Peter's (former) much improved every day use Alfasud
Text and photos by Peter Dyrelund
People who often visit this site maybe already know Peter Dyrelund from Denmark and his fast Alfasuds which are all in a better condition as at the time when they left the factory. In 1978 he bought his first Alfasud - a used 5m he used for one year. In 1979 he decided to buy a new one to be able to preserve it in as good a condition
was fitted with front inner wheel guards and got a rust protection with a 10-year warranty.
The car got sound deadening material under the bonnet, between the engine and passenger compartment, under the rear seat and in the luggage room; also an additional carpet was installed on the front and rear shelf. This made the car very silent inside. The engine was optimized on a roll-bench, and in fact it was revealed that it had only 74 bhp when first tested. After modifications to the carburettor, ignition timing and ignition advance curve, the engine reached its quoted performance of 84 bhp. The Golden Lodge spark plugs were changed to NGK B7ES. This change in spark plugs is a very advisable decision. All the hick-ups at low revs and starting on three cylinders disappear. At first the Compomotive wheels from the old Alfasud were mounted, but soon the wheels where changed to 5,5x13" Wolfrace rims and (later)
185/60 HR 13 Pirelli P6 and the shock absorbers to Bilstein Sport (gas). The front and rear spoilers and wheelarch extensions from the ti-model were mounted too.
When driving on the tracks, the car was fitted with 6x13" steel rims
for rain tyres and 7x13" Ronal A1 for slick tyres. The first major change
came after Peter made a wrong gearshift (from 2nd to 1st, instead of to
3rd gear) on a racetrack. The outlet valves were bent, and instead of repairing
the engine, Peter found
an almost new 1.5 95 bhp engine (the first with the double Webers) and
the "95 bhp gearbox" which has a slightly higher 5th gear. This was a very
good engine. In fact among Boxer-lovers the two engines considered best are the 1.5 95 bhp and the 1.7 118 bhp; the most disappointing engine being
the first 1.5 105 hp, which in fact had only about 93 bhp and was not as flexible as the 1.5 95 bhp.
Now the technical specification was perfect, but the bodywork was showing some signs of rust. It was rust- protected every year, but it now turned out, that the rust protection station had not protected all parts that they should, because they thought that they were filled with foam. But that was not the case. In many places the body parts were plain empty (no foam) and they should have been protected. Now the 10 year warranty displayed its worth. Many parts were changed at no cost. yellow but now with three layers of transparent coating (high quality paint). The window frames were painted black and so was the area between the rear lights, which were blacked out a little. The black pin stripes which were already fitted before were fitted again, and these stripes accentuated the form of the body. New BBS 6x14" rims with
185/60HR14 Pirelli P6 were mounted. Some time ago Peter had tried 5,5x15" with 195/50VR15 BF Goodrich, but that was terrible, the car sailing from one side to the other and the ridges on the road deciding where the car should go.
Now the car was as perfect as a street Alfasud could ever be at that time. The only possible improvements at that time (1985) was that you could get a special crank with 70 mm stroke and 85 mm pistons, creating a 1.6 engine. But that was very expensive.
In 1987 Peter moved to new premises, where he should not use the car for every day transport, so new plans developed. The result of one of the plans was a series III Alfasud 1.5 Ti with Sprintex supercharger. The yellow Alfasud now had 250.000 km (!) on the odometer, and it was sold for 8.000 Euro, same as the price of the new car in Denmark in 1979! Many years later Peter decided to make a new perfect Alfasud, an Alfasud 1.5 QV with 1.7 litre engine.
Last Update: May, 27th 2004 Created: March, 7th 2003
© Layout by Tim Rauen. Text and photos by Peter Dyrelund.