Posts Tagged ‘safety’

Alfetta upgrades, first try

June 22, 2009

Since I’m pushing the low-cost repairs as a way to keep your old car hobby up during the recession, here’s an update on a couple of things I’ve been trying at. Minor projects, but complicated by my inexperience with the work at hand… one of the frustrations of the hobby is finding enough time to work on the cars. Between work and quality time with friends/family, there’s not a lot of time left to play with 4 cars. And it bothers me when my cars are not running properly or need repairs!

Alfetta front belt

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Smokey Says, Only You Can Stop Fluid Leaks!

May 16, 2009

While this is not a terribly sexy thing to fix, it’s definitely one of the things people like me tend to put off while focusing on cooler things like rebuilding an engine, or redoing the suspension. However, this is something pretty inexpensive you can do in the space of an afternoon. Does your old car still have those fuel hoses with the cloth on the outside? And the cloth is faded to a greyish-brown shade? You might want to think about taking on this easy and cheap repair. Likewise, have you had a chance to take a look at the flexible brake and clutch lines on your rusty-but-trusty car? I’m ashamed to admit mine were pretty cracked up, and I only did something about it after years of owning both my Alfas.

One tip to avoid spillage – use a clamp wrench when disconnecting your fuel lines. Once you’ve disconnected, poke them into a small container, like a quart oil bottle, then remove the clamp and let the excess fuel drain out. As far as the brake lines are concerned, that’s a little harder… I put down a pan underneath, and really, not that much fluid comes out. At any rate, this is a good time to flush your brake fluid, which in all likelihood needs to be replaced anyway. I’d like to say I have some pics I can share of this, but I’m not finding any pictures I took of the embarrassing shape my brake lines were in. I guess I was wise enough to erase the evidence!