Thanks for all your welcome messages.
Last time my Alfa was on the road was 6 years ago. Out for the first time in 3 years, she was running beautifully. I was relishing the singing twin cams tones, reveling in her ability to entertain at much lower speeds that modern cars. Roof down, sun shining, what a day.
3 miles from home, a load knocking noise started to emminate from the bottom end...big ends due to oil starvation after a long period sitting around? I nursed her home and she hasn't run since.......until.......
My 15 year old son, Harvey, an old mate Douglas (previously owned 1972 2000 Berlinetta saloon) and I managed to fire up Spider on Friday. Easy start and and jump leads attached to my wife's Fiat 500 (new shape). A burst hose deposited fuel all over the garage floor! Fuel hose repaired, she burst into life, again. Warmed for 10 minutes or so, the engine is very tappety, but the big end knocking seems to have disappeared. I cannot run the engine under load at the moment, as there is no fluid in the clutch reservoir? Any ideas about the lack of banging?
The car is now washed to expose badly faded Rosso red paint; there are a couple of small rust holes visible on the N/S front sill, rips in the hood, mice had made them selves at home under the bonnet and in the interior. (the car was in a friends barn on his farm for 4 years)
She looks very unloved, but, as the second owner painted every piece of metal not in view with green metallic hammerite, and the engine, over the years has deposited a thick film of oil all over the floor pan, she seems to have avoided any serious tin worm issues.
Photos to follow.
Where do I start with my restoration? I want to work on the car with Harvey, so I would like to do as much work as possible from home, shipping out parts that we cannot repair ourselves off to the experts.
I'll get the clutch working first, and then.........
If I was to write a diary, where should I begin my post?