AO Lurker Finally Breaks Cover
So, having been a lurker on this site for some years and after actually getting around to registering three years ago, it's come to this...my first ever post.
First off, thanks to the Administrators and Inmates for a great forum with some really useful information - over the years I've picked up all sorts of gems about cambelt life expectancies, variolators, petulant power hoods, suspension rebushing and my latest hobby, stainless exhausts. God bless you one and all.
Now it's payback time...brace yourself for 20 years of pent-up, blood-red closet Alfistiness to be deluged upon you all...I feel an interview coming on:-
AO: Why Alfas?
The Vicar: Tom Delaney gave me a cheque for £19k in 1990 and said: 'Go buy yourself a company car'. At the time, my brother Si was working for the JeepDaihatsuAlfaBenelli importers in Dover and let me drive his 75. Once I'd staunched the blood pouring from the razor cut left by the crazy handbrake lever, I was hooked. I'd been used to a string of company Golf GTis but these Alfas had soul. I spent the cheque on an ex-demonstrator 164TS (Pavarotti, G222PAV where are you now?) - a great leviathon of a car that was agile and perky with a beautiful rasping exhaust note and sooo pretty - 25k miles in a year with only one major fire (mis-wired alarm)! Driving to work in NW1 took me through Primrose Hill and past a cute kam-tailed Spider in pinky-red. I wanted one badly and bought the most rotten '72 I could find; I enrolled in a welding course that summer. 18 months of great topless time rolled by - the 164 was repossessed but the Spider took me (with failed MoT, I'm ashamed to add) to the 105 Series' 25th Anniversary Meeting at Stamford Hall. Belissima! She then clogged up my garages through two house moves and up to Cheshire (Big Up to Mangoletsi's and the AROC club up in that pub near Joderal Bank) - I sold the spider for less than the value of her beautiful, wood and alloy steering wheel to a wildman who hopefully rebuilt her properly (FPN408L?)? Time for another company car...ten years on but the budget was the same! This time £19k bought me a 6 month old ex-demo black GTV 3.0V6 (LBU???T) with knackered rear shocks and a dodgy accellerator potientiometer - an awesome car with the best looking, sweetest sounding V6 on the planet - best moment was waving gracefully into my rear-view mirror at a rapidly dissapearing Lotus Carlton, who'd been pursuing me deeply into three figures (I was young and foolish, then - and on an autobahn, Officer) when his engine let go in a blue-grey mushroom ball of smoke. Alfas unreliable? Only the buttons, not the mechanicals.
Self-employment beconned and I had to have something to impress the clients...enter my '72 Spider reincarnated. The TS felt better balanced and I'd had my fill of V6 front-tyre shredding accelleration so a 2.0 Lusso it was (and still is). I've done what work I could on it and the rest has been up to AlfaShop in Norwich (cambelts, bushes - original not Powerflex since my partial laminectomy in '95!) and now a lovely Cybox S/S cat-back that I fitted this weekend. My next sermon is going to cover this latest addition, once the startled grin has left my chops at the boost in performance it's given the Spider.
In nomine patri etc.
Last edited by The Vicar; 11-02-10 at 14:01.
Reason: Ha! Remembered some old registration numbers!