Alfa has used mechanical fuel injection since 1969. The injection pump is made by SPICA and is like a little clockwork under the hood. It has compensation for cold starting, barometric pressure, engine temp, and God know what else – all mechanical. When it is adjusted properly, it is a masterpiece, but adjusting it takes skill and special tools.
This is all to say that the car is now in the shop getting the SPICA pump looked at. I read all the books and was tempted to try fiddling with the pump, but decided it would be better to have someone with the experience and tools have a go at it.
It also give me a chance to evaluate the local foreign car shop, Mike’s Imports and Engines. His shop has all the appearance of a classic auto repair shop, cars, engines, parts, etc. stored everywhere in various states of repair. I also noticed that Mike has an Alfa key on the keychain hanging from his belt – good sign.
So, I’m anxiously waiting for his call saying it’s ready to pick up and enjoy…