Hi there all-
I'm from Sydney, been around transaxles about 12 years now- my first car being a clean 1985 GTV
With a Serpent GP kit, 16x7.5 Dtm mesh rims (bbs copies)- purchased straight out of school.
This is still the only Alfa I've owned- i love it
Initial work included upgrading to 75 front brakes, a 75 3.0 transaxle (bought a ts one but the crownwheel was pitted with rust- so i swapped it) and locked up diff, custom clutch, 105 castor
Rods, bilsteins and springs. All work done by Fab at Autosprint.
Then the search for more lead to the idea of a TS turbo. It turned out to be too expensive, so I abandoned the idea, around the same time Fab offered up his 2.5.
This was in his Alfetta sedan. His dad was the chief mechanic to Colin bond and Alan jones in 85, and was given access to a whole bunch of stuff when Alfa left Australia in 92-
So they made the call to build a replica of the GpA 2.5-
Ex Bond Luigi racing cams
11.3:1 venolia forgies
S/s oversize valves and double springs
Ported and flowed heads
Shot peened / lightened rods all balanced to crank
Running on modded dizzy with ancient fuel only haltech f-7 I think.
Made 185 rwhp at 7800
Ran it with a serck 16 row oil cooler, swapped the diff to ex bond 4.3:1
Drove it for about 6 years like that. Did 5 trackdays.
Included study in coffs harbour- back and forth from Sydney about 20 times, I always took the long way
In 2008, I moved back to coffs or further study and must've got a bad batch of fuel.
I was in the top of third, about 7500 when it pinged. I backed off, but the damage was done- a week later, I blew a head gasket.
It was too hard to get it fixed there- no one knew their way around one, so I went with Andrews transport to send it back to sydney, because they apparently offered transit insurance.
Two weeks later, no car.
I called them, and found out that it had fallen off the truck, rolling into another, while being moved from one to another.
A year and 3 consumer claims tribunal hearings later, no damages were awarded.
Fast forward to last year, and I needed to make a call on a new car.
15k doesn't get you a fun, different rwd car- maybe an old clio sport?
So I hatched the idea of what someone on gtv6.com would label a type R style car:
If I was going to do it, I had to live with it for at least 4 years.
It had to be liveable, meaning full interior.
But I wanted it to be reasonably light.
Ride height adjustable, great handling for trackdays- I have a great work-life balance, so I've got the time off to do at least a few per year.
More torque and power.
Had to look Hot
I'll post some more, including pics, tonight.