As the title suggests, I have acquired a new car. We now have 4 Alfas (Alfetta, 156, 159 ... and now a GT). I am in a certain amount of domestic trouble for this one, but I did ask for (and receive) permission before I bought it.
So what sort of 3.2 GT do you get for less than a grand? First up, it is straight, no smashes, no bodywork issues apart from a missing wing mirror:
The fact that it is strapped to a trailer is giving the game away a bit, but we'll get to that later. It has been standing for a very long time, and certainly needs a bath, but it is a 3.2:
Looks good from the front as well:
It appears to be a very rare rear engined version! On closer inspection, the boot contains two cylinder heads, the intake system, manifolds and a big plastic bucket of nuts and bolts.
As you have probably guessed by now, all of the parts in the boot belong in the front of the car:
The interior is a mess, partially stripped, but all there - including the Bose system. I have a complete tan leather interior ready to go in, so this is easily rectified.
The back story is pretty simple. As you would imagine, this had a cambelt failure and the inevitable repair bill meant that the work was never done. The car sat in a yard for several years - I've seen it (and hankered after it) for at least 18 months, and it was covered in algae at that stage. It is very low mileage - not even due its first belt on mileage.
So, the rough plan is this:
- It has been sitting for a long time with the heads off, so the bores have some light surface corrosion. I will try a fine hone on them to see if it cleans off, there is barely any wear on these, so it would be a pity to bin them. New rings, new big ends, and the bottom end should be good to go. If the corrosion is too bad, I have access to some good second hand liners and pistons.
- Having looked at the heads, they are not too bad. Some valves are clearly a bit bent, but nothing has snapped, and the bends don't look terrible. At a guess I'll need 12 valves, mostly exhaust. So clean up the heads, get some new valves, manually lap them in if only a few are needed, get a machine shop to do it if loads are needed.
- Whack the heads on, get the rest of the engine built up, and get it an MOT!
- The interior will be a straight swap out for leather, nothing too hard in there, apart from all of the disconnected wiring, I will have to work out what goes where.
The biggest problem is going to be working out what goes where. I've built engines before, but generally I have stripped them myself. This appears to be a giant jigsaw. I do have the proper V6 workshop manual, which will be helpful.