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Alfa Romeo 145 - 146 Forum _ You & Your Car _ The Red Devil's Progress Since April 2014

Posted by: Ganz 7th April 2015 00:17

Hi all

Been busy with the 145 and had some 'life' experiences so couldn't post for a while. Quick update: I garaged the 145 QV last April 2014 to powder coat the subframes but then it turned into a project and one thing led to another. Lol!

Hopefully someone will find some of the pics interesting for their own projects maybe. The pics I'm posting are a reduced number. If anyone wants to see more pics of a specific part of the car that maybe you cannot find on this forum let me know as the car is still dismantled and I can take more pics.

The car is on axle stands. Wheels, exhaust and hand brake cables are detached.

Enjoy..


April 2014


Inside..


Exhaust off


The gear shift support


On Halford's axle stands.




Exhaust bolts.. what a state!


These were 'un-doable'..!


Wire brush and WD the gearlinkage support aluminium shield nuts


Gearbox mount


The bolt arrowed in red (I didn't see this was preventing the gearbox mount from coming off)


Supporting the gearbox (still there today!)


The gearshift is also held in place by this one bolt inside.


That pesky bolt


Support the whole gear linkage doobri


Gently does it


Lowered




Supporting the front subframe when all the bolts are prised off


Detaching wishbones before lowering the front subframe


Lowering the front subframe


The front subframe.. little did I know the 'project' had begun. Lol!


The parts I'd never normally be able to see


Drive shaft


Make sure to label and bag ever single nut and bolt!! Take lots of photos too as these will help reassembling at some distant future date..

To be continued..

Posted by: black 146 7th April 2015 21:08

what did you use to mount your number plate on to the bumper ?
was it the same way as mine??

Posted by: Ganz 11th April 2015 22:46

QUOTE(black 146 @ 7th April 2015 22:08) *
what did you use to mount your number plate on to the bumper ?
was it the same way as mine??


If I remember it was a 156 mount. It was a cut and shut job. I just used conventional self-tapping screws. What did you use on yours?

I do like the Alfa side placement for reg plate.

Thinking of getting another front bumper without the vent holes.

Posted by: Ganz 11th April 2015 23:54

What I did last May!

Removal of petrol tank and rear sub-frame and loads of other stuff.


Brake line inspection




Fuel filter


Fuel tank motor cover


Fuel tank pipes


Siphoning the petrol


Lowering of the petrol tank


Fiddly to get the pipes out the way


The blue one was a b**ger


The petrol tank out the way and the rear sub-frame is next..


Unclipping bits and bobs


Draining brake fluid


The first sheared bolt.. Do not attempt to unbolt a 20 year old ABS sensor - or even crazier, attempt to take one out. See later on. Lol!


Brake lines disconnected (without having to be 'cut' off!)


OMG.. the rear brake compensator..


The rear subframe lowered after dowsing the four subframe bolts in WD40 for a week and undoing with a 4 ft breaker bar very sloooowly..




The rear subframe bolts were in good nick thread wise as were the front sub-frame bolts. Only the bolt heads were rusty.


rear compensator union


rear subframe supported by couple of axle stands


Th rear sub-frame old rubber mounts (shot to bits!)


Don't try this at home, if your garage is your home like mine
ABS sensor


A very useful swarf attractor now. Lesson learn: leave ABS sensors alone ohmy.gif

Posted by: Rixis 13th April 2015 09:06

front lip is some kind ebay universal fit?

Posted by: black 146 13th April 2015 15:59

QUOTE(Ganz @ 11th April 2015 23:46) *
If I remember it was a 156 mount. It was a cut and shut job. I just used conventional self-tapping screws. What did you use on yours?

I do like the Alfa side placement for reg plate.

Thinking of getting another front bumper without the vent holes.




That's why i liked it to that way and to be difference whistle.gif I had to blank in where the old number plate went as the phs2s sit in side the bumper with a 2nd scrap bumper smile.gif
but i'm trying to fit two three inch base box trumpets in the center of the bumper just to work out how far in the fit them rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Ganz 19th April 2015 18:19

QUOTE(Rixis @ 13th April 2015 10:06) *
front lip is some kind ebay universal fit?


Yes. It's some American company. It's a flexible piece of rubber that does the job better than expected.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Front-Bumper-Rubber-Chin-Lip-Splitter-Spoiler-Edge-Trim-Small-5cm-/251910801028?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3aa70dc684

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th April 2015 16:59) *
That's why i liked it to that way and to be difference whistle.gif I had to blank in where the old number plate went as the phs2s sit in side the bumper with a 2nd scrap bumper smile.gif
but i'm trying to fit two three inch base box trumpets in the center of the bumper just to work out how far in the fit them rolleyes.gif


Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.

Posted by: black 146 19th April 2015 19:24



http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Front-Bumper-Rubber-Chin-Lip-Splitter-Spoiler-Edge-Trim-Small-5cm-/251910801028?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3aa70dc684
Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.
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I think the team dynamics was the better wheel. I've used on all the alfa's I've had
the piping is already there it was making the space up where the number plate was. Just not shore about the round vents on the front before they go to paint !

Posted by: Ganz 19th April 2015 23:14

Some more pics from April 2014


Rear brake compensator on rear torsion arm


Rear subframe attachments/


Rear brake compensator


Rear brake compensator with brake pipes cut off.


Rear sub-frame mess


Rusty brake pipe unions

Tackling the interior



Stripping the interior


Un-screwing the foot rest


Adapt a screw driver with a socket


Had to cut the carpet at this point


Interior


Interior with insulation


Rear seat area


ECU unit


Sound-proofing


Footrest


Holes in floorpan



Big holes

Post July stuff this week

Posted by: Ganz 21st April 2015 15:18

A question for anyone who can provide an answer: I've purchased some FK lowered springs and some lowered Technik German front struts. Will I still be able to use the standard front strut bump stops or will I have to shorten them??

Also, will it affect camber and has anyone used those camber bolts on ebay?

Cheers

Posted by: black 146 21st April 2015 16:56

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st April 2015 16:18) *
A question for anyone who can provide an answer: I've purchased some FK lowered springs and some lowered Technik German front struts. Will I still be able to use the standard front strut bump stops or will I have to shorten them??

Also, will it affect camber and has anyone used those camber bolts on ebay?

Cheers





me a yellow145 used the standard stuff ! On ours. but he put all race bushes + camber bolts on. But i would say get them set up properly with the tracking as it will know out the front treys really fast

Posted by: Ganz 22nd April 2015 20:17

QUOTE(black 146 @ 21st April 2015 17:56) *
me a yellow145 used the standard stuff ! On ours. but he put all race bushes + camber bolts on. But i would say get them set up properly with the tracking as it will know out the front treys really fast


Cheers mate.

When you say the standard stuff do you mean the bump stops or the strut and springs as standard too. I can't remember whether you and yell 145 used lowered struts and springs.

I was looking at the struts and by the time I get the spring compressed there is hardly gonna be much travel on the strut. I take it the springs are quite stiff and I'll get progressive damping.

Posted by: black 146 22nd April 2015 20:38

QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd April 2015 21:17) *
Cheers mate.

When you say the standard stuff do you mean the bump stops or the strut and springs as standard too. I can't remember whether you and yell 145 used lowered struts and springs.

I was looking at the struts and by the time I get the spring compressed there is hardly gonna be much travel on the strut. I take it the springs are quite stiff and I'll get progressive damping.




sorry just bump tops.top mounts he's got the full powe flex + we got these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-145-146-155-Front-ARB-Anti-Roll-Sway-Bar-Lower-Link-Bush-Kit-SuperPro-/331404045820?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&fits=Car+Make%3AAlfa+Romeo%7CModel%3A145&hash=item4d29386dfcfor for the drop links

Posted by: Ganz 22nd April 2015 20:47

QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 21:38) *
sorry just bump tops.top mounts he's got the full powe flex + we got these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-145-146-155-Front-ARB-Anti-Roll-Sway-Bar-Lower-Link-Bush-Kit-SuperPro-/331404045820?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&fits=Car+Make%3AAlfa+Romeo%7CModel%3A145&hash=item4d29386dfcfor for the drop links


Cheers

That's good. I purchased the FK 30-40mm lowered springs and Technix struts from Germany. I'm going to order the front bump stops now:
https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/originalbirth/?name=store&op=Results&lookup=true&keywords=50885.

Yes, I got some Supaflex ARB drop link bushes too. They look cool in blue.

Posted by: Ganz 22nd April 2015 21:22

July 2014 pics


I had to hacksaw the old bushes out.


and drift these old steel collars off

I made a kind of tool to drift the collars off



It worked


The old stuff


the state..


Got the floorpan welded




Tiger sealed for good measure


Used Dynamat for sound proofing




Primered underside post weld


Tiger sealed weld areas for good measure


Front brake calipers had 20 years of rust


As did the rears


The rear sub-frame brake lines

I didn't realise this was going to be a project ohmy.gif

Posted by: black 146 22nd April 2015 21:30

looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off

Posted by: Ganz 22nd April 2015 21:37

August got more interesting


Cleaning the calipers is quite therapeutic


Got a load of stuff shot blasted and powder coated. Front brake caliper brackets I shot blasted then painted


All the brackets were powder coated


Got the front sub-frame powder coated in a high gloss silver


Got the Fiat Coupe ARBs powder coated too!


The red is quite close to Rosso Red


All wrapped up for the winter


The rear sub-frame and ARB powder coated




Got my rear sub-frame poly bushes


Painted rear caliper with attached transfer

August was a good month smile.gif

Posted by: effkay 23rd April 2015 09:01

Good work! worshippy.gif

Posted by: black 146 23rd April 2015 15:47

what did you pay for the powder coating ?to be done
did you do all the prep work or did they do it all ?

Posted by: Ganz 23rd April 2015 21:10

QUOTE(black 146 @ 19th April 2015 20:24) *
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-Fit-Front-Bumper-Rubber-Chin-Lip-Splitter-Spoiler-Edge-Trim-Small-5cm-/251910801028?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3aa70dc684
Even Picasso stole ideas - not that I'm anythin other than a p**s artist. Wait till I get the Team Dynamics on!!

Seriously, you did a great job smoothing the piping on the ph2 bumpers.





I think the team dynamics was the better wheel. I've used on all the alfa's I've had
the piping is already there it was making the space up where the number plate was. Just not shore about the round vents on the front before they go to paint !


Definitely! The AZs(I think they were) were nice but shape and finish on the Pro races a class above. It just looks better. If I had to have a 2nd set it would be a set of TD pro race 1.2s.

QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 22:30) *
looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off


Cheers! I think when it's finished the underside of the car will be miles better than what you'll see on top. Also, I figured by the time I've finished I'll have had a new car with all the replaced parts.

As you can see red. I painted these last year but since then I've had a change of mind. If I had the chance again I'd paint them yellow. Yellow seems to be the colour of calipers at the moment?

QUOTE(effkay @ 23rd April 2015 10:01) *
Good work! worshippy.gif


Cheers bud!

Posted by: Ganz 23rd April 2015 21:19

QUOTE(black 146 @ 23rd April 2015 16:47) *
what did you pay for the powder coating ?to be done
did you do all the prep work or did they do it all ?


I think I paid 120 for the shotblasting of all the small parts and powder coating of the both subframes and ARBs. They coated them silver and then added a gloss lacquer coating on top. I didn't haggle because they coated a set of Speedlines for a another 145 a while ago and I was impressed with the finish. The subframes and ARBs (I think) were too big for the powder coating place so I got them shot blasted prior before sending them to the powder coaters.

Posted by: black 146 24th April 2015 19:20

QUOTE(Ganz @ 23rd April 2015 22:19) *
I think I paid 120 for the shotblasting of all the small parts and powder coating of the both subframes and ARBs. They coated them silver and then added a gloss lacquer coating on top. I didn't haggle because they coated a set of Speedlines for a another 145 a while ago and I was impressed with the finish. The subframes and ARBs (I think) were too big for the powder coating place so I got them shot blasted prior before sending them to the powder coaters.





i really like the detailing in to something you wont see much But you how much time and effort to get it looking that cool coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif
i got a phase2 to start a.s.a.p HaHa laugh.gif

Posted by: Ganz 24th April 2015 23:11

QUOTE(black 146 @ 24th April 2015 20:20) *
i really like the detailing in to something you wont see much But you how much time and effort to get it looking that cool coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif
i got a phase2 to start a.s.a.p HaHa laugh.gif


I only intended to powder coat the sub-frames but then when I saw the ARBs, wishbones, the struts, the discs, the calipers, the brake lines, the brackets, the holes, the exhaust, the nuts, the bolts, the washers, the rust... = PROJECT! I guess it's just my personal philosophy.

Posted by: black 146 25th April 2015 00:04

QUOTE(Ganz @ 25th April 2015 00:11) *
I only intended to powder coat the sub-frames but then when I saw the ARBs, wishbones, the struts, the discs, the calipers, the brake lines, the brackets, the holes, the exhaust, the nuts, the bolts, the washers, the rust... = PROJECT! I guess it's just my personal philosophy.




it will be a well sorted underneath once you get it all back. What rubbers are you going to use on the anti roll bar ?
And What's the job on the To'Do list ??

Posted by: Ganz 5th May 2015 22:51

QUOTE(black 146 @ 25th April 2015 01:04) *
it will be a well sorted underneath once you get it all back. What rubbers are you going to use on the anti roll bar ?
And What's the job on the To'Do list ??


I've brought some SuperPro Poly bushes. They're a cool blue colour! See the next post pics

Posted by: Ganz 5th May 2015 23:01

August 2014

Discovered more rust!!


offside rear wheel arch area




After a bit of wire brushing


Nearside was rusty too.


Offside near rear boot corner


My Philips alarm


Started the engine after nearly 8 months standing. She fired first time biggrin.gif

Posted by: Ganz 5th May 2015 23:33

January - March 2015


SuperPro Poly bushes for my Fiat ARBs


On the powder-coated ARB


Also got some SuperPro (I think they were the same company) drop link and poly bushes.


Time to decide what to do with the old steel brake lines..


NF's cool looking 145 QV


Lancia Dedra brake calipers look exactly like the 145s. Wish I could get hold of those brake dust shields.


Decided to replace the old corroded steel brake pipes. Cut them off so no going back now. Gulp!


This was one job I dreaded - indeed, I thought I took on more than I could handle. After lots of practice with different types of flanges and familiarising myself with the tools it was quite enjoyable. I started with copper but then..



