Jalopniks Book of Car Facts

This one is probably a must have for a serious (ok, maybe not all that serious) petrolhead and all you wannabes. I'd rather have a proper book (you know, one that is made of real, huggable trees) but this will do too.

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Buy Jalopnik’s Book Of Car Facts And History Even Gearheads Don’t Know
So, we wrote an eBook: Jalopnik’s Book of Car Facts and History Even Gearheads Don’t Know. Snappy title, right? It’s available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Google Play. Just in time for National S’Mores Day! Buy it now and change your life forever.

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So what would You do with Your F40?

I understand and respect all those guys who restore old legendary cars to "originals" in pristine condition… They do a lovely job of keeping those precious bits of car history with us.
How else could I give my kids a joy of cruising around in a wonderful Giulia GT for example…? Make them experience this kind of passion http://goo.gl/P6kJwX
And that is an experience all young people should have to keep them away from drugs and similar crap ;)

On the other hand I really like to see the other kind of enthusiast who will take a car they love and make it more personal. There is really no right and wrong here.

This F40 is pretty awesome, there is nothing tasteless about it. Just more raw performance and better handling. What's not to love?
He is doing the right thing with it… The car is made for driving.
I personally couldn't care less about all those "pure" F40 examples dying slowly in a secluded garage just to be shown off every now and then. That's more of a business-minded ownership and I think it sucks. That's not how You should treat an F40.

I'd do the same as this guy, don't bother with economics and future prices, feel the joy of driving it every day! The F40 deserves that.

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The Liberty Walk Ferrari F40: Is it OK to modify a legend?
For some the Ferrari F40 is a deity on wheels — its perfect lines, stunning engine, and blistering performance can’t be bettered. For others it’s a blank canvas to be tinkered with. Read this post by Alex Goy on XCAR.

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Alfetta GTV 1978. Almost mine…

Ever since I found out that Swedish Alfa Club is going to take part in the Alfa Romeo Centenary I had this fantastic idea to buy an old, nice Alfa and drive it to Milano.

I’m going down with my whole family of course, so that wasn’t really all that practical idea. Mirjam is going to be 2yr old by then and little David is going to be, well… still very little. There’s still a chance that Jeppe and Katrin will join us and they have a nice (well, kind of) Mazda 6. My idea was that Jeppe and me can ride in the Alfa and gals and kids in the Mazda.

To say the least that proposal was not very popular.

Anyway, I was watching the ads at CARs site and Blocket (swedens largest buy’n’sell site) for a while. There are always some nice old Alfas on sale, but I was looking for one that I could just fill up with high octane gasoline and drive all the way to Italy. Most of the GTVs and Giulias that were on sale had lots of problems to deal with and/or were way too expensive for my budget.

And then, suddenly, there she was…

Sandros Alfetta GTV 1987
Sandros Alfetta GTV 1987

A beautifully restored 1978 Alfetta GTV. The owner has done really good job with it, he invested some €5.000 in it during last few years.

The price was really good too, especially considering the amount of cash he invested in it. I could have bought it for just €3.500.

Reason he sold it was that he (lucky bustard) has a friend in Italy that saved a nice Montreal for him. Damn, I need that kind of friends too. Anyone? Please…?

I was almost on my way down to his place to buy it the next day, but he needed to fix an issue with tires or something so we postponed it… And of course I was unable to get down there the weekend after that because a boring trip to Stockholm. So my beautiful madonna went to a nice couple that wanted to have a nice weekend car. For those two sunny days we have every summer here in Sweden.

Damn. It’s just so typical. I was so disappointed that I probably won’t take any Alfa down to Italy. But then again my dearest can consider it as a very nice and mature decision from my side. And the only positive thing about all this is that I actually can buy a new Alfa in Italy.

I sure hope You’ll really enjoy the car you nice old couple you :(

Min underbara 164…

… är nu till salu såld, tyvärr.

Den har suttit i garaget i två år och väntat på bättre dagar. Eller, snarare sagt, bättre koppling. Jag har så klart varken tid eller ork (och inte kunskap heller för den del) att ordna det så den blev ståendes i garaget, utsatt för en massa damm och en hel del elaka skriverier i rutorna.

Bilen är en 164TS, född 1989. Alfa rosso färg så klart.

Alfa 164

Jag är den tredje ägaren och hon är mycket välvårdad.

Alfa 164

Det finns ingen rost vad jag vet och en hel del nya prylar.
Innan hon blev avställd har jag bytt en massa delar.

