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Posted by: Smallville 6th October 2012 15:33

As per the title, what have you done to her today? This can means anything smile.gif

I'll start it off. got new boots on the GTA today smile.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 6th October 2012 17:15

I looked at her today on the ramp and thought 'I really need to buy some parts'

Posted by: addamski1980 6th October 2012 18:38

the clonking coming from her rear reminded me i should fit those rear arm repair kits ive got in the boot

Posted by: stevepx 7th October 2012 09:58

b**ger all as it's still at the garage being stripped down......(see other thread).. sad.gif

Posted by: AR 145 8th October 2012 11:58

Withdraw £80 to fill her up on Wednesday.

You know why Scott worshippy.gif

Posted by: Smallville 8th October 2012 12:30

QUOTE(AR 145 @ 8th October 2012 12:58) *
Withdraw £80 to fill her up on Wednesday.

You know why Scott worshippy.gif


naughty.gif wink.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: Duncan 8th October 2012 18:27

Realised the speedo and tacho aren't working properly angry.gif

Posted by: Fin 15th October 2012 15:42

Fitted this: (Sort of)



I say sort of, because I've yet to properly fit and hide the cabling in the dashboard. Also, I've only got the stick-on windscreen antenna with it, so I'll give it a few journeys and see how well it picks stuff up!

Posted by: vantastic 15th October 2012 18:02

QUOTE(Fin @ 15th October 2012 16:42) *
Fitted this: (Sort of)



I say sort of, because I've yet to properly fit and hide the cabling in the dashboard. Also, I've only got the stick-on windscreen antenna with it, so I'll give it a few journeys and see how well it picks stuff up!



All becomes clear now wink.gif

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 15th October 2012 18:59

QUOTE(Fin)
Also, I've only got the stick-on windscreen antenna with it, so I'll give it a few journeys and see how well it picks stuff up!

I'd be really interested to know hiw that goes smile.gif

Posted by: Smallville 15th October 2012 22:41

Hmmm...

Christine the 155 - Disabled the ABS system so I can drive her biggrin.gif

Bella the GTA - PS3s fitted all round then a full alignment done and it's transformed how she handles smile.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 15th October 2012 23:50

QUOTE(Smallville @ 15th October 2012 23:41) *
Bella the GTA - PS3s fitted all round then a full alignment done and it's transformed how she handles smile.gif


what size screen you got for that?

Posted by: Smallville 16th October 2012 00:12

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 16th October 2012 00:50) *
what size screen you got for that?


Pilot Sport 3s I mean you silly t*t whistle.gif

Posted by: tom145 16th October 2012 07:51

bought a set of speedlines biggrin.gif, full service, cambelt change and waterpump, getting bits done for MOT as we speak and i gotta get coolant leak and heater matrix fixed......

Posted by: black 146 16th October 2012 08:19

QUOTE(tom145 @ 16th October 2012 08:51) *
bought a set of speedlines biggrin.gif, full service, cambelt change and waterpump, getting bits done for MOT as we speak and i gotta get coolant leak and heater matrix fixed......






get some pics up fella when you get the new wheels on laugh.gif
are you keeping them black ?

Posted by: Fin 16th October 2012 09:36

QUOTE(Cloverleaf76 @ 15th October 2012 19:59) *
I'd be really interested to know hiw that goes smile.gif

Well, after one journey from Derbyshire up to Cheshire and back it wasn't too bad really... The signal wasn't too good near to mine once I got going, not bad around Derby and fairly usable around Uttoxeter/Stoke way. Once I got on the M6, it seemed to improve and Planet Rock \m/ was clear and loud! coolio.gif

According to stuff off of the Internet (including http://www.dabonwheels.co.uk) a proper antenna improves reception no end. Seeing as I replaced the original antenna on my car with a powered one that was supposed to be good (but in reality was toss) I'm going to order and fit a decent DAB one later this week!

Watch this space!

Posted by: tom145 16th October 2012 10:07

QUOTE(black 146 @ 16th October 2012 09:19) *
get some pics up fella when you get the new wheels on laugh.gif
are you keeping them black ?


there grey atm, and ive got a colour in mind whats basicly grey, off a honda civic wheels i did little while ago and i liked it, im going to refurb them while stuff is baking off at work then get new tires put on also space them out about 10-15mm probs. pictures of all of this will be taken.

Posted by: Steve Hill 24th October 2012 15:40

Been a busy bee today...

Replaced rear wheel bearings..borrowed a 3/4 drive socket set..easy with the right tools!

Fitted door mechanism.....what a pain..took longer than both wheel bearings..and...try as I could..and believe me I was gentler than a gentle thing from the planet gentle..but I still broke the bloody speaker grill lug clean off... rant.gif ..still at least the boss can open her door now...thanks to Vantastic for the spare bit

Changed spark plugs...last lot were NGK..62,000 miles and still looked ok..well the point of a couple of the smaller ones had seen better days...

Believe it or not 5 of the 8 plug wells had oil in them..the small plug furthest from the filler cap had so much I could just see the top of the plug...even though I am careful topping up and re-filling with oil I could imagine cylinder 1 plugs having oil in..but the furthest away?..especially if number 3 was dry? Number 1 both plugs gad a lot of oil, indeed the small plug, like in number 4 cylinder was barely visible!

Still it would appear to make a nonsense of saying a mis-fire is caused by oil in number one cylinder plugs!

Posted by: tom145 24th October 2012 16:31

black diamond discs, pads and brake lines ordered earlier today smile.gif

Posted by: addamski1980 24th October 2012 18:07

I WENT AND PICKED UP TAKAWAY CHINESE IN MY BELLA i dont know why i was shouting that thumb hit caps lock

Posted by: Duncan 20th November 2012 15:30

Cleaned the interior, for the first time since I bought it blush.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 20th November 2012 18:09

Driven to MOT station and sat here for an hour s**tting my knickers!

Posted by: AR 145 21st November 2012 13:13

Thought about where to take her for a hoon early sunday morning.. smile.gif

Posted by: cesar86 21st November 2012 17:57

Jacked her up only to find a split CV boot and lots of grease around dry.gif

Posted by: Gaz 21st November 2012 18:49

Drove it to work in the morning and home this evening. Noticed the handbrake light flickers when accelerating

Posted by: Steve Hill 21st November 2012 19:04

QUOTE(Gaz @ 21st November 2012 19:49) *
Drove it to work in the morning and home this evening. Noticed the handbrake light flickers when accelerating

Definitely the handbrake lamp?... it's not the brake warning lamp because the clutch/brake fluid reservoir is low?..and that maybe the clutch slave cylinder leaking.

Posted by: GialloEvo94 21st November 2012 19:06

QUOTE(Gaz @ 21st November 2012 18:49) *
Drove it to work in the morning and home this evening. Noticed the handbrake light flickers when accelerating

Handbrake lamp doubles up as a low brake/clutch fluid level warning indicator.

Posted by: Steve Hill 21st November 2012 19:09

oh do try to keep up GE!

Posted by: Gaz 21st November 2012 20:52

Checked the fluid levels they are all fine. That was my initial thought as the brakes feel a bit spongy but im lost now, no idea

Posted by: GialloEvo94 21st November 2012 20:55

QUOTE(Gaz @ 21st November 2012 20:52) *
Checked the fluid levels they are all fine. That was my initial thought as the brakes feel a bit spongy but im lost now, no idea

The fluid level sensor is probably faulty then. It's a "float" in the cap.

Posted by: Gaz 21st November 2012 21:02

So what then, new reservoir cap?

Thats good, just made a post and get techy help. Cheers like biggrin.gif

Posted by: xyy81t 22nd November 2012 17:09

could it not also be brake pad wear? same warning light is used for those is it not?

Posted by: Gaz 22nd November 2012 20:07

New pads. I did think of the pad level wear sensors and dodgy connections but the warning light would be less consistent

Posted by: black 146 23rd November 2012 19:22

i just payed for a new bosh lambada then found out it was the wrong make .so i got to go back on monday to get the right one

Posted by: NaanBread 23rd November 2012 19:43

I forgot to lower the drivers seat.

Posted by: Glen Horne 5th December 2012 08:40

Been pretty busy with it recently!

New lower wishbones and ARB links fitted- what a difference!
Stripped seats and carpets out for welding, had both rear footwells and sills done, they were pretty bad!
Waxoiled inside around new plates and underneath.
Removed skirts and cleaned out a shed load of crap, ran a line of waxoil down the sill.
Whilst the seats were out I did the conversion to remove the seat height adjustment mechanism, all I can say is I wish I'd done it sooner, the position feels perfect now, you sit IN the car instead of ON it!

Naturally I took it out for a blast whilst the interior was stripped out! coolio.gif whistle.gif

Posted by: black 146 5th December 2012 17:29

QUOTE(Glen Horne @ 5th December 2012 08:40) *
Been pretty busy with it recently!

New lower wishbones and ARB links fitted- what a difference!
Stripped seats and carpets out for welding, had both rear footwells and sills done, they were pretty bad!
Waxoiled inside around new plates and underneath.
Removed skirts and cleaned out a shed load of crap, ran a line of waxoil down the sill.
Whilst the seats were out I did the conversion to remove the seat height adjustment mechanism, all I can say is I wish I'd done it sooner, the position feels perfect now, you sit IN the car instead of ON it!

Naturally I took it out for a blast whilst the interior was stripped out! coolio.gif whistle.gif




did you take some pics ? whistle.gif

Posted by: addamski1980 5th December 2012 19:47

well ive bought some leather door cards gonna fit them at weekend hopefully if im not as hungover as last weekend. (got drunk at friends dyed my movember tash pink and a bit of hair got covered in glitter and wore a ladies 1920's hat and then went to pub like that got home at 9 am) had funny looks on walk of shame lol

Posted by: AR 145 6th December 2012 12:47

Hoped that the battery hasnt died from the freezing cold weather and not being driven for a while lol

Posted by: ChrisS 6th December 2012 21:05

Pushed the nsf indicator back in again, freebie pops it out if i reverse with left steering lock....

And tried to figure why the red one fogs up so much.

Posted by: Steve Hill 6th December 2012 22:18

QUOTE(ChrisS @ 6th December 2012 22:05) *
And tried to figure why the red one fogs up so much.

Figure it out yet?....search vent flap on here...a common fault.


Posted by: ChrisS 12th December 2012 20:28

QUOTE(Steve Hill @ 6th December 2012 22:18) *
Figure it out yet?....search vent flap on here...a common fault.

Thanks smile.gif been too cold to do much so parked her up & put the Scooby into daily use. Will have a search.

Posted by: black 146 12th December 2012 21:00

QUOTE(ChrisS @ 12th December 2012 20:28) *
Thanks smile.gif been too cold to do much so parked her up & put the Scooby into daily use. Will have a search.





Hi chris have you got any pics of the scooby whistle.gif

Posted by: ChrisS 12th December 2012 21:12

QUOTE(black 146 @ 12th December 2012 21:00) *
Hi chris have you got any pics of the scooby whistle.gif

Yes, but cant upload from an iPad sad.gif

Its a silver WRX Estate, PPP but nothing special

Still looking for stuck flaps!

Posted by: Steve Hill 12th December 2012 21:21

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=4920&hl=condensation

not the link I am looking for..there is a how to on here somewhere saying how to remove the flap...however the last post on that thread does give you a link to, dare I say it?..A.O!!....which explains the problem..in the meantime I'll try and find the thread on here....

Posted by: Steve Hill 12th December 2012 21:26

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=15996&hl=condensation

something more here..still not the thread I had in mind though..although it does tell you how to rectify the problem..sure Purple did a how to though?

Posted by: ChrisS 12th December 2012 21:42

QUOTE(Steve Hill @ 12th December 2012 21:26) *
http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=15996&hl=condensation

something more here..still not the thread I had in mind though..although it does tell you how to rectify the problem..sure Purple did a how to though?

Thanks Steve,
I think i know where to find it. Task for the weekend.
It did still have the rubber sponges under the bonnet, they are drying out in the garage....wont put them back.

Sunroof doesnt leak (not going to risk opening it till summer) and car has no aircon.

Ive used rain x anti fog & thats helped the front screen and side windows stay clear,mhaving the heater on full makes it much worse so had to freeze! Hence ive parked it till I sort it out (having 5 cars does help)

Cheers
Chris

Posted by: AR 145 12th December 2012 22:20

popped out to get a cheesecake for the mrs. Ended up having a 30 min hoon haha!

Posted by: ChrisS 13th December 2012 21:14

Bought some rear lights to fit over christmas

Posted by: Fin 14th December 2012 02:37

Did this yesterday (Wednesday):

New cambelt, balance belt, tensioners and idler, waterpump, *cam sensor, change to longlife antifreeze, oil and filter change and a few jubilee clips here and there. (Phew!)

Also, looked at the airbag unit briefly but I haven't sorted the problem yet. That will be next week when I can be arsed.


* I was going to try and re-build the cam sensor using the part suggested by GE, in the end to avoid having the car off the road for any length of time, I bought a genuine one from Panterra_Steve! I have kept the old one though, so I will see if I can find a cheaper repair/replacement part!

Posted by: ChrisS 7th January 2013 20:10

Finally got round to fixing the stuck flap and fitting replacement rear light at the weekend. So today drove her to work and was able to see out the whole way there...and back!

Thanks to Steve for the guidance, I'd never have worked that one out.

Next... Lsd beckons once I get freebie back. smile.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 17th January 2013 19:57

Finally fitted the original lights after running into many problems due to previous Butchers making bodge jobs.

Changed all the trim on the back of the tail gate due to previous cockwombles ripping off the trim instead of taking screws and bolts out.

Sorted out the front pipe. Car now sounds sweet. It don't sound like a tractor no more. Changed my wheels over to 17'' Mito wheels. Stuck the 145 badge back on as the car had been de-badged.

Tomorrow, door cards for the leather trim going in and hopefully changing bulbs behind the dash.


Posted by: ChrisS 17th January 2013 21:31

Received a nice big box containing enough rear lights to replace the ones glued together on both cars, and a spare set for when they break again...and two tailgate struts to stop it crashing on my head!


Posted by: black 146 17th January 2013 21:36

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 17th January 2013 19:57) *
Finally fitted the original lights after running into many problems due to previous Butchers making bodge jobs.

Changed all the trim on the back of the tail gate due to previous cockwombles ripping off the trim instead of taking screws and bolts out.

Sorted out the front pipe. Car now sounds sweet. It don't sound like a tractor no more. Changed my wheels over to 17'' Mito wheels. Stuck the 145 badge back on as the car had been de-badged.

