I paid a visit to Stephen’s ALFA on 30th and Broadway in Oakland where I ended up dropping of the X1/9 for a complete once-over, brake hose replacement and smog check. The car would spend 3 days there while the mechanic would go through these items with a shop manual I have not ever seen before. Cool that he had one though, it looked OEM as well. I was happy that by the time he was done with everything, I had a completely overhauled hydraulic system, a clean motor and best of all, it passed smog with awesome results.
Next up: new tires. A fellow X-Webber had posted about a new supply of 185/60/13 tires on the Tire Easy website so I ordered 4. These tires are become more and more hard to find (at least here in the U.S.) so I thought I would jump on these. I had them delivered to Tire Sales and Service on the corner of MacArthur and Market for $50, the guys mounted, balanced and installed them. He later informed me that he could easily get the same size tires, next-day and for $60/ea installed. I’ll have to keep him in mind for the next time.