Alfa Romeo virgin.
I am an Alfa Romeo virgin!
I've recently purchased my first Alfa, an R. reg GTV 2ltr T Spark.
Having been a Volkswagen nut for many years and overwhelmed by their reliability, I thought I’d better try the opposite end of the scale. HeHe!
My “drinking crew” Are dyed in the wool “Alfa freak’s” but, own and show 50’s & 60’s models and treat the newer ones almost as if they are from outer space. I therefore have various questions that maybe only you Guy’s can help me with.
The first of which follows….
Should when turning the red key in the slot on the stick, that holds the round steery thing, an engine sound be heard?
Where can I purchase the milky fluid that lubricates the engine?
Is the pool of water in the passengers foot well necessary. Is it there as ballast, to help with the legendary cornering capabilities of the GTV?
Do I need to refill the mini radiator - under the board that holds the clock thingies – that supplies the above mentioned ballast water?
Other than these minor issues, I am more than happy with my purchase.
For a wagon with 132,248 miles under its radial belts, the body work is superb. The interior is still in phenomenal condition, with the leather chairs looking as if, only Fairies and Elves have ever sat in them.
All the electrics appear to work perfectly, bar, when unlocking the passenger hatch……. It relocks itself 2.5 secs later, complete with a ghostly turn of the key when it is left in the slot.
The only shabbiness’ are slightly grubby carpets and chrome flaking off the handbrake release button.
Oh, and, my own spittle sprayed on the inside of the screen when pretending to drive the beast.
A friend actually reversed his Porsche at speed past the passenger side, to give me the impression of an high speed overtaking manoeuvre.
Friends like that are a rarity.
As you can possibly tell I am fairly automotive mechanically minded, but I need a small amount of guidance.
The serious note is as follows…..
Should I have the Cylinder head of such an old engine, skimmed and refitted along with new Belts and Gaskets.
Should I purchase a Reconditioned Engine.
If the latter, where from and how much should I expect to pay?
I hope I haven’t offended anyone with my flippant approach.
I am looking forward to hearing from some real experts, that know and understand these beautiful cars.