For the first time in over a year I beat the alarm clock this morning.
Sideways four times on my way to work.
Moved it from one carpark to another at lunchtime just as an excuse to drive it. Sideways twice more.
WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!
What an amazing car! Getting thoughts about finding a really good one and not buying a 156 when the insurance gets sorted out. And I'm serious!!
That Alfa engine sounds and goes a hell of a lot differently to the FIAT blocked 16v. Think I had forgotten what torque was all about, it pulls in fifth from 1000rpm. Left it in fifth almost all the way across the back roads this morning. This is quite useful, as the lamentable gearchange can be least insulted by being called "characterful". It also got its clutch pedal stuck in the floor on the way home last night, so there's a little bit of mistrust there. Hopefully shouldn't take too long to sort out - again, any suggestions please pass on.
Toad came on the test drive last week and was witness to my demonstration of how best to exit a T-junction - it happened again last night. Stopped in a garage on the way home guessing that the tyres might be a smidgen hard.
LHR - 36psi LHF - 36psi
RHR - 36psi RHF - 30psi
I took a half-educated guess and went down to 30psi all round. I had a lot more grip, the car steers straighter and doesn't lock up its RHF tyre any more (baffled by this, I thought it should have been the LHF that locked. Tyre pressures affecting corner weights?? New one on me). Again, any advice on pressures would be appreciated, I'm guessing that I could go down to 28's.
So, fun and games already. It gets its introduction to the track on Sunday, and now I can feel that I am AlfaKev again. It's curious how a great calmness came over me signing the doco, handing over the money, and finally receiving the keys to a car that I have craved for more than a decade.
G, how could you have walked away..........????