The Car is Complete, Finally.

The Car is Complete, Finally.

If there was ever anything that could go wrong with my car, it seemed destined that it indeed would go wrong. I believed that the death of my old engine was the last disaster I would face before all things would fall into place, and I would be on my way. Not quite. Having fitted […]

The engine build, take 2.

The engine build, take 2.

That, as they say, is that. Giulia’s new 502 engine is in ready and in place. This build was not so straight forward as I had hoped, and it took a lot longer that I anticipated. I’ve had to push my date for departure back to January 2015. While tearing the old engine apart I […]

A new block for Giulia

A new block for Giulia

Last week was pretty dark, there’s something awful about tearing a apart shiny new engine. The block was no good, a corrosion hole had worked its way through to an oil way, hidden behind one of the cylinder head studs. Oil, even under the small amount of pressure from the fuel pump I used to […]

Disaster! The death of the twin-cam

Disaster! The death of the twin-cam

Today was the most difficult day in the garage yet. Since my last post, three months ago, much time, and energy, and effort, and blood, and sweat, and tea has gone into the Alfa’s little twin-cam. The cylinder head which was so sorely missed in Part 2 was taken back from the engineers who had […]

Rebuilding the twin-cam: Part Two

Rebuilding the twin-cam: Part Two

So… As I might have mentioned in my last post, many components of my twin-cam 1600 were damaged beyond salvation by the time it landed in my garage. It took a bit of asking around, but eventually I came across all the replacement parts I needed. From the crank, all the way up to the […]

Rebuilding the delicate twin-cam: Part one

Rebuilding the delicate twin-cam: Part one

Alfa Romeo’s Twin-Cam, 8 valve engine is nothing short of legendary. It was produced for 40 years, from 1954 to 1994, first in the Giulietta and last in the S4 Spider. It was built in four displacements, 1300, 1600, 1750, and 2000. It produced from a modest 62 BHP all the way up to a […]