BreitWerks engages with customers that have a passion for their automobile. We saw that passion next door to our shop when this pretty little Alfa Romeo was getting some interior work done at Hank's Upholstery.
The owner happened to walk by and I incorrectly identified his Alfa by a year or two. I was immediately corrected with the correct year and model specifics. Right there I knew that BreitWerks had to be involved with this car!
It turns out that the pretty little redhead had been undergoing a 12 year, full blown, rotisserie restoration. Every nut, bolt and screw had been lovingly attended to and looked like a rolling piece of artwork! There was only one thing wrong with little Miss Magic... she had no motive power. The engine bay was empty!
Turns out that the motor had been in storage for the last 12 years and was the next subsystem to be installed. The only speedbump was that the owner had hurt his wrist pretty bad and was looking at a long recovery. Oh well, I figured I'd see that little lady cruising the streets in a year or two. A few days later I get a phone call from the redhead's caretaker. He inquired if we work on anything other than Porsche's (this is a pretty common question). Based on his passion and attention to detail on this amazing restoration I told him that we take on a limited number of Special Projects.
Long story short, a few days later I met him at his storage unit to look over the 1600cc, dual overhead cam, Veloce engine to figure out how long we need to get that little Italian terror back under her own power. Unfortunately the external signs that the little engine was showing said that she needed some serious TLC before she could handle flame fronts in her bore. We took the motor back to BreitWerks and immediately began to fully assess the situation.
As I dug further and further into the classic powerplant I kept seeing things that didn't look quite right. At this point, the entire motor is torn apart down to the engine block. This is an ongoing project and the machine work on the crank, cams and heads is underway. Every piece has been cleaned, glass bead blasted with the BreitWerks proprietary technique, measured, and cleaned again. Nothing will go back on this motor that doesn't look as good or perform as well as what came out of the Alfa Romeo factory in 1965!
Check back for updates as things progress. Or... stop by the shop and see it for yourself!