Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
7/26/18 1:08 p.m.


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Story by Tim Suddard • Photos by Tim and Tom Suddard

Two Guys, a 45-Year-Old Sports Car and 3000 Miles to Home

“Absolutely crazy!” friends and family exclaimed. “Why would you do that? Isn’t that dangerous?” they asked, when we told them about our plan.

To us, our plan made perfect sense: We had just bought a good-looking, supposedly rust-free 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider via Bring a Trailer and needed to get it home. The kicker: The car was out in California, while we call Florida home.

Rather than call someone like Passport Transport or Reliable Carriers Inc., we figured that we’d add in an element of adventure: fly out, and drive back the 3000 miles in a car we had never laid eyes upon before.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Flyman615
Flyman615 New Reader
7/26/18 4:44 p.m.

Nice trip report. When I was younger, I did two similar--albeit shorter--solo trips to retrieve sports cars I had purchased sight unseen. In the mid 1980s it was 450 miles to Omaha, NE for a 1970 Datsun 2000 roadster and in 1998 600 miles to Minneaplois, MN for a 1973.5 Porsche 911T Targa. Both trips were fun and adventurous, but not nearly as exciting or unpredictable. I still have and drive both cars. Thanks for sharing!!

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
8/2/18 8:41 p.m.

Fantastic story!  Glad both of you made it back to Florida safe.

noddaz

 

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/4/18 2:56 p.m.

Glad you guys liked the story. Flyman615: weather makes a big difference when heading north, like you did.

glenninsandiego
glenninsandiego New Reader
8/8/18 2:20 a.m.

What a great article. I read it in the magazine and loved reading it again

I just got a 73 Alfa Spider as a project

Tim, do you still have the car?

Any tips on doing the restore, ie what parts needed special attention?

Thanks

Glenn

Alfaromeoguy
Alfaromeoguy New Reader
11/12/18 5:40 p.m.

Washout the tranny with min.spirits, drain repete, you can fill the tranny thru the shift lever use she'll spruce tranny oil

 Some folks use red line

 Take seats out of car,replace Phillips screws with buttontop Allen bolts, take outrug, padding , look for any rust, clean, clean rugs let dry 

Alfaromeoguy
Alfaromeoguy New Reader
11/12/18 5:50 p.m.

Take everything out of the trunk, clean spare tire well

 Clean out the rust. It well be there,sand treat with vinger to clean rust. Paint with por15

 After dry get 4 rubber blocks 13 mm tall 70 mm long c 25 mm wide. At 90 degrees  from each other , glue,silicon  these to the floor of the trunk

 Let dry

 This will have your spare tire off the floor of the trunk,and allow air to flow, so it will not rust again.

abba511
abba511 None
2/18/19 1:12 p.m.

Three of us in a SunbeamTiger going to Savannah from central NY to pick up a drivable Elan..site unseen. (1979). My buddy still laughs and talks about it.

Just picked up a 1988 Graduate. Getting to old to be driving this from Orlando to Central NY but should be a fun summer with it.

Article was a fun read.

Thanks.

abba511

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