Tomorrow, door cards for the leather trim going in and hopefully changing bulbs behind the dash.







get some pics up fella i do like the 145's with the Mito wheels

Posted by: Alfawolf 17th January 2013 22:08

QUOTE(black 146 @ 17th January 2013 21:36) *
get some pics up fella i do like the 145's with the Mito wheels

I was going to take some today but she's filthy from the motorway. I'll get some up in the next few days. Still got a few jobs left. It's pretty much all cosmetic now though. Just a little dent here and there and a big scratch on my bonnet.



Posted by: Glen Horne 11th February 2013 20:46

Fitted my new black leather interior and did the lower height mod on the drivers seat (again- only just did it on my last seat- getting good at it now!)

Looks great - cheers Adam! coolio.gif

Posted by: peterg 12th February 2013 01:45

Drove the car properly for the first time with new drop links and arms and it is fantastic - except for the scything sound I now get on left turns that is either sticking pads or a wheel bearing! More work to do I guess.

Posted by: black 146 12th February 2013 02:08

QUOTE(peterg @ 12th February 2013 01:45) *
Drove the car properly for the first time with new drop links and arms and it is fantastic - except for the scything sound I now get on left turns that is either sticking pads or a wheel bearing! More work to do I guess.




was it the drop links or the wishbones witch was the knocking coming from the + f;;k rubbers ?
you may have bent the dust shield on the sides of the discs when doing the job
jack the car up and see or hear any thing rubbing

Posted by: peterg 12th February 2013 16:59

QUOTE(black 146 @ 12th February 2013 02:08) *
was it the drop links or the wishbones witch was the knocking coming from the + f;;k rubbers ?
you may have bent the dust shield on the sides of the discs when doing the job
jack the car up and see or hear any thing rubbing


I replaced both...I did check the dust shield but Ive done it again today and spotted the part at the bottomm near the ball joint is as good as touching....probably from when I used the splitter getting the original arm off. Now fixed (I hope!) smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 12th February 2013 17:48

QUOTE(peterg @ 12th February 2013 16:59) *
I replaced both...I did check the dust shield but Ive done it again today and spotted the part at the bottomm near the ball joint is as good as touching....probably from when I used the splitter getting the original arm off. Now fixed (I hope!) smile.gif




did you tighten the droplinks up when it was sitting back on all fours

Posted by: peterg 12th February 2013 18:15

No, but I had the set up compressed with a jack so I doubt it will go any tighter......there is no movement in the link that I can see/hear/feel.

Posted by: AR 145 13th February 2013 12:05

Walked past her on the drive and thought, "God, thats a good looking car" smile.gif.

Posted by: grimacingreaper 13th February 2013 12:15

Spent the morning freezing my extremities off! Battery keeps going flat so i was on a fact finding mission. I installed new battery connectors, as they were very shabby, then hooked it up to a multimeter and started pulling fuses....still can't find the fault. My guess is Alternator even though it charges the battery fine it might be draining it too! not looking forward to replacing that in the cold!

Rear wiper also wasn't working properly, would go up but get stuck on at the top and seem to look saggy when in its normal position! so i took it off and plugged the hole. probably a temporary measure until i get a new wiper motor.

I then looked at the drivers door as the alarm keeps "bouncing" back when i try and lock it, i think its the lock freezing. The metal guard that is suppose to flip to cover the key hole doesn't want to, so i'm guessing that its allowing water in that then freezes. i'll have to sort that out another time though as my hands have nearly fallen off.

Posted by: Ef-Narkle 15th February 2013 10:30

Yesterday, I thought I'd treat her and glued the rear boot light back on and got rid of the tape holding it up. Much better.

I was surprised they weren't bolted on.

Posted by: NaanBread 15th February 2013 12:48

Just on underground heading to potters bar, looking forward to seeing my old girl and giving her a blast up the A1. I undid the battery clips so hopefully she should start up when I get there. She's been sat a month...cross fingers.

Posted by: buellboy 15th February 2013 17:49

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 15th February 2013 13:48) *
Just on underground heading to potters bar, looking forward to seeing my old girl and giving her a blast up the A1. I undid the battery clips so hopefully she should start up when I get there. She's been sat a month...cross fingers.

Doubt it mate.....lol it's an alfa! Alfa invented plastic that rusts, magnetic aluminium and current drain in circuits with no circuits! HAHAHA

Posted by: hairoil 15th February 2013 20:05

My drivers door wasn't opening without pulling the outer handle repeatedly till it felt it would nearly break so I took her inside and proceeded to take the door card off.
I seen that the bar coming from the outer handle to the mechanism was loose where it fitted the lock mechanism.
The white plastic washer (thingy) that the bar sits into in the lock mechanism was very loose in it's hole.
When I pulled the handle the mechanism was being pushed toward the front of the car instead of toward the left side of the car as it would to activate the mechanism.
I used a cable tie as a temporary fix for the NCT and the door opened like new! (I had to use the rear part of the handle but at least I wouldn't look like I was taking a fit when getting into it.
I locked the car which worked fine but when I tried to unlock it the drivers door wouldn't unlock, so I had to wait and try open the back door before the locks bounced back to the locked position and rip the door card off in race and hack out my cable tie so that the doors would all unlock.

I also got a FRA autoadapt. paramater (additive) P1173 Error code from Fiat ecu scan which i think might be a blow in exhaust and /lambda failure.

So I guess I done sweet FA..... mad.gif rant.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 15th February 2013 23:00

Today I spent hours cleaning up Oil from the Engine Bay, road and foot path. My friendly neighbour notified me this morning that I had puddles of Oil under my car. I was like what, you're joking right?

Anyway, s**t myself when I saw the amount of Black stuff under my car. Popped the Bonnet and was met with a horrific sight. Oil cap no where to be seen and my Engine Bay caked in Oil.

Opps, must have forgot to put cap on the other day when topping her up! Only drive 200 miles loike without the oil cap.

Topped her back up now as she was completely empty of Oil. That's one way to change the Oil isn't it?

Posted by: black 146 16th February 2013 00:07

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 15th February 2013 23:00) *
Today I spent hours cleaning up Oil from the Engine Bay, road and foot path. My friendly neighbour notified me this morning that I had puddles of Oil under my car. I was like what, you're joking right?

Anyway, s**t myself when I saw the amount of Black stuff under my car. Popped the Bonnet and was met with a horrific sight. Oil cap no where to be seen and my Engine Bay caked in Oil.

Opps, must have forgot to put cap on the other day when topping her up! Only drive 200 miles loike without the oil cap.

Topped her back up now as she was completely empty of Oil. That's one way to change the Oil isn't it?




lucky man
been there and did that whistle.gif i smelt IT before i see it. blush.gif as the cap was still sitting on the cover doh.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 16th February 2013 00:16

QUOTE(black 146 @ 16th February 2013 00:07) *
lucky man
been there and did that whistle.gif i smelt the before i see it

Just hoping I've not ruined the Engine. Took a short drive earlier and every thing seems fine. Engine bay was a right mess. I'm hoping most of it will burn off.



Posted by: black 146 16th February 2013 11:26

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 16th February 2013 00:16) *
Just hoping I've not ruined the Engine. Took a short drive earlier and every thing seems fine. Engine bay was a right mess. I'm hoping most of it will burn off.






if the oil light didn't come on i think your ok as you do have some oil left

Posted by: Alfawolf 16th February 2013 13:28

QUOTE(black 146 @ 16th February 2013 11:26) *
if the oil light didn't come on i think your ok as you do have some oil left



No oil light came on. I had to drive to salvage yard though yesterday to get a oil cap. There were 5 Alfa's there being broken. One 145, one 147 and three 156. All the oil caps gone and no where to be seen.
So I got on my knees and starting searching for the gits. Found the cap under the 145 half buried with other crap what others had already ripped off her.
3 quid, all seems good apart from the road and path outside. Neighbours aren't too impressed. Need some rain now.


Posted by: black 146 16th February 2013 19:52

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 16th February 2013 13:28) *
No oil light came on. I had to drive to salvage yard though yesterday to get a oil cap. There were 5 Alfa's there being broken. One 145, one 147 and three 156. All the oil caps gone and no where to be seen.
So I got on my knees and starting searching for the gits. Found the cap under the 145 half buried with other crap what others had already ripped off her.
3 quid, all seems good apart from the road and path outside. Neighbours aren't too impressed. Need some rain now.



get your self a box of DAZ soap powder it will help soak some of the oil and it will smell SWEET lol

Posted by: Ganz 17th February 2013 12:31

This is what I did today - yesterday. Went to a panel beater and resprayer to see if he could fix the dent in the bonnet and a respray. He said he could so I whippped the bonnet off, all on my own (I thought this would be a lot more difficult) its only four bolts. Even managed to lift it off and put in the garage. Then, I got the spare bonnet out my boot - no i'm not joking (brought it a couple of weeks ago for £60) and single-handed attached to the car! As long as you balance it right its not that heavy or even awkward to handle. 15 minute job. Gave the paints' guy my code and year of car but will also send him my engine number and the exact code Sturgesses (who are an Alfa Dealership where I live) got for me through their Alfa database network system thingy; when I gave Sturgesses' my registration they were able to find out exactly all the spec of my car when it was sold in 1996! right down to whether I had the 'extras' like the pepperpot (hope thats right) alloys. Anyway, i was chatting to one of the guys in the paint workshop, an Afghan, who really knew his stuff. In my experience of teaching Afghan students they're invariably top learners who come with great practical skills et al. So knowing it was in good hands I left contented. I'm thinkng.. if they manage to match the colour (red) to the rest of the bodywork i'll get them to do the front, rear bumpers, mirror casings, plastic roof strips and the side skirts of the Cloverleaf.

Next, I set off to have a look at a proposed lock up garage for rent. Nice place but £480 for six month contract made me think.. do I really need it? Having had lock ups in the past, I've just ended up storing a vehicle in them and nothing much else. The reasons why: usually, lock ups are gravel surfaced which is not pleasant to sit on or be in; there really isn't much room around the car; not lighting and.. damp. The thought of keeping my 145 in a damp filled lock up.. The kind of work I was thinking to do in the lock up was: cam belt, replace exhaust and front,rear, mirror and roof strip paint job. As much as I would love to tackle a cam belt job, for £480 I could get my brother in law who runs an Afla Romeo servicing garage "Intaservices" in Leicester to do this for about the same money. Replace exhaust system... I'd need ramps. Not a job I'd fancy in a lock up - if anyone has experience of working in lock ups and have positive thing to say then let me know, i'm open to opinions. The respraying of the plastic bits, well if the re-sprayers do a good job why would I want to do it myself. Having sprayed in a lock up with spray cans I know how difficult and expensive it is although there is a satisfaction to it. Finally, there is the challenge and satisfaction of finding locations to do various jobs on the 145. I've used the following: Asda in-door car park for shelter and light, did the windscreen wiper mechanism there; Halfords car-park under their quite brilliant stadium lights, oil catch can and silicone hoses; local mutli-storey car park (80p all day Sunday) 5 minutes away, for general jobs where I need light (in the winter) and shelter from rain, my local cricket club house car park for washing and waxing (no one is ever around and if they are I am a member so they can sack me if they want). Tried my brother in law but there's no space as he's full of customer cars - alfas mainly. Its interesting to see and hear what they say about the various models. There was a 159 diesel in that goes like stink (no pun intended). Diesels are talked about very highly in terms of performance now which I find depressing as I'm petrol all the way.

Next job was a biggie! A job I've been meaning to do for the last 6 years! A wax polish!! No, I've been cleaning the car using those road side hand wash crews but the last time they had newbies who ended up putting scratches on the 145 (!?) location: by the side of the cricket clubhouse (nice tarmac) a complete car wash with Auto Glym car shampoo followed by... a full red-t-cut of entire bodywork. This was followed by a full Auto Glym wax polish. I have to say there is nothing more satisfying and therapeutic than laying on that creamy Auto Gym wax on to red Alfa paint work.. I could do that all day - in fact I did! Not content with the glass and scratch free (almost) body work and really loving and appreciating the contours and angles of the 145 bodywork, I also did all the black trim (everything black got the treatment and attention). This was a follow up on the trim work I did in the multi-storey a couple if nights before. I cleaned the tires too. Obviously the plastic bits were a different shade as was the replacement bonnet but you know, living in the city, it would drive me paranoid having an immaculate car as cities seem to attract morons, who don't live in the city, who come with one motive in mind: to leave their mark (that's how I got the dent on my original bonnet). A couple of trips later to Halfords for a tire pressure gauge and homebase for some microfibre cleaning towels and a smiley face air freshner finished off a thoroughly satisfying, spring day weather, Saturday afternoon. Finished off the evening with a couple of halves of Peroni in an Italian restaurant, whose owner I see owns a red 147 Lusso. now it doesn't get better than that.



Recent jobs i've done: replaced the tail/boot struts with new marelli ones. Its not a guillotine anymore! Touched up red with Ricambi Originali 130 paint stick. Fitted my third variation baffle to my oil catch can (which I'll post soon), polished all the alloy in the engine bay, hoovered the interior for the thousanth time! Putting on carbon fibre dressing on the door panels, put in new light bulbs all round, changed oil and filter, put sun strip on because my sun visor broke but now I've replaced the sun visor, fabricated and attached an alloy exhaust shield, put some carbon fibre dressing inside some various bits. replaced black hose with as much silicon blue hose. Got a single wiper now because my wiper motor played up again and now stops in the vertical position (thought one vertical wiper was better than two, which looked twice as silly). Cleaned all the crap out of the boot and put some cargo net in there to keep things from flying around.

Ciao!

Posted by: kirk46 17th February 2013 13:27

Given the GTA a wash smile.gif

Posted by: zagman 17th February 2013 13:44

Washed my black QV (twice!) yes it was filthy.

Cleaned interior.

Wasted 40 minutes of my life shopping for tyres!

Posted by: tom145 17th February 2013 17:05

looks likes we was all out washing our cars today, i spent about 2hours doing mine, it really needed it

Posted by: romesolution 17th February 2013 17:12

Today: Stripped the wings, headlights, slam panel, alternator, coilpack, front/back bumper, throttle bodies, induction system,expansion bottle, front calipers/disks, injector rails, fuel pump, relays, center console, rear brake compensator....... for starters!
Next is the carpet, sunroof and all the other stuff before waving a fond farewell to the great scrapper in the sky......! My knuckles are to the bone.

Possibly the most fun i've had for ages!

Also fitted a supersprint manifold and rear system to a schittyshento.

