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My Spider adventure in France

Hi all,
Im relatively new to this board and have spent a few weeks just browsing.

I have joined the Alfisti (can I claim that?) about a year ago when I bought a red LHD 1973 S2 Spider (1600cc). It needed a new gearbox (no reverse) and a new softtop so have just got these sorted recently (the gearbox in a garage and the top myself). Still needs a few patches of rust sorted. Have'nt had much chance of trying it out here with the weather we have had this summer as Im based in the south of Ireland. However just last week I have experienced the joy of opentop motoring when I took my Spider (and herself- must'nt forget) on the ferry to Brittany. Another plus is all the admiring looks and waves, even from the genddarmerie . Also the LHD meant that I was on the "right" side of the road for the first time.

I did have a bit of an adventure and hopefully somebody may be able to advise on a solution, later (I've moved the questions out of this section). Just as I approached the ferry (on the way out) my brakes went soft and then completely dissapeared, unless pumped . Disaster for the holiday I thought, however if I just got it over to France then I could have the AA come and bring me back (I had paid enough since the car was over 8 years old). The handbrake worked ok so I was able to manouver with low gears onto the ferry, why do those guys directing you have to stand between you and the car in front?. Anyway, the following morning I found the brakes worked again and I set off cautiously and found they failed again after about 20Km. This time I found that it was due to an overheated LHS front wheel/brake and waiting about 20 minutes sorted it out again. So I spent the rest of the holiday taking short trips and long coffee/croissant breaks (we were staying only 50Km from Roscoff).

Oh, the joys of "real" motoring, takes me back to my first car, a Renault 8, that couldn't travel more than a mile without something going wrong.

Anyway, hope you enjoy my tale.



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Great experience!Don't worry,it has happened to most,classic Alfa drivers.
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Hi and welcome to AO My 77 Spider did some fun stuff like that to me too
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