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Hello,
I contemplate a full repair of the three carburetors of my Alfa 2600 spider. I have no idea of how much work it represents. The first quote i got in France is close to 3 000 euros. It is very expensive. It would be very helpful to get a feeling on the fairness of that quote.
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sounds fair if done by someone who knows their solexes and knows where to get parts and the weaknesses.
3500€ for an overhaul in Germany for instance (and the old carbs need to be servicable)
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pair of overhauled 44PHH for the mercedes 190SL (some differences to the alfa 44PHH) can cost a lotta dinero;)
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lots of info here (also click on the various links within the posts)
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I had my pair fully rebuilt last year, (stripped, reanodised, all new internals) plus tuned after fitting for £450.

As above, expertise and spares are getting scarce so you do need someone who is familiar with them.
 

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Thank you both for your answers.
The cost sounds variable. But what looks clear is that skills are scarce. So, i should rephrase my topic.
Would you advise me to contact in western Europe to have my solex repaired (if allowed by the site)? Otherwise, i guess there is a personal message option on the forum to communicate names.
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I'll make a long story short. I bought the car four years ago, drove it on few occasions and had a big issue with the engine on a connecting rod. I bought it cheap from its second owner who kept it over 30 years. The garage who found the problem had the engine repair by an engine specialist. And there started the big mess. After being fully refurbished, there was still a problem on the third piston. Both garages rejected the fault on each other. Two years later, i sued everybody and ended-up having an expert advising me on what has to be done, including the full repair of my carburetors. I tell the whole story to help you understand where i stand. My confidence on garages is at the bottom. My wife wants to keep the car. The engine is on side, the rest of the car at home. I just need a trustable specialist. I am ready to pay, but the right price to the right guy. Usually, a wrong price is the sign of a lack of knowledge.
I hope it helps.
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Tristram, good luck with the project, it will be a lovely car when you have finished.

Ian Packer in the UK runs the 2600 regsiter and is very knowledgeable about these cars. I will send you a PM with his email address and I suggest you contact him for recommendations.

Whereabouts in France are you? Hopefully some distance from the flooding :yes:

Nick

EDIT: I just tried to send a PM but you have either chosen not to receive private messages or you need to make more posts first. Either way I couldn't send the message.
 

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there is an english guy who works in Germany, Bob Tyler, who gets good write ups in the classic magazines.....some of his clients (under references) are big name, like BMW classic, Porsche classic etc...I can only say that those guys use top professionals when it comes to letting anyone near their million pound classics!

Bob does mention the PHH44 as being specially complicated!

on his restoration price list he lists 2083,53 for 2 for the alfa 2600
which basically brings you back to the 3000 you were quoted!

might be worth sending him a mail and having a chat?
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