Posted by: GialloEvo94 17th February 2013 23:58

Spent the morning sorting out why one of my rear calipers was red hot (turned out to be seized caliper piston) and why the other one was sometimes resonating/squealing when the brake pedal wasn't being pressed (just slapped on a load of copperslip on the back of the pads to try and sort that). Hopefully the brake issues are now resolved but I won't know for sure until it's been driven around a bit.

Then I investigated why the drivers door check strap was giving two loud cracking sounds when opening and closing the door. Thought it would simply be a case of needing to replace the check strap but upon removing the platic cover over the check strap mechanism on the door, to my horror I discovered that the part of the steel sheet of the door where the bottom bolt of the check strap bolts to had completely broken away no3.gif So that will mean door off so a new piece of metal can be welded in. Due to time constraints, that wasn't a job for today so it can wait until later on in the hear. I just hope the top bolt anchor holds out until I get round to doing that job.

Also finally got round to replacing the blown bulb in the clock which has been bugging me for months.

Posted by: grimacingreaper 21st February 2013 17:41

Got her back from the garage today! they managed to hopefully find the problem with the battery drain, The Electronic clutch for the air conditioning was jammed on apparently. they disconnected it and now i shouldn't have a problem apart from the injector light now stays on!

Also back box is broken, so i'm wondering whether to get a stainless system or just the bits i need!

Posted by: AR 145 22nd February 2013 15:47

Checked tyre pressures and all fluids - topping up where neccessary, all in preparation for an early morning hoon on Sunday smile.gif.


Posted by: kirk46 22nd February 2013 16:46

fitted GSR intake pipe on the GTA off scottie

Posted by: NaanBread 22nd February 2013 19:56

fitted new wiper blades after 3 years of service smile.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 23rd February 2013 13:08

New brake pads as they were grinding on the rear. Mettle on mettle!

Posted by: zagman 23rd February 2013 17:36

Had a pair of Toyo's fitted this morning smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 23rd February 2013 21:07

QUOTE(zagman @ 23rd February 2013 17:36) *
Had a pair of Toyo's fitted this morning smile.gif




were did you endup getting them from ?

Posted by: zagman 23rd February 2013 21:47

got em through black circles. What a difference a decent bit or rubber can make!

Posted by: Desperado 24th February 2013 15:03

Got it started after the winter lay up. Key code fault rectified with the help of this thread

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=16939

Thanks to GialloEvo biggrin.gif

Battery brought back from the brink - battery tray cleaned up and painted along with the bbob brackets
New relay holders and terminals ordered
O/S/F abs sensor replaced

enough for today - flippin cold out there!

Posted by: peterg 25th February 2013 07:17

I got my remote central locking working...also thanks to GialloEvo smile.gif

Posted by: MantasQV 27th February 2013 17:37

QUOTE(zagman @ 23rd February 2013 21:47) *
got em through black circles. What a difference a decent bit or rubber can make!

I have Toyos on all four corners, they are great.

Posted by: Alfawolf 27th February 2013 17:57

I haven't done jack today. I've got the door skins to change over, but I've been delaying this job now for months as I reckon it's going to be a right pain the a**e taking them off and putting the leather ones on.

I also need to change the bulbs behind the heater controls.

That's all I've got to do really now that I can do. I'll have my exhaust soon from MIJ from Walsall and then I just need to pay somebody to sort scratch out on the Bonnet.

Oh yeah, fecking Air bag light is back on again. I've still got a few resistors lying around so I might pay somebody to do a proper job soldering the wires as I'm evidently s**t at Soldering!!

Posted by: MantasQV 27th February 2013 17:57

Finally got all the parts together, will start burning the rubber off the arms on Saturday if it not raining/snowing.
Original suspension arms are only £35.94 each from shop4parts eek.gif

 

Posted by: zagman 27th February 2013 18:36

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 27th February 2013 17:57) *
I haven't done jack today. I've got the door skins to change over, but I've been delaying this job now for months as I reckon it's going to be a right pain the a**e taking them off and putting the leather ones on.



Door "cards"? Removing the old ones and reinstalling leather door cards is a doddle, honest, I even reckon I could do it blindfold in less than twenty minutes

Posted by: Alfawolf 27th February 2013 19:43

QUOTE(zagman @ 27th February 2013 18:36) *
Door "cards"? Removing the old ones and reinstalling leather door cards is a doddle, honest, I even reckon I could do it blindfold in less than twenty minutes


I've done quite a few doddle jobs on my car. Only for them to turn into absolute Mares once I've taken things off and found past Bodges awaiting me.

Seriously, from past experience with this car, I reckon the door cards are probably super Glued on or bonded.

Posted by: black 146 27th February 2013 21:19

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 27th February 2013 17:57) *
I haven't done jack today. I've got the door skins to change over, but I've been delaying this job now for months as I reckon it's going to be a right pain the a**e taking them off and putting the leather ones on.

I also need to change the bulbs behind the heater controls.

That's all I've got to do really now that I can do. I'll have my exhaust soon from MIJ from Walsall and then I just need to pay somebody to sort scratch out on the Bonnet.

Oh yeah, fecking Air bag light is back on again. I've still got a few resistors lying around so I might pay somebody to do a proper job soldering the wires as I'm evidently s**t at Soldering!!



if you take the air vent grill on top off the dash you can get to them at the top so you can un clip the bulbs with out braking them off blush.gif with out taking the heater panel off

Posted by: zagman 28th February 2013 18:55

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 27th February 2013 19:43) *
, I reckon the door cards are probably super Glued on or bonded.



LOL ! I know exactly what you mean !

Posted by: Alfawolf 28th February 2013 19:18

QUOTE(black 146 @ 27th February 2013 21:19) *
if you take the air vent grill on top off the dash you can get to them at the top so you can un clip the bulbs with out braking them off blush.gif with out taking the heater panel off


Brilliant, I love it. Do I just wedge the vent off with a little screw driver?

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 28th February 2013 20:09

Bloody bodywork.

Someone was asking the other day for some pics and forgot I had taken these but got distracted.

These are a few days old: door handle now finished and smooth as a strippers thigh. Rest now black but needs rubbing down and another coat.






Posted by: Ef-Narkle 1st March 2013 12:58

Just replaced the clutch slave cylinder, thanks to the awesome thread on here. A couple of stubborn bolts almost had me giving up as it is freezing cold, but I did it.

Forgot to put the plastic tray back under the battery though... Shouldn't be a problem?


Posted by: Alfawolf 1st March 2013 13:14

Decided to sort my door cards out today. I've been a right pleb to be fair. I never actually had to get the whole of the Door cards off in the first place. When I bought the leather trim, I was only given the the bit with the leather surface and the Red stitching. I was never actually given the whole of the door cards.

So after taking the whole of the passenger Door card off, I then realised I didn't have to take the Door card off at all. I just had to use a screw driver to prise the old cloth bit off. So after all that crap, I just need to bond the leather bit back on both doors.

Who said It's a f**king Doddle? It took me fecking ages to get the door card back on properly! Then I broke the little bracket that goes around the Door handle!!

Posted by: NaanBread 1st March 2013 13:58

not gonna lie, but usually putting the door card back on is the easiest bit to do laugh.gif

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 1st March 2013 14:11

QUOTE(Ef-Narkle @ 1st March 2013 12:58) *
Forgot to put the plastic tray back under the battery though... Shouldn't be a problem?


Nah. Til you mentioned it I forgot there was one.

Posted by: Alfawolf 1st March 2013 16:22

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 1st March 2013 13:58) *
not gonna lie, but usually putting the door card back on is the easiest bit to do laugh.gif


What? I couldn't get all the f**king white clips to go in. There was always the top middle one that wouldn't go in. In the end, I removed the offending white clip and proceeded without the fecker.

I am never taking the cards off again. I just knew this job was going to drive me mad. Anyway, I've used Araldite and my leather interior is now complete.

Next problem, I cannot connect to the Engine ECU. No problems connecting to ABS and Airbags.

Posted by: 146tigaz 1st March 2013 23:06

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 1st March 2013 16:22) *
What? I couldn't get all the f**king white clips to go in. There was always the top middle one that wouldn't go in. In the end, I removed the offending white clip and proceeded without the fecker.

I am never taking the cards off again. I just knew this job was going to drive me mad. Anyway, I've used Araldite and my leather interior is now complete.

Next problem, I cannot connect to the Engine ECU. No problems connecting to ABS and Airbags.

Hey, may have a spare door handle surround, phase 1? I'm in Wolverhampton, so if you ever need a hand with anything, give me a shout, really not a problem.



Posted by: Alfawolf 1st March 2013 23:19

QUOTE(146tigaz @ 1st March 2013 23:06) *
Hey, may have a spare door handle surround, phase 1? I'm in Wolverhampton, so if you ever need a hand with anything, give me a shout, really not a problem.



Alright Boss. I'm coming down Wolves next week. I'll have to come down and say hello. Yeah, phase one it is.

Posted by: 146tigaz 1st March 2013 23:49

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 1st March 2013 23:19) *
Alright Boss. I'm coming down Wolves next week. I'll have to come down and say hello. Yeah, phase one it is.

Hey anytime, just let me know when, be glad to help.

Gaz

Posted by: NaanBread 2nd March 2013 17:24

cleaned the sick out of my car and then finally fitted the passenger side green leather door card...im gonna lower the drivers seat tomorrow if i can.

Posted by: hairoil 2nd March 2013 18:38

Went to change the front left wheel bearing, one of the eyes for the brake calliper broke off in the press.... and is no welded back on.

So I have a dodgey hub with a good bearing in it and on the way home the ABS light stayed on.
Turns out the ABS sensor was fubared... I think it was seized in it's own hole and when I removed it, it fell to pieces...

Posted by: bl4desman 2nd March 2013 23:40

I changed the mirror glass after some *** smashed it the other morning rant.gif . Got a blue glass one off Ebay but I had fun to adapting the connection for the wiring to make it fit. Jury is out on the glass though as I think the original gives a clearer image, although a smaller clearer image. I might get used to it smile.gif

Posted by: grimacingreaper 4th March 2013 18:30

I did nothing but i had a new stainless cat back exhaust fitted today by MIJ exhausts, Mid-sport option with letterbox tailpipe.

It sounds amazing, only downside is a slightly droney-ness when on the motorway but can live with that!!

Will upload some pictures tomorrow when i get a chance!

Posted by: black 146 4th March 2013 19:00

QUOTE(bl4desman @ 2nd March 2013 23:40) *
I changed the mirror glass after some *** smashed it the other morning rant.gif . Got a blue glass one off Ebay but I had fun to adapting the connection for the wiring to make it fit. Jury is out on the glass though as I think the original gives a clearer image, although a smaller clearer image. I might get used to it smile.gif





i got one of them and ended up taking it off and the glass moves alot more

Posted by: NaanBread 4th March 2013 19:19

that reminds me...I did lower my drivers seat yesterday biggrin.gif feels much more racey now...


ph2 seats sit a lot lower than ph1 seats!

Posted by: Alfawolf 4th March 2013 19:43

I've done a few jobs today. Changed bulbs behind the Dash. Tidying the Engine Bay up giving it a clean and swapping the Maf plug over has mine had fallen apart. I went to salvage yard to get a grille as mine is cracked, but the 145 i've been pillaging is gone!

They've got a 146 in though, so I had few little bits off that.

Posted by: bl4desman 4th March 2013 21:02

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 4th March 2013 19:19) *
that reminds me...I did lower my drivers seat yesterday biggrin.gif feels much more racey now...
ph2 seats sit a lot lower than ph1 seats!


Whys that Naan? Is it the actual seat base that is thicker on the ph1 or is it the mechanism that is different? smile.gif

Posted by: kirk46 5th March 2013 00:30

gave the GTA a good wash and wax with DoDo Juice purple haze biggrin.gif

Posted by: grimacingreaper 5th March 2013 10:31

Here are the pictures i said i would chuck up..






as you can see it looks a lot better than the ebay pea shooter that was on it before! (as shown in my Signature)

Posted by: black 146 5th March 2013 17:42

looking very nice fella thumbup.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 5th March 2013 18:09

QUOTE(bl4desman @ 4th March 2013 21:02) *
Whys that Naan? Is it the actual seat base that is thicker on the ph1 or is it the mechanism that is different? smile.gif


I really dont know, I presume its the seat base itself. When I fitted the ph1 leather seats, the drivers seat sat so high compared to the ph2 cloth seats. maybe ph2 leather also sits high?

Posted by: black 146 5th March 2013 18:22

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 5th March 2013 18:09) *
I really dont know, I presume its the seat base itself. When I fitted the ph1 leather seats, the drivers seat sat so high compared to the ph2 cloth seats. maybe ph2 leather also sits high?




and the leather is a lot thicker on the older phs1 and more jizsem on the seats and as you say the frame maybe cheaper metal with the phs2 as to save money

Posted by: peterg 8th March 2013 13:49

Fitted my new (old) CD changer purchased on Ebay for 99p! Its all working now and it had a number of CDs in it.....as did the old jammed one that I broke into, so if anyone wants Genesis - the Platinum Collection or Lone Star - Lonely Grill (I thought they only did that s**t wedding song!) then PM me biggrin.gif
The biggest problem with the CD changer was actually getting one....they are worthless but people obviously don't realise it. The first seller never sent it and mucked me about (I put a thread up about it already) and even the one I now have took 3 weeks to come - it was quite obvious he didn't think it worth his while sending it when it sold for 99p (even though I paid £10 postage) and tried to offer me a refund. I won't be sending him his Lone Star CD back harhar1.gif

Posted by: bl4desman 8th March 2013 20:28

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 5th March 2013 18:09) *
I really dont know, I presume its the seat base itself. When I fitted the ph1 leather seats, the drivers seat sat so high compared to the ph2 cloth seats. maybe ph2 leather also sits high?



I'll see what you mean soon as I have just acquired some ph1 leather. Just got to do a bit of fettling before I fit it though. Off to some horsey place to get some saddle wax in the morning smile.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 9th March 2013 18:21

QUOTE(black 146 @ 5th March 2013 18:22) *
and the leather is a lot thicker on the older phs1 and more jizsem on the seats and as you say the frame maybe cheaper metal with the phs2 as to save money


someone jizzed on the seats?

Posted by: black 146 9th March 2013 19:46

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 9th March 2013 18:21) *
someone jizzed on the seats?




jizzing in done it

Posted by: bl4desman 15th March 2013 21:11

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 4th March 2013 19:19) *
that reminds me...I did lower my drivers seat yesterday biggrin.gif feels much more racey now...
ph2 seats sit a lot lower than ph1 seats!



I might have to do that when I get a sunny afternoon spare. It's a bit MPV like at the mo unsure.gif

Love the leather though wub.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 15th March 2013 21:31

I'll have phase 1 leather trim for sale soon. I'm replacing it with phase 2 trim. It's the only way I can get rid of my airbag warning light! The Leather has got to go.