I used the hand held flanging tool which is quite good and will enable me to flange on the car too. Tested them to make sure everything was air tight. The pipes will make their own seal.


I got some copper nickel (Kunifer). At first I couldn't really work with this but I started to get used to it and before long I had confidence and was making replacement piping. If anyone wants some cheap copper roll I've got nearly 2 rolls. I'll sell them for a tenner.


Really enjoying working with Kunifer now.


Comparing the copper, original steel and Kunifer flanges


Making the replacement pipes


The Kunifer is much stronger than copper and more resistant to corrosion and doesn't get brittle like copper.


The tools I used. It's a Sunday morning job whilst watching repeats of Wheeler Dealers. It doesn't get better than that!

Posted by: black 146 6th May 2015 00:02

there was a guy down this way who could make most things like this !
i will try to fined his number i spoke to him at a show& shine show

Posted by: Ganz 6th May 2015 12:47

QUOTE(black 146 @ 6th May 2015 01:02) *
there was a guy down this way who could make most things like this !
i will try to fined his number i spoke to him at a show& shine show


Making the brake lines has now turned into one of the most satisfying jobs on the car. I've also got all the new braided hoses so can't wait to put it all together.

Posted by: black 146 6th May 2015 14:36

QUOTE(Ganz @ 6th May 2015 13:47) *
Making the brake lines has now turned into one of the most satisfying jobs on the car. I've also got all the new braided hoses so can't wait to put it all together.





i did ask him if could make the dust covers in stainless but he said the metal was to hard to shape
left him a message

Posted by: Ganz 6th May 2015 23:42

QUOTE(black 146 @ 22nd April 2015 22:30) *
looking good once it's done you will have a well sorted car worshippy.gif coolio.gif
Are you going to paint the brake calipers . ? as they are off


Calipers are going to be red. If I had to chance to paint them again it would be yellow. The way I see it once I'm done I'll have a well sorted car that will go for another 20 years. The only other thing to look at will be the engine cam belt replacement which I can't wait to do myself.

QUOTE(effkay @ 23rd April 2015 10:01) *
Good work! worshippy.gif


Cheers mate!

Posted by: Ganz 6th May 2015 23:51

QUOTE(black 146 @ 6th May 2015 15:36) *
i did ask him if could make the dust covers in stainless but he said the metal was to hard to shape
left him a message


Interestingly, I asked a couple of places about making and flanging brake pipe but they'll only work with copper. Cunifer (copper nickel) is not that much harder to work with once you get used to it.

Copper, if you had to reshape it, as you do sometimes when you don't quite get the contour of the original pipe right, always feels like it's lost some of its strength.

Posted by: Ganz 27th May 2015 23:42

April 2015


Time to replace the front struts.




Old strut came out really easily


20 years of use.


Underneath seems in good condition.


Supporting the front axle


De-rusted the front axles


Comparing the lowered FK springs to the original springs. Seems quite a drop.. blink.gif


New goodies!


The new struts are also lower


More new items for the front struts



Decided the replace the strut bearings, bump stops and strut mount with new items. The spring rubbers I cleaned up.


Sizing things up


Decided to fabricate my own front dust guards and brackets for the struts for the ABS cable


New discs going on all round


New brake hoses too.


Powder-coated the rear dust guards and petrol tank straps.


Got the springs put on.


Hope these aren't going to be too hard!


Repaired holes in rear wings and painted.




Painted underneath but only where treated and needed.




Routed the new brake lines


I started with the front of the car. I had to take the throttle body intake hose to get better access to routing the pipes.


Bolted on the front struts


Routing the brake pipes








One of the toughest jobs was to clip the plastic bracket around the rubber grommet that fit around the pipes. Real ball ache this one.


Satisfying job though to feed the new pipe through the original fitments.




Now to flange the pipes with the connectors.

Hoping to get the front sub-frame assembled in next post biggrin.gif

Posted by: black 146 28th May 2015 13:23

can i ask what you paid for the discs and are you going with a soft pad
i need to replace the full set of discs but i do like the look of the grooved discs just trying to find them with vented front that don't cost loads

Posted by: Ganz 1st June 2015 22:30

QUOTE(black 146 @ 28th May 2015 14:23) *
can i ask what you paid for the discs and are you going with a soft pad
i need to replace the full set of discs but i do like the look of the grooved discs just trying to find them with vented front that don't cost loads


Yes mate. It was 69.99 from seller mtec100.

Just make sure you stipulate you are looking for 280mm. I've painted all my front calipers now and got my Powerflex camber bolts.

Posted by: black 146 1st June 2015 23:52

QUOTE(Ganz @ 1st June 2015 23:30) *
Yes mate. It was 69.99 from seller mtec100.

Just make sure you stipulate you are looking for 280mm. I've painted all my front calipers now and got my Powerflex camber bolts.




Me & Brad done a all the rear calipers last weekend . rain stopped play on sunday But i did not no how f,,ked ? the sliders where! So now all good now . and got new bearings new ish shocks and springs ON
just got to get new pads and discs as the problem with the slider have not done them any good
going to get the stainless flexsys brake pips and new discs + pads all round plus i got the power flex bushes to put on
and going to send the new bumpers to the pain shop is he will paint the side as well as i'm going to sort all the damage from last f**king week

Posted by: Ganz 2nd June 2015 23:13

QUOTE(black 146 @ 2nd June 2015 00:52) *
Me & Brad done a all the rear calipers last weekend . rain stopped play on sunday But i did not no how f,,ked ? the sliders where! So now all good now . and got new bearings new ish shocks and springs ON
just got to get new pads and discs as the problem with the slider have not done them any good
going to get the stainless flexsys brake pips and new discs + pads all round plus i got the power flex bushes to put on
and going to send the new bumpers to the pain shop is he will paint the side as well as i'm going to sort all the damage from last f**king week


Yeah, sorry to see your 145 got dented. Hopefully the stats dictate you won't have another for a while if at all.

My rear sliders seem ok. A little bit of pitting but nothing major that copper grease can't put amend.

The thing about a project like this is every job is a major job and I have to do two or three of them to do at the same time otherwise I'll be here till 2016 huh.gif

Posted by: black 146 3rd June 2015 07:56

QUOTE(Ganz @ 3rd June 2015 00:13) *
Yeah, sorry to see your 145 got dented. Hopefully the stats dictate you won't have another for a while if at all.

My rear sliders seem ok. A little bit of pitting but nothing major that copper grease can't put amend.

The thing about a project like this is every job is a major job and I have to do two or three of them to do at the same time otherwise I'll be here till 2016 huh.gif






That's the thing you can't leave something if it needs to be done as you are doing the job and it's your car
trying to stop parking in the same space but we got the summer holiday with f**king holidaymakers that can't reverse park into a space ??????????????? no3.gif mad.gif angry.gif

Posted by: IgoRR 4th June 2015 06:55

Nice work there m8 coolio.gif

Posted by: Ganz 7th June 2015 22:20

QUOTE(IgoRR @ 4th June 2015 07:55) *
Nice work there m8 coolio.gif


Cheers Mate! I'm loving this project. Just want to get it done and take it out on the race track!!!!!! I think I'm going to have to work night shifts to get it done.

The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.

Posted by: black 146 8th June 2015 08:47



The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.
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My son's tell me that! it's down to old age once your over 50 it's all down hill naughty.gif roflmao.gif

Posted by: Ganz 8th June 2015 21:38

QUOTE(black 146 @ 8th June 2015 09:47) *
The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.


My son's tell me that! it's down to old age once your over 50 it's all down hill naughty.gif roflmao.gif


I thought they said 50 was the new 30?

Posted by: black 146 8th June 2015 21:50

QUOTE(Ganz @ 8th June 2015 22:38) *
I thought they said 50 was the new 30?






tell my body that! I WISH no3.gif

Posted by: IgoRR 11th June 2015 11:57

QUOTE(Ganz @ 8th June 2015 00:20) *
Cheers Mate! I'm loving this project. Just want to get it done and take it out on the race track!!!!!! I think I'm going to have to work night shifts to get it done.

The thing about a rebuild is if you don't work on it at least once a week you can forget where everything goes.



I have a project like that with my brother. So far, we don't have spare parts laying beside the car when we bolt things back on the car biggrin.gif


Posted by: Ganz 22nd June 2015 23:15

QUOTE(IgoRR @ 11th June 2015 12:57) *
I have a project like that with my brother. So far, we don't have spare parts laying beside the car when we bolt things back on the car biggrin.gif


I kind of think I know what you meant to say.. Thing is with new parts, the last I want, is for the dreaded rust to set in. I keep a lot of my part at home nice and warm rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Ganz 22nd June 2015 23:23

Got the front subframe ready. For anyone thinking of doing this don't bother bolting the wishbones on as I had to take them off when bolting the frame to the car.








Posted by: black 146 23rd June 2015 10:47

I know i'm sad but did you paimt the wish bones + were all the rubber sits into ?
looking way cool worshippy.gif coolio.gif

Posted by: Ganz 30th June 2015 12:24

QUOTE(black 146 @ 23rd June 2015 11:47) *
I know i'm sad but did you paimt the wish bones + were all the rubber sits into ?
looking way cool worshippy.gif coolio.gif


No probs. The offside wishbone with the red ball joint cover is a brand new item and it has the original black paint work. The nearside one, which was virtually new, i did clean and paint up with a dash of black hammerite.

I decided not to poly bush the wishbones as they were brand new. The wishbones are quite easy to take off the subframe anyway should I decide to do this at a later date.

I had to drop the front subframe twice now rant.gif once to get the gearbox shifter housing brackets on and secondly to locate the steering rack to line up the bolt holes. The steering rack was impossible to bolt on with the subframe bolted in place so I had to drop the subframe a bit.

I can drop front subframes now in under one minute biggrin.gif

BTW you can't get the lower arb bracket anymore only the upper clamps. Luckily I kept my originals and cleaned them up. Fiat Coupe arb lower clamps will fit but the depression is too low and you won't be able to tighten the upper clamp enough to tighly hold the arb in.

Posted by: black 146 30th June 2015 16:00

QUOTE(Ganz @ 30th June 2015 13:24) *
No probs. The offside wishbone with the red ball joint cover is a brand new item and it has the original black paint work. The nearside one, which was virtually new, i did clean and paint up with a dash of black hammerite.

I decided not to poly bush the wishbones as they were brand new. The wishbones are quite easy to take off the subframe anyway should I decide to do this at a later date.

I had to drop the front subframe twice now rant.gif once to get the gearbox shifter housing brackets on and secondly to locate the steering rack to line up the bolt holes. The steering rack was impossible to bolt on with the subframe bolted in place so I had to drop the subframe a bit.

I can drop front subframes now in under one minute biggrin.gif

BTW you can't get the lower arb bracket anymore only the upper clamps. Luckily I kept my originals and cleaned them up. Fiat Coupe arb lower clamps will fit but the depression is too low and you won't be able to tighten the upper clamp enough to tighly hold the arb in.





i've still got to put all new brakes on. BUT now the bracket that holds the gear stick in place has broke offffffffffff rant.gif
Thats what i get putting a phs1 tunnel on for the 2ltr box in rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Ganz 1st July 2015 23:57

QUOTE(black 146 @ 30th June 2015 17:00) *
i've still got to put all new brakes on. BUT now the bracket that holds the gear stick in place has broke offffffffffff rant.gif
Thats what i get putting a phs1 tunnel on for the 2ltr box in rolleyes.gif rolleyes.gif


Easy to replace. Take the exhaust off and the you can drop the gearshift housing off and the whole gear linkage.


Undo this bolt


Undo the nuts holding the gearshift housing.

Today I had put the arb drop links on the wrong way round - I assume the drop links are slightly angled towards the middle of the car. Arb nut and drop link nut seem to seem to tighten forever. Can't get a socket in the tight space so going on old pics and counting the number of exposed threads.

Posted by: Ganz 6th July 2015 00:27

Some more pics from this week.


These were the front gearshift housing brackets that needed to be installed before I bolted the sub-frame frame on rant.gif

Also, the steering rack bolts could only be lined up with me dropping the sub-frame again.. rant.gif rant.gif

I noticed the FIAT/Lancia stampings on the the subframe.


Had to take the air intake off to get clearance for the new brake lines.

Fitted to measure my own fabricated dust cowl for the front discs



Also, I fabricated a shield to protect the pulleys from stones and whatnot.



The arb droplinks have to have no more than 5 thread teeth showing (the 6th one being just inside the nut) or else they'll be over tightened. If you go with the torque setting you'll just squash the rubber or polybushes.


The arb end nut also cannot be too tight. Again, if you use a torque wrench on the arb end nut it will be over tightened and the anti roll bar won't move freely.

Posted by: black 146 6th July 2015 01:19

Good to see you got a bit of green in your color scheme HaHa gleam.gif clapping.gif

Posted by: Ganz 12th July 2015 22:42

QUOTE(black 146 @ 6th July 2015 02:19) *
Good to see you got a bit of green in your color scheme HaHa gleam.gif clapping.gif


I brought a rattle can of lime green and was waiting for an opportunity to use it. I'm afraid it's going to be the only green on the car. Thought I'd be subtle whilst paying homage to the Black 146 '145' worshippy.gif

Going to powder coat the strut brace yellow this week to go with the yellow suspension struts.

Here's what i did today.


Bolted on the strut bolts on far side front disc. Realised I'd got the slots pointing the wrong way rant.gif - I know it doesn't really matter which way they point and that the important thing is the direction of the vanes in the vented disc. My Mitec disc being neutral it doesn't really matter which way the slots are pointing. However...Brembo suggest having the slots pointing towards the caliper. So, without further ado, I thought, if it's good enuff for Brembo it's good enuff for me. After all, who am I to argue against Brembo.

Disc/rotors pointing the way they were intended to be with attached caliper bracket.



Everything was a bit tight and had to copper slip all the bolts.


The vanes on the ventilated disc don't point in any direction. Just air vents for cooling.


Finally got these babies on.


I put on around 3 coats of brake paint on.


Very happy with the resultos.


Got the other side to do. I just want to get it on the road now smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 12th July 2015 23:03

Looking good Bud cool.gif and good to know on the slots on the discs as i just painted mine this weekend in a candy red but will do the calipers in a bright red
not shore yet with the discs being all black i may change them if i don't like them once they bed in and go sliver
and a head's up don't coating the adjust stud/nut. If your's has one as when you come to refitting it be comes a pig of a job

Posted by: Ganz 12th July 2015 23:17

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th July 2015 00:03) *
Looking good Bud cool.gif and good to know on the slots on the discs as i just painted mine this weekend in a candy red but will do the calipers in a bright red
not shore yet with the discs being all black i may change them if i don't like them once they bed in and go sliver
and a head's up don't coating the adjust stud/nut. If your's has one as when you come to refitting it be comes a pig of a job


Cheers!

