Alfa Romeo Owner's Bible
A Hands-on Guide to Getting the Most From Your Alfa
8 1/2 in. x 11 in.
Few cars evoke the passionate experience that comes with owning an Alfa. Accelerating at 100-rpm increments just to hear the exhaust note. Admiring the sensuous body styling and engine castings - so often copied in the designs of lesser cars.
Alfas can also be demanding, frustrating cars to own. They are not so much unreliable, as difficult to understand and troubleshoot when problems do arise. Alfa Romeo Owner's Bible gives you precisely the kind of experienced information you need to serenely buy, maintain and drive an Alfa.
Features coverage of Alfa ownership topics including:
Head gasket repairs, valve adjustments, camshaft timing, carburetor and SPICA fuel injection tuning, and driveshaft "donut" replacement are just a few of the maintenance and repair procedures explained and backed up with hundreds of step-by-step photos. You will also find expert advice on things you should know when buying a used Alfa - where to look for rust, or signs of neglect or abuse - plus high-performance tuning for street and track, choosing accessories, and fascinating marque history.
Author Pat Braden owned and maintained more than 50 Alfas and was a columnist and former editor of Alfa Owner magazine. His Alfa Romeo Owner's Bible will provide you with the experienced, hands-on guidance you need to keep you in the driver's seat.
Chapter 8: Chassis, Tires, and Brakes
Fig. 8-2. A close-up of the inner structure of an Alfetta sedan bodywork. Unit body structure gives strength with lightness.
Chapter 2: Your Alfa - A Guided Tour
Fig. 2-19. On most Alfas, block is drained of coolant by removing this brass plug. It's located at very rear of exhaust side of engine.
Chapter 3: Buying An Alfa
Fig. 3-15. Torn seat seams could be a result of brittleness caused by the car sitting in a hot place. Torn fabric gives opportunity to verify that material is plastic, not leather. Woven fabric backing indicates man-made material.
Chapter 5: Engine
Fig. 5-2. One of the hottest-and fussiest-of all Alfa engines was Giulietta Veloce powerplant. Twin Weber carburetors demanded a separate air cleaner, hung from the bulkhead.
Chapter 11: Performance Modifications
Fig. 11-24. A turbo engine in the New Giulietta, not available in the U.S. This would have been a great hit, with 175 hp compared to 130 for normally aspirated engine.
ISBN: 0-8376-0707-8 (ISBN-10)
ISBN: 978-0-8376-0707-8 (ISBN-13)