Posted by: NaanBread 16th March 2013 00:34

My header tank is leaking at the bottom join. Need to fix it one day.

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 16th March 2013 18:14

Got my 147 thru the MOT with just an advisory for the air bag light. Brought it forward a few days to avoid it being a fail smile.gif

Posted by: leebex 16th March 2013 21:12

fitted a new thermostat and rocker cover gasket to my 145 this avo, although new stat didnt cure the problem, oh well try something else then rant.gif

Posted by: Ganz 17th March 2013 01:47

I did a current test for a battery drain that I have got. My multimeter was showing a 5 amp pull!! The first fuse I pulled out, the red 10 amp fuse between relays S12a and S12 c, saw a drop to .7 amps. Swapped relays around and have now got a consistent .7 amp draw on the battery then it p***ed it down with rain before I could do a voltage check on all the relay wires.

Posted by: leebex 17th March 2013 21:09

QUOTE(leebex @ 16th March 2013 23:12) *
fitted a new thermostat and rocker cover gasket to my 145 this avo, although new stat didnt cure the problem, oh well try something else then rant.gif



150 mile round trip upto carrot crunching country today for some suzuki bike bits, and the car ran well, still need to investigate why my heater puts out hot air sometimes and other times cool. Temp was good except went upto 100 once in the whole trip, and I wasnt even in traffic no3.gif Hoping its just air in the system as I see a new radiator has recently been fitted. Think the thermostat change was unnecessary though, doh.

Lee

Posted by: NaanBread 17th March 2013 21:15

Keep an eye on that...take the cap off the header tank and leave the engine running for a while getting it upto temp. squeeze all the pipes etc etc, and release the bleed nut from the top of the radiator to make sure theres no air in it.

Otherwise could be headgasket.

Posted by: black 146 17th March 2013 21:26

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 17th March 2013 21:15) *
Keep an eye on that...take the cap off the header tank and leave the engine running for a while getting it upto temp. squeeze all the pipes etc etc, and release the bleed nut from the top of the radiator to make sure theres no air in it.

Otherwise could be headgasket.




the fan will not kick in till you get the cap on
best way to bleed it as well what Naan said when its hot and to wait till the fan kicks in and undo the cap fully you will see if the water or air comes out then do it up then do it a 2nd time when the fan kicks in . did you clean the water temp sensor ?

Posted by: leebex 18th March 2013 21:31

QUOTE(black 146 @ 17th March 2013 23:26) *
the fan will not kick in till you get the cap on
best way to bleed it as well what Naan said when its hot and to wait till the fan kicks in and undo the cap fully you will see if the water or air comes out then do it up then do it a 2nd time when the fan kicks in . did you clean the water temp sensor ?


Wheres the bleed screw then? I looked for that earlier and couldnt see it.

I put the car on my drive today as it puts the nose of the car up in the air, and let up warm up for about 15 mins. squeezed all the pipes and watched the coolant return into the header tank ok(one of my previous 155 16v had a blocked return pipe so checked this one) all the pipes felt the same temp too.

I even loosened off the temp sensor a little, a bit like bleeding a household radiator, and a small amount of air came out, albeit a few bubbles. The fan eventually kicked in, then ramped upto the second faster speed. I checked the heater, hot air coming out. Fan went off, car never really went over 90 degrees at any time. The heater then went luke warm, so turned the car off and went to play with my motorbike instead no3.gif convinced ive got some air trapped in there somewhere still.

cheers, Lee

oh yeah, and I did clean the threads on the water temp sensor, as at the very top of the thread it was a bit limescaly, so ran a small terminal driver along the thread to clean it out. the whole system looks very clean inside and wasnt gunked up in any way.

Posted by: kirk46 18th March 2013 21:50

as you look from the front of the engine bay its on the top left of the radiator


had front upper wishbones fitted on 12 months MOT on the GTA smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 19th March 2013 09:47

QUOTE(kirk46 @ 18th March 2013 21:50) *
as you look from the front of the engine bay its on the top left of the radiator
had front upper wishbones fitted on 12 months MOT on the GTA smile.gif




some of the rads don't have them some how ? it's a alfa blink.gif
that's why it's good to do it from the tank as that's were the water/air can come from then goes to. if you know what i mean whistle.gif
let us know how it gets on

Posted by: bl4desman 24th March 2013 16:58

Got my exhaust done yesterday, usual Sunday wash and Oil check today but also found a little 3/4" hole (after poking with a screwdriver) in the suspension turrett. Not happy as I spend an excessive amount of time last year to ensure it was fully protected. So I need to get it cut out and patched. Then I will have to take the suspension off again to clean up underneath, which will be worse as there is seam sealer and waxoil there now rant.gif

Posted by: bl4desman 24th March 2013 17:32

Just ordered a Timing Belt Kit so it's all go at the moment smile.gif

Posted by: Alfawolf 24th March 2013 17:35

QUOTE(bl4desman @ 24th March 2013 17:32) *
Just ordered a Timing Belt Kit so it's all go at the moment smile.gif

I got quoted 600 quid for timing belt, variator and water pump last week. I respectfully said no thank you.



Posted by: bl4desman 24th March 2013 17:39

I just got mine from Shop4Parts using the discount code smile.gif Says they are genuine parts to

Posted by: Alfawolf 24th March 2013 17:42

QUOTE(bl4desman @ 24th March 2013 17:39) *
I just got mine from Shop4Parts using the discount code smile.gif Says they are genuine parts to

How much did you pay? Did you get the water pump and variator too?



Posted by: GialloEvo94 24th March 2013 17:59

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 24th March 2013 17:35) *
I got quoted 600 quid for timing belt, variator and water pump last week. I respectfully said no thank you.

Are you doing the job yourself? If not, try AforAlfa. His prices are usually cheaper than anyone else can offer...

http://www.aforalfa.co.uk/alfa-servicing.html

Posted by: kirk46 24th March 2013 18:19

QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 24th March 2013 17:59) *
Are you doing the job yourself? If not, try AforAlfa. His prices are usually cheaper than anyone else can offer...

http://www.aforalfa.co.uk/alfa-servicing.html



if only he was closer sad.gif

his GTA cambelt service is super cheap!!

Posted by: bl4desman 24th March 2013 18:27

QUOTE(Alfawolf @ 24th March 2013 17:42) *
How much did you pay? Did you get the water pump and variator too?


About £75.00 delivered. That was just the timing belt kit though as I don't have a balance belt fitted. The waterpump and variator are both fairly new on my car. Fin said he would do a visual check of the pump when he does the belt.

If you do order, don't forget to look up for the club discount smile.gif

Posted by: GialloEvo94 24th March 2013 19:59

QUOTE(kirk46 @ 24th March 2013 18:19) *
if only he was closer sad.gif

his GTA cambelt service is super cheap!!

Why not drop the car off in the morning, take a train into London which is a stones throw away and be a tourist for the day biggrin.gif Then just pick it back up again on the way home.

Posted by: kirk46 24th March 2013 20:28

QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 24th March 2013 19:59) *
Why not drop the car off in the morning, take a train into London which is a stones throw away and be a tourist for the day biggrin.gif Then just pick it back up again on the way home.



buy the time i've pad the fuel bill.. and train ticket and money spent in London it will probably cost more lol blush.gif whistle.gif

Posted by: leebex 24th March 2013 20:42

looked for the bleed screw on the rad, mine doesn't have it, so will need to do something as the car got hot again yesterday, travelling along at 40mph and hadn't been in traffic.doesnt go above 100 deg, but still not pleasant to see.

And the idle control valve needs sorting too. Hoping to get a spares car in the next couple of weeks so I can pillage to my hearts content, I`ll then be able to reach a 30 alfa milestone lol



Posted by: black 146 25th March 2013 00:21

QUOTE(leebex @ 24th March 2013 20:42) *
looked for the bleed screw on the rad, mine doesn't have it, so will need to do something as the car got hot again yesterday, travelling along at 40mph and hadn't been in traffic.doesnt go above 100 deg, but still not pleasant to see.

And the idle control valve needs sorting too. Hoping to get a spares car in the next couple of weeks so I can pillage to my hearts content, I`ll then be able to reach a 30 alfa milestone lol




maybe as a cheap'y! put a rad clean in with the water iv'e used it twice on friends car and it help

Posted by: AQV 25th March 2013 18:51

today i've finished a mod on my BCD filter for the QV ... can't wait to install it biggrin.gif



http://i.imgur.com/yatE8FS.jpg

Posted by: Heo 25th March 2013 19:17

Made 2 new brake pipes (the easy ones) and realised my rear brake compensator valve is seized . . . . Hmmm more brake pipes tomorrow blush.gif

Posted by: leebex 3rd April 2013 19:22

got the garage to confirm the HG has started to fail, they done a CO2 in coolant test.

Really pleased I put that winning bid on ebay now, doh!!!

Anyone fancy a 145qv phase 2 that needs belts service and head gasket.

Posted by: Alfawolf 3rd April 2013 19:38

QUOTE(leebex @ 3rd April 2013 20:22) *
got the garage to confirm the HG has started to fail, they done a CO2 in coolant test.

Really pleased I put that winning bid on ebay now, doh!!!

Anyone fancy a 145qv phase 2 that needs belts service and head gasket.

Lump a new engine in it.



Posted by: peterg 3rd April 2013 20:19

Oh dear......I think the word is D'oh! New(!) Ebay engine would be easiest I think..

I have mostly been lubing mine up with WD40 in preparation for a n/s front suspension arm and strut bearing change on Friday. Doing both together should make the jobs easier (I hope!) but I can't decide what order to do them in. Initial thoughts are loosen the lower strut mount bolts, then the ball joint and split it then the lower arm and roll bar, supporting it all with a jack.

Posted by: peterg 5th April 2013 11:58

Front nearside strut bearing, suspension arm and drop link changed in 2 hours......much easier doing both together and having lubed those rusty bolts up in advance! Drives like a 15 year old new car now weed3.gif w00t2.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 5th April 2013 17:19

I felt so bad cutting holes in her today sad.gif

Posted by: Duncan 8th April 2013 20:49

Gave it a much needed wash and polish plus some new rear KYB monotube shocks and.....

....got caught speeding in it rant.gif 77 in a 60, 2mph over being eligible for the course mad.gif

Posted by: JasonHillAO 8th April 2013 23:46

Got a replacement rear subframe and got to get the new steering rack from London. Got to sort the front drivers hub and bearing and my new front water pipe should arrive soon biggrin.gif

Posted by: romesolution 14th April 2013 16:53

Removed the headliner and replaced the sunroof. Pulled all the plastics and interior out including the carpet. Fitted the new bumpers and bonnet. Fell out with the missus, apparently the kids are as important as my "*/$cking" cars.
Told the misses to "£$ck off"! - who earns the money in this house anyway!
Stormed off to the shed to play with the 1.8 lump given to me by a very generous forum member!
Drank beer!
Ran out of beer!
Said sorry to wife!
Pleaded with wife to go and get more beer!
Stated she could have a four door car if she went to get beer!
Looked on interweb for four door car!
156 GTA sportwagon, set heart on!
Cooked lasagne..... mighty fine i might add!
May try luck later!
Happy to go solo!

Posted by: langers 14th April 2013 17:09

hahaha brilliant read!

Posted by: Gaz 14th April 2013 17:34

Put petrol in it, went for a drive, realised i can't sell it and to hell with the planned TVR purchase for now. I'll save up a bit longer and get a Cerbera to run alongside both biggrin.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 14th April 2013 17:53

QUOTE(romesolution @ 14th April 2013 17:53) *
Removed the headliner and replaced the sunroof. Pulled all the plastics and interior out including the carpet. Fitted the new bumpers and bonnet. Fell out with the missus, apparently the kids are as important as my "*/$cking" cars.
Told the misses to "£$ck off"! - who earns the money in this house anyway!
Stormed off to the shed to play with the 1.8 lump given to me by a very generous forum member!
Drank beer!
Ran out of beer!
Said sorry to wife!
Pleaded with wife to go and get more beer!
Stated she could have a four door car if she went to get beer!
Looked on interweb for four door car!
156 GTA sportwagon, set heart on!
Cooked lasagne..... mighty fine i might add!
May try luck later!
Happy to go solo!


laugh.gif much better than my weekend all together.

Posted by: grimacingreaper 15th April 2013 13:16

Just finished doing the seat lowering modification, overall impressed with the little journey i went on to test it out!

have more chance to get a proper feel for it on sunday when travelling the 3 hours to spring alfa day, i'll either be very happy or bent over in two with back pain.

Posted by: leebex 15th April 2013 19:40

Popped a bottle of K seal into the car, and drove it some miles, didn't run too warm, so although Ive only possibly slightly prolonged the inevitable I can still use it until I know whats happening next with it.

Oh and saw a really nice 166 and thinking can I convince my wife that I need to have a 166 again.After the last one that's a little unlikely no3.gif

Posted by: peterg 15th April 2013 20:57

QUOTE(leebex @ 15th April 2013 20:40) *
Popped a bottle of K seal into the car, and drove it some miles, didn't run too warm, so although Ive only possibly slightly prolonged the inevitable I can still use it until I know whats happening next with it.

Oh and saw a really nice 166 and thinking can I convince my wife that I need to have a 166 again.After the last one that's a little unlikely no3.gif


K seal is amazing....yes its putting off the inevitable but I have a friend who bought an AMG Merc c class for about half its market value due to a clear headgasket issue thinking he could sort it on the cheap.....he rang round (after bidding on it whilst drunk!) and found the cheapest quote was nearly £1000 to sort it, so he collected it with a bottle of k-seal in hand and hoped it would get him home......he managed over 10,000 miles before it overheated! He sold it for the same price as he bought it as well.
On the subject of 166s...don't go there.....mine (which was relatively low mileage and with a vast history) needed constant attention and almost nothing is easy to do. The common faults are truly horrific and yes it sounded awesome (3.0 V6 Super) but they do not handle well and they aren't very big inside despite the footprint. I have learned my lesson well on that front....145 FTW smilicon_cheers.gif

Posted by: leebex 16th April 2013 19:28

I had a 166 2.5, sounded awesome and drove nice, I just love big alfas, but wont go back there. Think Id be divorced if I did, lol

Posted by: leebex 21st April 2013 18:35

bought another 145, a red w plate junior. going through the Essex stock of red 145s at the moment.

Posted by: JasonHillAO 27th April 2013 18:23

Replacing rear subframe and n/s/f bearing.


