Denver going to get a brake controller for Nibbles’ truck, and my getting the trailer and truck ready for towing. Nibbles get’s there as I call AAA to get my truck towed. Nibbles then left to go get some wire to finish the install, as Denver had to leave us. While Nibbles was getting the wire my tow truck showed up about 10:30 and tells me either I get in and go now, or he’ll unload my truck and leave. So I leave a note for nibbles and go with him.

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I called nibbles when I got home about 11:15, and he estimates about 45 minutes to get the brake controller in. Then he and his wife get my trailer on their truck and start heading my way. They got there about 12:20 and we get the trailer off and the wheels from his truck in to mine. They left about 12:30.

What should’ve been a simple 4-5 hour job turned in to a 12 hour nightmare. HUGE shutout to nibbles for saving my ass. The plan is to restore “The Alfa” to it’s former glory. Now enjoy some photos of my new project car, dubbed my OPPO, “The Alfa from Colorado Springs.”

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