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Guess I am the only one....

Postby Jim E » Fri Apr 15, 2005 2:25 pm

Am I the only Modified Alpine owner? I mean hay I know this club has had a "Tiger" bias for years but I am sure I have meet a few Alpine guys at events over the years and if you own a Alpine it is most likely modified or not running. HAY IS THERE ANY ONE OUT THERE? Post tell us a story say friggin something. All you TE/AE members who are Alpine owners speak up bump your gums show these Tiger boys we are part of this club too. Heck they just have modified Alpines.

I here by challenge all TE/AE Alpine owners to post even if it is just to say. "Hi my name is xxxxx and I own and an Alpine" other wise you are not supporting this club and this board.
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Postby 65sunbeam » Fri Apr 15, 2005 3:41 pm

My name is Eric and I own an Alpine.....or two. I can't speak for the others but I started with a Tiger a long time ago and then about 20 years ago I bought my first running Alpine. What fun! Easier steering, better gas mileage, and that same great feeling driving down the road. I just bought another Alpine from the original owner and will soon be installing an OD tranny that I got from a fellow board member. With gas starting to get more expensive, this Alpine will be my mode of travel to work!
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Postby jaars » Fri Apr 15, 2005 9:56 pm

I also started with Alpines, and still have 1/2 of an Alpine (Now isn't that modified? in the shed. Someday I hope it might become a trailer. Now isn't that even more modified? Still recognizable as a Sunbeam though.
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Postby Jim E » Sat Apr 16, 2005 7:58 am

Robert you using the front or rear half to make the trailer? I always thought it would be cool to graft ends of the rear fenders on a front end for a trailer.
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Postby jaars » Sat Apr 16, 2005 11:28 am

Jim It is the rear end, the front fenders were too wrinkled.
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OK - I modified my Alpine!

Postby Paul A » Sun Apr 17, 2005 8:01 am

Hi all:

A few years back I crossed over to the dark side and modified my Series V by installing a 5 speed transmission. With the scarcity of overdrive units it was a pragmatic way to achieve the same results - lower rpms, less engine wear, slightly better gas mileage and less noise and buzziness in the car when running 75-80 mph on the interstate.

from sunny South Dakota,
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Postby Jim E » Sun Apr 17, 2005 10:27 am

Paul the Toyota transmission set up is just slick! I do not understand why it is not done more often here in the US.
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Postby Paul A » Sun Apr 17, 2005 4:29 pm

Jim E wrote:Paul the Toyota transmission set up is just slick! I do not understand why it is not done more often here in the US.


Hi Jim: Yeah, I agree. The tranny is about bullet proof. It will handle way more horsepower than the Alpine engine will ever produce. The tranny is readily available at reasonable prices all over the US. Parts, if you ever need 'em, are also readily available. And, last but not least, the 5th gear overdrive eliminates the need for switches, wiring, solenoids and the like required by the very good Alpine overdirve unit.

time to go fishing - it's about 80 degrees today and the Alpine is going for a ride!

from sunny South Dakota,

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Postby T-GRRR » Sun Apr 17, 2005 5:09 pm

Is this modified enough? It's my kid's project.
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More info at his website: http://www.toyzjunkie.com
Click on the V-6 Sunbeam Alpine tab
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Postby Jim E » Sun Apr 17, 2005 7:37 pm

hahahaah I think it qualifies just barely. That should be an interesting ride.
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Postby alpine_64 » Mon Apr 18, 2005 1:46 am

Hello my name is Michael, I own a modified SII alpine. I have done a few things to the motor, interiro and rear suspension.. you can see more about that here... http://community.webshots.com/user/alpine_64

My father owns a SIVGT which has been converted to a softop and runs a DD weber and a skimmed head...

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Postby ChuckIngram » Thu Apr 21, 2005 4:33 pm

Hey Jim
No you are not alone.(Tongue in cheek as you know what I have)
I own 2 modified Alpines.
How about making a LIster clone.Stuff a 351 windsor under the hood with a 5 speed pushing a 8 Inch ford rear end.Oh yes the front end has been modified using aftermarket mustang A arms,spindles,Mustang 2 rotors and calipers with Mustang rack and pinion.
My good old 62 V6 is now going to have a hot 302, 5 speed and ford rear end.Front end has mustang spindles etc.Of course I had to add again the good old mustang rack and pinion.
This of course is but a brief introduction to what I have done.
I will always answer who ever wants to know more about me and the cars.
Right now I'm finding it hard to find the time to work on it.The weekend starting today is gone as we are having some of the grandchildren over.Thats just one of the reasons its sunny all the time 8)
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Postby Steve Kirk » Mon May 16, 2005 6:11 pm

I have a 1962 series 2 Alpine. The car has a 1725CC plus late series overdrive transmission. My car is a RHD example. I am located in the north Dallas area.

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Postby AutoX47 » Tue May 17, 2005 12:34 am

I too prefer to improve the breed :)
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Postby tigertoms » Tue May 17, 2005 11:02 pm

Jim E. Your challenge should humble the Tiger heads. These guys prove it really is more fun to play with an Alpine.
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