'72 4 door, Tweety Bird

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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby speeder » 12 Sep 2012 18:16

Still waiting on the airbox from my buddy. He's slow.

I swapped out the AR LIbres for some VTO Libres in 14x6. Thanks Dave! They're great and are holding up well.

Exhaust got rebuilt last spring so it's now tucked nicely up in there, not hanging down waiting for a rock. I never did get around to raising the car, I just raised the lowest point by an inch, which was the exhaust. Clearance hasn't been an issue since.

I've been putting in miles since my last update with no problems and nothing but good times!! A two day run in April, The Snowball Rally- Santa Cruz to San Fran to Sac to Tahoe to Sac and back to Santa Cruz. Flawless. Speedo read 120 briefly on an open downhill section with good visibility. Tach read over 6K. It felt close to top speed for Tweety. Real speed was probably closer to 115 as I think my speedo reads a bit fast. The car was flawless, needing nothing but gas.

I spent the summer rebuilding the front end on my Roadster. A big, expensive job that still needs final sorting. This made me gain immense appreciation for the incredible simplicity and functionality of the 510 front suspension.

August saw a traffic free 400 mile one day run (on a Monday) from Santa Cruz to Carmel to King City, east to Peach Tree Road, south to Paso Robles, east to Coalinga and then back to Santa Cruz. Amazing back road ripping with some Alfa driving pals. Nothing but gas added. Tweety kicking ass the whole time, pedal to the floor.

Then this past weekend it was 1K plus miles on the CA Melee. Unreal. A few thousand corners on everything from washboard gravel to poorly repaired pot hole ridden 1.5 lane to perfectly smooth fresh tarmac. Endless corners. Nary a hiccup. Gas and go with occasional bug removal! Fast. Several knowledgable people reported Tweety looking perfectly poised while ripping through super bumpy corners at high speed. 510 handling is as good as it gets!!

More than anything I think my experience in the last year shows what a 510 can do with a simple, very inexpensive suspension setup, sorted stock brakes with good pads (remove the dust shields on the inside- big improvement in cooling), and a reliable power plant.

The next step will be...
a new set of Dunlop Direzza's, 185/60 14, and a few thousand more miles wide open!!
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'72 4 door 510, '68 2000 Roadster

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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby speeder » 12 Sep 2012 18:18

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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby speeder » 12 Sep 2012 18:19

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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby BlackWidow » 12 Sep 2012 18:47

thanks for posting the pics, looks like it was fun and a beautiful day.
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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby speeder » 12 Sep 2012 19:19

One last thing.

If you drive a 4 door and you like driving with the window down, on the next hot day, put down all 4 windows. All the way down. No ear blasting wind, just a nice breeze flowing all around, even at speed. :)
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Re: '72 4 door, Tweety Bird

Postby butters68 » 12 Sep 2012 19:35

gotta love rollin all 4 windows down and crusin in a five one oh eh. 8)
ding ding dong dong all night long long.


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