Hi all, from Melbourne, Australia. ['85 33 Wagon]
So as the title states, I'm from Australia..
I'm a 22 year old guy, I am studying Audio Engineering at university in 3rd year (this semester's getting to be a bit of a drag though) and I'm also an Assistant Mechanic and Auto Electrician.
I work at a panel workshop that also rebuilds transmissions, mostly automatics, and the owner is a Mercedes wrecker. We do basically any mechanical repair as well so I've learned heaps there and every day I go to work is a learning experience. Still haven't seen an Alfa come through the doors yet. Plenty of Fords, Holdens, Peugots, Mercs, some vintage cars, some classic cars..
I picked up my 33 wagon because it was just gonna be scrapped otherwise. My best friend's mum owned it, but she already had a 90 and was buying a used (dirt cheap) Ford Taurus. Her brother was working on the 33, but unfortunately he and his wife were killed in a motorcycle accident. He was an Alfa / Ducati mechanic (not to say he didn't work on other cars/bikes). So I was half-arsedly helping out with cleaning out his garage, and someone made a comment that the 33 wagon was in the way, and then we got to talking about what to do with it, basically they wanted to scrap it, and I said that I'll take it, knowing that it needed some work. So a week later I managed to drive it up onto a trailer (on 3 cylinders).
So far, I've replaced 2 welsh plugs and some globes and done a little bit of wiring on it. Still needs a fair bit of work. I want to kit it out with all new gaskets, welsh plugs and whatever else needs doing these holidays.
The engine is a 1.5L from a Sud, apparently it was built for a racing car, and is at 1.6L.
The transmission has practically no synchromeshes left, and I double declutch everywhere just to get the gears close enough to slip in with what synchro is left.
All in all, it's the most interesting and fun car I've ever owned.
1977 Datsun 180B (manual)
1976 Datsun 180B (manual)
1985 Ford Falcon (3spd Auto)
1990 Toyota Lexcen [Holden Commodore] (Auto)
1979 TA46 JDM Toyota Celica (1.8, manual)
1984 Nissan S12 Gazelle (manual)
1985 Alfa Romeo Alfa33 SportWagon insane beast of craziness (manual of course :P)
All the Alfa experiences I've had have been great, even the bad ones. They're a car built with pure passion, they look great and go great as well. I'm afraid I'm becoming an Alfa nut.
1979 JDM TA46 Celica, 1984 Nissan Gazelle, 1985 Alfa Romeo 33 Sportwagon 4X4 1.6L