How about some pics..?

"..head's up don't coating the adjust stud/nut. If your's has one as when you come to refitting it be comes a pig of a job"

I've not powder coated anything else. But what is the adjust stud/nut?

Posted by: black 146 13th July 2015 00:03

QUOTE(Ganz @ 13th July 2015 00:17) *
Cheers!

How about some pics..?

"..head's up don't coating the adjust stud/nut. If your's has one as when you come to refitting it be comes a pig of a job"

I've not powder coated anything else. But what is the adjust stud/nut?



I keep meaning to update my thread rolleyes.gif as i'm p**sed with all the damage i keep getting done out side off mine no3.gif as i don't like the way it looks sad.gif
what make of strut brace do you have? OMP or SPARCO.! have you got any adjustment on yours as the bolt make it torter/tighter one you get it bolted on the top mounts
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=alfa+145+sparco+strut+brace&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&imgil=rh4vANorFHdOQM%253A%253Bnr-ZC9sdH-vCQM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fforum.alfa145.com%25252Findex.php%25253Fshowtopic%2525253D8075&source=iu&pf=m&fir=rh4vANorFHdOQM%253A%252Cnr-ZC9sdH-vCQM%252C_&usg=__4ZB6pdlkRY1C6HrXfft5Lvd7Gj0%3D&ved=0CCoQyjc&ei=Mf-iVYXoJOvVywOn5qe4Cg#imgrc=ROWV6M5_JS07XM%3A&usg=__4ZB6pdlkRY1C6HrXfft5Lvd7Gj0%3D

Posted by: Ganz 13th July 2015 19:49

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th July 2015 01:03) *
I keep meaning to update my thread rolleyes.gif as i'm p**sed with all the damage i keep getting done out side off mine no3.gif as i don't like the way it looks sad.gif
what make of strut brace do you have? OMP or SPARCO.! have you got any adjustment on yours as the bolt make it torter/tighter one you get it bolted on the top mounts
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=alfa+145+sparco+strut+brace&espv=2&biw=1366&bih=667&tbm=isch&imgil=rh4vANorFHdOQM%253A%253Bnr-ZC9sdH-vCQM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fforum.alfa145.com%25252Findex.php%25253Fshowtopic%2525253D8075&source=iu&pf=m&fir=rh4vANorFHdOQM%253A%252Cnr-ZC9sdH-vCQM%252C_&usg=__4ZB6pdlkRY1C6HrXfft5Lvd7Gj0%3D&ved=0CCoQyjc&ei=Mf-iVYXoJOvVywOn5qe4Cg#imgrc=ROWV6M5_JS07XM%3A&usg=__4ZB6pdlkRY1C6HrXfft5Lvd7Gj0%3D


Know what you mean about knocks on the car. That's why I've done all the detailing under the car. They can't see it or touch it but I know its there.

Oh I see, its the strut brace. I've got a OMP With the triangular end sections.

Was looking more into drilled and slotted discs. Read that if the slots face away from the caliper its suppose to aid cooling and gets rid of debris. If the slots point toward the caliper its suppose to be more aggressive but encourages wear. Something you may want to consider. Decided to get new pads as mine were unevenly worn so chance to deliberate whether I put them back. Mtec paperwork, which I found today has them pointing away. Only Brembo has them pointing forward.

What pads have you got?

Posted by: black 146 13th July 2015 21:13

QUOTE(Ganz @ 13th July 2015 20:49) *
Know what you mean about knocks on the car. That's why I've done all the detailing under the car. They can't see it or touch it but I know its there.

Oh I see, its the strut brace. I've got a OMP With the triangular end sections.

Was looking more into drilled and slotted discs. Read that if the slots face away from the caliper its suppose to aid cooling and gets rid of debris. If the slots point toward the caliper its suppose to be more aggressive but encourages wear. Something you may want to consider. Decided to get new pads as mine were unevenly worn so chance to deliberate whether I put them back. Mtec paperwork, which I found today has them pointing away. Only Brembo has them pointing forward.

What pads have you got?



Mintex soft sport performance
+ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-1-8-TS-97-01-Front-Brake-Discs-Drilled-Grooved-Mtec-Black-Edition-/110786978637?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&fits=Car+Make%3AAlfa+Romeo%7CModel%3A145&hash=item19cb6b234d
did you put back the bolt back that holds the gear stick tunnel under the front of the radio/dash i think thats why mine snapped off !

Posted by: Ganz 15th July 2015 23:57

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th July 2015 22:13) *
Mintex soft sport performance
+ http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-1-8-TS-97-01-Front-Brake-Discs-Drilled-Grooved-Mtec-Black-Edition-/110786978637?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&fits=Car+Make%3AAlfa+Romeo%7CModel%3A145&hash=item19cb6b234d
did you put back the bolt back that holds the gear stick tunnel under the front of the radio/dash i think thats why mine snapped off !


Not yet. I haven't got that far yet. Only just done the farside brake gear. That bolt that you're talking about was the bloody thing that kept me from dropping the gear stick tunnel. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't dropping and then.. I spotted it rant.gif That was way back last year though.

Posted by: black 146 16th July 2015 09:06

QUOTE(Ganz @ 16th July 2015 00:57) *
Not yet. I haven't got that far yet. Only just done the farside brake gear. That bolt that you're talking about was the bloody thing that kept me from dropping the gear stick tunnel. I couldn't figure out why it wasn't dropping and then.. I spotted it rant.gif That was way back last year though.



i had it on once till the rubber got stuck around the hand brake rolleyes.gif
i had to take the dash apart just to get that bolt in unsure.gif

Posted by: Ganz 17th July 2015 00:55

Black 146.. you're right, you have to remove the center console just to get at the bolt.

Put in a real shift last three days. Just waiting for my Google photos to upload onto my Google Gmail...usually takes an hour or even a day!?

All the front disc retainer bolts sheared off when I tried to remove them last year (the two bolts that hold your disc on to the front hub, they also hold on to a 5mm spacer plate.

I had to drill a hole in each one and tap in a new thread with a tap and die set (using the die for bolts; tap is what you would use for cutting threads for nuts).


I think I used a 5mm drill to begin with and then a 6mm drill. It was quite tricky to drill to from 5mm to 6mm as the drill kept catching. If I had the chance to do it again I would use one drill drill size only 6mm.


The nearside final hole was really tight (no jokes please!!)


Using a screwdriver to steady the hub made it easier to tap the thread.


All the way through. You need a lot of patience doing this job. If you try to turn the die too fast too many turns you'll snap some teeth of it or worse snap the die! Best to oil the die and turn it a quarter turn take it out, clean the swarf, lubricate the die and then repeat the whole process with another quarter turn. I got impatient and started doing half turn and the result was a partial broken tooth on the die.


I sourced some stainless steel flanged bolts and using some loctite bolted them in. The torque setting are 1.3kg but I decided to tighten them by hand to what I felt was about right (after torqing a shed-load of bolts on the sub-frame already). My torque wrench only went down to 2kg anyway so I had no choice but to tighten by feel.

Posted by: Ganz 21st July 2015 10:50

Front end fully assembled.


Decided to get new brake pads as the originals were really scored. Really happy with the calipers now.


Put my new braided brake hoses on with fittings.



I'm glad I went with the Kunifer brake piping in the end.



Offside done


Nearside assembled




All new brake pipes connected to the rear end.




The project feels like its moving now

Posted by: effkay 22nd July 2015 09:22

Congrats! Some good work smile.gif Similar to what I had to go through on mine. Good work running those brake lines though...luckily mine were ok.

Posted by: Ganz 22nd July 2015 11:29

QUOTE(effkay @ 22nd July 2015 10:22) *
Congrats! Some good work smile.gif Similar to what I had to go through on mine. Good work running those brake lines though...luckily mine were ok.


Cheers! You know I think I like working on my car as much as driving it!!

I really didn't want to do the brake lines but they were corroded. Once I hacked the old lines out it was a point of no return. Really glad I did it now.

Did you get lowered springs and struts?

Posted by: effkay 22nd July 2015 14:20

QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd July 2015 12:29) *
Did you get lowered springs and struts?


FK lowering springs front and back.

Adjustable Spax rear shocks.

Bilstein B6 front shocks (not the OE B4...unluckily for my wallet!)

New top mounting kit too.

Works well, but car sits nearly at the standard height still on the 15" wheels I've kept. Go for adjustable coilovers if you want a lower look.

Posted by: Ganz 26th July 2015 14:13

QUOTE(effkay @ 22nd July 2015 15:20) *
FK lowering springs front and back.

Adjustable Spax rear shocks.

Bilstein B6 front shocks (not the OE B4...unluckily for my wallet!)

New top mounting kit too.

Works well, but car sits nearly at the standard height still on the 15" wheels I've kept. Go for adjustable coilovers if you want a lower look.


Cheers for that info. I got FK lowered springs and some dampers I brought from Germany through German eBay. The dampers are made by a firm called technick or something similar. Both springs and dampers are shorter than the OEM stuff. Hopefully it will look lowered.

Posted by: Ganz 30th July 2015 02:02

Reassembling the interior and some touches to the front end.


Attached my custom made Alternator guard (the shiny alu in the background).


Got some new bleed screws from Parker's motor factors and some yellow dust caps from eBay.


Ordered these plugs from eBay as I was missing two - or two went missing from my caliper sliders pins. Nice fit but let the pins slide.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151329086705?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=450474752620&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT


Finally got the fuel pipe bracket bolt off. I had to hacksaw it and finally drill it off. The metal bracket it originally bolted on to rusted to dust.


I fabricated my own bracket out of galvanised steel


Riveted with some aircraft fuel rivets given to me.




Started to put my interior back. But the driver and passenger floor mats (what's under the carpets) were like a jigsaw puzzle.


Rather than piece them together I decided to purchase some floor matting from a firm near Peterborough called Woolies.


Used the old mat as a template and cut some new stuff. Really easy to do.


The Woolies one was the right thickness too. So that was cool.


Very happy with the result.


Assembled all the lower dash back on
Have to say that without my labelled bagging system of itemising every screw long or short there is no way I would have remembered what I took apart last year. Phew! huh.gif

Picking up my new alloy bushes for the rear sub-frame poly bushes later on today.

Posted by: effkay 31st July 2015 08:46

Nice progress. Its coming together! Will be a clean example smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 2nd August 2015 22:08

QUOTE(effkay @ 31st July 2015 09:46) *
Nice progress. Its coming together! Will be a clean example smile.gif


Cheers!

I think it will be a lot cleaner underneath than outside. There is a year and half's worth of dust sitting on the car. Yeah, I'm enjoying the project as it comes along. Thing is I don't want the new front suspension sitting there for 6 months. Looking to get the rear subframe on this week so will post pics on this forum.

Posted by: black 146 2nd August 2015 23:05

QUOTE(Ganz @ 2nd August 2015 23:08) *
Cheers!

I think it will be a lot cleaner underneath than outside. There is a year and half's worth of dust sitting on the car. Yeah, I'm enjoying the project as it comes along. Thing is I don't want the new front suspension sitting there for 6 months. Looking to get the rear subframe on this week so will post pics on this forum.





I think it would be nice to get it on the road be for the summer ends smile.gif
was there any to'do's from the last MOT ? or have you covered that with all that hard work you've put it worshippy.gif

Posted by: Ganz 3rd August 2015 23:06

QUOTE(black 146 @ 3rd August 2015 00:05) *
I think it would be nice to get it on the road be for the summer ends smile.gif
was there any to'do's from the last MOT ? or have you covered that with all that hard work you've put it worshippy.gif


Exactly what I was thinking. Before the summer runs out.. No to do's from the last mot so all good smile.gif

Got some more pics.

Posted by: Ganz 3rd August 2015 23:37

Morning one and all!

Finally got my rear alloy sleeves made up for the rear polybushes!



Going to do a home made short shift. Looking to take an inch of the top and add the inch to below the fulcrum point. Only thing I'm worried about is will the nylon ball get too hot when welding? You know, I'm just gonna go for it.


The original alloy bush with all the rubber part missing. The steel bush that I got when I ordered the red polybushes. I think that there too much space for the sub-frame bolt. Also, the thinness of the wall.. that would bite into the chassis and I didn't want that.


So I decided to buy some alloy tube and hacksaw to approx length and got them faced off to the correct length by a local engineer.


The rear steel ones were a lot thicker but weighed a ton. Got alloy ones faced and reamed and made some sleeve inserts to match the clearance of the original 145 bushes.


BTW I made sure at least one end of the alloy had a 45 degree chamfer to make the job of inserting in to the polybushes easier.


The rear subframe. I had to use a mate's 2 ton press with three of us balancing the subframe whilst pressing the bushes in. Tricky getting a spacer to fit around the bush and having enough clearance for the bush to pop through. It wasn't easy.


Sizing the alloy sleeve. I'm hoping to be able to stand on the sleeve and force it in. I'm almost 2 tons myself!


The calm before the storm...

Posted by: black 146 4th August 2015 16:31

That skinny roflmao.gif

Posted by: Ganz 25th August 2015 21:36

Some more work in August. I starter putting together the rear sub-frame back on the car.


The sleeves when into the polybushes ok. I had to stand on them and the rear ones had to really force them in but once they went in they popped into place. I heated the polybushes and put the sleeves in the freezer. Lots of silicon grease and it was an easyish job.




All in!


Fitted the new fuel filter


Cleaned up the fuel lines and holders


Attached the sub-frame back on.




Started to bolt on all the brake pipe bracklets


Also, bolting the exhaust hanger brackets


The nice powder coated handbrake cable bracket


From the side..


I've since created a bit of space between the brake pipes so they are not making contact like that.


Looking forward to connecting all the rear brake pipes


Brought a secondhand toolbox for a fiver and got it shot-blasted for free. I primered and spray painted it which took an insane amount of time but happy with the results.




So much easier to find tools now


The old plastic Stanley one didn't last very long and cost me over 17 squid. The linkages all broke in the end. Avoid!

