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post #1 of 9 Old 08-05-2013, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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An Alfa Miracle

Last night, I stopped at the gas station by my house to grab a drink. There were a group of sport bikers there who were refueling after a run on The Tail of the Dragon. I noticed the Alfa had caught their attention. I stepped out fully prepared for the normal barrage of questions/compliments. So you can imagine my shock when I hear, "Need a parts car?"

This was unbelievable! Another running 95 LS had just showed up in what was basically my backyard. With only 414 imported, what are the chances, especially 18 years later in rural TN?

The next day, my father and I went together to check it out. It was everything he said it was and more. With the help of a couple jumper wires, the 24v Busso V6 roared to life for the first time in over six months, sending a throaty rumble through the stainless Stebro exhaust. I was in love!

We had fully intended on driving it the 25-30 miles home even though the seller greatly advised against it. The rear glass was broken and apparently the front wheels tend to fly off while your driving.
But honey badger don't care. So I got in one Alfa and my Dad in the other.

So am I writing this from a hospital waiting room or ICU? No. We didn't have a single problem, not one. My lifelong curse had been broken. It was the first car ever to make it home under its own power! It nearly brought a tear to my eye. Hallelujah!!!

PS: I have to give a shout out to the seller. He was honestly one of the best people I've ever met. Thanks for everything!




Ciao Jules

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-05-2013, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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It's definitely not going to be a parts car, BTW.

It will be a nice little project. The only thing that will be difficult is the back glass. It'll take probably take awhile to find one locally, but I'm not that worried about it.

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Nathan, a hearty congrats to you and your Dad ! I can just see you in so much excitement that your blood is boiling over probably. Now with such luck struct you, the fun times ahead of you. Please fill us in too.

w/ smiles

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Nathan, a hearty congrats to you and your Dad ! I can just see you in so much excitement that your blood is boiling over probably. Now with such luck struct you, the fun times ahead of you. Please fill us in too.

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Thanks, Jimmy!

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Alfas are, how should I put it, ...something about them, that hook you ? Enjoy !

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Nathan- That is great. Those were very high end cars with nice features and pretty Pininfarina styling.

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Nathan- That is great. Those were very high end cars with nice features and pretty Pininfarina styling.
Thanks, Terry!

Ciao Jules

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But honey badger don't care. So I got in one Alfa and my Dad in the other.
Great story and wonderful that these lovely Alfas have found such a good home with a honey badger! Good on you!

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Great story and wonderful that these lovely Alfas have found such a good home with a honey badger! Good on you!
Thanks, David!

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