Posted by: Ganz 27th April 2013 23:43

Put on new Alfa sun strip: black strip with grey serpent. Looks great! I love the Alfa. Had a race - well, kept up respectfully and took corners quicker than Focus RS tonight. Obviously, it had more power than my QV but on the last stretch... there was an Alfa badge in front of him! The 145 uphill is great, it just pulls all the way.

Posted by: black 146 27th April 2013 23:58

QUOTE(Ganz @ 28th April 2013 00:43) *
Put on new Alfa sun strip: black strip with grey serpent. Looks great! I love the Alfa. Had a race - well, kept up respectfully and took corners quicker than Focus RS tonight. Obviously, it had more power than my QV but on the last stretch... there was an Alfa badge in front of him! The 145 uphill is great, it just pulls all the way.

got some pics .would like to see what it looks like as it sounds like mine red serpent black strip but i put a bar-code strip


Posted by: bl4desman 5th May 2013 18:56

Bodged the exhaust as the centre rubber broke at 5pm and the exhaust box was skimming the floor sad.gif Typical for a bank holiday weekend

Posted by: Ganz 7th May 2013 00:04

Planned to dismantle the front bumper to loosen the air duct hose so I can take take the box filter off and put my big F&&k off cone filter on. It went quite smoothly. Had to do it out in the sticks but the weather was perfect, sun and no wind.



Took off the bonnet sound proofing for a clean. BTW, a newb question here.. why do people take the sound proofing off their 'modified' cars? Is it just to save weight? Also, I noticed that my 145 does not appear to have a air intake resounder. Just looks like it has an air intake coming from the main air box (see fourth pic)

Posted by: Ganz 7th May 2013 00:16

QUOTE(black 146 @ 28th April 2013 00:58) *
got some pics .would like to see what it looks like as it sounds like mine red serpent black strip but i put a bar-code strip


Yeah, it is similar to yours but I went with the black/grey version. I'm hoping to do the roof black so it should look better. Thinking of going with black wing mirrors like yours but if I can get some of that glossy red carbon fibre vinyl from the states it might stay red. Must say your 145 is really smart worshippy.gif Shame I didn't get to see it at Brooklands sad.gif



BTW the single wiper is not an attempt at a DTM look - although I quite like it. Its my wiper motor has decided to stop in the vertical position. I though a single vertical wiper looked marginally less silly than two vertical wipers(!?)

Posted by: black 146 7th May 2013 07:19

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th May 2013 01:16) *
Yeah, it is similar to yours but I went with the black/grey version. I'm hoping to do the roof black so it should look better. Thinking of going with black wing mirrors like yours but if I can get some of that glossy red carbon fibre vinyl from the states it might stay red. Must say your 145 is really smart worshippy.gif Shame I didn't get to see it at Brooklands sad.gif



BTW the single wiper is not an attempt at a DTM look - although I quite like it. Its my wiper motor has decided to stop in the vertical position. I though a single vertical wiper looked marginally less silly than two vertical wipers(!?)



that's a shame to. to have a chat and put a face to a name we have some more coming up lets see what turns up
we had a good look round but never see your car!. we did not go were we wonted to end up .as last time on the old track this year in a carpark ? unsure.gif rant.gif
i'm trying to fined the money to paint my roof to go with all my carbon mirrors + bits as i've took all the black bits off now

Posted by: Ganz 7th May 2013 14:46

QUOTE(black 146 @ 7th May 2013 07:19) *
that's a shame to. to have a chat and put a face to a name we have some more coming up lets see what turns up
we had a good look round but never see your car!. we did not go were we wonted to end up .as last time on the old track this year in a carpark ? unsure.gif rant.gif
i'm trying to fined the money to paint my roof to go with all my carbon mirrors + bits as i've took all the black bits off now


I blame the M25 for nearly ruining the whole trip! I plan to go to all the other Alfa Italian events in the calender this year so maybe bump into you and others there. A couple of questions: Did you wrap your mirrors in CF sheet or are they been dipped in Carbon fibre - if that is possible? Also, how are you finding the 17" diameter wheels? Do they improve the handing compared to 15" wheels?

Posted by: NaanBread 7th May 2013 17:35

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th May 2013 01:16) *
BTW the single wiper is not an attempt at a DTM look - although I quite like it. Its my wiper motor has decided to stop in the vertical position. I though a single vertical wiper looked marginally less silly than two vertical wipers(!?)



roflmao.gif roflmao.gif very funny!

but your right, it does look better.


Ive got a wiper motor if you need one, drop me a PM.

Posted by: black 146 16th May 2013 19:31

i got a brand new TOYO T-1R proxes 84 20540Z17 for her for £68 fitted and i'm well happy with the prize thumbup.gif
as iv'e seen them second hand for the same prize and you still got PP and fitting harhar1.gif

Posted by: Fin 5th June 2013 15:44

Bought a new set of moo chairs yesterday for my car which will hopefully be back on the road in a couple of weeks. Had to travel up to Edinburgh for it, but got a really good price and a few other bits.

Oh, the colour? It be TAN MOO! coolio.gif

Posted by: bl4desman 5th June 2013 20:14

QUOTE(Fin @ 5th June 2013 16:44) *
Bought a new set of moo chairs yesterday for my car which will hopefully be back on the road in a couple of weeks. Had to travel up to Edinburgh for it, but got a really good price and a few other bits.

Oh, the colour? It be TAN MOO! coolio.gif


I saw them but as I just went to the trouble of getting black leather in, I passed. I think they would look good though coolio.gif

Posted by: GTV sean 6th June 2013 18:53

I gave my 145 some treatment with the FULL Meguiars 4 step shine biggrin.gif

Posted by: romesolution 8th June 2013 13:37

Just fitted the Supersprint manifold on the ragazzon straight through system with sports cat. Sounds epic. My wife complained that the exhaust note from the standard pipe didn't make 'the boys look at her' when she was driving through the town. She's much happier now! Removed the sound and heat shield from above the center section, i can't see any point in having it now. Also gave me a good excuse to check the underside for rust. Looks like i will be welding this winter. I'm actually looking forward to it. Welding must be one of the most satisfying jobs there is!!
Also fitted the 35mm lowering kit from Duncan..... very subtle on my 17inch MOMO rims.
Next is the TTV flywheel and stage one clutch. A mate is gonna lend me his pillar lift and workshop for a morning, 350flbs windy guns make life a whole lot easier eh!

Also whipped the head of my spare 1.8 lump.... looks like 30 year old chip pan!

Posted by: black 146 8th June 2013 14:14

QUOTE(romesolution @ 8th June 2013 14:37) *
Just fitted the Supersprint manifold on the ragazzon straight through system with sports cat. Sounds epic. My wife complained that the exhaust note from the standard pipe didn't make 'the boys look at her' when she was driving through the town. She's much happier now! Removed the sound and heat shield from above the center section, i can't see any point in having it now. Also gave me a good excuse to check the underside for rust. Looks like i will be welding this winter. I'm actually looking forward to it. Welding must be one of the most satisfying jobs there is!!
Also fitted the 35mm lowering kit from Duncan..... very subtle on my 17inch MOMO rims.
Next is the TTV flywheel and stage one clutch. A mate is gonna lend me his pillar lift and workshop for a morning, 350flbs windy guns make life a whole lot easier eh!

Also whipped the head of my spare 1.8 lump.... looks like 30 year old chip pan!




can we see some pics with all the new bits on then whistle.gif

Posted by: romesolution 8th June 2013 14:18

QUOTE(black 146 @ 8th June 2013 15:14) *
can we see some pics with all the new bits on then whistle.gif

I'll pop some up in the morning eh! coolio.gif

Posted by: black 146 8th June 2013 15:01

QUOTE(romesolution @ 8th June 2013 15:18) *
I'll pop some up in the morning eh! coolio.gif







coooooooool coolio.gif

Posted by: rhythm_101 8th June 2013 21:41

i have taken out my rear wiper as it packed up and i couldn't be arsed paying 60Ä for a secon hand part, as it doesn't really rain much over her and only use the car weekends, looks pretty cool, i also bought sone ALPINE front speakers and tweeters, yhe speakers are in and make a huge difference, i will have a bash at fitting the tweeters tomorrow! i will also try the bonnet strut mnod aswell! cool.gif

Posted by: rhythm_101 9th June 2013 11:43

fitted the tweeters, managed to fit them in the original place which is cool, but i forgot i don't have a cordless drill to do the bonnet strut mod rant.gif

Posted by: romesolution 9th June 2013 12:00

As promised eh. If i can get the photos uploaded!

Posted by: romesolution 9th June 2013 12:37

As promised, suspension took an hour and a half, the exhaust and manifold about double that. A good tip for the 18mm top strut bolt is to loosen them while they are still on the car!










Posted by: IgoRR 9th June 2013 13:18

What exhaust header is that?

Posted by: black 146 9th June 2013 14:09

have you got a small oil leak from the dipstick tube? you can buy new rubbers

Posted by: romesolution 9th June 2013 15:07

QUOTE(IgoRR @ 9th June 2013 14:18) *
What exhaust header is that?

Supersprint. Very well made, sounds awesome! I had a flatspot at about 5000 rpm which has now vanished! It breaths so clean now it's almost silly! It used to hunt even when hot.... not anymore! Lambda was soaked in lemon juice for an hour before getting reconnected, might have had something to do with it. Sounds lovely though.... i am even getting the odd pop on over run! Ace!

QUOTE(black 146 @ 9th June 2013 15:09) *
have you got a small oil leak from the dipstick tube? you can buy new rubbers

Yeah, i have a new dipstick to put on it but haven't got round to it yet! I am gonna do the underside including engine when it goes to bed for the winter..... The boxer will be out for the winter. Thats a whole nother storey!

Posted by: GTV sean 9th June 2013 16:21

QUOTE(romesolution @ 9th June 2013 12:37) *
As promised, suspension took an hour and a half, the exhaust and manifold about double that. A good tip for the 18mm top strut bolt is to loosen them while they are still on the car!











Very Nice bud thumbsup.gif My mates 145 also makes a fantastic popping sound under back pressure and definitely makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.. I've been thinking about bigger exhaust but just scared she becomes too loud?

Lol been reading up about performance air filters and wondering if it will make any performance difference?

Posted by: romesolution 9th June 2013 16:53

I have a K&N 57i on the red one and a BMC on the trackbitch. They cause as many problems as they solve! Firstly they sound and look awesome but tip the balance in favor of worse fuel consumption! Inlet flow has to be matched by exhaust so you will only hear more fun with a cone or cold air feed, you need to look further at exhaust to feel a difference (in my opinion only)! I can honestly say the QV is quicker on pick up and mid range than it was standard BUT you would expect that with a sports cat, SS manifold and a silly exhaust pipe! The TTV flywheel mod is the best to feel a difference (and Naanbread has one for sale)! Mine goes on in august when i take my annual leave from work, then it gets gets measurable! I have a mate who will and can supercharge it for almost nothing! Piggypack chips and remaps the only outlay..... still not made my mind up! If we do it we'll post a thread eh! This dude is a fekking god with all things blown! He recently turbo'd a Chinquecentto to 180 Bhp..... and yes it was undrivable!

Posted by: IgoRR 9th June 2013 18:55

QUOTE(romesolution @ 9th June 2013 17:07) *
Supersprint. Very well made, sounds awesome! I had a flatspot at about 5000 rpm which has now vanished! It breaths so clean now it's almost silly! It used to hunt even when hot.... not anymore! Lambda was soaked in lemon juice for an hour before getting reconnected, might have had something to do with it. Sounds lovely though.... i am even getting the odd pop on over run! Ace!
Yeah, i have a new dipstick to put on it but haven't got round to it yet! I am gonna do the underside including engine when it goes to bed for the winter..... The boxer will be out for the winter. Thats a whole nother storey!


Then you must post a video so we can see/hear her drive coolio.gif

I am looking now for a new exhaust header. Maybe I will make my own!?! whistle.gif

Posted by: rhythm_101 9th June 2013 19:16

where did you get the manifold from? are they expensive? i saw that Naanbread had a lightened flywheel for sale! very tempting!!

Posted by: black 146 9th June 2013 20:59

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 9th June 2013 20:16) *
where did you get the manifold from? are they expensive? i saw that Naanbread had a lightened flywheel for sale! very tempting!!





try this place loads of money whistle.gif blink.gif

http://www.gazzellaracing.com/home.php?cat=3453

Posted by: GTV sean 10th June 2013 04:16

If you think that's bad look at this.. blink.gif

http://www.gazzellaracing.com/product.php?productid=17907&cat=3312&page=1

It's like spending 3xmore than the value of your car here


Posted by: GTV sean 10th June 2013 04:29

QUOTE(romesolution @ 9th June 2013 16:53) *
I have a K&N 57i on the red one and a BMC on the trackbitch. They cause as many problems as they solve! Firstly they sound and look awesome but tip the balance in favor of worse fuel consumption! Inlet flow has to be matched by exhaust so you will only hear more fun with a cone or cold air feed, you need to look further at exhaust to feel a difference (in my opinion only)! I can honestly say the QV is quicker on pick up and mid range than it was standard BUT you would expect that with a sports cat, SS manifold and a silly exhaust pipe! The TTV flywheel mod is the best to feel a difference (and Naanbread has one for sale)! Mine goes on in august when i take my annual leave from work, then it gets gets measurable! I have a mate who will and can supercharge it for almost nothing! Piggypack chips and remaps the only outlay..... still not made my mind up! If we do it we'll post a thread eh! This dude is a fekking god with all things blown! He recently turbo'd a Chinquecentto to 180 Bhp..... and yes it was undrivable!


Im pretty sure the balance in wanting to hear the cone speak and the distance between fuel stations is a tough one.. I for one, favour lovely intake noise biggrin.gif

Mate I hope you don't mind me asking but here in SA an exhaust made by one of these 'exhaust specialists', which is made by them in their workshop, costs around R3000 which Im sure must be about £275? What did you pay? One other thing is that these exhausts may be noisy as hell but will they make any difference? It's not a tuned pipe like you will have bought for your car and this is another reason why I'm not very keen to Change any of my exhaust components..

We have a brand of exhaust here called Van Der Graaf.. Anybody know it?

Posted by: black 146 10th June 2013 11:52

£275 for a full exhaust system is a pretty good price, I was qouted £330-£380 depending. that was from the cat back. If you don't want too much noise, I would put a smaller middle box, something like this; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300607317947?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
It will get rid of a lot of the drone. The guy also said that different tips can have an effect on the noise level, the bigger the tip, the more the sound is amplified!

