Alfetta Transmission, Part 3

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 Transmission Input Shaft
Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sprint Veloce transmission 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 Merrit Carden. Tom Sahines was too busy and he gave me Merrit’s number. I sent my gears and input shaft to Merrit at the end of July and went to pick them up 10 days later.

Merrit’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 Transmission Lightened Gear
Alfa Romeo Alfetta Sprint Veloce transmission 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. Merrit 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 Merrit’s beautiful work. More pitures here.

To contact Merrit Carden:

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