Posted by: black 146 26th August 2015 18:09

that's funny as i bought Brad a very large tool chest ' Of a make we all know .For his new joby
and i said would not one of them metal one's do & he told me where to go! HaHa
i had one of them in the 80's and they were the dogs nuts in them days lol

Posted by: Ganz 26th August 2015 20:35

QUOTE(black 146 @ 26th August 2015 19:09) *
that's funny as i bought Brad a very large tool chest ' Of a make we all know .For his new joby
and i said would not one of them metal one's do & he told me where to go! HaHa
i had one of them in the 80's and they were the dogs nuts in them days lol


My garage life has been so organised since I've used the red box smile.gif

Posted by: black 146 26th August 2015 21:03

QUOTE(Ganz @ 26th August 2015 21:35) *
My garage life has been so organised since I've used the red box smile.gif




i've got a works Bag but once it starts to rain it all goes t*t's up and just gets throwen in what ever goes in first thumbdown.gif huh.gif

Posted by: Ganz 30th September 2015 23:06

Been busy in the last month.


Bolted the ARB on


Ready for the brake lines and pipes to be attached


From the back. Still got to attach the ARB sensor on the nearside


Attaching all the brake lines


The trailing pad is missing on far-side. I'm going to mold my own polyurethane pads.


Can't believe it's a year and a half since I garaged the 145


Best bit was connecting all the brake lines up.


Finally, all connected up!


Bolted on the rear-brake compensator




The Fiat brake clips fitted a treat.

It's getting there..

Posted by: black 146 30th September 2015 23:19

looking really smart mate coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif i would never take it out in any wet weather . wacko.gif Did you make new rear dust covers or blast the old ones they look new ?

Posted by: Peadar 1st October 2015 12:41

This is ridiculously good work, I'd never have the patience

Posted by: Ganz 2nd October 2015 17:07

QUOTE(black 146 @ 1st October 2015 00:19) *
looking really smart mate coolio.gif worshippy.gif worshippy.gif i would never take it out in any wet weather . wacko.gif Did you make new rear dust covers or blast the old ones they look new ?


Thanks mate. I've really enjoyed putting it all together.

Know what you mean though and I'm definitely not going to waxoil it that's for sure!

I just got the old ones shot blasted and powder coated. Some of the shot went through parts but we're talking pin holes. Was easier than standing by hand etc. I got the petrol tank straps done too but they were a b**ger to get off.

My idea, as its powder coated is to wash the underside of car with a a sponge soaked in suds. At least if anything corrodes I'll get to see it. At least I know its gonna be safe to drive. Some of the old stuff was so badly corroded.. now they've either been replaced or have a nice powder coating.

Posted by: Ganz 2nd October 2015 17:19

QUOTE(Peadar @ 1st October 2015 13:41) *
This is ridiculously good work, I'd never have the patience


Cheers mate. I think i ran out of patience a long time ago! I only ever wanted to shot and powder coat the subframes and ended up replacing parts that were badly coroded.

I've still got the cam belt and variator to do. It's insane!

Posted by: Ganz 12th October 2015 22:56

I had inadvertently thrown my old rear wheels spacers away with the rusted old rear discs! Didn't realise the wheel spacers were fused on to the old discs when I took them to the scrap yard!

Had to get some new 5mm ones from Germany. They look smart though and bags lighter than the original steel ones - in fact, I also replaced the front ones with alloy spacers.






On the car

Posted by: black 146 13th October 2015 00:03

i did that with a spigot ring lucky the wheels went in to the shed of meany thing's LOL blush.gif doh.gif
At least they won't go rusty laugh.gif

Posted by: Ganz 13th October 2015 00:14

QUOTE(black 146 @ 13th October 2015 01:03) *
i did that with a spigot ring lucky the wheels went in to the shed of meany thing's LOL blush.gif doh.gif
At least they won't go rusty laugh.gif


Yeah, know what you mean. I couldn't believe that I threw the orig spacers away . They must have been welded with rust to the old discs.

Posted by: black 146 13th October 2015 01:51

QUOTE(Ganz @ 13th October 2015 01:14) *
Yeah, know what you mean. I couldn't believe that I threw the orig spacers away . They must have been welded with rust to the old discs.





i changed a flat for women today and i could not get over the state of the inside of wheel the crap was so thick. i thought it would of put the wheel out! .
All i wanted to do is clean it off . I'm such a sad old Git huh.gif i think my wheels are dirty just with a bit of brake dust on them

Posted by: Ganz 21st October 2015 23:37

Got my gear stick welded up yesterday but can't remember how the rubber seal went on. It seems too large for the gear stick plate. Anyone got any pics?

Here are my pics








Not sure how this rubber seal is suppose to be seated. It looks like it should slip around the steel plate but its too large to slip on to the plate and if I push the nylon cup on it the rubber seal just pops out from the plate..


Posted by: Ganz 22nd October 2015 00:45

QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd October 2015 00:37) *
Got my gear stick welded up yesterday but can't remember how the rubber seal went on. It seems too large for the gear stick plate. Anyone got any pics?

Here are my pics








Not sure how this rubber seal is suppose to be seated. It looks like it should slip around the steel plate but its too large to slip on to the plate and if I push the nylon cup on it the rubber seal just pops out from the plate..



Sorted it! The rubber seal has to be flush with the bottom nylon cup bearing, i.e. on top of the steel plate. See below. Otherwise the whole ball bearing will not be supported properly.

Posted by: Ganz 8th November 2015 23:16

QUOTE(Ganz @ 22nd October 2015 00:45) *
Sorted it! The rubber seal has to be flush with the bottom nylon cup bearing, i.e. on top of the steel plate. See below. Otherwise the whole ball bearing will not be supported properly.


By the way the bottom part of the rubber seal has torn off with time (see below). The gaiter part should cover the stick.


Posted by: Ganz 4th January 2016 01:45

Not posted progress but have been busy and been going to shows.

Made my own Polyurethane rear pads for trailing arms.

They ended up looking so cool.


On the car


I destroyed my nearside ABS sensor trying to detach it. you can't get the 145 nearside ABS sensor anymore - anyone who thinks they can please let me know!! I did a Sherlock on it and took a gamble on the the Fiat Punto. It was a perfect fit and identical to the original. I started the engine and after a few seconds the ABS light went out smile.gif

[attachment=16633:Alfa_Rom...S_sensor.jpg]
Fitted on the axle






Wrapped my real lights in white.


Fitted my rear wing wheel guards


From the underside. Opportunity to fit al the stainless steel nuts and bolts I purchased from the Classic Car show in November.

Coming on nicely. Next major jobs will be the cam belt and variator. That should take me nicely to the Spring!!

 

Posted by: Ganz 29th February 2016 23:45

Not posted for a while but still working on the car. Pretty much near finishing. Got to do the cambelt and variator. Going to cost a bit with all the belts and so forth but really needs doing.

Got my newly fabricated petrol hose fitting all ready.




Interesting to note that '146' is embossed on the petrol hose.


This was a real bitch to fit! One of the worst jobs on the car!


Been polishing my new cam cover as the original one has got a crack in it and leaks oil

Posted by: langers 1st March 2016 17:00

Looking Good and clean!

Posted by: Ganz 2nd April 2016 10:12

QUOTE(langers @ 1st March 2016 18:00) *
Looking Good and clean!


Cheers

Posted by: Ganz 2nd April 2016 10:21

Been busy again on the 145.

As I mentioned in my recent posts I was about to replace the cambelt. Looking at the condition on the heat exchanger I noticed the pipes were very rusty. Picking away at the rust with a screwdriver when a jet of water shot out! I had actually pierced the rust on the pipe. The rust had gone through the whole pipe rant.gif


20 years of rust..


I'm glad it happened in the garage than on the road somewhere.


First American part I found on the car. It's called a Modine made in the USA. This was on my Ph1 Cloverleaf.

So cambelt job put on hold as I source some compatible 147 heat exchangers. These heat exchange things cost shed loads of money brand new so I'm gonna see if I can an alternative hence seeing if a 147 one will fit.

Posted by: JasonHillAO 3rd April 2016 04:09

Are you leaving the balance belt off as I would advise it. smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 4th April 2016 23:21

QUOTE(JasonHillAO @ 3rd April 2016 05:09) *
Are you leaving the balance belt off as I would advise it. smile.gif


I've read a lot about the balance shafts here on the forum. I like the idea of the engine revving even more and I like the idea of taking out the balancer shafts. Going to ask my bruv in law about this.

I read that Paddy got a few bhp out of his 147 engine. What do you think?

Posted by: Ganz 4th April 2016 23:50

Well, I decided to take off the thermostat as I'd always had an overheating problem with the car.


The top bolt 'cracked' loose and unbolted easily.



I couldn't quite get a hold of the lower bolt and didn't use a breaker bar.. knew it didn't feel right when the b**ger sheared off! Sweaty f*****g knackers


Malaka! Puta!!!


Anyway, the thermo looked ok inside.



Anyway, this gave me a reason to rip out the battery box and all the brackets. Gave me the chance to check the BBoB which I 'reconditioned' in 2013. It looks in pretty good condition. smile.gif


Still using two of the original Bosch relays.


I 'bagged' the BBoB before deciding on a strategy of how to extract the thermostat stud left in the cylinder head.


In the meantime, there was more de-rusting in the engine bay. Restoring motorbikes is soooo easy compared to cars!


On a positive. My cleaning method of cleaning the coolant tank turned out pretty good.


It took a week to do. If anyone wants' the 'recipe' let me know.



Going to post some more content tomorrow. BTW check out my Instagram content "GANZ145" and follow me biggrin.gif

Posted by: JasonHillAO 6th April 2016 00:06

Will follow smile.gif I would highly recommend plus it means it can't snap and tie itself round the cam belt, especially after all the work your doing.

Posted by: Ganz 6th April 2016 22:16

QUOTE(JasonHillAO @ 6th April 2016 01:06) *
Will follow smile.gif I would highly recommend plus it means it can't snap and tie itself round the cam belt, especially after all the work your doing.


Cheers! Nice pics of your 145. I've got loads of content to put on instagram of all the shows I've been to. You'll see I've posted pics of your 145 a few times coolio.gif How long did it take you to 'doo' (Leicester speak, sorry!) the 5 cylinder Fiat Coupe engine conversion?

Know what you mean about the cambelt. Thing is, I'm thinking when I get stuck in what is the M1/M25 traffic queue in summer with 30+ temp outside.. I might regret it sad.gif

Posted by: GialloEvo94 6th April 2016 22:32

QUOTE(Ganz @ 6th April 2016 23:16) *
How long did it take you to 'doo' (Leicester speak, sorry!) the 5 cylinder Fiat Coupe engine conversion?

The conversion on that car was done by a past forum member called "sudqv" and a comprehensive thread detailing all the work that was done is http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=17269 smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 6th April 2016 23:13

QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 6th April 2016 23:32) *
The conversion on that car was done by a past forum member called "sudqv" and a comprehensive thread detailing all the work that was done is http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=17269 smile.gif


Cheers buddy! How's your 145 getting on?

Posted by: JasonHillAO 8th April 2016 13:35

QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 6th April 2016 23:32) *
The conversion on that car was done by a past forum member called "sudqv" and a comprehensive thread detailing all the work that was done is http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=17269 smile.gif


Thanks Giallo 👍 Yes I didn't do the conversion but I've done a lot to it since I bought it off of Langers.
Since then I've done -

New front disks and pads and cleaned and stripped the brembos.
New front struts and lowering springs
Radiator
Thermostat
Full silicon coolant hose kit
Header tank
Cambelt and water pump
New wheels and tyres
Green interior off of naan
Wooden 146 ricambi accessory steering wheel off of naan
Cleaned and painted both strut tops
Cleaned and painted the rocker cover
New plugs and coil packs and rocker gasket
New speedo sensor
Put the de-cat on that was supplied with the car 👍
Plenty of oil services - about two a year.
HID kit for the headlamps.

I can't think of anything else 😂

Posted by: Ganz 8th May 2016 16:43

QUOTE(JasonHillAO @ 8th April 2016 14:35) *
Thanks Giallo 👍 Yes I didn't do the conversion but I've done a lot to it since I bought it off of Langers.
Since then I've done -

New front disks and pads and cleaned and stripped the brembos.
New front struts and lowering springs
Radiator
Thermostat
Full silicon coolant hose kit
Header tank
Cambelt and water pump
New wheels and tyres
Green interior off of naan
Wooden 146 ricambi accessory steering wheel off of naan
Cleaned and painted both strut tops
Cleaned and painted the rocker cover
New plugs and coil packs and rocker gasket
New speedo sensor
Put the de-cat on that was supplied with the car 👍
Plenty of oil services - about two a year.
HID kit for the headlamps.

I can't think of anything else 😂


Nice work

Posted by: Ganz 8th May 2016 17:02

Update on the Red Devil's progress


After shearing the thermostat bolt I tried a number of things to extract it:
Molegrips..
Banging a small socket and ratcheting it off..
Butane gas and trying to heat the alloy around the stud but it never got anywhere near warm enough.


I thought about getting a MAP one which is hotter than butane and a


Torx 8mm Torx socket to try and get the broken stud out but in the end decided to take to cylinder head off!


Once I had got the battery box out of the way there was a chance to inspect the clutch cylinder. De-rusted it and zinced primered it.


Took the opportunity to de-rust and paint some of the engine bay stuff.






Unbolted the manifold and the water heat exchange.


Does anyone know what this bracket is for??


Unbolted the dipstick holder. The little 'top hat' washer had become brittle and i'm sure some of it fell into the sump. Also, as I had to twist the dipstick holder to release it I had scored it. So I presume there may be some fine metal filings in the sump.


I was thinking of taking the sump off but that is a b**tard of a job.


I decided to flush the sump out by draining the oil and then putting some diesel in followed by some fuel injector cleaner.


This worked a treat and flush the sump. I flushed it out about four times.


Whilst all this was going on I got the battery box an assortment of brackets shot-blasted and powder-coated. Funny the shot went through some of the radiator stay bar.


Finally, today I took all the cambelts off. Initially I thought this was going to be a daunting job but as i am now taking the cylinder head off the cambelt 'job' was no more than a half hour job with no problems.


Unbelievably my 145 has the 'white plastic' cambelt tensioner. I have done 60k on the car since I brought it in Dec 2007 and have not had the cambelt change. It has done 144k now.

I've had a oil leak which i presumed came for the cambelt cover and this as has leaked all over the cambelt area.





The cambelts off. I know it might sound incredible but the belt that came off was not a Dayco one but a 'Made in Germany' one. Was it the original cambelt???


The variator seal looking tired. One of the reasons I decided to take the head off was that the variator will be replaced.


Really glad to took the cam cover off as the insides were really crusty and sludgy.


Damn. that's some muck on everything.

