Alfetta Transmission, Part 3

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On September - 9 - 2007

Russ Neely, Brian Shorey and Stevan Thomas, people that I’ve known for years only through the Alfa Digest, all recommended that I get the gears lightened on my Alfetta’s transmission.

Alfa Romeo Alfetta Input Shaft

I’ve had the transmission apart for a while (to replace the clutch) and finally got around to having the work done.

Two people were recommended, Tom Sahines and Merritt Carden. Tom Sahines was too busy and he gave me Merritt’s number. I sent my gears and input shaft to Merritt at the end of July and went to pick them up 10 days later.

Merritt’s house is in sort of a cul-de-sac. There was a front-ended Kia in the driveway – his son’s car, waiting for an insurance adjuster.

Alfa Romeo Alfetta Lightened Gear

His garage was his machine shop. It was packed with junk in addition to a (if I remember correctly, and old Bridgeport) mill, drill press, hydraulic press, etc. It was one of those shops where the owner knows where everything is, but if you moved one thing two feet, it would take him a month to find it.

I picked the gears up at the beginning of August. Merritt carefully unwrapped each gear to show me his work. In some cases, the gears were not only drilled for lightness but the walls were also machined – all this on hardened steel. The quality of the work was clearly apparent. Look at the photographs – they speak for Merritt’s beautiful work. More pitures here.

To contact Merritt Carden:

7475 Shady Hollow Dr
Newark, Ca 94560
(510) 797-2446

 

One Response to “Alfetta Transmission, Part 3”

  1. Kim Ferreira (Carden) says:

    Hi! Stevan Thomas sent me a link to your blog. Merritt Carden is my father, and he thought we’d like to see what you had to say about my dad’s work, I’m with ya on the state of the “shop”, but what’re ya gonna do? I would like to ask a favor. If you are happy with the finished gears, do you think you might mention the quality of the machine work? I think that I could live with the World Wide Web knowing our garage is a crazy, pack-rats Club Med if I could at least take some comfort in my dad getting some recognition for his talent. (He’s 85. And still up to his armpits in an Alfa!) Thanks for the really great photos!

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