Tom Lesko ponders the beauty of his well prepped motor with its cool headers from the comfort of his 1965 Spider Veloce. Thanks, Tom, for sending one of my favorite photos.
Larry Duthie is shown with his street-track 1988 Spider after a rebuild of engine, gear box, brakes, fuel system, and interior. Larry’s from Walla Walla, Washington. I didn’t need to put in his home town; I just like to say “Walla Walla, Washington.”
This 302 Ford fits neatly in the engine compartment of James Romeo’s 1971 Spider. James, whose last name really is like that of the car, lives in southern California, where many hot sports cars originate.
David Pardo’s 1984 Spider gets a turbo, Megasquirt, and a Tremec T-5 tranny.
Charles Pernot modified this 1976 GTV to 75turbo specs.
The tidy engine compartment of David’s Spider.
This is what you get when the Alfaholics warehouse of parts is at your disposal. Mods to this car include suspension, brakes, limited slip differential, exhaust, aluminum GTA radiator, 7×15 Strada GTA-style wheels, and a wonderful 168 hp 2 litre motor running on 40 DCOEs. Do you wonder why I keep asking Richard if he’ll adopt me? I want the keys to his warehouse.
This is a real GTA motor. It is complemented by GTA running gear.
A serious distributor for a serious race GTA motor.
Gordon bought the car new. He writes: “I set it up when I was at AUSCA with Horst Kwech and Ron Neal, mid and late 1960’s.” Kwech and Neal were known for their racing successes as proprieters of Australian CA racing, or AUSCA, which was located not in Australia, but Illinois.
Under the hood of Jay’s ’66 is a 2L motor that looks as good as the rest of the car. His car has a hydraulic clutch, ATE brakes, “flying buttress” seats, and numerous other mods.
The 1963 Spider of Jay Mackro has bored liners and 1750 pistons, giving it 1650cc; Webers with Weiand air filters (an appropriate speed shop addition for a SoCal hot rod); late model tranny; and more.
Bob Hoye’s Spider has a 2L motor with 10.4:1 compression ratio, modified head with 7L cams and DCOE 45 Webers.
Finland’s Pekka Rossi gave this motor a modified cylinder head, higher compression pistons, new cams, and other mods.
Uwe Reuter’s fine 1972 GT 1300 Junior now has a more potent 1600cc motor.
This 1350-pound Alfa-engined Alfus (?), Lofa (?), Alfa Romus (?) is a delight to look at and sounds like a lot of fun to drive. Apparently folks like Wil Caron, who live on islands in British Columbia,find some really great ways to spend their time.
Did you hear about the crazy guy who put a Honda S2000 engine in a 1971 GTV? Yep, he’s a SNO member. He’s Keven MacGowan, and he’s crazy like a fox.
Under the hood of Clive Innes’ GTV.
The engine of Colby’s ’65 GT.
Under the hood of Colby’s daily driver.
Colby’s 1965 Sprint GT race car also has a twin spark engine, only this one has carbs.
Tuncay’s GT has an Eaton M45 blower, 8.5:1 compression, and Porsche Intercooler.
Ben Lamprecht engineered the tidy engine swap on his GTV.
Note the “minor” modifications to Jim Steck’s GTV.
This is the engine of Brian Berger’s Alfetta, turbo-charged by Autocomponenti.
The Banks GTA replica (street version) has a 198 hp twin-spark engine.
Bonnie’s turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces about 600 horsepower. To lend a little perspective, a full-race GTA, “back in the day,” was good for about 165 flywheel horsepower.
Gary Williams’s 2L motor some wag on AlfaBB dubbed “Alfa Porn.”
Gary Williams’s ’67 GT with 2L motor, circa 2004.
Gary’s GTV 2014, with long aluminum carb mounts from Alfaholics.
Gary’s ’67 GT circa 2004 with rubber carb mounts and ITG air filter.
Nearing the finish line. This is one beautiful SS.