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dante giacosa
post 27th March 2018 08:10
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that's a great idea actually-

I've done that on a couple of cars now; just swap out the coolant expansion tank.

Gave my engine bay a quick under-bonnet wash last night in fact

You know, (like me) you should consider the front under tray from throes guys at Taros Trade, Ganz..


What is that ducting on the right of that first picture..?

Have you got a ducted cold air feed to the filter box..?
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post 27th March 2018 16:07
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post 29th March 2018 21:01
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 27th March 2018 09:10) *
that's a great idea actually-

I've done that on a couple of cars now; just swap out the coolant expansion tank.

Gave my engine bay a quick under-bonnet wash last night in fact

You know, (like me) you should consider the front under tray from throes guys at Taros Trade, Ganz..
What is that ducting on the right of that first picture..?

Have you got a ducted cold air feed to the filter box..?


Cheers Dante. Yes, I've seen under trays on other newer Alfas. It would definitely help with the aerodynamics. Got my rear diffuser to put on later on. Yes, the red hose duct is one of two cold feeds to the air box.


QUOTE(sanitary @ 27th March 2018 17:07) *
nice and clean worshippy.gif
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Cheers mate. I'm amazed that the engine bay stays so clean after all the snow salt and rain we have had. Must be the heat in the engine bay that keeps the corrosion away.


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post 29th March 2018 22:09
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QUOTE(shpuncik @ 16th October 2017 11:36) *
amazing work!

yeah, boot release button sometimes annoys me too on my Boxer - you could rewire it to work with ignition ON. Later I think they abandoned button and fitted handle - at least my ph2 JTD has it next to drivers seat and no button on central console.

regarding oil temperature I'd tell it's colder than it should be. At least what I've seen on other cars oil temperature is usually higher than coolant and is around 100-110C. Where exactly are you meassuring oil temperature?


Hi Shpuc.

When I'm really going for it the oil temp is never 70 always below. I am running 10 40 oil and always make sure it is up the maximum. The oil temp sensor is the one for the VDO gauges 5 bar.


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After chatting to a few Alfa owners about the type of coolant the 145 should have I decided to change to the blue coolant.

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Purchased a second hand 3 ton jack. On a lowered 40mm car you cannot use the Halfords one as they don't clear the bottom of the car. I brought this for a tenner!

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It took around 6 flushes to completely flush out the red OAT coolant. What surprised me was the amount of sludge in the expansion tank. Bear in mind that I had completely replaced the old red coolant only a month ago! I suspect the red OAT is more prone to sludge.

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The new blue coolant. One thing I have noticed is that is does not seem to sludge up, runs slightly cooler (the needle just hovers under the 80 degree) but it does marginally get warmer when stuck in slow traffic but the fan kicks in at the first temp threshold. I've not seen it even hit the second fan speed (when the temp hits 98 degrees). So far so good.

Reason I changed was that the new red OAT has acids which can eat away at rubber seals. Mine being a 1996 car probably never had red coolant.

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Got my new badge on.

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Inspection of rear subframe after 8 months. All look good apart from the rust exhaust rear box which I've got to replace.

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Got myself some rear wheel arch guards. Mine never came with any! I had to modify them as I think they were GTV ones.

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On the car.

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Finally fitted my headlight protector/cover one.

All ready for Newby Alfa day tomorrow.


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post 2nd June 2018 23:24
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hey Ganz- good to hear from you

Car is looking pretty sensational all round! I wish I had your subframes!

A 2nd hand three tonnes Jack for a tenner! - you legend!


STOP THE BUS- where did you get headlight protectors from???

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QUOTE(Ganz @ 2nd June 2018 20:09) *
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Finally fitted my headlight protector/cover one.


Never seen that before, is that an original Alfa part? From the obscure accesories brochure maybe? tongue.gif

Your 45 looks really nice!

Cheers


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post 9th June 2018 23:15
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"STOP THE BUS- where did you get headlight protectors from???" roflmao.gif Quote of the year!

The protectors were from eBay from a previous forum member called 930Tech . I brought them about 2 years ago along with a front sub-frame strut brace for underneath the car, which I've never knew existed for the 145. The jack weights around 2 tons too! It was a garage clear out form a tenant who just wanted to sell.


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post 9th June 2018 23:30
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QUOTE(aero_mati @ 7th June 2018 07:13) *
Never seen that before, is that an original Alfa part? From the obscure accesories brochure maybe? tongue.gif

Your 45 looks really nice!

Cheers


Thanks mate. I try to wash it once a month and stay on top of the detailing. I waited a while for these to appear on eBay. They are rare. Just keep looking on eBay from time to time and you might find some. Some of the forum members had them on their cars like the Yellow 145.


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