Posted by: GTV sean 10th June 2013 14:16

I'm a little nervous to change my exhaust though.. I dont know why and I like the sound of a nice beat driving through town but what will it be like on open road? My box right at the back is slowly rusting through, so do you think I should cut that box out and just weld a pipe in? I'm sure it will allow the old girl to breath a bit better whistle.gif

I'm on the hunt for a cone today!

Posted by: black 146 10th June 2013 14:50

QUOTE(GTV sean @ 10th June 2013 15:16) *
I'm a little nervous to change my exhaust though.. I dont know why and I like the sound of a nice beat driving through town but what will it be like on open road? My box right at the back is slowly rusting through, so do you think I should cut that box out and just weld a pipe in? I'm sure it will allow the old girl to breath a bit better whistle.gif

I'm on the hunt for a cone today!






just try the cone filter which will give you what you are looking for laugh.gif wink.gif

Posted by: romesolution 10th June 2013 16:12

QUOTE(GTV sean @ 10th June 2013 05:29) *
Im pretty sure the balance in wanting to hear the cone speak and the distance between fuel stations is a tough one.. I for one, favour lovely intake noise biggrin.gif

Mate I hope you don't mind me asking but here in SA an exhaust made by one of these 'exhaust specialists', which is made by them in their workshop, costs around R3000 which Im sure must be about £275? What did you pay? One other thing is that these exhausts may be noisy as hell but will they make any difference? It's not a tuned pipe like you will have bought for your car and this is another reason why I'm not very keen to Change any of my exhaust components..

We have a brand of exhaust here called Van Der Graaf.. Anybody know it?

I went the forum way and bought the component parts from those either selling or upgrading. In total from manifold to back box was roughly 400 pounds. I'm happy to try lots of combinations of mods till i find the one that best suits me. I'm also lucky that i have two other 145's to fit the parts to. £275 for a custom system is not a bad price but it depends what you want from it! I would lighten the flywheel and go for a K&N, that is easily the best and cheapest way to make a noticeable difference. That and a big cat back system and your sorted!

Posted by: GTV sean 10th June 2013 16:18

QUOTE(black 146 @ 10th June 2013 14:50) *
just try the cone filter which will give you what you are looking for laugh.gif wink.gif


lol tomorrows another day but I am definitely getting a cone on this 145 this week!! I think i must get my 17s back on her.. Maybe I'll get the same kind of effect that Black 146 gets biggrin.gif Let me see of I can find a picture.............



QUOTE(romesolution @ 10th June 2013 16:12) *
I went the forum way and bought the component parts from those either selling or upgrading. In total from manifold to back box was roughly 400 pounds. I'm happy to try lots of combinations of mods till i find the one that best suits me. I'm also lucky that i have two other 145's to fit the parts to. £275 for a custom system is not a bad price but it depends what you want from it! I would lighten the flywheel and go for a K&N, that is easily the best and cheapest way to make a noticeable difference. That and a big cat back system and your sorted!


Is a cat back system a type of exhaust or what bud? I want to start doing all these mods and I'm pretty sure this wont affect the reliability which is good thumbsup.gif

Just want some more grunt from my girl rolleyes.gif

Posted by: romesolution 10th June 2013 16:40

QUOTE(GTV sean @ 10th June 2013 17:18) *
lol tomorrows another day but I am definitely getting a cone on this 145 this week!! I think i must get my 17s back on her.. Maybe I'll get the same kind of effect that Black 146 gets biggrin.gif Let me see of I can find a picture.............
Is a cat back system a type of exhaust or what bud? I want to start doing all these mods and I'm pretty sure this wont affect the reliability which is good thumbsup.gif

Just want some more grunt from my girl rolleyes.gif

Cat back is what it says, its from the catalytic converter back. I have a sports cat on a SS manifold or header then ragazzon after that. Its nice and loud with a slight performance boost! Its an expensive way to get normal people to call you a TW@ when you drive by! Makes me grin like a w**kin jap!

Posted by: NaanBread 10th June 2013 16:50

I hadnt driven my 146ti long distance for a good long time now, and aint it a right good laugh! Gave her a good run for her money...had a few races around Oxford as expected and up the A43.

I was a little surprised to say the least that a 2005 audi A4 3.0tdi couldnt keep up off the roundabouts???


Also a nice chavy race with a typeR which had to end early as we both shot past the "popo"...Banter that was!

2012 Seat Leon Ecomotive tried to keep up round lincoln and failed.


Just cos my car is bright green doesnt mean you need to race me you know!

Posted by: romesolution 10th June 2013 17:31

Yes it does! If i see you round these parts.... your ass is grass!

Posted by: black 146 10th June 2013 17:32

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 10th June 2013 17:50) *
I hadnt driven my 146ti long distance for a good long time now, and aint it a right good laugh! Gave her a good run for her money...had a few races around Oxford as expected and up the A43.

I was a little surprised to say the least that a 2005 audi A4 3.0tdi couldnt keep up off the roundabouts???
Also a nice chavy race with a typeR which had to end early as we both shot past the "popo"...Banter that was!

2012 Seat Leon Ecomotive tried to keep up round lincoln and failed.
Just cos my car is bright green doesnt mean you need to race me you know!




it's not what you drive it's how you drive it gleam.gif harhar1.gif clapping.gif roflmao.gif

Posted by: GTV sean 10th June 2013 17:59

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 10th June 2013 16:50) *
I hadnt driven my 146ti long distance for a good long time now, and aint it a right good laugh! Gave her a good run for her money...had a few races around Oxford as expected and up the A43.

I was a little surprised to say the least that a 2005 audi A4 3.0tdi couldnt keep up off the roundabouts???
Also a nice chavy race with a typeR which had to end early as we both shot past the "popo"...Banter that was!

2012 Seat Leon Ecomotive tried to keep up round lincoln and failed.
Just cos my car is bright green doesnt mean you need to race me you know!


Lol actually on that note mate, I was sitting at The traffic lights about 3 weeks ago and a golf 5 2.0 FSi 16v stopped next to me and I asked him if it had a turbo and he said no so I heard him rev up the engine as the lights we're about to go green and I had this sudden rush of adrenaline and ofcourse dropped the clutch and revved the n#ts off it and I pulled a slight gap in 1st and pulled him by about half a car length in 2nd biggrin.gif what fun!

Shows you that these 145s are pretty quick

Posted by: NaanBread 11th June 2013 10:42

QUOTE(black 146 @ 10th June 2013 18:32) *
it's not what you drive it's how you drive it


exactly! and all these pen pushers just cant handle there nazi cruising machines

Posted by: rhythm_101 14th June 2013 10:29

just got new tyres fitted to the 16" but the bolts dont fit! rant.gif so i have to source some new ones tomorrow! i think i migh look for some original QV 15" to fit a second set of wheels, as i'm not going to get much money back fromo my 15" wheel and tyre combo... might stick my tyres onto some QV alloys and sell my old ones.. hmmm so many excuses to spend money! doh.gif

Posted by: romesolution 14th June 2013 13:46

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 14th June 2013 11:29) *
just got new tyres fitted to the 16" but the bolts dont fit! rant.gif so i have to source some new ones tomorrow! i think i migh look for some original QV 15" to fit a second set of wheels, as i'm not going to get much money back fromo my 15" wheel and tyre combo... might stick my tyres onto some QV alloys and sell my old ones.. hmmm so many excuses to spend money! doh.gif

If the difference is negligible just use wobble bolts. I did and mine are fine.
http://www.fiatforum.com/cinquecento-seicento/29481-wobble-bolts-how-much-where-how-do-they-work.html

Posted by: rhythm_101 14th June 2013 16:03

the stud pattern is fine, its just that the hole for the wheel nut is smaller in diameter than my old ones do the nut to tighten them up wont fit, i have to get some slimmer headed wheelnuts or torx ones..

Posted by: black 146 14th June 2013 18:15

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 14th June 2013 17:03) *
the stud pattern is fine, its just that the hole for the wheel nut is smaller in diameter than my old ones do the nut to tighten them up wont fit, i have to get some slimmer headed wheelnuts or torx ones..






i think you may have a problem finding some
i use these as you don't need a locker http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-12x1-25-TUNER-WHEEL-BOLTS-FOR-ALFA-ROMEO-145-/170492904601?pt=UK_Cars_Parts_Vehicles_Wheels_tyres_Trim_Nuts_ET&hash=item27b22b4499

Posted by: IgoRR 14th June 2013 20:00

changed the front wind screen smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 14th June 2013 20:09

QUOTE(IgoRR @ 14th June 2013 21:00) *
changed the front wind screen smile.gif





what happened ?

Posted by: rhythm_101 15th June 2013 07:41

QUOTE(black 146 @ 14th June 2013 20:15) *
i think you may have a problem finding some
i use these as you don't need a locker http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-12x1-25-TUNER-WHEEL-BOLTS-FOR-ALFA-ROMEO-145-/170492904601?pt=UK_Cars_Parts_Vehicles_Wheels_tyres_Trim_Nuts_ET&hash=item27b22b4499



if i cant get them in the shop i'm going to today i'll orderthem online! cheers for the link!

Posted by: rhythm_101 15th June 2013 15:08

QUOTE(black 146 @ 14th June 2013 20:15) *
i think you may have a problem finding some
i use these as you don't need a locker http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/16-12x1-25-TUNER-WHEEL-BOLTS-FOR-ALFA-ROMEO-145-/170492904601?pt=UK_Cars_Parts_Vehicles_Wheels_tyres_Trim_Nuts_ET&hash=item27b22b4499


HA! couldn't find any in the shops over here! just ordered a set of those in the link! actually works out quite well as you said, you don't need locking nuts which cost the same as these bad boys! two birds with one stone as they say! coolio.gif

Posted by: ashley 15th June 2013 15:43

Wash/polished it and fitted a CD player

Posted by: black 146 15th June 2013 16:06

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 15th June 2013 16:08) *
HA! couldn't find any in the shops over here! just ordered a set of those in the link! actually works out quite well as you said, you don't need locking nuts which cost the same as these bad boys! two birds with one stone as they say! coolio.gif






cool glad to help wink.gif
get some pics up show us what they look like laugh.gif

Posted by: rhythm_101 17th June 2013 08:57

once they're fitted i will ost piccies! while i'm here, does anyone know the correct braket width i need for some FK highsport coilover? 25mm or 35mm??

Posted by: leebex 17th June 2013 20:40

finally drove it yesterday after 2 weeks hols in spain. Kept looking out for 145/6 and saw a few, but most cars in Mallorca are in a s**t condition bodywise, got some pics of a beaten up white phase 2 145.

Posted by: rhythm_101 18th June 2013 07:52

yeah, spanish cars tend to be good structually but the bodywork is usually shot, no one knows how to drive properly over here.... pappap.gif

Posted by: leebex 18th June 2013 21:46

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 18th June 2013 08:52) *
yeah, spanish cars tend to be good structually but the bodywork is usually shot, no one knows how to drive properly over here.... pappap.gif


Always amazes me in Spain how many `70s and `80s cars I see on the roads that have long vanished in the UK. Never saw one shiny car, most were matt coloured, but I saw an old Renault 6 last week in Manacor, haven't seen one of those since I was a kid. Lots of old Fiats and Seats as well.

Posted by: zagman 22nd June 2013 15:49

Picked up a rear wiper motor from Alfasi this morning, cheers fella, regreased and refitted it this afty, works a treat. Swear I could do rear wiper motor swaps with my eyes shut these days !

Changed rear light cluster on passenger side as it keeps filling with water.

Now off to Maplin for resistors to tackle the airbag issue next.

All to keep the MOT man happy ! Hey ho !


Posted by: AQV 22nd June 2013 20:22

finally finished the work on the front bumper for the dynamic air filter, and this is how it looks



Posted by: black 146 22nd June 2013 20:31

looking very nice but i would think it would look nicer in a metal anodized one just to show it whistle.gif
what air filter have you got in now !

Posted by: AQV 22nd June 2013 20:37

QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd June 2013 20:31) *
looking very nice but i would think it would look nicer in a metal anodized one just to show it whistle.gif
what air filter have you got in now !


thanks! naughty.gif

yeah you are right, maybe if i get tired of that look in the future i'll get one of those anodized air duct saw on ebay. rolleyes.gif

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=22553&view=findpost&p=203331 is the filter i'm using.

Posted by: black 146 22nd June 2013 21:01

QUOTE(AQV @ 22nd June 2013 21:37) *
thanks! naughty.gif

yeah you are right, maybe if i get tired of that look in the future i'll get one of those anodized air duct saw on ebay. rolleyes.gif

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=22553&view=findpost&p=203331 is the filter i'm using.





i was thinking of getting my two carboned but i've still not got the oil cooler in yet whistle.gif

Posted by: AQV 23rd June 2013 08:04

i need to work on the engine compartment, the final result will be awesome, but i need a big help, do anyone knows what's the ID of the fuel tubes and radiator tubes, also the tubes from and to the water cooling tank!?!?

PLEEEEEEEASE happy.gif

Posted by: black 146 23rd June 2013 09:44

QUOTE(AQV @ 23rd June 2013 09:04) *
i need to work on the engine compartment, the final result will be awesome, but i need a big help, do anyone knows what's the ID of the fuel tubes and radiator tubes, also the tubes from and to the water cooling tank!?!?

PLEEEEEEEASE happy.gif




i dont no on the fuel
the ones from the radiator 35mm
the one from the tank 18mm
i've got the red samco set from the 155's but you will have to mod it to fit the bottom hose and buy a bit off ebay to go on to the header tank

Posted by: AQV 23rd June 2013 10:07

QUOTE(black 146 @ 23rd June 2013 09:44) *
i dont no on the fuel
the ones from the radiator 35mm
the one from the tank 18mm
i've got the red samco set from the 155's but you will have to mod it to fit the bottom hose and buy a bit off ebay to go on to the header tank


i've saw the samco ones on ebay, for the radiator kit is 77£ ... too much, so i've found another shop that sales those tubes in different colours and ID size just for 18£/mt + shipping tongue.gif

Posted by: black 146 23rd June 2013 13:21

QUOTE(AQV @ 23rd June 2013 11:07) *
i've saw the samco ones on ebay, for the radiator kit is 77£ ... too much, so i've found another shop that sales those tubes in different colours and ID size just for 18£/mt + shipping tongue.gif




the problem with that is you are going to have loads of joints harhar1.gif

Posted by: AQV 23rd June 2013 16:53

omg LOL tongue.gif

ok.. i'll buy carfully.... one at once naughty.gif

Posted by: AQV 25th June 2013 19:10



and waiting for the ngk laser plugs to arrive and i'll be ready to go!

