What's the (true) story?
Been a member on here for a while,watching from afar so to speak.
I have been a lover of ALFAS and in particular alfasuds. I've owned and run a few in the early 90's,my first being an early 1.2 4speed that I gave £10 for as an MOT failure. I then had a 1.5 super on a V reg and of all the suds I have had that one was the sweetest handling. It also had a peach of a twin carb motor. I eventually scraped that one for the usual body woes,but I kept that engine for my next one,another 1.5 but a series three four door.
I converted that one to Ti spec with the lights and body trim and fitted the twin carbed engine.It also had the black and green interior from the sprint fitted. I ran that one for a while.
Then I came across a 1.5 grCL with a blown/seized engine. I bought the car from a guy in surrey nr Guildford,and had it trailered home. I sourced a 1.5 bottom and used the heads off the GCL finding out the lack of oil issue was down to the N/S cam seal having let go.
I ran that car off an on for a few years picking up a 1.7ltr motor with the solid lifters from a firm in Southampton, only needing a pair of head gaskets to be truly reliable. I think I gave £250 for that engine with a bust water pump and no carbs and that was around 1996.
I continued to use it as my main ride,then eventually the second car until It ran out of tax and test in MAR 2001. I actually drove it into storage. Alas that garage was damp and the car suffered the 5 yrs it was in there.
In the meantime I acquired another 1.5 a Ti this time,literally snatching it from the jaws of the baler. I gave the yard owner £200 for it in 1999 and applied for the log book which I received.
The initial plan for this car was to use it as parts car for the GCL. It transpired the TI was in far better condition,corrosion wise than what I already had. I stripped the car once it was in storage (dry this time)and it's still there to this day only needing a pair of rear wheel arches and a repair to the rear valance.
The GCL is now in the garage at my residence.
What my question to the forum is,is this. What is and is not available for the Alfa Romeo alfasud and it's variants? Panels I know have always been hard work,trim also. But I'm more concerned with mechanical items. I've heard(and read) that certain engine parts such as bearing shell are NLA. Is this the case? What about pistons,cam belts and tensioners? How about wheel bearings F+R. Suspension bushes and spring pans and their bearings.
I'm getting to the point where I could start making a move on having a nice sud again but the parts supply issue is a real problem.