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October 18, 2017

So, I have an authentic Alpina engine, complete with the stamped-in numbers on both head and block.  That engine probably has a blown head gasket and maybe a cracked head or some cylinder and piston damage.  Of course, I won’t know for sure the extent of any damage unt...

October 8, 2017

Although the car was authenticated by Alpina, I assumed the worst – that the engine was not an actual Alpina lump.  Yeah, the shell was touched by the Hands of God, but the previous owner who piped-up on BaT said an unethical mechanic pilfered many of the precious part...

October 4, 2017

If you read my first blog entry, Sleuthing the Car (how I found my Alpina), you likely recall the noise about whether the car was “really” an Alpina.  That begs the question:  What is an Aplina. Its easy to answer for modern cars.  After all, Alpina, now, is a bona fid...

September 24, 2017

The Alpina has a good friend in the garage with it, a Fjord 1974 2002tii. 

It's my third tii, and my 8th '02 (Agave 68 1600, badly repainted silver 69 2002, Amazon 74 2002, Pastel 76 2002, Malaga 72 tii, Sahara 73 tii, Inka 73 touring, and the Fjord 74 tii).

The daily dr...

September 16, 2017

As a bona fide 2002 nut, I spent too much time dreaming of Alpina-modified 02s, the best being the 2002tii version known as an Alpina A4.  In addition to the usual suspension and braking upgrades, Alpina was known for their tweaked motors.  The standard 2002 had about...

September 2, 2017

I’m a serial renovator – you know the type, I buy run-down houses, live in it for a bit, fixing up a house I couldn't  otherwise afford.  And after about five or 10 years, I sell the house and move on to the next project.  What does it have to do with this Alpina?  Wel...

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