Alfa on the Loose
Our Alfa is now sold!
Feb 19, 2007 update to the Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV project car
We’re starting the rejuvenation of our Alfa’s suspension this week. We’ve got parts sourced from Vick Auto and International Auto Parts to make the suspension look and perform better than new.
With the arms, springs and shocks out, we’ve got to decide whether we are pulling the entire rear. We will, so we can freshen the LSD and repace the trunion bushings.
We went on to completely disassemble the rear suspension to its basic parts. We spent several hours scrubbing the axle assembly before unbolting the axles from the aluminum differential carrier. The differential is now out and the factory limited slip will be shimmed back to spec. Some paint and fresh bushings will be added to the mix to complete the rear’s rejuvenation.
We spent about an hour working on our limited slip differential at RML Automotive and we improved the “action” of the unit from just about nonexistant to having about 100 ft.-lbs. of breakaway force. We did this all for a whopping $2.
The trick was using a flywheel shim for an aircooled VW. We purchased several of these $2 shims in varying thicknesses and put them between two of the cross plates. We settled on a .36mm shim that gave us quite a bit of locking action. The friction plates looked fine, they just needed more pressure to work correctly.
Next up, we’ll be reassembling the entire rear end and then we’ll get started on the front.
The rear axle of the Alfa went back in, hanging from refurbished control arms from International Auto Parts and bushings from Vick Auto. With the springs, shocks and axle shafts in, we can move on to the front.
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Our Alfa is now sold!
The Alfa is back on the road after some work in the garage.
We get the Alfa running again, after a bunch of upgrades.
Progress continues on the Alfa Romeo.
The Alfa's head (and exhaust manifold) get ported in our garage.
Walt Pietrowicz takes some great photos, and he got some of our Alfa at VIR.
While our Alfa Romeo is up on jackstands for engine work, we figure it's a good time to upgrade the transmission mounts.
The head comes off the Alfa as we fix some leaks and take care of a few issues.
We had a lot of fun with our Alfa out at VIR at the 2007 Gold Cup Historic Races. The folks at VIR were kind enough to let our “street car with a roll bar” run in Race Group B with under 2.0-liter cars, instead of the 2.0- to 2.5-liter cars in Group A. That took some pressure off our first track outing in a still-fresh car.
With our trip to VIR rapidly approaching and the temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s, we decided to try a new Griffin radiator in our Alfa.
Our preparations for the Gold Cup continue with time on the dyno and brake work.
Porterfield Brakes R4 pads go on the Alfa.
Our GTV climbs on a mobile dyno at The Mitty.
The GTV gets meatballed.
We wrap up the suspension rebuild and get the Alfa back on the ground
We declunk, degunk and rebuild the 2000 GTV's front suspension.
We start rebulding the Alfa's suspension, starting at the rear
We fabricate a cover for the Alfa's fuel cell.
We do some work on the GTV's interior.
We tackle a lot of projects inside and out of the Alfa.
We tear into the Alfa's wiring.
We're stuck on stickers.
Our 2000 GTV hits the road, briefly.
We get closer to a running GTV.
Our Webers are here! Our Webers are here!
We install our GTS Classic seats in the GTV.
We install our fuel cell and get ready to start the Alfa.
We fit our superlight Superlite wheels--Minilite copies.
Fixing dashboard cracks on the cheap.
While we wait for our carbs to come back, we get ready with fire and fuel.
We're fixing a dent.
We fit the AlfaBB exhaust to our GTV.
The GTV is fitted with all-new stainless steel brake lines.
We get a grille. Bling.
The Alfa's engine goes back in.
The engine makes it onto the hoist. Next stop--back in the car.
Our Webers ship out to get shaped up.
Our GTV engine gets new cams.
The cylinder head goes on.
We get the GTV's short block together.
Our GTV engine makes a trip to the machine shop.
And now for something fun--putting an Autopower roll bar in the GTV.
We start putting the GTV back together again.
We dig into the Alfa engine. It's not pretty.
We clean and paint under the hood, and take care of some other issues.
We pull the Alfa's head and take a peek inside. Is that a milkshake?
A mess-fest of undercoating the GTV.
We've got some sweet parts on the way, but while we wait, we get to work cleaning and painting.
Our scruffy Alfa engine comes out so we can give it some love.
Who knew door seals could be so difficult?
Replacing the windshield on an Alfa GTV can be tricky, but we figured it out.
We take on some painting chores. Le Mans Blue goodness.
Shining up old aluminum trim after years of neglect isn't that hard.
Our sponsor, International Auto Parts, sends us a big box of goodies so we can replace our headliner.
A sunny spring Saturday morning is perfect for digging into Alfa bits.
With organization complete, we dig into our Alfa GTV for the first time.
Before digging in, we get organized and figure out what we'll need for our GTV.
We go up to Connecticut and pick up our Alfa. The things we'll do for a cool car!
We get a parts car for our Alfa... before we even get the Alfa in our garage.
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