Twofer… TI Tidy 25 + A garage full, what to do…

First a news flash:  I added a subscription service to the blog so now you can make it so you get an email when ever I add a new post instead of checking back every hour and pushing the refresh button!  The link is on the top right side.  Click on the more button to see TI Tidy 25 and some musings on what I am going to do with all my needy cars…

bens picture of SprintSprint as photographed by Ben on the Melee.  Amazing how good a quality camera makes it look!

TI Tidy 25:  Mitch has welded me up a great new exhaust and I talked him into doing a little floor repair for good measure.  It was all in an effort to get the car Melee worthy but it just didn’t work out.

mitch and TINot many guys can throw an exhaust system together like Mitch can.  His business is in El Cerrito and you can reach him at (510) 526-5003.  Note the rust hole in the picture above.

drivers floor holeThis was all gooed over with roofing tar patch.  I scraped it until the blishers on my hands became unbearable and now the floor is nice and clean with the rust exposed and ready to repair.  That’s original paint your looking at.

drivers floor more repairMitch buzzed out the cancer pretty fast then got distracted by some visitors and a phone call.  I was due at a party about when this picture was taken and wondered if I was going to drive home with it like this.

drivers floor repairNever fear, Mitch got back to it and welded a chunk of an electrical box lid into the floor.  He did a great job considering how crap it looked before.

I also took the TI to Jaan and got the carbs balanced.  It’s becoming quite a car.  I need to tighten up the advance return springs in the distributor, adjust the brake pedal position and a few other little things but it has been uncomplaining in its duties as daily commuter.

What to do now with the garage full… some thinking out loud.

So with the Melee behind me and the TI running pretty good I have to think about my next move.  I am waiting on some documentation to get the 69 GTV registered (a statement from Georgia that it never had a title) so, since I can’t drive it, I’m not very interested in doing much to it, not that it needs much other than a water pump swap, booster (s) rebuild or omission and some cosmetic fiddling.  Anyone know a good DMV expediter?

In the mean time I also have a torn down Fiat 124 engine waiting for me to repair a rod knock in and put back together.  This car is registered and insured so I should make it a priority but my shop is a big mess and needs a good 8 hour organizing session before I dare contribute further to entropy.

Okay, here’s the plan:  This Saturday I’ll organize the shop which mainly entails moving a desk and some shelves around then organizing a huge amount of parts; what to keep organized by car, what to sell, and what to throw/give away.

Over the next two weeks I’ll finish a few little details on the TI: distributor advance springs tightened so it will idle down, tires mounted on the original 15″ rims and put on car, seat belts installed, and maybe if I’m really adventurous the hole in the passenger floor welded up.  After all this is done the first cat to come by with $7500 can drive it home.

While tire kickers and joy riders poke and prod the TI I’ll swap the waterpump on the GTV, balance the cost effectiveness of rebuilding the boosters against getting stainless braided brake lines and vented rotors, a supposed way to get brake feel back when the boosters go away, and start fixing little as yet undiscovered problems that would keep it from serving as my winter of 2009/2010 commuter.

I’ll make getting the Fiat done my goal for November.  It also needs the windshield replaced and some front suspension bushes replaced, so maybe by Christmas is a better goal.

If I can get the Fiat fixed, the TI sold, and make the GTV reliable by the end of the year I can get down to business on the two cars I really want to be working on: the Giulietta Spider and the Sprint Speciale.  I have gathered a bunch of parts for both of these and have been pondering the potential fun of a side by side simultaneous comparison of 1300 and 1600 rebuilds.  What could possibly go wrong!  Stay tuned.

TI Tidy 24.


4 thoughts on “Twofer… TI Tidy 25 + A garage full, what to do…

  1. Dear Matt,
    Don’t think anything will replace a booster (or 2) on a disc-brake Alfa… Did you see the hanging-pedal 115 style booster pedalbox & master cylinder setup added to the Berlina Taxi on the Melee? just another way to go.
    Keep the revs up,

    • I read on the BB that someone had removed the boosters, used more grippy pads and stainless flexible line. They reported pretty good results/pedal feel and a few people chimed in to corroborate. I should probably just get inside the boosters and see what the problem is.


  2. Your 3rd option on the brakes, though not a great one, is to convert to a single circuit system. Obvious benefits: simpler to maintain and get parts for (vs the one-year-only dual circuit master on the ’69), cleaner engine compartment. Obvious drawbacks: single-circuit brakes are less safe; no small amount of re-plumbing of brake lines. You’d still need one serviceable booster, unless you got a non-booster master cylinder (20mm I think?) like from a Duetto or similar. And of course you’d need a new master.

    If it were me I’d just go ahead and rebuild the boosters. It sounds like that’s your thinking too. Are they both toast? It’s easy enough to do and you won’t have to spend any time under the car.

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