Jim (Alfaholical) had the idea after a few beers and a conversation with a member of PPC magazine staff to modify his classic 1967 Alfa GT stepnose into the car he always wanted it to be, “Pretty classic lines but something interesting to make it go faster”.
In his project thread Jim explains that there have been many transplant projects done to these cars in the past including twin sparks, V6″s etc, but in his pursuit of making his dream car Jim found out that to get any real power via this route you have to spend big bucks and that still leaves the original gearbox which is the weakest link. It was then that Jim stumbled across a transplant that a Greek fellow living in Australia had done (SR20DET into a 1973 Bertone).
“Everything looked so right under the bonnet and there was a tentative link between Nissan and Alfa (Alfa Arna was basically a joint Alfa / Nissan project) so that maintains the heritage link”
A Donor car for the engine was found in the form of an accident damaged s14. The engines were soon out and placed side by side for a comparison.
It became apparent that the engines were in fact of very similar dimensions and when it came to the first test fit the SR actually landed on the Alfa’s original engine mounts. This meant that the originality of the car could be mostly maintained giving any future owner the opportunity to return it to standard if so desired.
Due to restricted space in the engine bay Jim decided that going for a top mounted turbo would be necessary, having to convert the manifold from a T3 to a T2 flange in the process.
With all this added power Jim thought it would be prudent to upgrade the safety aspect of the car. “This was an area I was not willing to accept (the one area I wasn”t going to compromise to maintain originality is safety). So a roll cage and decent belts and seats are a must”
With the car almost complete it was time to get the it to Jez at H-Dev for it’s final map and full suspension set up, “It now runs 17psi of boost and has nearly three times as much power as when it left the factory”
With the casino online car now finished it was time to start enjoying it. Jim entered it in to the Angoulemerally In france
I’m sure some of you are aware but Jims car has made it on to the cover of PPC this month with a cracking write up. Good to see all of Jims hard work getting the credit
it deserves. Below are a couple of pictures from the PPC shoot.
If you want to see more of Jims fabulous Alfa pick up a copy of this months PPC magazine, or why not check out the full build right here on the SXOC http://www.sxoc.com/vbb/showthread.php?497694-Alfa-Scuderia-quot-non-originale-quot