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The end

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Final update. La Tempesta was sold to its new owner in late May 2011 and is currently in his queue of cars awaiting restoration. It left the concrete bunker 29. May and the day after that I packed up all my tools (and sold most of them) and left the garage. My old space is now used to strip a Lancia Delta HF for resto. The license plates were handed over to the authorities prior to selling it, so JD46171 is now officially off the records.

Thanks for following the blog and my attempts to document every possible little thing I did to the car. All the posts, pictures and documents will stay up on the internet for posterity, but there will be no new posts.

Tor Willy

Notice to Alfisti

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Well, I guess this is how it ends. Because of circumstances beyond my control, La Tempesta is for sale as it sits right now. This is the message I posted to the Alfa Montreal mailing list a couple of days ago:

My red half-finished Montreal no 1428144 is now for sale. Those who have followed my restoration blog for the past 5+ years will know that it is in the middle of a slow moving restoration. It is therefore technically half parts car and half promising project, but the definition is of course up to you.

Everything in the suspension is renewed and have barely touched the road; Bilstein shocks, Classic Alfa handling kit, all new bushes (mix of HD rubber and polyurethane). New-ish Vredestein Sprint Classic 205/70-14 tyres from 2007. Tie rods are also new. Front brakes have the DBA discs with new pads. Brake hoses are new all around. Hand brake cable is new. The exhaust needs replacement badly.

Engine has 97.000 kms on it and probably needs a re-seal, but the actual condition is unknown to me. The resto never got that far.

Body wise the car is incomplete as far as external trim is concerned. Rust repairs have started on the passenger side (sills and B-pillar) and is about halfway done. The driver’s side is largely untouched. New inner sills have been fabricated, and the rest of the (Häckner repro) sills/rocker panels comes with the car. I do not have the quarter panels.

There is rust in the front anti roll bar attachment points as usual, plus the front mud guards need some minor rust repairs. Otherwise the car is sound.

The seats are currently away for restoration at an upholsterer, but we can probably work out the details on that particular matter. The rest of the interior has been removed, including all the carpets and 95% of the sound deadening. I have the old, red carpets.

I am the third owner since 1975. The car and the work I’ve done on it is extensively documented on my blog at, but if you have additional questions, please get in touch with me off the list: email or telephone +47 480 62 642. I speak fluent English and to some extent German. Swedish and Danish is of course no problem. A small cache of parts is included in the sale. Please see Parts Shelf on the blog.

I am looking to sell it in one piece for around EUR 12,000, excluding any transportation cost.

There you have it. I’ve had some enquiries already, but they apparently hadn’t progressed beyond the hemming and hawing stage. It’s still for sale as of Friday 6th May.

We’ll resume our regular schedule shortly

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Since I promised the rest of the family that the new room in the basement would be finished before winter solstice rolls around, I have (as you may have noticed) not done much on the car the last couple of months. Instead, I’ve been busy with a very different set of tools and paints. A small batch of tie rod ends and some other items are on their way from Classic Alfa, so the front suspension is hopefully coming back together some time in January or February.

For what it’s worth: I’ve promised to drag La Tempesta to NSKs Spring Meet in May, no matter the condition of the car 😉

Social call in the garage

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Not much have happened to the car the last couple of weeks since I’ve been busy with the last few details in planning CSM and helping with the event itself. Like last year, I spent four whole days on Vålerbanen as paddock manager. Shoehorning 155 race cars, camping trailers, support vehicles and whatnot into the cramped Vålerbanen paddock is a lot of work, but in the end we managed to pull it together. The weekend was at times extremely wet, but all the participants were happy anyway since they came to race, not to take a sunbath in the paddock.

This week I’ve mostly spent being tired and dizzy after too much fresh air, but tonight we gathered in the bunker for some Montreal talk, coffee and … well … more talk. Trond and Bjørnar showed up with their Montreals while Lars E. checked in by phone and expressed his regrets for not being able to show up.  In any case, we managed to gather half the Norwegian Montreal population again, and that’s not bad at all.

Bjørnar brought along a very nice electrics diagram in A2 format for the Montreal, which a friend of his had done on a plotter. This will come in very handy since zooming in on a tiny computer screen tends to remove the bigger picture too much.

All in all a very nice evening! Next informal meet will probably be in Kongsberg with Lars E or at Bjørnars place.

Bjørnar to the left and Trond to the rightimg_5855.jpgimg_5857.jpg