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Baron von Headloq

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  1. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    A well-balanced stable, sir! I am particularly taken by the DS TTFN, Paul
  2. Hi there

    Ciao Xiqueba (a screen name, I guess?), Mmm I am biased (I have an ex-Dutch TV series V6 TB) ... but both are great. The 3.0V6 does not have the fuss and added complexity (minor in my eyes) of the turbo setup. Drive both ... then decide :-) ... and welcome to the madhouse! The more the merrier!
  3. Hola from Spain!

    Good choice (in my opinion!) - welcome, Dario. I have an ex-Dutch TV series car (a 1999 TB) in Vela Blu. Happy GTVing! Paul
  4. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    You are very far from being alone with small yet critical errors like the earthing! So easy to do, so devastating to the mood and humour! I just do not make errors like that when working on someone else's pride and joy. Mine? Oh yes. Never big things, just small and bloody annoying ones. Enjoy the Busso back in action! Paul
  5. 916 Spider in Sussex.....!

    Hold on to your Spider, sir! Clearly a cherished example. Paul
  6. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    Second that motion!
  7. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    Duly bookmarked :-) ... thank you, sire!
  8. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    On the offchance that I run into such woes, would you mind PM'ing me the contact info for your friendly specialist? Specialists obviously also exist here in DE, but I'm happy to use a good crowd wherever they may be! TTFN Paul
  9. Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa

    Too lazy to find the correct place fo' this warble from me: All I did today was remove a Remus s/steel centre (and only!!) silencer, and it's good friend the Zender quads (sans silencer) from my TB. Replaced that all with an IMASAF TB setup (straight through silencer innamiddle, and a smaller straight through to the now-single tailpipe. Considerably quieter and I actually hear the Busso song better. Like it greatly! So now I'll sell the Remus, the Zender bit, and perhaps the pipe section from the catalyst to the Remus. Must take photos!
  10. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    That's the sort of thing that buoys the spirits Good man!
  11. Return to Alfa

    Yup .. basically I became a little jaded with the attitudes of some in the consulting domain (and to be honest, a little boredom factored into it too). I do keep my hand in, though. Now I play in startup land, and with tech integration and other fun bits. The day is working out ok ... thanks! Great one to you too! Paul
  12. Return to Alfa

    No idea! But I'll look for it and see. Worst case, I need to really spark my Italian from "meh" to "fairly good"
  13. Return to Alfa

    I thought perhaps something like that! It shows in your use of metaphor and colloquialisms (I used to be in ERP (SAP mainly) and management consulting circles until the amusment wore a bit thin for me) Track days where you have vast mismatches in vehicle types and performance really don't do it for me. Never mind the great variance in skill of the "nut behind the wheel" ... Paul
  14. Return to Alfa

    Oh I don't know ... the track is a great learning space too (except perhaps in the middle of a pack of cars!) Dino, please excuse the question, but is your first language German? The standard of your English strikes me as native-speaker or at least very good 2nd language level. Just wondering!
  15. Return to Alfa

    If you don't lose it occasionally, you're not trying hard enough
  16. Return to Alfa

    Great! Thanks Dino The Busso V6 video I have, but have not seen the Twinspark one before now. I'll watch it with some wine in a little!
  17. Return to Alfa

    The 'Bialbero' / Nord twincam engine is a favourite of mine, the first Twinspark 2 litres, and of course every single Busso variant! I have a fondness for the 12V Bussos mainly because of the exhaust note (very objective !), and the 24V variants for the seemingly endless torque delivery. My friend's 3.2 GT will trickle away from just above idle in 6th gear - and that is at 1650m above sea level. And then pull through to almost the redline. That is impressive flexibility. We used to compare the music when we both had 2.5 116 V6s (mine white, his pale metallic green). I would love to try the naturally-aspirated Busso 2 litre ... I am guessing that it was very smooth, and possibly more rev-happy than the 3 litre. No surprise really, if there is less reciprocating and rotating mass to accelerate ... The "Baron von Headloq" handle/name has origins from around 2001, me being labeled as such by some colleagues at the University where I was at the time, and an incident at a Waldorf school nearby, in South Africa. But best told over some beer ... or wine! It has just occurred to me - the bialbero is also by Guiseppe Busso ... It ALSO occurs to me that I am busy hijacking Dino's thread! Mi scuso, Dino!
  18. Return to Alfa