Posted by: leebex 25th June 2013 20:26

gave the 145 a very quick wash, and hovered and cleaned all the inside plastics. Will try and polish it in the next week or so, quite happy if that's all I need to do regularly lol

Posted by: NaanBread 25th June 2013 20:30

Same here, gave her a wash and steam clean. Fitted tinted side indicators and finally fitted speaker grilles that clip into place properly biggrin.gif

Posted by: bl4desman 25th June 2013 20:32

I just cleaned and oiled my K&N smile.gif Another little job done

Posted by: NaanBread 25th June 2013 20:44

QUOTE(bl4desman @ 25th June 2013 21:32) *
I just cleaned and oiled my K&N smile.gif Another little job done


NOOOOO dont do it! no3.gif Interesting to see how long your MAF lasts like that?

Posted by: GialloEvo94 25th June 2013 21:05

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 25th June 2013 21:44) *
NOOOOO dont do it! no3.gif Interesting to see how long your MAF lasts like that?

When I wash my K&N I never bother re-oiling it afterwards for that very reason. I just run with it dry.

Posted by: AQV 26th June 2013 13:05






couldn't wait the new spark plugs, i was so excited for the ignition coils that i'd installed them my self, and good god, the acceleration is really faster now, you can really feel the difference and no, it's not a placebo effect!!! i'm really speechless!! faster acceleration and smoother car starting.... if i'd know before that i would have had this improvements i would have bought them before!! and all this by using the 3 yrs old spark plugs!!! ohmy.gif

and as last, got 2 new stikers for the car.

http://i.imgur.com/CZ28b0K.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/hYjBwmi.jpg


Posted by: AQV 1st July 2013 20:18

Zender side skirts incoming....

Posted by: black 146 1st July 2013 20:43

QUOTE(AQV @ 1st July 2013 21:18) *
Zender side skirts incoming....




how did you do your tailgate badge ?? whistle.gif
get some pics up coolio.gif

Posted by: GTV sean 2nd July 2013 08:05

i just bought some simoniz Jet Black bumper restorer and a silicone stick to fix up those windows that get stuck biggrin.gif

Posted by: AQV 2nd July 2013 14:20

QUOTE(black 146 @ 1st July 2013 20:43) *
how did you do your tailgate badge ?? whistle.gif
get some pics up coolio.gif


tailgate badge made from one of my italians friends tongue.gif , and just ordered a new sticker!!! ehehe... ižll get pics when it arrives to me

same for the zender sideskirts. naughty.gif


i wanna ask, i'm waiting for my ngk laser spark plugs, can i mount it my self? or is better to let the mechanic do it !? blink.gif

Posted by: black 146 2nd July 2013 17:19

QUOTE(AQV @ 2nd July 2013 15:20) *
tailgate badge made from one of my italians friends tongue.gif , and just ordered a new sticker!!! ehehe... ižll get pics when it arrives to me

same for the zender sideskirts. naughty.gif
i wanna ask, i'm waiting for my ngk laser spark plugs, can i mount it my self? or is better to let the mechanic do it !? blink.gif




that's a easy job to fit spark plugs if you're not sure do one at a time
love to see a pic of the tailgate badge

Posted by: AQV 2nd July 2013 17:48

QUOTE(black 146 @ 2nd July 2013 17:19) *
that's a easy job to fit spark plugs if you're not sure do one at a time
love to see a pic of the tailgate badge


yes i'll probably unscrew and replace the plugs one at a time, but my problem is not that, i mean do they need a specific lock strenght or i should screw until the doesn't move? ... this is my fear...

here's the pic of the back look of my car.



whistle.gif

Posted by: NaanBread 2nd July 2013 18:15

I dont think a car would pass an MOT in the UK with those reflectors as black as that laugh.gif Looks very euro...

The small spark plugs are tightened to 11nm which is literally nothing. the big ones are just normal.

Posted by: AQV 2nd July 2013 18:19

the rear reflectors yes are black but if i brake or use the traffic lights you can easily see the lights through the reflectors, pics to follow.

and i went to the mot just 2 weeks ago, and the car passed without any kind of problem


Posted by: leebex 6th July 2013 19:56

that is a very clean 145 worshippy.gif

booked my 145 in for a rear wheel bearing Wednesday. was going to do it myself, but cant be arsed whistle.gif oh yeah and fitted some blue headlight bulbs, yeah so im a chav, but its only because a headlight bulb blew and its all I had lying around.

Posted by: Ganz 7th July 2013 00:02

Stacks!

Fitted my modified front bumper (inspiration from 930Tech) with air intakes for air filter and brakes. Clear side indicators. Alloys rims for clocks. Front tow strap. Number plate plinth at the side (inspiration Black146). Alloy grill for front grill. Ph2 front radiator grill (looks awesome compared to my horrible ph1 grill - if anyone wants a free ph1 grill let me know. Just pay postage costs that's all). Auto Glym wash, squeegee, chamois leather and full wax.

Well chuffed with the results. Gonna create a thread on my modified 145 to document all the mods and future mods. Thought I'd put some before and after shots. Anyone going to Auto Italia Stanford Hall as its my neck of the woods? I'll have a chat with anyone from the 145 forum as I've never met any of you geezers. Gonna be there early then getting home for the Wimbledon final - only I play a bit myself.


Before. Alfa Power!!


Before..


After.


Love this angle.


I'll always make sure you never see this view in your rear view mirror laugh.gif


Clear side indicators.


The second air intake pipe to filter. The white intake has a 100mm alloy intake that gets squeezed into the original air intake to the filter box.

Things I want to do next: sparco seats, Lowered suspension, OZ Supperlegger 15" wheels, 20mm spacers, uprated disc and brakes, polyurethane bushes, DTM wing mirrors, rear wing, rear diffuser, Supersprint exhaust, rear alloy tow bar, tinted rear windows, and loads of other stuff.

Posted by: Ganz 7th July 2013 00:29

QUOTE(NaanBread @ 25th June 2013 21:44) *
NOOOOO dont do it! no3.gif Interesting to see how long your MAF lasts like that?


Why..?

Posted by: Ganz 7th July 2013 00:40

QUOTE(AQV @ 2nd July 2013 18:48) *
yes i'll probably unscrew and replace the plugs one at a time, but my problem is not that, i mean do they need a specific lock strength or i should screw until the doesn't move? ... this is my fear...


The trick here is to have patience... Unscrew the old spark plugs very sloooowly. Whenever you can, try to unscrew them with your fingers as opposed to a socket, as you will have more feel. New ones: make sure you put some copper grease on the threads and screw them in finger tight - as much as you can finger tighten them. Then with a socket a one quarter turn (12 to 3 0' clock), no more. Check them after a drive but let the engine cool down as you'll burn your fingers. Also, I think its better the engine is warm but not hot when putting in new spark plugs as the alloy becomes softer when warm - but be aware that you will really have to stick to the one quarter turn an no more. 8 plugs took me an hour and a half. Cleaning any debris from the cylinder head plug holes. Patience!

Posted by: Ganz 7th July 2013 02:03

QUOTE(AQV @ 26th June 2013 14:05) *
couldn't wait the new spark plugs, i was so excited for the ignition coils that i'd installed them my self, and good god, the acceleration is really faster now, you can really feel the difference and no, it's not a placebo effect!!! i'm really speechless!! faster acceleration and smoother car starting.... if i'd know before that i would have had this improvements i would have bought them before!! and all this by using the 3 yrs old spark plugs!!! ohmy.gif


What ignition coils did you buy?

Posted by: black 146 7th July 2013 11:58

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th July 2013 01:02) *
Stacks!

Fitted my modified front bumper (inspiration from 930Tech) with air intakes for air filter and brakes. Clear side indicators. Alloys rims for clocks. Front tow strap. Number plate plinth at the side (inspiration Black146). Alloy grill for front grill. Ph2 front radiator grill (looks awesome compared to my horrible ph1 grill - if anyone wants a free ph1 grill let me know. Just pay postage costs that's all). Auto Glym wash, squeegee, chamois leather and full wax.

Well chuffed with the results. Gonna create a thread on my modified 145 to document all the mods and future mods. Thought I'd put some before and after shots. Anyone going to Auto Italia Stanford Hall as its my neck of the woods? I'll have a chat with anyone from the 145 forum as I've never met any of you geezers. Gonna be there early then getting home for the Wimbledon final - only I play a bit myself.


Before. Alfa Power!!


Before..


After.


Love this angle.


I'll always make sure you never see this view in your rear view mirror laugh.gif


Clear side indicators.


The second air intake pipe to filter. The white intake has a 100mm alloy intake that gets squeezed into the original air intake to the filter box.

Things I want to do next: sparco seats, Lowered suspension, OZ Supperlegger 15" wheels, 20mm spacers, uprated disc and brakes, polyurethane bushes, DTM wing mirrors, rear wing, rear diffuser, Supersprint exhaust, rear alloy tow bar, tinted rear windows, and loads of other stuff.





looking good fella love that front bumper coolio.gif and looking very clean under the bonnet
how did you fit your tow strap? and i would of fitted a trumpet intake on. just for the look
and have you got the smaller plate on the back as mine got a load of screw holes i got to deal with

Posted by: NaanBread 7th July 2013 12:25

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th July 2013 01:29) *
Why..?


because the oil destroys MAF sensors...give your filter a good clean by all means, but dont put oil on it.

Posted by: romesolution 7th July 2013 14:31

Put the new interior in the boxer. Started to clean the engine bay and remake off the spade connectors to the relays. SOAB still won't start. I am thinking its the crank sensor. New coil pack and HT leads plus new plugs will help I guess! Gonna paint all the interior plastics matt black, thought about carbon fibre transfer but that would be a little chavy. Gonna get the windows fully tinted as well. Gonna go for KTM Orange wing mirrors and fog surrounds and bumper strips, should look well pimp!

Posted by: AQV 10th July 2013 10:03

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th July 2013 00:40) *
The trick here is to have patience... Unscrew the old spark plugs very sloooowly. Whenever you can, try to unscrew them with your fingers as opposed to a socket, as you will have more feel. New ones: make sure you put some copper grease on the threads and screw them in finger tight - as much as you can finger tighten them. Then with a socket a one quarter turn (12 to 3 0' clock), no more. Check them after a drive but let the engine cool down as you'll burn your fingers. Also, I think its better the engine is warm but not hot when putting in new spark plugs as the alloy becomes softer when warm - but be aware that you will really have to stick to the one quarter turn an no more. 8 plugs took me an hour and a half. Cleaning any debris from the cylinder head plug holes. Patience!


the previous week i got the spark plugs, i've installed them my self in 30 min time, the old ones were screwed very tight unsure.gif

so i took out the old ones and stick in the new one, i screwed them as the older ones, every thing went ok .... the car is good now, no issues found yet.

QUOTE(Ganz @ 7th July 2013 02:03) *
What ignition coils did you buy?


ignition leads, not the ignition coils

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=22553&view=findpost&p=205424

--------------------

got a new sticker whistle.gif

http://imgmoney.com/img-51dd2f8ad89f6.html

Posted by: Ganz 10th July 2013 13:14

QUOTE(AQV @ 25th June 2013 20:10) *


and waiting for the ngk laser plugs to arrive and i'll be ready to go!


Where did you get the PowerTec HT leads from? Ilooked some up on ebay and they cost over £400!

Posted by: Ganz 10th July 2013 13:26

QUOTE(black 146 @ 7th July 2013 12:58) *
looking good fella love that front bumper coolio.gif and looking very clean under the bonnet
how did you fit your tow strap? and i would of fitted a trumpet intake on. just for the look
and have you got the smaller plate on the back as mine got a load of screw holes i got to deal with


Cheers! Going to get that engine stabiliser replaced or powder coated. I like a clean engine bay.

The tow strap is probably for looks only at the moment. I took the original tow bar off and basically bolted in the tow strap in one of the holes where the original tow bar went. Which means if the tow strap was ever used for real it would probably rip the front bumper grill if the car was towed around a corner! I've fitted a blue trumpet intake alongside the white box thing (which I'm going to cut back and spray black).



I've been thrashing around in it. It's been the best thing I've done putting on that cone filter. At 3500 revs its like a jet engine! The 145 revs so cleanly!

Posted by: AQV 10th July 2013 13:58

QUOTE(Ganz @ 10th July 2013 13:14) *
Where did you get the PowerTec HT leads from? Ilooked some up on ebay and they cost over £400!



yes you looked the correct place!

time ago b4 purchase i asked the shop why was the price so high, the price is the one you see because the item is finished, so for prevent ppl from buying he decide to raise up the price.

you can also consider buying this http://www.ebay.it/itm/310307672447?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Posted by: Ganz 10th July 2013 16:33

QUOTE(AQV @ 10th July 2013 11:03) *
the previous week i got the spark plugs, i've installed them my self in 30 min time, the old ones were screwed very tight unsure.gif

so i took out the old ones and stick in the new one, i screwed them as the older ones, every thing went ok .... the car is good now, no issues found yet.



ignition leads, not the ignition coils

http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=22553&view=findpost&p=205424

--------------------

got a new sticker whistle.gif

http://imgmoney.com/img-51dd2f8ad89f6.html


Like the sticker laugh.gif

Posted by: black 146 10th July 2013 17:08

QUOTE(Ganz @ 10th July 2013 17:33) *
Like the sticker laugh.gif



has anyone tried to make the pic of his sticker bigger coolio.gif w00t2.gif thumbup.gif ill have four of them PLEASE biggrin.gif
CLICK AND WAIT

Posted by: AQV 10th July 2013 17:35

maybe you haven't clicked on the pic as you supposed to since the pic size is 3456 x 2304

laugh.gif biggrin.gif


Posted by: zagman 10th July 2013 17:43

Today I have sworn at it some more smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 10th July 2013 18:45

QUOTE(zagman @ 10th July 2013 18:43) *
Today I have sworn at it some more smile.gif





why! what has she done NOW?

Posted by: zagman 10th July 2013 23:34

Failed the MOT recently. Requires floorpan welding, headlight sorting, the lhd unit with lens swap was a waste of time, the beam is all over the place so I'm back to bodging busted adjustors.

On a more positive note the airbag light is out! Wahey ! A couple of resistors and a reset via ECU scan has sorted that issue after Kirk got my laptop talking to the car, cheers fella!

Hopefully it'll be back on the road next week.


Posted by: black 146 11th July 2013 00:37

QUOTE(zagman @ 11th July 2013 00:34) *
Failed the MOT recently. Requires floorpan welding, headlight sorting, the lhd unit with lens swap was a waste of time, the beam is all over the place so I'm back to bodging busted adjustors.

