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  1. OK guys, I'm right in the middle of buying one of these-http://www.ebay.com/itm/181818093753?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT( Just sold on bay last Wed. )

    Price seems low, doesn't it?


    Now the seller doesn't want to use pay pal, and I have to get it transported--$850 charge.

    He is acting a bit squirrely, says he has a case going with pay pal,etc etc. and is trying to pressure me into sending funds with no guarantee of the cars condition, or even its existence, other than his word. We are trying to come to terms, using an escrow service, where they hold funds until I approve condition upon delivery. Or, he wants a local car dealer to buy the car from him, and re sell it to me for a fee???? Hmmmm.....

    $3200 seems like a steal, and if it sounds too good to be true.................

    What are your thoughts on this, and what would you do?

    Has some of the hallmarks of a scam- I'd pass.


  2. Try a dash mat from Pep Boys, made like carpet, but will cover and give the appearance of a fine looking car.


    The dash mat my PO used was the carpet type and the heat deteriorated the backing which stuck to the leather and also wrinkled it.


    If I was to use anything it would be cotton, not plastic or synthetics which have the propensity to outgas potentially harmful (to the leather) chemicals.


    Leatherique is an excellent idea anyway. It will clean, moisten and preserve the leather even in the sun.


    I do some leather work and the material is available to redo the TC's leather. I have never done a whole dash but have done the part over the instruments and steering wheels.



  3. Bob- I've done more than my fair share of research regarding drilled rotors. With all "upgrades," you get benefits and drawbacks. Cracking at the holes only happens during excessive braking or frequent extreme stops, such as in a racing environment. I am not racing this car. I do acknowledge the increased brake wear rate, but there are proven stopping distance improvements, and failure of the rotor isn't nearly as likely if its been properly drilled and prepared, like in the instance of the higher end 128 series Centric rotors. You'll get similar counterculture articles on everything from LED lighting to upholstery cleaner.

    Joe- I'd be more than happy to drive out and meet a fellow TC owner. I'm sure we could spend an afternoon talking about our cars, though I suspect we'd mostly be talking about how many things on mine still need to be fixed. Next on my list of parts to order: Rear calipers and Accumulator. My pump kicks on at 4 taps.

    Show me the documented numbers of stopping distances by independent sources ( not manufactures or vendors) and I will be open to changing my mind.


  4. I would caution you to not get them too hot. Leather can be dried out with too much heat. I don't know if being coated with Leatherique and sealed in plastic would counter the drying effect. Inside a car in the sun the temperature could get as high as 155F. according to local news reports of pets being left in cars in the summer here (Texas). I would try to measure the "in bag" temp.


  5. Another method to measure a round bar or whatever is to take a strip of paper and wrap it around the object slightly uneven, make a pen or pencil mark across both sides of the strip then take it off and measure between the marks and divide by 3.1416 (pi).


  6. Please don't criticize it until you've tried it. I have a couple of track cars and am not claiming the TC is in that category, just that the car is much more enjoyable to drive on the street with those tires.

    Admittedly I have not tried any other tires on my TCs but I have tries all different kinds of tires on all kinds of cars over the past 50 years from Michelin radials on a '57 Chevy to Goodyear racing tires on a F/V to low profile gummy compound tires on my Lexus SC400. On the Lexus the traction was improved, the handling was different going from under to oversteer and the ride went from nice on a long trip to something like my Ford F-350 diesel pickup with no load. I prefer the touring tires it was designed for.

    Cars are a compromise where suspension is concerned. Tires, spring load and rates, shock damping and suspension type and geometry all have to be tuned with each other and changing one affects all the others. There are posts all the time on the Alfa BB about tires, shocks and springs and how people have changed them to the latest performance components and how it ruined the feel of their Alfa. Kinda like the latest craze of slotted cross drilled rotors and ceramic brake pads on a street car. Outside of looks, they are actually worse as far as longevity and performance.

    I do not pretend to know anything about suspension engineering so I let the guys at Maserati take care of that job and trust they know what they are doing. If anyone here has more knowledge than they do please share it with us complete with real data, not seat of the pants readings.


  7. I like the ride of my Uniroyal Tiger Paws.

    TC's were designed as a touring car with a suspension design for that purpose. Trying to "improve" the performance and handling with performance tires and shocks will have dubious if not derogatory results. If you want a great handling track car, get a Porsche 944. If you want a classic Italian handling sports car get an old Alfa Spider. Don't try to make a TC handle like either one of these- it won't because it was not designed to. Enjoy the touring ride qualities with proper touring tires.


  8. PS - the AC must have a leak because it won't hold a charge, but also the vents on the center dash won't work, nothing blows out. They did briefly after I had the engine redone (overheating) a couple years ago, but they stopped again shortly after.

    A/C vent problem is usually an unplugged vacuum hose going to selector switch. Mine was under hood going through firewall- small (1/8" app.) diameter hard and flex hose.


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