Posted by: GialloEvo94 8th May 2016 20:12

QUOTE(Ganz @ 8th May 2016 18:02) *

Does anyone know what this bracket is for??

See the 5th picture in http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=23145&view=findpost&p=206328. You can see it bolted to the front of the engine next to the dipstick at the bottom. It's a support bracket for the exhaust manifold at the flange where it connects to the downpipe (see 4th picture in the same post). Another bracket bolts to the exhaust flange and also bolts to that triangular bracket on the front of the engine.

Posted by: Ganz 20th May 2016 23:56

QUOTE(GialloEvo94 @ 8th May 2016 21:12) *
See the 5th picture in http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=23145&view=findpost&p=206328. You can see it bolted to the front of the engine next to the dipstick at the bottom. It's a support bracket for the exhaust manifold at the flange where it connects to the downpipe (see 4th picture in the same post). Another bracket bolts to the exhaust flange and also bolts to that triangular bracket on the front of the engine.


Cheers mate! I don't think came with the other bracket. Just wondering whether I can take it off to save weight laugh.gif

Posted by: black 146 21st May 2016 17:35

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st May 2016 00:56) *
Cheers mate! I don't think came with the other bracket. Just wondering whether I can take it off to save weight laugh.gif




i took my one off over three years ago and never had and problems with it just watch out on the bolts off from the manifold as they love to snap offfffff mad.gif whistle.gif

Posted by: Ganz 23rd May 2016 23:23

QUOTE(black 146 @ 21st May 2016 18:35) *
i took my one off over three years ago and never had and problems with it just watch out on the bolts off from the manifold as they love to snap offfffff mad.gif whistle.gif


Hey mate. Great to hear from you! Cheers I'll take it off.

I've left a PM about the exhaust back in April. Appreciate what you did smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 23rd May 2016 23:47

Some more pics.


The engine block. I hope none of the coolant went past the piston rings when I took the cylinder head off!




Taking the had off is giving me the chance to upgrade the power steering pipe lines and other pipes. I've always wanted one of those race power-steering reservoirs.




The manifold.


I was surprised at the oily film inside the intake manifold.


The catch can I've got isn't routed to catch oil at low revs only at full open throttle. So I might re-route the pipes from the cam cover to the catch so that it catches the oily film at tick-over low revs.


These rubber intake hoses are molded especially for the intake. Shame as I wanted some blue silicon hose.


The Variator thingy that bolts into the intake manifold and leaks.


I purchased a new replacement front CV with ABS ring as my ABS ring was shot to pieces with rust.

Posted by: Ganz 20th June 2016 23:47

Started to dismantle the cylinder head.


A lot of valves and shims!


Really had to make sure I bagged and labelled everything.


Quite a bit of gunge inside the cylinder head. Not sure If I'll get those difficult to access areas clean.


Started the decoke..


The inlet valves de-coked easy enough. The exhaust valves were a real PIA. You thought you were through to the metal but in fact all I was doing was polishing the carbon which has a light grey shade. Once I got to the metal surface a Stanley knife blade did a real good job getting the carbon off.


Going to use some wire wool and some chrome cleaner.


Whilst I was doing this I thought I'd stick some red polyurethane in my engine stabiliser bar.

Posted by: effkay 21st June 2016 22:03

Nice work. Good to see you going so far with the refurb! smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 21st June 2016 23:12

QUOTE(effkay @ 21st June 2016 23:03) *
Nice work. Good to see you going so far with the refurb! smile.gif


Cheers! Really want to get it on the road though! Got my Momo steering wheel model 78 this week. Been waiting for one to come up on eBay for a few years.

I really didn't want to take the head off but now I have it's ok. Gives m the chance to refurb the parts in the engine bay. I got to see the slightly oily intakes which I would have never seen. I can re-route my oil catch-can. Happy days smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 1st August 2016 00:19

July 2016 update


Cleaned the cam bearings.


Used this parts cleaner.


Leave the bolts in overnight and then with some Scotchpads to clean the muck off.


Everything nice and cleaned


Had the Cylinder head cleaned and skimmed, valves re-cut.


The red is just the settee reflecting ff the shiny alloy!


A bit of corrosion and this was where the old gasket was slightly bloated with some water contamination. I'd never would have been aware of any of this.


Unbelievably I had three bent valves!! This was confirmed when trying to re-cut the valves. As you can see in the pics the cutter was able to make contact with only one side of the valve. So I had to replace two exhaust and one inlet valve. There was no indication when I last ran the engine that I had three slightly bent valves.


I had brought a new intake valve but didn't like the recess in the middle so didn't use it. Anyone got an opinion on this?


Some more pics of the recon head


I also had the inlet manifold cleaned




No more oily grime


I had to replace the the 20 year old cylinder head dowels too.



Painted the cam pulleys


I also replaced the old headlining.


The new stuff. This was quite tricky and you only get one shot at it.




I thought I'd wrap the headlining and tuck it in as originally it only meets the edge. When the old headlining began to deteriorate this was the are where it started to fall off.



I gave it 8 out of ten. I used an adhesive out of a tin. It was a bit fumy but I had use a mask with air filter so didn't smell anything. It was quite cumbersome having to paint on the glue but the glue remain workable fr some time. This was god as if you wanted to lift the headlining off you could. Also this glue is very sticky. This headlining should be good for another 20 years! I got the headlining and glue from Woolies near Peterborough.


Got some new red horns for the 145


Also, from a former member here a front sub-frame strut brace.


Also, got some new GKN CV boots


Finally, I got some replacement Power steering hose in blue for the power steering reservoir.

Few more things to do is to order those pricey items: variator, heat exchanger and cam belts and pulleys and tools!! 2020 probably when I get it all done lol!

Posted by: Ganz 13th August 2016 21:09


Unbelievably I had three bent valves!! This was confirmed when trying to re-cut the valves. As you can see in the pics the cutter was able to make contact with only one side of the valve. So I had to replace two exhaust and one inlet valve. There was no indication when I last ran the engine that I had three slightly bent valves.


The new stuff. This was quite tricky and you only get one shot at it.



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By the way, if anyone wants to know.. I did the headlining in my living room. It is possible just open a load of windows!


Interestingly, I was chatting to my next door garage neighbour who worked in the aviation industry, Lockheed in the states and when mentioned the bent valves he said he wasn't surprised..! He said that quite often factory build isn't as good as you think and that the valves only have to be a few microns out to not be true! As I moaned about my long rebuild lasting over two years, he said this: in the end you'll end up with a 'hand built' car put together with more attention to detail than any mass production car 😁

Posted by: Ganz 13th August 2016 21:16

QUOTE


I purchased a new replacement front CV with ABS ring as my ABS ring was shot to pieces with rust.


BTW, in case anyone wants to know these new ABS CVs are manufactured by a very reputable company in Germany called Mapco. Don't bother with anything else you find on the internet. I've got two of these and the quality is very good. Mapco also featured in UK trade magazines as a quality supplier to OEM motor factors industry 👍

Posted by: Ganz 30th August 2016 23:36

August 2016 update. Purchased a few new parts.


Old oil exchanger replacement 375.80 The one on the right 38 biggrin.gif


I managed to source a Modine oil heat exchanger (on the right)


Even get the square edge 'o' ring


Replaced the handbrake cable whilst I had the chance as I'd always had handbrake problems. Once the car rolled down a car park and luckily missed all the other vehicles when it came to a stop.


Got the headlining back on. What a job this was. it was the number of interior parts that have to be taken off and put back on again.


Only thing is I wish I had taken the sunroof cover and relined that too. Didn't think to do that rant.gif




Over tighten one of the nuts on the rear light and broke the stud to the rear light.


Had to Araldite it back together.


The interior coming back together.




Finally got a Momo steering wheel (model 78!)


I just love this steering wheel coolio.gif

Posted by: Ganz 7th November 2016 00:59

Been busy in my new job but managed to fit my new Sparco pedals.



Had my phone stolen so not many pics of interior which is all installed.

Posted by: aero_mati 14th November 2016 16:59

Great job, congratulations!

Can you upload more pictures of the exterior of the car?

How did you mount the tow strap? I don't use the car on track, but I like how it looks (don't judge me biggrin.gif )

Posted by: Ganz 15th November 2016 01:40

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 14th November 2016 16:59) *
Great job, congratulations!

Can you upload more pictures of the exterior of the car?

How did you mount the tow strap? I don't use the car on track, but I like how it looks (don't judge me biggrin.gif )


Yes mate. I'll post some pics and when i'm at the garage I'll get some pics.

Posted by: Ganz 17th November 2016 00:24

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 14th November 2016 16:59) *
Great job, congratulations!

Can you upload more pictures of the exterior of the car?

How did you mount the tow strap? I don't use the car on track, but I like how it looks (don't judge me biggrin.gif )


Here are some pics


2009 got a parking ticket rant.gif


2009


After the Police gave me a ticket to change the original grubby front number plate. Alfas are special no? Just look at it. Even in the grubby state.


2013 when I decided I was going to hold on to the 145.


Had no garage so had to do a lot of work on the side of a country road..


Got the air filter on.




Got my white air intake from B&Q laugh.gif




Got the tow strap on










Got one of the DTM mirrors on. I love this pic.


Cut it back and sprayed it mat black (the B&Q air intake)


All the air intakes on.


One of my fav pics of the Red Baron January 2014!


I have an Alfa 147 too.

Hope you enjoyed the pics.

 

Posted by: aero_mati 19th November 2016 04:04

Thanks, for the pictures, looks great. Do you happen to have one shot of the interior with that Momo steering wheel rolleyes.gif ?

How/where did you mount your tow strap?

Cheers

Posted by: Ganz 20th November 2016 01:08

Hi Aero

Here are some pics I took of the tow strap.


I bolted it to the lower bolt hole (the original steel tow hook was retained by two bolts.)




My new phone was stolen so had to use my old HTC Legend to take photos!

Hope these pics help

I have not attached my Momo steering wheel yet as the cylinder head is still off. I also need a Momo adaptor. However, occasionally I take out the Momo 78 and just admire it. My other half does not understand any of this lol!

Posted by: aero_mati 20th November 2016 02:12

Great, thanks a lot, I thought the original hook was welded to the frame. I'll probably get one for my Q (a green one maybe?).

I would do the same, that Momo is a thing of beauty, I guess we petrolheads are a bit looney lol

Ps: Sorry about your phone getting stolen, the pictures are not bad. I got my HTC One stolen (along with my Alfa museum photos) several months ago rant.gif

Cheers

Posted by: Ganz 21st November 2016 23:56

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 20th November 2016 02:12) *
Great, thanks a lot, I thought the original hook was welded to the frame. I'll probably get one for my Q (a green one maybe?).

I would do the same, that Momo is a thing of beauty, I guess we petrolheads are a bit looney lol

Ps: Sorry about your phone getting stolen, the pictures are not bad. I got my HTC One stolen (along with my Alfa museum photos) several months ago rant.gif

Cheers


The original hook was bolted on my ph1 QV 2.0 TS. My phone had all my instragram photos on it. some of them uploaded onto Google Photos but not all. I am at Ganz145 on instragram by the way.


Yes, I know what you mean about the Momo steering wheel. It had to be the model 78 too. These new cost 172 but i was patient and waited on eBay until one came up. Sparco and OMP.. I looked at those but for me it HAD to be the Momo 78! Sad I know.

For me it is the history of pictures I had seen from Senna's Lotus to the F1 V12 Alfa Romeo of Andrea de Cesaris.


Senna's Lotus


Alfa Romeo F1 either Bruno Giacomelli or Andrea de Cesaris


de Cesaris Alfa F1


Senna's Lotus


Benetton Momo

Posted by: aero_mati 22nd November 2016 03:40

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st November 2016 20:56) *
The original hook was bolted on my ph1 QV 2.0 TS. My phone had all my instragram photos on it. some of them uploaded onto Google Photos but not all. I am at Ganz145 on instragram by the way.
Yes, I know what you mean about the Momo steering wheel. It had to be the model 78 too. These new cost 172 but i was patient and waited on eBay until one came up. Sparco and OMP.. I looked at those but for me it HAD to be the Momo 78! Sad I know.

For me it is the history of pictures I had seen from Senna's Lotus to the F1 V12 Alfa Romeo of Andrea de Cesaris.


Senna's Lotus


Alfa Romeo F1 either Bruno Giacomelli or Andrea de Cesaris


de Cesaris Alfa F1


Senna's Lotus


Benetton Momo


Mine is also a ph1, so the hook must be bolted as well. I've been looking at two tow straps, a yellow Sabelt and a green Takata, so I still have to decide which one to go for.

That Momo is really nice, post some pics when you install it. My father's 155 has the optional Nardi wooden steering wheel and it looks amazing, best "modern" Alfa wheel IMO. The original 145 wheel is quite ugly.

Same problem here, I lost all my holiday photos (including Alfa museum and Monza circuit ones mad.gif ). I didn't back them up at the time and I now regret it, lesson learned I guess. At least your photos are still in Instagram (I've seen a couple of your pictures while browsing IG, btw). Those F1 pictures don't look like they were taken with a phone, they look great.

Posted by: Ganz 28th November 2016 00:24

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 22nd November 2016 03:40) *
Mine is also a ph1, so the hook must be bolted as well. I've been looking at two tow straps, a yellow Sabelt and a green Takata, so I still have to decide which one to go for.

That Momo is really nice, post some pics when you install it. My father's 155 has the optional Nardi wooden steering wheel and it looks amazing, best "modern" Alfa wheel IMO. The original 145 wheel is quite ugly.

Same problem here, I lost all my holiday photos (including Alfa museum and Monza circuit ones mad.gif ). I didn't back them up at the time and I now regret it, lesson learned I guess. At least your photos are still in Instagram (I've seen a couple of your pictures while browsing IG, btw). Those F1 pictures don't look like they were taken with a phone, they look great.


Go with the Sabelt. Takata is JDM Japanese.

Agree, the original 145 steering wheel is 'heavy' looking.. Yes, the Momo images are from the tinternet. This one is mine, below, from the NEC classic Car show.


Ganz

Posted by: aero_mati 30th November 2016 00:24

QUOTE(Ganz @ 27th November 2016 21:24) *
Go with the Sabelt. Takata is JDM Japanese.

Agree, the original 145 steering wheel is 'heavy' looking.. Yes, the Momo images are from the tinternet. This one is mine, below, from the NEC classic Car show.


