One Month In: How’s The Car Doing?

One Month In: How’s The Car Doing?

So I’m a little more than one month and 6000km into my trip. And a few people have been asking how the car is holding up, as I haven’t really mentioned anything in my blog. No news is good news right? Well, I’m pleased to report┬áthat the car is just fine. Boring, I know, but […]

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 […]

The Car: Coming Together At Last.

The Car: Coming Together At Last.

Over the last couple of months I’ve done very little besides searching for parts, and dealing with the curved balls that only an old Italian car can throw. I’ve finally got the engine parts that I need, but they were away being balanced in Durban for more than a month. And when I got round […]

The Car: Slow Progress Over December.

The Car: Slow Progress Over December.

With the end of a year, and everything that it brings, progress has been, well, slow. In fact I’d rather been hoping that the car would be done by now. Looking back now, I can’t believe I thought that was possible. But, with Varsity behind me and this project my as full-time job, maybe, just […]

The Car: A Little Update

The Car: A Little Update

So I just got a new shipment of parts from Classic Alfa, parts without which I had been a bit stuck. I can now complete the wiring loom amongst other things.I have also been given a new camera recently, so now hopefully the blog will look much better and I can keep my readers up […]

The Car: Assembly Part II

The Car: Assembly Part II

So I’ve spent a good few late nights out in the garage, fiddling with the car, scratching the paint, and realising that, actually, I am rather stupid at times. But despite all this progress has continued well. I’ve had to have certain parts made up from scratch as they can’t be bought new, which is […]

The Car: Assembly Begins

The Car: Assembly Begins

With the car back from the Panel Shop, and with the underside painted with the help of a patient friend (thanks Chad) I’ve started restoring and fitting many small bits and pieces.

The Car: A Fresh Coat of Paint.

The Car: A Fresh Coat of Paint.

After I discovered that the front of the car was poorly repaired after an accident I dropped the car at Les’s Panel Shop in Pietermaritzburg for repairs. While it was there I decided to do this trip. And because I didn’t want to do this trip in a boring red Alfa, and because Les gave […]

The Car Part One: Arrival.

In mid-2012, over drinks, I mentioned to some friends that I was looking to buy a Stepnose Alfa Romeo. Within days the perfect car had found me. A fellow member of the Alfa Romeo Club of Natal had me on the phone about a car that I couldn’t possibly turn down; A genuine Sprint GT […]