On a more positive note the airbag light is out! Wahey ! A couple of resistors and a reset via ECU scan has sorted that issue after Kirk got my laptop talking to the car, cheers fella!

Hopefully it'll be back on the road next week.



would it just not adjust or can you not just take out the adjusters ??

Posted by: zagman 11th July 2013 07:54

QUOTE(black 146 @ 11th July 2013 01:37) *
would it just not adjust or can you not just take out the adjusters ??


Going to have a good mess about with it this weekend, maybe it will adjust and line up, if not I'm going to butcher the bits out of the new headlight and see if I can get them into the old one

Posted by: Ganz 11th July 2013 12:30

QUOTE(AQV @ 10th July 2013 14:58) *
yes you looked the correct place!

time ago b4 purchase i asked the shop why was the price so high, the price is the one you see because the item is finished, so for prevent ppl from buying he decide to raise up the price.

you can also consider buying this http://www.ebay.it/itm/310307672447?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


Wow. You could buy a 145 for £400 or get a set of OZs or Team dynamic wheels or some Colombo Bariani cams for a bit more. I was thinking... would it be possilbe to make them yourself? I am sure the parts are available individually. The 10mm ones are affordable though. I think I'll purchase those. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Ganz 11th July 2013 12:44

QUOTE(black 146 @ 10th July 2013 18:08) *
has anyone tried to make the pic of his sticker bigger coolio.gif w00t2.gif thumbup.gif ill have four of them PLEASE biggrin.gif
CLICK AND WAIT


Found it
http://www.blackwatergraphics.net/shop/viewcategory.php?groupid=45

Posted by: kirk46 11th July 2013 13:06

QUOTE(Ganz @ 11th July 2013 13:44) *
Found it
http://www.blackwatergraphics.net/shop/viewcategory.php?groupid=45



sweet biggrin.gif

just bought 2 biggrin.gif

Posted by: black 146 11th July 2013 16:48

QUOTE(kirk46 @ 11th July 2013 14:06) *
sweet biggrin.gif

just bought 2 biggrin.gif







didn't anyone see all the girls or is it a dor i never got to the stickers ??????? whistle.gif blush.gif

Posted by: Ganz 13th July 2013 23:18

QUOTE(kirk46 @ 11th July 2013 14:06) *
sweet biggrin.gif

just bought 2 biggrin.gif


Bought 2 too. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Ganz 13th July 2013 23:55

I also bought 4 OZ racing Superleggeras in silver!! (Not from the sticker site of course..) With four new tyres!!! and four spacers!!!! All for less than £301 (I'm beside myself).

I love the look of the Superleggeras but OZ don't make them anymore. A really decent chap from North London had them. They were a bargain.

I'm going to hang them on my wall as works of art.

I was going to post the images but... uploading these images takes 36,000 years on the internet. I'm going to have a rant on the rant page now!

Posted by: romesolution 14th July 2013 17:34

Fitted the black wing mirrors on the red one! Nice and basic looking now. I always hated the colour coded wing mirrors. Popped some smoked side repeaters on as well. Looks a million times better. Waxed it as well! I was sweating like a rapist! They are building a new Tesco's up the road and the dust is unbelievable!

Posted by: black 146 14th July 2013 17:55

QUOTE(romesolution @ 14th July 2013 18:34) *
Fitted the black wing mirrors on the red one! Nice and basic looking now. I always hated the colour coded wing mirrors. Popped some smoked side repeaters on as well. Looks a million times better. Waxed it as well! I was sweating like a rapist! They are building a new Tesco's up the road and the dust is unbelievable!




get some pics up whistle.gif

Posted by: zagman 14th July 2013 18:07

Bodged together a "working" headlamp from 3 with busted adjustors, thank god for Epoxy !

Posted by: romesolution 14th July 2013 18:08

bit scared to.... looks alot like yours bud!

Posted by: black 146 14th July 2013 18:21

QUOTE(romesolution @ 14th July 2013 19:08) *
bit scared to.... looks alot like yours bud!




so all good things and all that coolio.gif

Posted by: leebex 14th July 2013 20:34

QUOTE(zagman @ 11th July 2013 00:34) *
the lhd unit with lens swap was a waste of time, the beam is all over the place so I'm back to bodging busted adjustors.



I took a 155 headlight apart for a projector light project on my sv650, the beam pattern isn't changeable without taking the projector unit out (its screwed in) and swapping with a rhd item as it has a beam pattern formed between the bulb and the magnifying glass ball, it looks like this, this is a motorbike one (lhd side as it happens, that I swapped out for an alfa 155 bosch item)


http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/cars%20and%20stuff/018-1.jpg.html

you`ll notice it dips to the left, that's because the magnifier ball swaps it over, so a rhd or left side of the road dipping will show the dip on the right.

I can take pics of my 2 projectors in the shed tomorrow if it helps,as they are loose from the headlight, theyre all much the same from that era, Ive got an old 3 series beemer light in the shed and its very similar.

Lee

Posted by: leebex 14th July 2013 20:43

As for my stuff, Ive found my horns don't like hot days, last Saturday they stopped working, found out as Im a habitual horn user if I get cut up etc. It was a hot day, car had been in traffic in town.

Next day it was cooler and they worked ok. Yesterday, very hot day, get cut up by some dozy t**t changing lanes in front of me, horns don't work. tested this morning, and they work again.

Only twigged its the heat as its common knowledge that my Suzuki sv650 suffers the same problem. bummer is my cars mot is in the next 6 weeks, hope we get a cold day for it, lol.

But on the plus side, my sunroof decides its going to give me back the slide function, wahey..

Posted by: rhythm_101 16th July 2013 15:18

F**********K my Fk coilovers don't fit!!! just got a call from my mechanic saying that the front ones are too wide and the holes don't coincide!! and when i ordered them i asked for which model car they were for!! their website has 4 different models but don't state for which model/engine they are for!! grrrrr and they have just closed so i cant ring them untill tomorrow!!! guns.gif rant.gif

Posted by: rhythm_101 16th July 2013 15:31

i've just rung up Venom motorsports who only list the FKAA11 on their website, they say that the 145 has varios mounting brakets, 35mm and 25mm, i have never heard or seen this before as on all other kits they list all the twinspark engines as they same part number, and from reading on here, all the struts are interchangeable apart form the Boxer engine ones, can anyone clear this up for me? my car is a 98 1.6Ts..

Posted by: Ganz 21st July 2013 00:01

Kept behind a Maserati at 105mph and overtook some black Audi crap at 117mph (gps confirmed). Only kidding of course biggrin.gif

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st July 2013 00:59) *
Kept behind a Maserati at 105mph and overtook some black Audi crap at 117mph (gps confirmed). Only kidding of course biggrin.gif


Quoting myself.. sad eh? Thought I'd add gps data as added authenticity to my made up story of the day tongue.gif

Posted by: GROPIUS 21st July 2013 07:27

Purchased steelies for the breadvan whistle.gif
...7Jx16 pcd 4/98 with an ET of 39 w00t2.gif
BRANDnew for much cheapness thumbup.gif
The 145.gif is my company van and also another project wink.gif
Not that I haven't got enough projects running,
apart from the never ending saga of my DTM replica (its getting there),
a 6 week old son called Edward William wub.gif
and my new business www.carbon-parts.co.uk tongue.gif
which btw is now open for business

Posted by: Buck Bundy 21st July 2013 13:00

Nothing, thankfully. I've spent the last few days stripping out the interior and scraping off the black stuff ready for floor welding.

Put drivers seat back in last night and went for a drive to prove the heater valve repair worked. biggrin.gif

Posted by: AQV 21st July 2013 15:30

QUOTE(rhythm_101 @ 16th July 2013 15:18) *
F**********K my Fk coilovers don't fit!!! just got a call from my mechanic saying that the front ones are too wide and the holes don't coincide!! and when i ordered them i asked for which model car they were for!! their website has 4 different models but don't state for which model/engine they are for!! grrrrr and they have just closed so i cant ring them untill tomorrow!!! guns.gif rant.gif



ahah ... whistle.gif

mine do fit without those problems there tongue.gif

Posted by: AQV 25th July 2013 01:34

changed the passenger side axle!!


Posted by: Cloverleaf76 28th July 2013 19:12

Removed chunks of lincolnshire embedded in the bottom of the gearbox from the last race. whistle.gif

Changed engine oil.

Checked gearbox oil.

Replaced wing mirror casualty of war. (If you caught the Cadwell race on telly the other day you may have seen that happen... )

Slightly reworked my custom made stainless exhaust (Yeah, sounds great, dunnit. It's actually about a hundred quid's worth of pipe plus some welding wire and gas) to take strain off vulnerable rubbers.

Spec'd and sourced a relay to replace bodge of the century in the bbob. HOPEFULLY will fix the intermittent fault.

Just need to order some tyres and am pretty much all set for Thruxton on August 17th and 18th! http://www.csmaclub.co.uk/nationalevents/bigweekend2013

The alfas are racing both days but if you're coming I'd probably reccomend the Sunday: if the car goes wrong during quali I'm likely to be flat out fixing it where Sunday is likely to be much more chilled. I think the support programme's better on the 18th anyway. That said if you're coming on either day you're more than welcome to come around and say hi!

Posted by: Fin 1st August 2013 17:35

Finally started doing work ready for the MOT.

When I say doing work, I mean finding holes in the floor. I should have completely stripped the floor a couple of years ago and re-painted and undersealed it. I didn't because I was too busy.

Arse! rant.gif

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 1st August 2013 18:30

Got quite a lot of air in the 147 blink.gif

If the suspension might have needed rebuilding before it certainly does now!

Posted by: JasonHillAO 8th August 2013 07:04

Rear shock top bolt decided to undo itself and bent the top cage it sits in :s so replacemt shocks and some fiddling!
Plus a wierd thud from the front under braking, time to get under her again.

Still the plans are - coilovers, new lower arms, uprated disks and pads

Posted by: leebex 9th August 2013 10:48

just got mine back from its mot, and its failed on corrosion, lots of it, both inner sills front, both inner sills rear, front floor pan, and rear floor pan. took some pics while it was in the air, but the holes are so big its probably not worth me getting it done as I cant weld.
looks like I need another car no3.gif

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1733_zps6c24a72d.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1732_zpsf75688e7.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1731_zps14cd6a94.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1727_zpsfb617e56.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1729_zps79318a7a.jpg.html

Posted by: JasonHillAO 10th August 2013 16:53

It would be a shame to get rid but it is possible to fix smile.gif

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 10th August 2013 20:04

Started replacing the wishbones on my 147. The most hideous job ever but at least they should last another 25 minutes rant.gif

Posted by: leebex 10th August 2013 21:05

QUOTE(JasonHillAO @ 10th August 2013 17:53) *
It would be a shame to get rid but it is possible to fix smile.gif


unfortunately I cant weld, and have been quoted £600 by the garage, tried a few local welders and no one interested in doing the job, might have someone to do it, but not in the next few weeks at least.

Tempted just to scrap it or sell for scrap value.

Posted by: JasonHillAO 10th August 2013 23:34

QUOTE(leebex @ 10th August 2013 22:05) *
unfortunately I cant weld, and have been quoted £600 by the garage, tried a few local welders and no one interested in doing the job, might have someone to do it, but not in the next few weeks at least.

Tempted just to scrap it or sell for scrap value.


You should have seen my yellow one I saved lol

Posted by: Cloverleaf76 14th August 2013 18:42

QUOTE(Cloverleaf76 @ 10th August 2013 21:04) *
Started replacing the wishbones on my 147. The most hideous job ever but at least they should last another 25 minutes rant.gif


Finished!

Lower wishbones are MUCH harder on a 147/156! whistle.gif

While I was there I also noticed the braided brake hoses looked a bit... odd. Kinda twisted / bulging. Once you notice that kind of thing (especially after my recent complete brake failure) you can't really not fix it.

So then...

The male connector on the end of one of the (original, steel) pipes is seized solid, and I damage the pipe trying to (gently!) undo it. New pipes all round, then. rolleyes.gif

Then had to replace the flexi exhaust section for the FOURTH time since I've owned the car. blush.gif I think it's just because it hangs down directly under the sump rather than being tucked out of the way like on a 145. Very, very glad I opted to buy a MIG welder the first time it broke, rather than a whole new downpipe! It must have paid for itself 20 times over!

A few days' work but (hopefully!) no more niggles! fingcross.gif

Posted by: AQV 17th August 2013 14:05

went yesterday at my friends working place to try the new black polish for the tyres and the rims cleaner!!!

http://i.imgur.com/fjY8HkP.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/UlrENN9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/H5ZXiPn.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3zjTcBb.jpg

and under the sunlight is even better

http://i.imgur.com/nDh657w.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/ka06qaf.jpg

Posted by: hairoil 17th August 2013 17:02

Hi all, I'm looking for some advice.

I changed my top mount today on the left hand side, Wasn't a bad job.. When taking the three bolts out from the top, clean from inside the wheel arch first, open the nut on the top whilst still in the car and then you can use a socket in a vicecrips and put the allen key through the socket when the strut is out. clean nuts well before putting new mount in.

I also went to change my hub as i had a broken abs sensor so got a hub with abs sensor still in it.

When i went to put my calliper back on its too far behind the disc.

I have a 1.6 ts Junior, the hub looks like mine but the eyes in the hub for the calliper have a larger bore than mine.
I have heard before that the 1.6 Junior shares running gear with the larger engined cars but is it not just the track rod end and drive shafts. My brakes are smaller than my 1.8 parts car.
So my main question is what hub do i get for my Junior lol.... Will a normal ph 2 1.6 hub work or is it specific to the Junior if it has larger drive shafts?

Thanks for all your help in advance.

Posted by: black 146 18th August 2013 16:51

QUOTE(leebex @ 9th August 2013 11:48) *
just got mine back from its mot, and its failed on corrosion, lots of it, both inner sills front, both inner sills rear, front floor pan, and rear floor pan. took some pics while it was in the air, but the holes are so big its probably not worth me getting it done as I cant weld.
looks like I need another car no3.gif

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1733_zps6c24a72d.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1732_zpsf75688e7.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1731_zps14cd6a94.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1727_zpsfb617e56.jpg.html

http://s97.photobucket.com/user/leebex/media/DSC_1729_zps79318a7a.jpg.html










as some of you guys know that i got this off lee to strip down this weekend with brad & a really good mat ian/yellow145 who came all the way from london to help THANKS GUYS
and we where doing really will till i tried to get the front wing off and found all this




and this was all under the wheel arch liner . and it makes you think WHY?
and some of what we took off the car





Posted by: leebex 18th August 2013 20:01

blimey you don't hang about, but what am I looking at in your first 2 pics of the inside of the wings?

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