Ganz


I know the takata is used in the JDM scene, but it's the only green one I actually like biggrin.gif

Posted by: Ganz 30th November 2016 23:22

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 30th November 2016 00:24) *
I know the takata is used in the JDM scene, but it's the only green one I actually like biggrin.gif


If it has to be green then Takata seems the only choice.

Posted by: aero_mati 1st December 2016 02:00

QUOTE(Ganz @ 30th November 2016 20:22) *
If it has to be green then Takata seems the only choice.


I'm still trying to decide which colour would look best, despite "renders" in photoshop I still can't decide. Do you happen to remember the length of your strap?


Posted by: Ganz 3rd December 2016 00:50

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 1st December 2016 02:00) *
I'm still trying to decide which colour would look best, despite "renders" in photoshop I still can't decide. Do you happen to remember the length of your strap?


Dude, I think they are all a standard fit.

Posted by: Ganz 20th December 2016 23:38

God, the progress is soooo sloooooow!

I replaced the slave clutch cylinder biggrin.gif


Also, I made my own kunifer pipe work. Also, used some nice alloy AN-6 connectors


I used brass fittings. Recently I watched some steam engines at Quorn GC Railway and noted that there were a lot of brass fittings. These work under immense pressure.




My own pipe work smile.gif





Until the next time. I've ordered the cam variator. The new 'launch' date for the Red Baron.. April 2017!

2424 hours to go!

Posted by: aero_mati 21st December 2016 03:42

QUOTE(Ganz @ 20th December 2016 20:38) *
God, the progress is soooo sloooooow!

I replaced the slave clutch cylinder biggrin.gif


Also, I made my own kunifer pipe work. Also, used some nice alloy AN-6 connectors


I used brass fittings. Recently I watched some steam engines at Quorn GC Railway and noted that there were a lot of brass fittings. These work under immense pressure.




My own pipe work smile.gif





Until the next time. I've ordered the cam variator. The new 'launch' date for the Red Baron.. April 2017!

2424 hours to go!


You work is impressive and really detailed (at least for me laugh.gif ) , keep it up.

When was the last time you drove your 45?

Posted by: Ganz 21st December 2016 10:02

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 21st December 2016 03:42) *
You work is impressive and really detailed (at least for me laugh.gif ) , keep it up.

When was the last time you drove your 45?


Cheers mate. I've always been an 'engine' man rather than a 'paint' man. The only parts of the car i have not taken apart is the bottom end and gearbox. Im tempted though..

Last time i drove the red baron was when i drove it into the garage which was back in April 2014!

The 145 is much easier to work on than the 147. The latest thing ive done is take the sunroof off which was easier than expected.


Posted by: aero_mati 22nd December 2016 04:48

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st December 2016 07:02) *
Cheers mate. I've always been an 'engine' man rather than a 'paint' man. The only parts of the car i have not taken apart is the bottom end and gearbox. Im tempted though..

Last time i drove the red baron was when i drove it into the garage which was back in April 2014!

The 145 is much easier to work on than the 147. The latest thing ive done is take the sunroof off which was easier than expected.


I aspire to be an "engine" man one day laugh.gif .

That's a really long time. But I guess good things come to those who wait.

Keep us updated! (I really want to see how that Momo looks on the car wink.gif )

Posted by: Ganz 23rd December 2016 11:19

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 22nd December 2016 04:48) *
I aspire to be an "engine" man one day laugh.gif .

That's a really long time. But I guess good things come to those who wait.

Keep us updated! (I really want to see how that Momo looks on the car wink.gif )



Cheers! Yes, ive always been keen on engines. When i pull up behind cars I'm always checking the design and state of the rear axle lol!

Need to get a boss for the momo first. I'm going to put it on after the mot.

Yes it is a long time but I've learnt so much id have the confidence to work on pretty much anything. Had to replace a crank sensor on the 147 recently. Happy days!

Posted by: aero_mati 24th December 2016 03:35

QUOTE(Ganz @ 23rd December 2016 08:19) *
Cheers! Yes, ive always been keen on engines. When i pull up behind cars I'm always checking the design and state of the rear axle lol!

Need to get a boss for the momo first. I'm going to put it on after the mot.

Yes it is a long time but I've learnt so much id have the confidence to work on pretty much anything. Had to replace a crank sensor on the 147 recently. Happy days!


I'm also keen on engines, I really like everything mechanical really. But sadly I go to electromechanical school were there's a high emphasis on electronics but little to none on the mechanical part, which is a shame. Everything I know was self-taught by reading and watching videos. I have an idea of how an engine but I never actually layed my hands on one.

My father details cars so you could say I'm more of a paint guy laugh.gif


Posted by: Ganz 28th December 2016 16:17

Like the rest of us I'm self taught. Started with motorbike engines when I was 15 yr old. I learnt a lot from friends who were also self taught. Best way to learn. College cannot teach you manual dexerity or how to use tools. Ive tried teaching this stuff and some learners just don't have It. It comes with trial, error and practice.


Posted by: aero_mati 30th December 2016 04:20

QUOTE(Ganz @ 28th December 2016 13:17) *
Like the rest of us I'm self taught. Started with motorbike engines when I was 15 yr old. I learnt a lot from friends who were also self taught. Best way to learn. College cannot teach you manual dexerity or how to use tools. Ive tried teaching this stuff and some learners just don't have It. It comes with trial, error and practice.


Couldn't agree more thumbsup.gif

Still I wouldn't mess with my Q's engine lol

Posted by: Ganz 31st December 2016 13:33

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 30th December 2016 04:20) *
Couldn't agree more thumbsup.gif

Still I wouldn't mess with my Q's engine lol


If you have a heated garage then I would go for it. I was shocked at the amount of gunge there was in the cylinder head. Some of that was probably down to starting the engine for 10 minutes and condensation building up. In the future I would probably flush the engine every 2 years or make sure you go on a long journey once a week to heat up the water contamination to dissipate moisture.

Posted by: Ganz 18th February 2017 00:22

Just an update on January and Feb 2017.


Brought some cam lube for when I put the cams back in the cylinder head. Got it off eBay. It's a reputable product from the US.


Got my Polyurethane exhaust bungs.


The radiator fan coil thing looks a bit sorry..


Finally.. after nearly 10 years I finally brought a brand new variator!!


Fitted my bracket for the car horns


Had to make a new fitment for the horn bracket bolts.


Made the new horn fitment


Horns fitted


Fitted my new power steering pipes


Although I had to reroute the pipes to the serpentine pipe later on as the pipe that comes from the power steering reservoir actually goes in to the serpentine pipe nearest the radiator.


Fitted my brake line protector


The battery box had a load of clips that ad to be taken off before powder coating. To replace them I cut a Halfords trim fitting. It seems to work.


I used these fittings


Got the new heat exchanger manifold gasket


New and old intake manifold gasket


Got a new radiator sensor thingy. Compare to the old one.


Couldn't resist getting some VDO gauges off the eBay. Also source the fittings for the oil temp and pressure sensors.


Wrapped the original water hoses in some silicone tape.

Ordered all the belts and tensioners for the cams. The only thing holding me back is trying to get the old variator off the intake cam. How do you do it?? I've gone down the vice route but cannot stop the cam from rotating when trying to undo the variator..

Posted by: sanitary 18th February 2017 11:19

Well cool biggrin.gif



san

Posted by: Ganz 19th February 2017 21:17

QUOTE(sanitary @ 18th February 2017 11:19) *
Well cool biggrin.gif
san


Cheers buddy

Posted by: aero_mati 21st February 2017 20:58

QUOTE(Ganz @ 17th February 2017 21:22) *
Just an update on January and Feb 2017.


Got my Polyurethane exhaust bungs.


Hi,

What's the benefit of using poly hangers?

QUOTE(Ganz @ 17th February 2017 21:22) *

Finally.. after nearly 10 years I finally brought a brand new variator!!


If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it?

Cheers



Posted by: Ganz 21st February 2017 22:48

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 21st February 2017 20:58) *
Hi,

What's the benefit of using poly hangers?
If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it?

Cheers


The benefit of using poly hangers is they look uber coool lol! Also probably less chance of deterioation. I've seen a lot of tie-wraps on exhaust bungs on Alfas.

The variator cost 119 from eBay.

Hope this helps.

G A N Z

Posted by: Ganz 22nd February 2017 00:09


The variator cost 119 and the variator shells about 35 from Shop4Parts (I think)


Old cambelt tensioner with 140K on the clock and the new Dayco one


The cam tools needed all found on eBay. I got the pulley tool and the cam locks really cheap. I think I paid 15 for both!! The tensioner tools also sourced on eBay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS0&_nkw=Alfa+Romeo+146%2C147%2C155%2CSpider%2CGTV+2.0+TS+Twin+Timing+Belt+Tensioner+Wrench+Tool&_sacat=0

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=Alfa+Romeo+146%2C147%2C155%2CSpider%2CGTV+2.0+TS+Twin+Timing+Belt+Tensioner+Wrench+Tool&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.X.TRS0&_nkw=Alfa+Romeo+Fiat+Lancia+1.4+1.6+1.8+2.0+Twin+Timing+Belt+Tensioner+Wrenc
h+Tool&_sacat=0


Cam, balancer, auxiliary tensioners and water pump.

Posted by: Ganz 19th March 2017 21:20

Update on the project.


Balance belt tensioner


VDO gauges with carbon fibre mount


Location of bulkhead hole for VDO gauges. I used a 6.5mm drill and carefully drilled into the rubber grommet of the main wiring loom.


Used a wood screw to open up the hole.


Fed the wire through.


Wire inside the engine bay

Posted by: dante giacosa 28th March 2017 13:46

the quality of work on this is fantastic...

Posted by: Ganz 29th March 2017 23:32

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 28th March 2017 14:46) *
the quality of work on this is fantastic...


Thanks mate! If I see a rusty bolt I start twitching lol! Just putting it together with love and care. Wish I could take the engine out and give it the full treatment but I'd be working on it for another couple of years if I did that.

Posted by: Ganz 1st May 2017 23:17

April's work.

I had to get the balance belt pulley off the crank. Tried a variety of pulleys..




The one on the left is a cheap Chinese 3 leg gear puller.. waste of time didn't budge a mm. My own gear puller the same. The big b**ger on the right which I brought from the NEC Practical Classics for 8 made easy work of it.


Brought some heat shield. Makes the engine bay look a lot smarter.




Got the corner of my original cam cover welded up. This usually cracks because people over tighten the bolt.


Put the Halfords buffer kit to use.





I put the buffing bar in the vice and rolled the drill end over it.




I buffed off some of the red but I quite like the weathered look.


I don't suppose anyone knows what this bracket goes??


The variator would not budge!! Even with this breaker bar.

VDO wiring:

I spliced into one of the the ignition blocks. The Blue wire is the key-operated side lights. I spliced a blue wire from it for the gauge illuminations. the red wire is a key-operated wire for power to the gauges.


I put my oil temperature sensor into one of the plugs on the oil filter housing.


Made sure I covered up the sensor wires with a new wiring sleeve



I'll post the rest of the wiring tomorrow

Posted by: Ganz 10th May 2017 23:28

Just wanted to mention the resistance of the variator rant.gif The variator would not budge a mm. My make shift tool wouldn't shift it. I


brought the Alfa variator tool and with a breaker bar but still it wouldn't budge.


In the end I had to take it to my local *Alfa garage. An impact gun was used but to no avail. Then we clamped the camshaft in a vice. One person holding the cam in the vice and using a bigger impact gun, the type you use to get centre axle nuts off but to no avail!! My bruv-in law said he had not seen one that tight before and usually they come off easily with an impact gun. In the end I was instructed to hold a MAP torch (you can just see the red handle of the MAP gun) on it for 5 minutes (800 degrees of heat, you can see the variator 'smoking' in the pic) until the oil inside the variator caught fire. Second go with the massive F*** off impact gun and off it came biggrin.gif

*Intaservices in Leics


Posted by: Ganz 22nd May 2017 22:41

Finally I get to post the VDO gauge photos.


I took the live feed from the ignition block. Red and blue wire is the live feed for the gauges and the blue and white wire is from the sidelights so the gauges are only illuminated when you turn the sidelights/lights on.


This is where my ground wire connects to.


The green and black wire is for the oil temp gauge sensor and the blue and grey wire is for the oil pressure sensor


This is where i feed the two sensor wires through the bulkhead. Also used some wiring dressing to protect the wires.


Fed into the centre console like this.


This is my make-shift wiring diagram lol!


I used a couple of inline fuse holders for the live feeds and sidelight feeds


Used some silicone tape for the wiring. The two sensor wires from the engine bay (oil temp and oil pressure)


The following are pics to illustrate my setup







Attaching the gauges was really tricky




Trying to figure how to connect the gauges and then install the gauges with the facia.


Finally they're in!


I had purchased some green illumination bulbs for the gauges but it appears some shine brighter than the others.

I had always wanted to do this mod smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 11th June 2017 00:37

Almost there now..

Bolting the cylinder head on.


Prepping and cleaned the block with a stanley knife blade and carb cleaner. I am having all the pistons halfway down so when I assmeble the camshafts I won't get any valves hitting the pistons. I can always find TDC later on.


Put the dowels in and the Payen head gasket. I tried the bit's of card/rolled paper to line the head up but the cylinder head weighed so much I could never get the bits of paper to line up with the holes. I ended up not bothering with the bits of paper sticking out. You don't need to do this as the weight of the cylinder head was enough to line up with the dowels and sit on the block.


The cylinder head with inlet manifold attached.


In all its glory.


I marked the new stretch head bolts with white paint so you know the last one you tightened. I didn't think I needed this as you this isn't a job where you want to take a 10 minute break - but it was useful in knowing how much each bolt turned and where they ended up. When you tighten the bolts 90 degrees try to do it slowly as you don't want to make the bolts brittle by stretching them too quickly. The angle torque took me a while to use. I had to insert the allen key component into camshaft block dowels as you can see into the picture. Otherwise the whole gauge would turn! I practiced on my rear wheel nuts to familiarise myself with the angle torque which I have never used before. Don't forget to use Copaslip grease on the head bolt threads and under the bolt head where it meets the washer.


Dismantling and cleaning the hydraulic buckets. I recommend doing this as the plunger inside the bucket is full of oil. Once this is done when you crank the engine over (without igniting the engine sparks) the new oil will feed into the buckets. When I assembled the buckets the plungers actually moved up and down unlike before I dismantled when they were solid.


To knock the plungers out you have hit the bucket on to some aluminum about 5-6 times before they come out. It amazing how much oil had been retained. I cleaned the buckets in diesel and the plunger part with carb cleaner aerosol.

