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Old 09-15-2005, 09:56 PM   #15
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We all have to go sometime.... why not in an Airstream?

And each day we get closer to meeting what comes next... are you prepared?

Mr. Garcia said it.."What a long strange trip it's been." and now he's gone too.

Someone once said also, "get busy living or get busy dieing." The harder you try the former the closer you get to the later.

I'm actually glad that lots of folks find the coach creepy, if everyone realized what a bargain these things were I'd have had to pay way more than I did!!
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:28 PM   #16
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I added pictures of two 1991 350 funeral coaches to my archives.
More pictures and facts on the Astrovan would be great.

And BTW, I love Glen's rig. The next best thing to living in one would be getting buried in your A/S

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"Now when I die, I don't want no coffin,

I thought about it all too often.

Just strap me in behind the wheel,

And bury me with my automobile."

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Old 09-15-2005, 10:59 PM   #18
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"Now when I die, I don't want no coffin,

I thought about it all too often.

Just strap me in behind the wheel,

And bury me with my automobile."

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I have a '66 Alfa Romeo Spider that I've owned for over 30 years. Through multiple relationships and friendships, it's been the most constant thing in my life.

I keep telling folks that I'll someday be buried in this car. Only problem is, some of my friends would dig me up, dump the body, and keep the car!

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Old 09-20-2005, 07:33 AM   #19
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Boats13 - that line reminded me of an old joke my dad told, where the hearse is going uphill and the door opens, the casket slides out and enters a drugstore, where the lid pops up and the guy sits up to ask "Got anything to stop this coffin?"
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Old 09-20-2005, 10:31 AM   #20
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McNeon- I had an Alfa spyder- 67 when I lived in Nashville, and brought it down here to Atl. It unfortuantely needed evrything done, so I sold it and bought my 911sc. Had that for 14 yrs now.
I almost sold it recently , but could not bring myself to do it. Its like a reliable old pal.
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Old 09-20-2005, 11:51 AM   #21
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McNeon / Alan , I too have been an Alfa affectionado. Bought a 1988 Graduate and turned it into a Veloce. Added leather seats, 15" cast wheels, had a ball for about four years. Sold it to the first guy who came to look at it. Was a Texas car with 56,000 on it when I got it ($1200). Did the seats, new top, rear end, little paint, wheels, tires. Had about $3200 in it and sold it with 74,000 on it for $4700. Would like to have it back.
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Old 09-20-2005, 12:13 PM   #22
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what is about us that so many of us have the same toy obsessions? Thats why when we rally we all seem to get along so well.
My wife and I went on our first date in my Alfa- the top leaked right onto her lap. Endeared me to her forever. That old rusty car was a lot of fun.
When I first got it I had pried it out of the hands of a guy who had it and an MGB, and he was slowly destroying both of them.
It was fun getting it running right. I ran over a railroad track in the middle of Kentucky or Illinois on my way to a music gig somewhere, and trashed the oilpan. Had to tow it home. Took many months to find a pan for it. Found it in New York City- Brooklyn, on the top shelf in a wrecking yard full of imports. One benefit of being on the road.
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Old 09-20-2005, 12:20 PM   #23
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Alan, I was blessed with finding a mechanic who was Alfa and Ferrari trained. Worked by himself in Ocala, FL. Old country Italian who would not fix something that wasn't broken. He worked for $28 and hour when I met him in 1997.
It was the rear diff. hanger bearing that welded itself to the diff. that got me a total rear end replacement out of a junk yard in Michigan. There began a great relationship as they had tons of Alfa stuff. The phone dial wheels cost me $100 each!! I think I only paid about $200 for the seats too.
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Old 09-20-2005, 09:46 PM   #24
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Glen, Alan,


There's a guy here in Baltimore, named John DiFatta. He used to be Mario Andretti's pit chief, so I'm pretty sure he knows his way around Italian cars. I used to have a 1975 Fiat Spider 1800, and John kept that car purring.

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There's a guy here in Baltimore, named John DiFatta. He used to be Mario Andretti's pit chief, so I'm pretty sure he knows his way around Italian cars. I used to have a 1975 Fiat Spider 1800, and John kept that car purring.

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I also heard it stood for Fix It Allada Time.
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In the good ol' days, when I was young and foolish (now I'm merely old and foolish) we took seven sailors (fortunately for the three guys, four of them were women!) to the beach in a Fiat 124 Spyder over the bridges in P'cola FL. I don't think that everyone had a seatbelt... Ahhh... to be young and indestructible again...

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Well I have had two Fiat 124's and a 128. Enjoyed all 3. My dream car has always been a Ferrari 246 Dino GT. I could have bought a gorgeous wine colored one with that parchment leather interior, back in 1987 for $26,000. If only I had.
Now you can get deals on the Magnum PI 328s and similiar, even Testa Rossa 80's models for 40-60,000, but I am too chicken of the maintenance costs, even if I did it myself. I would love another Alfa, but my Porsche is a blast to drive and too darn reliable.
Next car for us may be a MINI Cooper. Replacing an SUV.
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