Alfa 164

En liten list kommer här:

  • Remus sportavgas; fantastiskt ljud, riktigt snygg är den också
  • Sachs dämpare och lesjöfors icke-progressiva fjädrar (röda). Sänker ca:4 cm. Bilen blev riktigt fin och låg och sitter som ett strykjärn på vägen.
  • Powerflex bussningar
  • K&N luftfilter (i originalboxen)
  • Greenstuff bromsskivor och bromsbelägg
  • Goodridge stålomspunna bromsslangar
  • Raid II sportratt i skin, (original finns kvar)
  • Dubbla uppsättningar aluminiumfälgar; 15″ sommar med nästan nya däck (bara Claudio hittar de på lagret), 14″ vinter också i nyskick
  • Nytt batteri

Kvitton finns på det mesta skulle jag tro.

Alfa 164

Det som inte är friskt:

  • Kopplingen sliten
  • Alla vätskor har väl runnit ut efter 2 år av ensamhet
  • Bromsok höger bak bör nog bytas, ingen handbromsverkan (handbromsvajern är helt ny)
  • Något för höga avgasvärden, tändningen bör ställas in, (enligt folk i Uppsala, vad de nu än hette… Bilen var där för service)

Jag har just flyttat den från garaget. Efter två år utan användning startade bilen utan gnäll. Det bullriga ljudet fick hjärtat att slå lite fortare igen.

Bilen kommer att finnas på gården hos Linderholms på Bromsgatan 12 i Karlstad (Våxnäs, mitt emot BMW återförsäljaren)

Jag vil verkligen inte bli av med bilen, men nya, yngre syster behövde platsen i garaget. Familjen växer nu och kräver en bil som man inte behöver meka med.
Det jag absolut inte vill göra är skrota den, bara delarna är(var) värda mer 10.000kr och jag antar att det finns bättre hem för bilen där ute.

Sälja den i delar skulle nog vara det smartaste, men jag orkar inte hålla på med och stycka bilen. Förhoppningsvis vill nån som har lite tid och plats i garaget eller i gården ta hand om henne.
Har du en v6:a bör du nog passa på om inget annat så pga avgasröret… Det passar både v6 och QV/Q4 modeller. Vi har testat på en QV och bara ljudet är värt det hela…

Pengar då… Ja, tack, några tusenlappar skulle inte skada mig. Hör av dig så kan vi diskuttera priset om du är intresserad. Finns du i Karlstad kan du även komma förbi och kika på den. Ring innan bara…

The new madonna


Today is a good day. I’m actually extremely tired, haven’t slept for ages. Or some 50 hrs maybe… But it was well worth it. This morning I’ve brought home my new Alfa. A sweet GT with 2.0 JTS engine. And I must say… What a beauty. You can see her down here with new winter wheels and tires. Not as gorgeous as with the original 18″ wheels, but hey… She’s really a looker.

The red madonna

The whole process of importing the car from Germany to Sweden shouldn’t be complicated.
Or at least I don’t think it should be. I bought the car from a private person. There are some horror stories on the net about that kind of import. I don’t know, I guess it’s about the feeling you get about people you get in touch with during the process. I was looking for a potential car for few months before I bought this one. Mostly on usual search sites, mobile.de and autoscout24. I was there every day, searching for my Alfa.

From the beginning I started looking for a nice diesel 166 or 156 with the new 175bhp engine. Fast, reliable and economic. And, as our little family is growing, it felt even kind of responsible decision. Few more grown-up points in life must be a good thing…

Then I stumbled upon a beautiful 166 v6 3.2l TI in Italy. In Lecce… As far as you can come in Italy. But I was hooked. The whole diesel/responsible/economics/grown-up thingie just vanished. I’ve mailed the company at once, called them few days later and almost got a good deal. Almost…
Too bad there still aren’t same rules in whole EU. Or too bad Italians are just so damn… well… special. They couldn’t decide on a final price (even tho we discussed it first time we spoke). They weren’t quite sure if they can arrange temporary plates and insurance for the car. They were not sure about the transport prices either. I think the problem is that they actually didn’t know anything about doing business on European level.

Oh, well… I still think it was an extremely sexy car.

Anyway… I was still doing regular searches for other Alfas, and I somehow found a red GT with 2.0l petrol engine. Weird, as I was (still) looking for a diesel. It looked nice so I mailed the owner. Usually there’s an alarm bell ringing when the deal is almost too good to be true. It usually is… Most of those are cheap scams. This one was few thousand € cheaper than it’s siblings. It had half the mileage too. And it looked really good on pictures.
I’ve mailed the guy anyway, it’s easy to ignore scam mails when they arrive.

Few hours later, the mail popped in. The owner sent all the info that I asked about. No usual scam stories. He didn’t have time to use the car as much as he wanted to.
I was still pretty sure something was wrong… So I asked for more, hi-res pictures. And description of all bumps, damages, scratches… Anything I could think of actually. And I was telling myself that I’m not even interested in one of those. I was looking for a diesel after all.

Then another mail popped in, as quickly as the first one. He’ll make new pictures tomorrow. And he described all the scratches on the car.

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