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Angellino

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Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:30:28 PM »
Hi Crew, have recently purchased a 1970 1750 105 and would like to work out if its easy to convert a 1750 to a 2000lt?
Is it worth converting or would you buy a used 2000lt from ebay and start again?
Currently the car has matching engine numbers and would like to keep like this but also gain performance hence converting internals to 2000lt.

While on the subject is the 1750 (1970 model) gearbox same as the 2000lt gearbox or would this need replacing?

Your advice and suggestions would be valued and appreciated.

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2020, 06:56:28 AM »
All depends on Budget.
Just buy a Complete 2 litre engine
Fitting a 2 litre engine is the same as a 1750.
no difference in fitting.
Gearbox is the same.
Everything else is the same.
Get a Complete engine with Carbys,starter motor,Flywheel,as these are different.
8 bolt flywheel for a 1750 vs 6 bolt for 2 litre
8 tooth starter motor 1750 vs 9 tooth  for 2 litre.
Clutches are the same.
Exhaust is the same.

I guess its all got to do with the car.
if its a Good car,,leave it 1750.
If your choice is a 2 litre engine,,just do it.

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2020, 07:19:42 AM »
When you have just acquired a car, it is not generally considered that you may want to sell that car in the future. One gets caught up in the gunna do dis and maybe gunna do dat syndrome. I know I have.. :)
The point of this advice is that it is exactly how you should view the project if final value is something that is of interest. If it is not then modify to your heart's content. If it is, then keeping the car authentic and original brings the best returns for your investment which means rebuild the 1750 engine.
More power may mean less resale value. Your call.
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2020, 09:58:09 AM »
Welcome aboard Angellino and totally agree with the replies above. Having a matching numbers car is highly desirable for resale value and the difference in HP for street use would be marginal. A set of tuned extractors, port and polished head, rejetting of carbs, electronic distributor  and mild street cams would be sufficient to increase power of around 30%.
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2020, 02:59:41 PM »
Thanks guy's I feel the love, very wise words from all responses, much appreciated.

What if I keep the engine stored away and then do something crazy like twin spark with carbs does that also detract from the value?

Could offer the original 'matching numbers' engine if I were to resell?

Car is reasonable, like everything this age needs some loving but generally drives well, lots of leaks, inc. carbies, previous owner had for 14 years I think and never opened engine.

So hence one school of thought was to keep car going build second engine, store away original and have lots of fun?

Like many seduced by the alcoholics post, and I'm sure car would be wild with 180hp?

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2020, 03:29:07 PM »
Angellino,

From your last post is clear that you need to develop the vision for this car.
Without a clear vision, it is a bit like being a little bit pregnant. A conundrum.
Remember that a modified street car will never deliver performance of a race car and a race car will never perform like a street car should. Everything in between is usually a money pit and winds up being a huge magnet of infringement fines.
Stay focused. Keep the vision within your budget which usually evolves to be an upside down triangle. Deliver a conclusion.

Best of luck. ;)
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2020, 11:38:37 AM »
Personally I donít put much value in number matching Alfaís... thatís just me though, others do.

That said, how do you know itís a numbers matching original car?  Those that do care about these things will want some sort of original paperwork that shows the engine number/rego/chassis etc from new (or very early).   Alfa will not tell you the correct or original engine number, although itís been said they will confirm if you let them know what you have?

The best 105 is one that has no (more) rust.

Engine types come and go but I really donít think anybody is going to devalue a car because it has a twinspark conversion (especially given its revertable)
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2020, 01:54:17 PM »
The best 105 is one that has no (more) rust.

Is that even possible?   ???

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2020, 06:17:48 PM »
I would have a rusty Alfa Romeo with twin carbies points and plugs before any Fiat Romeo.
Alfa Romeo 1.3 1.6 and 1750 engines had the same bore spacings. The 2.0litre has a wider spacing between cylinder 2 and 3. The outside diamensions of all the engines are the same so fitting a 2000
engine into a 1750 chassis is not an issue
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 12:21:02 PM »
Thanks for all the love guy's was driving the nuts off the car on the weekend and recon only needs to have an extra 30 - 40hp, I reckon if I could get 150hp out of the 1750 and have it sound good I don't think it needs much else.

We checked the casting symbols on the head and numbers on block and engine in definitely a 1750. It also currently has new stainless race headers and alcoholics muffler.

Thinking of speaking to a couple of engine guy's to see what 150hp mojo would cost. Lots of talk about PACE engineering in the literature. Anyone had experience with PACE or getting stuff from them? Any special Sydney engine guy's with big Kahoona's for special Nord engine builds you guys recommend.

Overall the car was so much fun, really enjoying it, not planning to take on track but if I did it would be for the smiles not for race. So if matching numbers which we presume it is and believe 150hp would be plenty maybe the 1750 engine can be tweaked to achieve this?

Thanks for all the attention and love my fellow Alfisti, cheers

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2020, 01:15:47 PM »
Hi Angellino,

Given a "stock" 1750 has a published output of 120HP, a 25% increase to 150HP may be a tad ambitious for a "road tuned" 1750cc 8 valve engine on carburettors.
Have you had the car on a dyno yet?  What's it putting out at the rear wheels?  A bit of reverse engineering from chassis dyno figures should indicate likely engine output.
Maybe the present engine needs a bit of love.  Maybe the present engine is only developing 100HP < 110HP? 
Could a full rebuild / blueprint / balance realise 125HP < 130HP?
Does the car at present feature truly effective cold air input to the engine?
Looked at lightening the car?
Jim Kartalamakis published a book some time ago on the subject of tuning Alfa Romeo Twin Cam engines.  Its not a bad read!

Vin Sharpe at PACE is a bit of a wizard with these engines and definitely worth talking to before opening your wallet!

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2020, 02:18:02 PM »
Hi Colin,

Thanks for this, the figure I got for the 150HP was from Jim Kartalamakis published a book.

Has anyone tested this? This was assuming doing the heads fully ported, balanced etc. hot cams, HP pistons and race style headers, still maintained the webber's.

Interested if anyone has been able to get the 150 claimed by Kartalamakis for a 1750 with the above?

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #12 on: July 20, 2020, 03:38:49 PM »
Hi Angellino
There has been great debate on the subject of performance gains of the 1750/2000 Litre Nord engines, as well as several books written on the subject. For the sake of not reinventing the wheel, I have attached a link to the ALFAbb for your information.
https://www.alfabb.com/threads/performance-upgrades-for-1750-2000.113653/
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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2020, 03:55:45 PM »
Thanks Bono, will definitely read through, looks like lots of valuable info, many thanks, appreciated.

Cheers

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Re: Engine Conversion from 1750 to 2000lt
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2020, 05:54:57 PM »
Fastest, cheapest, easiest and most reliable way to get that power is stick in a Twinspark from a 75 (155/164). ie. a ^NORD twinspark which is the last iteration of the engine you have.

Pretty much just bolts in (2L flywheel, spigot bush, other stuff..)

.... then, once you want more again you can fettle it with carbs/throttle bodies/3D mapping.. etc., yada yada.


(^Not to be confused with the twinspark/JTS engines in the 156/147 etc... completely different animal)
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