Sunday, August 28, 2011

Las Vegas Trip -- Imperial Palace Collection

While others were lounging in the cabana at the Harrah's pool, I went next door to the Imperial Palace Auto Collection.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

August Visit to Rancho Santa Fe Car Club Meet

It was a beautiful day for morning drive.  Went down to the Saturday morning car club meet in Rancho Santa Fe and saw these fine examples of automotive excellence.  The big beige auto is the Pebble Beach winning Minerva.  This is what a 100 point car looks like.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'm A Happy Guy!

I got Margherita back home last night after the extensive maintenance that she desperately needed, thanks to Erik at Rathmann Auto Works in Poway.  He had to replace the old 3 liter cams since one of the exhaust lobes was severely worn.  I had found two sets of cams through the site; one came with a set of heads, which I did not need but Erik said that he could use them.  The cams were re-profiled and re-ground to spec.

She now has a rebuilt clutch, all new rubber seals, drive shaft flex joints (commonly referred to as doughnuts in America, giubos in Italian), new braided stainless steel brake lines, brake pads, suspension tweaks, and so much more the invoice is literally 5 pages long; BUT I am not complaining.  Margherita is now the car that she once was.  Nice crisp handling and the distinctive exhaust note has returned.  She gets right up on the cams and scoots.  I can hardly wait for this weekend to shoot up to Cars and Coffee on the early morning speed run.

A great and fun car to drive all the time!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Margherita's Rehab

My GTV6 is undergoing a much needed mechanical rehabilitation.  Rathmann Auto Works is going from front to back and fixing, repairing and replacing things that probably should have been replaced years ago, meanwhile upgrading some of the safety features (like brake lines).  Erik is also repairing old worn out seals and plugging those nagging little leaks, and fixing things done by other mechanics in the past.  I can hardly wait to get her back on the road.  It will be like getting a new Alfa, almost.
Braided Stainless steel brake lines for better brake pedal response, front and rear.

New rear CV Joints

Trans-axle seals.

Camshafts are worn and in need of replacement

Gunk caused by condensation.  Probably from a clogged oil breather.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

More on the 4C Development

The design of the 4C has been a bit controversial among some Alfisti.  The chief criticism has been that it looks like a copy of the Lotus Elise/Exige. has an article explaining why this is.  The chief of Fiat design was the head of a design team that worked on the project Ethos, which was the inspiration for the Lotus models as well as the Renault Sport Spider.