Adios!

Posted by: effkay 19th June 2017 15:05

Great progress - can't wait to see it being driven as intended! When you reckon it'll be done? Well, these things are never done lol, but on the road?

Posted by: Antonio 20th June 2017 21:14

I've managed to read the whole topic and there are lots of carefully and well done job on here...I really like the work done looking at such small but great details like the new "U" clips fitted to brake hoses supports, those are the type of things that shows that a proper restoration project has been done, not like most people who only thinks on a good respray and good looking interior (at least, here is like this..).

P.S To dismantle the hydraulic tappets (buckets), you hitted them on the face that meets the camshafts?

Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Ganz 25th June 2017 00:04

QUOTE(Antonio @ 20th June 2017 22:14) *
I've managed to read the whole topic and there are lots of carefully and well done job on here...I really like the work done looking at such small but great details like the new "U" clips fitted to brake hoses supports, those are the type of things that shows that a proper restoration project has been done, not like most people who only thinks on a good respray and good looking interior (at least, here is like this..).

P.S To dismantle the hydraulic tappets (buckets), you hitted them on the face that meets the camshafts?

Keep up the good work!


Hola Antonio

Es nada pero thanks for your kind compliments smile.gif Yeah, I couldn't use those crusty old U clips with new braided hose. Just couldn't do that. It's always been that way with me since I built a Matchless G5 350 motorbike when I was 16 years old. I learnt a lot from my good friend at the time who I looked up to and I guess was my mentor. He had a eye for detail which I totally appreciated and admired because the end results always looked fantastic!. Sometimes it is difficult because a bolt or washer that is rusty.. I have to replace it. Hence the amount of time it has taken to get this far. You are right though I see lot of great looking cars but underneath when they are on the ramps.. it's pure corrosion like mine was.

"Restoration".. it's miles away from that and restorations has been never been something that has interested me. When I see those 'show' cars at events I feel sad for the car that it can never really get driven and used which was the purpose behind the design. For me the attention to 'some' detail (but not all lol) is just my philosophy if you had to give it a description. The paint job will be the thing I won't bother to do as I like the original scratches etc. However I am getting the side skirts, rear roof spoiler and plastic part resprayed.

On the hydraulic buckets question you slam them down as hard as you can on some aluminum hollow face down. In other words the camshaft side is at the top. It takes about 4-5 hard slams -really hard slams before the plungers pop out which are inside the bucket. I suggest doing the 16 buckets over two days or you might damage your hand/wrist if you're a lightweight like me!

Posted by: Ganz 25th June 2017 00:34

QUOTE(effkay @ 19th June 2017 16:05) *
Great progress - can't wait to see it being driven as intended! When you reckon it'll be done? Well, these things are never done lol, but on the road?


Cheers buddy. You know, I was set to put the cambelt on today only to find out that the cam locks do not match the profile of the camshalft lobes! I must have brought a set of 1.6 cam locks. b**ger rant.gif I had a cup of tea and a laugh about it being 2018 before I get the Red Baron on the road (don't know where I got Red Devil from(!?)).

Part of the plan this year was to go to Le Mans which I have now missed. The National Alfa Day looks unlikely. I am still on the look out for a 147 GTA under 5k if I ever find one now. i had a ride in one the other month and the acceleration and braking was brutal. I'll always keep the 145 though as I hate the drop link suspension on the 147s they don't last very long!

Posted by: Ganz 25th June 2017 22:47

Latest work on the 145 QV.


Getting some inspiration from a forum member here wink.gif


Not sure whether I like it but at least I did it: the red bits (Rosso red) that is.


Latest on the engine bay. Covered the battery with heat reflector matting.


Finally brought the red seal for the cam cover. I ordered it from Italy.


Looks great compared to my washed out original. As in its actually red.


Wrapped my manifold.


Got some wheel adapters made for my 108PCD OZ Supperleggeras to fit the 98PCD


A great job from Latvia. Good job guys.


More engine bay pics with the red pulleys


Can't get enuff as I'm an engine man myself.


Luvvely stuff.


Cams in and all lubed up!


De-greased and sprayed the gearbox cover.


Bolted on.

Posted by: Ganz 10th July 2017 21:07

Finally got my cambelt and balance belts on.


Had to buy some cam locks for the 2.0 ts as the ones I had had a different profile and were for a 1.6TS


Finally got the cambelt on


TDC gauge made for very accurate TDC


Actually had to take the cambelt off as I wasn't sure about the tensioner being right. Think I was over cautious. On it went again and I had tensioned the tensioner as the manual says. I did noticed that as I manually turned the engine by hand the tensioner pointer would move about. I take it this is normal as the tensioner's job is to take up the slack


Painted the bottom engine block as it was a bit rusty


All set now for all the ancillaries to go on and fire the Red beast up

Posted by: zanetti 18th July 2017 05:57

QUOTE(Ganz @ 10th July 2017 23:07) *
Finally got my cambelt and balance belts on.


Had to buy some cam locks for the 2.0 ts as the ones I had had a different profile and were for a 1.6TS


Finally got the cambelt on


TDC gauge made for very accurate TDC


Actually had to take the cambelt off as I wasn't sure about the tensioner being right. Think I was over cautious. On it went again and I had tensioned the tensioner as the manual says. I did noticed that as I manually turned the engine by hand the tensioner pointer would move about. I take it this is normal as the tensioner's job is to take up the slack


Painted the bottom engine block as it was a bit rusty


All set now for all the ancillaries to go on and fire the Red beast up




Awesome job!

Posted by: dante giacosa 18th July 2017 13:02

not long now, eh..?

I love the gearbox cover- was it 'just' the external bolts to remove it..?

Did anything move internally when you got it off..?

I hadn't thought of the oil filter housing for the temperature gauge sender- (might save me having the get a 155 sump) have you got a picture of where you sited the pressure-sender? Oh- hangon- this was in another thread wasn't it..?

Is it opposite the battery..?

Terrific quality of work- I'd travel along way to see this car at a meetup...

Posted by: effkay 18th July 2017 13:06

Great work!

Posted by: Ganz 19th July 2017 23:14

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 18th July 2017 14:02) *
not long now, eh..?

I love the gearbox cover- was it 'just' the external bolts to remove it..?

Did anything move internally when you got it off..?

I hadn't thought of the oil filter housing for the temperature gauge sender- (might save me having the get a 155 sump) have you got a picture of where you sited the pressure-sender? Oh- hangon- this was in another thread wasn't it..?

Is it opposite the battery..?

Terrific quality of work- I'd travel along way to see this car at a meetup...


Cheers mate!

Yes it was just the external bolts to remove the cover. The pressure sensor will be on the side of the cylinder head where the thermostat is. I have to get the sensor adaptor made up though as the head thread is a m10 with a 1.25 pitch thread (unusual as most are 1.5 pitch thread). Cheers for the compliment on the car meet up. No pressure then..! When the car gets to events I will certainly have the bonnet open and a mirror (chavvy) under the car lol! It would be good to meet up with the remaining owners on this forum.

Having my side sills, door handles, petrol cap cover and roof 'sills' resprayed. The rest of the car I am leaving standard with all the light scratches and little dents and original paint work. Maybe next year I'll get it all professionally sprayed but it will cost a lot.

I'm on a hunt for a 147 GTA but you know what.. owning a 1.6 147 I hate the complicated front suspension and a lot of things on the car. The 145 in comparison is easy to work on.

On the 145 front at Alfa meets you don't see many - 1 or 2 145s at most. However, there is a greater European following in Czech, Serbia, Hungary, Poland and Holland. Outside there is SA, Spain and Argentina. Of course we also have Effkay in Wales.. and yourself in Scotland.. Come on!

I'm on Instagram: Ganz145_alfa. This is how I know of rest of the world 145s!

Posted by: effkay 20th July 2017 09:11

There's someone else in Wales too - my friend sent me pictures last night of a turbo 145 that regularly gets taken to the 'Ring. Not sure what turbo it uses or how it can work with the Ecu but good to hear there are some more out there...pics don't show alot:

http://s922.photobucket.com/user/effkay84/media/Alfa%20145%20Forum%20Wales%20Trip%20-%20April%202012/received_1970311326540622.jpeg.html
http://s922.photobucket.com/user/effkay84/media/Alfa%20145%20Forum%20Wales%20Trip%20-%20April%202012/received_1970311323207289.jpeg.html
http://s922.photobucket.com/user/effkay84/media/Alfa%20145%20Forum%20Wales%20Trip%20-%20April%202012/received_1970311333207288.jpeg.html
http://s922.photobucket.com/user/effkay84/media/Alfa%20145%20Forum%20Wales%20Trip%20-%20April%202012/received_1970311279873960.jpeg.html

Posted by: Ganz 23rd July 2017 20:36

Nice. Was looking at Autolusso's supercharger conversion. You get 235bhp. Only thing is it costs a few thousand pounds! I'd like to get a 155 GTA turbo engine in. Maybe that's the next project.. !

Posted by: dante giacosa 25th July 2017 12:09

hangon-

is the coolant expansion tank on the wrong side on that under bonnet shot..?

How's that possible..??

Posted by: effkay 26th July 2017 09:06

I know...I'm trying to figure it out too...cant even tell where the turbo or inter-cooler is!

Posted by: Antonio 26th July 2017 14:26

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 25th July 2017 14:09) *
hangon-

is the coolant expansion tank on the wrong side on that under bonnet shot..?

How's that possible..??

I think this isn't a 145/6 but a 916 Gtv/Spider

Posted by: effkay 27th July 2017 12:11

I think you're right with all the plastic shrouds around the engine. No wonder I was getting confused! Shows its possible though...

http://s922.photobucket.com/user/effkay84/media/Alfa%20145%20Forum%20Wales%20Trip%20-%20April%202012/5e3aee4s-960.jpg.html

Posted by: Ganz 27th July 2017 22:33

Sorry for the belated reply. Yes, that is a GTV.

Posted by: Ganz 27th July 2017 22:50

Well, the day is getting nearer.. Update on the work.


Attaching the new oil heat exchanger and silicone pipework.


Attaching all the silicone pipework


Attached the manifold with exhaust wrap. Still got a few jubilee clips and bolts to out on. Work in progress..

[attachment=17375:Manifold2.jpg]
Another angle..!


I replaced most of the original water pipework with silicone from ASH


The ones I didn't replace, because they were difficult to source was the top and bottom radiator hoses


What I did was wrap them in blue silicone tape so ti fits with the rest of the hose work


The final parts to be bolted on before firing up the engine! The CV joints and boots. This was a b**ger to dismantle. The trick was to get a tap hammer and smack the middle bearing housing that slots on to the drive shaft. It takes a few hits before you can see anything move.


This is what holds the drive shaft on to the CV joint. It's a b**ger to get the CV joint off but you're thankful as when you are wacking round a corner at 90mph, on a track day of course whistle.gif you want to know that the CV joint isn't going anywhere.


Got to do the other drive shaft. This was the worse one as the ABS ring was so badly rusted.


The boot clips were easy to get off. Just drift a flat head screwdriver with a hammer against the pressed 'bit'


Just cut the old boots off - I take it you would replace with a new boot!


Picked up my resprayed parts: Sill, roof bits, petrol cap cover, door handles.

Soon as I get the CV and drive shafts bolted on then it will be the day of days!

 

Posted by: effkay 28th July 2017 08:42

Good work - keep the updates coming! Everything looks so clean!!

Posted by: black 146 29th July 2017 16:12

Good luck and all things crossed . BUD thumbsup.gif

Posted by: aero_mati 30th July 2017 01:14

Home straight to go. The end is in sight tongue.gif
Things look really neat under that bonnet. Well done!

Posted by: Ganz 5th August 2017 23:39

QUOTE(effkay @ 28th July 2017 09:42) *
Good work - keep the updates coming! Everything looks so clean!!


Cheers Mate. There is still some surface rust here and there but I'm not building a concours car. Just want it on the road

QUOTE(black 146 @ 29th July 2017 17:12) *
Good luck and all things crossed . BUD thumbsup.gif


Good to hear from you buddy. Glad to see you check the 145 forum every now and then. The Red Devil is silently waiting... I reckon mid week and defo by next weekend of the firing up!

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 30th July 2017 02:14) *
Home straight to go. The end is in sight tongue.gif
Things look really neat under that bonnet. Well done!


Cheers! Cannot wait and praying that everything will be ok. Messed up on the CV joints parts but now have the correct parts and they go on really easy. I got one drive shaft assembled tonight.

Posted by: Ganz 5th August 2017 23:59

Only thing left is to replace the CV joints but.. things are never straight forward. When I got the old CV joints off I noticed the replacement ones I had brought were not the correct fit.


Well, at least I learnt how to disassemble a CV joint and clean it. I thought I'd try to swap the middle bearing over but guess what shock horror..! the ball bearing on the new joint are smaller than the original and the shell bearing of the old joint smaller than the new one. I tried. God, how I tried.. but knackered my snap ring in the process.

No choice but get in contact with the original suppliers and this time I got the correct part. The replacement CV wheel side joint for a ph1 1996 Cloverleaf 145 is the Mapco 16002. It is the "ONE"! The boot with this one is bigger too which makes it easier to put on the drive shaft. Apparently there are around 4 different CV joints for the 145! Italian cars.. like Italian/Med women.. temperamental.

Anyways. Progress is fast and furious - CV exemption. Got some oil sender adapters made up by a local engineering firm.


M10 male thread with a 1.25mm pitch (this this pitch that you cannot find anywhere). M10 1.00mm pitch thread female.


Sender fits perfectly. Have to say the engineering firm did a good job on this. Well impressed and told them so.

Hasta tomorrow coolio.gif

Posted by: Milos 17th August 2017 22:04

Ganz, this is absolutely amazing project, have done similar stuff in the past and know exactly how much time it takes...

Could you please share with us how you did clean expansion tank? smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 19th August 2017 23:17

QUOTE(Milos @ 17th August 2017 23:04) *
Ganz, this is absolutely amazing project, have done similar stuff in the past and know exactly how much time it takes...

Could you please share with us how you did clean expansion tank? smile.gif


Thanks Milos. "Time waits for no man" but that law doesn't seem to apply to projects.. biggrin.gif

It will be a pleasure to tell you how I cleaned my expansion tank. I used something called W5 Limescale remover (from Lidl) and a combination of Domestos. Sometimes I put pure Limescale remover only in and really shook the expansion tank. I would leave it for 1 week. Everyday shaking it. Sometimes I drained it and put in Domestos and gave it a good shake. The W5 Limescale remover really seemed to work. I would give it two weeks. Just keep shaking the expansion tank morning and night. Make sure you plug all the pipes and make sure you have the expansion cap on. All the best.