    The 3.0 24V is a lovely engine - no doubt about it. I've run older iterations of the Busso in the form of a 1982 GTV V6 2.5, and then also my South African homologation special, a 1985 GTV V6 3 litre (Autodelta-derived, first production 3 litre variant of the Busso). I've had the chance to drive several 3.2 GTs, and a few 3.0 24V Spiders and GTVs. My comment on the 24V variants (3.0, 3.2) is that they just pull and pull all the way up the rev range (which is great!), and that the 12V variants do feel (subjectively) a little punchier lower down, and that there is seldom much point to revving them to near the rev limit. I guess my comment boils down to the feeling that the 3.0 12V in a Spider is a good match - the Spider is arguably better driven in a slightly lazy way. It just feels like that kind of car to me. The GTV on the other hand feels more like a drive harder car. This is *ALL* very subjective! OK, my 1985 116 series homologation car had short gearing and Dellortos (x6) ... that was very much a "drive hard and drive to win" car. I am definitely enjoying the TB ... and most surprised at how tractable and pleasant it is off-boost as well. Does not feel underpowered when off-boost and driving with the rest of the road traffic ... not yet Thoughts?
  19. Return to Alfa

    It is a beautiful photo
  20. Return to Alfa

    If you've got a TüV certificate now, then I think the Teledials and the 225/45R17s are probably reflected in your papers. I think mine was also a Vollabnahme - the data showing in my German papers is as per the technical data sheet supplied to me by TüV Rheinland. I think the Teledials and the 225/45R17 tyres will be added at the TüV as both TüV Süd and DEKRA can check the validity of the Teledials and the tyre sizes (they have access to the data). I was just curious about yours! Thanks for the answer.
  21. Return to Alfa

    Dino, a quick question about your TB. Is yours on 16" or 17" wheels, and if on 17", then was this reflected on registration, or only as an update with TüV etc? Registration of my TB in Germany was straightforward except for the 17" Teledials that are on my car. The TüV Rheinland technical data sheets reflect only the 205/50R16 tyre and obviously also the 16" rim size (so of course the local Zulassungsstelle would only enter the 205/50R16 size in the vehicle data). However, my TB was supplied new in the Netherlands with the optional 17" Teledials ... of course these are not reflected in the Fahrzeugbrief as they were not listed in the technical data sheet I received. Being pre-2004, there is no handy CoC document to refer to for the registration. All national homologation. I will see what the TüV Süd gentleman says when I take it for TüV in the next weeks.
  22. Return to Alfa

    Thanks - I enjoy the Vela Blu and tan leather combination. Your cream leather looks amazing though! One of the more striking Spiders I have seen No, I don't have the Squadra chip - but it's on my "to buy" list! That, and a swap to the Mitsubishi turbo from the 164. I'd put an MSD back in - the Busso will make itself heard even with one ! If I can find an ASSO ESD or MSD+ESD that is available before early August, I'll perhaps fit that. Then of course the Remus MSD will be sold, along with the Zender quad-outlet section. Noise was fine on my hillclimb cars, but all of my roadcars elsewhere and now in Germany, have been not too noisy. I don't need every Streifenwagen stopping me to inspect my car!
  23. Return to Alfa

    I like your choice ... here's my TB (also ex Netherlands - it was in the 99-01/02 Dutch television series Westenwind, so a little interesting provenance). Not the best photograph, but taken on a testdrive after fitting a replacement catalyst recently. Next, new lower control arms and bushes ("querlenker") to sharpen up the front end a little. It has a Remus centre silencer and a Zender quad-exit section after that. Just a bit too "loud" for my liking. Inside, noise levels are just fine. But it is too loud on the outside for my tastes. So I am pondering what to do with the Zender section. I need a rear silencer just to remove the "booming". But not to kill the Busso music
  24. GTV Cup owner - Bucks, UK

    Drew, she's a beauty. Sort those keys and ECU man! Quality of life rises with a Busso.
  25. Return to Alfa

    Now that is a fabulous colour combination. The whole look is just right :-)

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