Just Google W5 Limescale remover
https://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/lidl-price-comparison/Household_Cleaning/W5_Limescale_Remover_500ml.html

Posted by: dante giacosa 21st August 2017 08:16

(i used rice in my expansion tank- and some kind of cleaner and hot water)

Hey-

when you say 'oil heat exchanger' do you mean an oil-cooler radiator..?

Are you plumbing one in..?

Posted by: Ganz 21st August 2017 21:32

Rice.. that's different. What was the results?

Oil exchanger if you are referring to a post of mine, is the oil cooler. It's the one that sits between the oil filter and the oil pump housing.

Weird I saw a alfa 155 at Mitcar that was just like mine before it burst. It was rusted to f***.

Posted by: Ganz 21st August 2017 22:23

Latest update biggrin.gif


CV joints assembled.


Just ordered some CV bearing 'end caps' which mine did not have. The CV inner bearing was bolted directly to the differential! There didn't seem any grit that got in but I've ordered a pair of end caps anyway.

Posted by: dante giacosa 22nd August 2017 16:10

end caps- gosh; those are 'the part', eh?

Are they an OE item, or are they made by someone..??

Yes- the rice worked quite well- you had to keep coming back to it; and shaking the expansion tank vigorously- the movement of all the hard grains took all the coolant-scum off the inside of the tank. It worked a treat actually.

oh- so heat exchanger' as a part, isn't a distinct oil-radiator, plumbed in with remote hosing? Is it a coolant return line, which passes the through the oil filter housing..?

Posted by: Ganz 2nd September 2017 23:40

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 22nd August 2017 17:10) *
end caps- gosh; those are 'the part', eh?

Are they an OE item, or are they made by someone..??

Yes- the rice worked quite well- you had to keep coming back to it; and shaking the expansion tank vigorously- the movement of all the hard grains took all the coolant-scum off the inside of the tank. It worked a treat actually.

oh- so heat exchanger' as a part, isn't a distinct oil-radiator, plumbed in with remote hosing? Is it a coolant return line, which passes the through the oil filter housing..?


It is a coolant return line which passes through the oil filter housing.


Picked up my CV end caps today. 6 each!

Went to start the engine last week when the engine would not turn!! The starter motor cranked the engine over for a couple of turns and then no more rant.gif The battery tried to turn the starter motor but it just clicked but would not turn the engine.

Posted by: dante giacosa 5th September 2017 13:03

I can't stand the suspense Ganz!

Is it running!??

Posted by: Ganz 9th September 2017 23:20

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 5th September 2017 14:03) *
I can't stand the suspense Ganz!

Is it running!??


No! Found out what stopped the engine cranking over.. the alternator pulley was seized solid! Last weekend it took a couple of hours with WD40 to free it up and then I could manually turn the engine by hand. Has taken the auxiliary belt off and so had to put that one on again. What a ball ache!

Anyway, I'd spent the last few days charging the old battery but it only had 8 volts and would not turn the starter.. so I might as well dump it and will have to fork out a few bob for a new battery! CV drive shafts on but need to get some longer replacement bolts.

Tomorrow I'm going to put the 147 battery in and start her up. being spent!

Posted by: dante giacosa 10th September 2017 08:44

ha-

That's a classic- who ever worries about alternators, eh?!

What with everything else that could go wrong, I mean.

Yup- sounds like that battery is for the dump.

I can't wait to see if it will crank- try and get a tiny video of it!

Good luck, Ganz!

Posted by: dante giacosa 13th September 2017 12:41

c'mon Ganz!

I can't stand the suspense- what happened??

Posted by: sanitary 14th September 2017 18:56

QUOTE(Ganz @ 10th September 2017 00:20) *
Has taken the auxiliary belt off and so had to put that one on again. What a ball ache!


you need one of these smile.gif


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flat-Aviation-Double-Ended-Ring-Extra-Long-Aircraft-Spanner-14-x-15mm-368mm-O-L-/182720905831?hash=item2a8b03c267:g:vOUAAOSwsE5ZlWbT



san

Posted by: dante giacosa 15th September 2017 08:38

the guy selling that,

has the e-mail address name of; 'terrythetool'...(?!)

Posted by: sanitary 15th September 2017 12:07

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 15th September 2017 09:38) *
the guy selling that,

has the e-mail address name of; 'terrythetool'...(?!)



There are some strange people in the world.... whistle.gif




san

Posted by: shpuncik 15th September 2017 15:43

QUOTE(sanitary @ 14th September 2017 19:56) *
you need one of these smile.gif
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Flat-Aviation-Double-Ended-Ring-Extra-Long-Aircraft-Spanner-14-x-15mm-368mm-O-L-/182720905831?hash=item2a8b03c267:g:vOUAAOSwsE5ZlWbT
san


or if your spanners aren't of cheapest one you could do this biggrin.gif


Posted by: sanitary 15th September 2017 18:29

QUOTE(shpuncik @ 15th September 2017 16:43) *
or if your spanners aren't of cheapest one you could do this biggrin.gif



tried that and it didn't work, not long enough to move the tensioner far enough to get the belt on rant.gif




san

Posted by: dante giacosa 16th September 2017 08:26

i would never have thought of THAT!

Wow- what an idea!

Posted by: sanitary 16th September 2017 08:47

or you could use one of these....

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/laser-spanner-extension-wrench/



but at that price I think I'll keep doubling the spanners blink.gif




san

Posted by: Ganz 16th September 2017 21:19

QUOTE(shpuncik @ 15th September 2017 16:43) *
or if your spanners aren't of cheapest one you could do this biggrin.gif



Lol. I seem to remember seeing this in Wheeler Dealers!

Posted by: Ganz 16th September 2017 21:24

The latest.. went to fire her up last week and the starts motor turned over no probs now the alternator has been freed. Used my 147 battery. It coughed and spluttered but would not catch. There's no sound of valves crashing into the pistols and no misfire or backfiring so I was stumped. Then.. I thought the sound was familiar.. is there enough petrol.. checked gauge and knowing the 145 in the past need a gallon of so. Yep, I didn't have enough petrol!

Posted by: aero_mati 17th September 2017 03:25

QUOTE(Ganz @ 16th September 2017 18:24) *
The latest.. went to fire her up last week and the starts motor turned over no probs now the alternator has been freed. Used my 147 battery. It coughed and spluttered but would not catch. There's no sound of valves crashing into the pistols and no misfire or backfiring so I was stumped. Then.. I thought the sound was familiar.. is there enough petrol.. checked gauge and knowing the 145 in the past need a gallon of so. Yep, I didn't have enough petrol!


So..it started? What happened? Did everything work as intended?
Stop teasing us... tongue.gif

Posted by: dante giacosa 17th September 2017 09:17

give me your address-

I will drive from Edinburgh now, with a Jerry-can of fuel...!

Posted by: Ganz 17th September 2017 22:08

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 17th September 2017 10:17) *
give me your address-

I will drive from Edinburgh now, with a Jerry-can of fuel...!


laugh.gif

Posted by: Ganz 17th September 2017 22:40

Well, I've just spent a 12 hour stint trying to bolt the CVs and driveshafts that are held on to the transmission by six bolts.


CVs with end caps ons

The farside CV bolts went in quite easily but the nearside fought me every step of the way. Every bolt needed 15-20 minutes of persuasion to feed through. Doing this job in a confined space of a lock up garage where you are on the floor on your back under a car on jacks really stretches your body like no yoga or pilates class. After three bolts my body was exhausted but with the finish line so close I had to carry on. The reason the bolts were difficult to slot through in the first place was because the boot got in the way and perhaps the CV joint end caps were slightly misaligned with the CV bearing housing. Anyway, when I finally had them all in I tightened one bolt up only to find it was hitting the gearbox housing. The replacement bolts I had brought were too long rant.gif . That was Saturday and after spending 6 hours I called it a day. No firing her up today.. mmm, I could see another weekend slipping away no3.gif

Sunday 17th September..

Before replacing the nearside CV bolts I gave the standard wheels a clean on the inside which were covered with 20 years of muck..


Once done I bolted the rear wheels on. Then I came round to replacing the nearside CV bolts which had caused me such trouble. Amazingly, they didn't fight me anymore and it was quite a easy job but took time.


This was a b**ger to get on.


Correct CV joints with new ABS rings.

So now it was time to get some more petrol, clean the spark plugs, put water in, manually crank the engine over a few times. I took one spark plug off each cylinder and disconnected the fule pump relay so that the engine would turn via the starter just the get the oil pressure up. Connected my mates f**k off battery and cranked her over for a few seconds to get oil circulating. Finally screwed in all the spark plugs, connected the fuel pump realy and turned the key a couple of times not to fire but to get the fuel pump to build pressure in the fuel lines.

Posted by: dante giacosa 18th September 2017 12:17

good heaven's!

SOME effort, Ganz- it's close now!

Can I ask- did you have to pack the CV gaitors with grease there, before tightening them up..?

Posted by: Ganz 23rd September 2017 21:00

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 18th September 2017 13:17) *
good heaven's!

SOME effort, Ganz- it's close now!

Can I ask- did you have to pack the CV gaitors with grease there, before tightening them up..?


Yes i did as they were new outer cv joint bearings. I cleaned the inner bearings inspected them and they were fine, incredible as they are 20 years old. The outer bearings at the wheels had sign if wear so i replaced them twice.. as id brought the wrong joints first time round. New circlips, boots and grease.

Got no internet so cant post anything. Doing this from a pub.

Posted by: Ganz 9th October 2017 22:42

After 3 weeks of no internet I'M BACK!!! Bloody ISP stopped my net cuz of a returned debit then hit me with a charge on top of no net access. It was tough.

Well, just as you thought I was gonna be one of those posters who mysteriously disappears because of a car maker change I'm back.

To sum it up..: its ALIVE!!!!!

Got lots on at work so cannot post pics in the week but I promise you all I'm going to post all the pics and the story to boot this weekend. There are lots of pics smile.gif

Posted by: effkay 10th October 2017 15:08

Well done. Looking forward to the updates...some vids and pics please smile.gif

Posted by: dante giacosa 12th October 2017 11:35

C'MON Ganz!!

the public want MORE!!!

Posted by: Ganz 14th October 2017 20:59

laugh.gif laugh.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif

The posts will arrive tonight. I can't believe its on the road after nearly 4 years. Engine as sweet as a nut.

Posted by: Ganz 15th October 2017 00:37

Well, this is probably gonna be the last post on the thread!

Late last month I took some insurance out for the MOT so I had to get cracking ohmy.gif

Charged up my old battery but ain't no way it was going to crank the engine over. So a very good mate let me have his spare Bosch battery. So wacked this in and took the fuel relay and spark plugs out and cranked the engine over. This mutha of a Bosch battery had some kick! Put spark plugs in and connected the fuel pump relay and started her. Started first time laugh.gif

Check out the Youtube vid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8Q7w2FL2-4
It was smoking a bit because there was a bolt missing from the cam cover and the cam cover bolts were not tight enough. Just got to be careful not to turn these bolts too tight as they can break the cam cover corners.


Sounds very rough at this stage but once you the oil gets round, usually after a run then the Twin spark engines is a lot quieter.


IT's ALIVE!!


Some more pics




Got the wheels on..


The new wheel side CV with ABS ring joint


Nearside drive shaft


3 and half years of dust and grime


The first time the Red Devil has been out of the garage since April 2014 (when I drove it in!)


Wow, I can't quite believe the moment has happened ohmy.gif


Free at last!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE_ZoTHyrS
Engine running again. Loud but now it's so sweet. Takes a good run for the oil to get in the variator and everywhere.


One of my fav pics of the whole event.


With the sister 147


Desperate to get it roadworthy




The beast


Wow


Roof sills on which I had resprayed. Don't worry about the pea-shooter exhaust it's only gonna be temporary. Readying my Supersprint backbox coolio.gif


I love this shot too. The car looks the "kippers" laugh.gif


Can never have too many photos tongue.gif

That's all for now folks biggrin.gif Off to bed. Got loads more pics for tomorrow drink.gif clover.gif sleep.gif

Posted by: dante giacosa 15th October 2017 10:25

That engine looks So SMART!

I love the exposed cam pulleys- very 'mad-max'!

Right!- I'm going to play the video..!


Oh!? ' video not found'

Maybe it's THiS device- ill try on better wifi...

Posted by: sanitary 15th October 2017 12:19

Cool biggrin.gif biggrin.gif


Finally started mine after doing the belts about a month ago and...

It's ALIVE!!!

well, it runs OKish, needs the exhaust sorting out as it seems to have gone on the front pipe as well as the back box dropping off (have a replacement for that)

But it's progress so i'm happy

roll on next spring biggrin.gif



san

Posted by: Ganz 15th October 2017 17:56

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 15th October 2017 11:25) *
That engine looks So SMART!

I love the exposed cam pulleys- very 'mad-max'!

Right!- I'm going to play the video..!
Oh!? ' video not found'

Maybe it's THiS device- ill try on better wifi...


Cheers mate. Mad Max.. now you mentioned it i wish i'd have left the cambelt cover off as that was a bitch to get on.
The engine is a lot quieter now. Going to do another video tomorrow now the engines settled. Been driving round everywhere. Couple of minor seepages that i've now stemmed. Jubilee clips needed tightening up.


Posted by: Ganz 15th October 2017 18:02

QUOTE(sanitary @ 15th October 2017 13:19) *
Cool biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
Finally started mine after doing the belts about a month ago and...

It's ALIVE!!!

well, it runs OKish, needs the exhaust sorting out as it seems to have gone on the front pipe as well as the back box dropping off (have a replacement for that)

But it's progress so i'm happy

roll on next spring biggrin.gif
san


Great isn't it? Doing the belts is actually much easier than i initially thought. Know what you mean about the exhaust. Gonna leave my backbox and exhaust upgrade till next spring. Shame all the events are over. We'll definitaly all have to meet up at a future event. Roll on Spring 2018 biggrin.gif

Posted by: Ganz 15th October 2017 21:47

Well, since Monday I've covered about 156 miles. I know that these twin sparks can run hot but up to now everything is doing what it should.

Oil pressure when cold and ticking over 3-4bar

Oil pressure when engine is up to temp ticking over 1.5-2.0 bar.

Oil pressure rises when the revs are higher, i.e. from tickover when warm 1.5-2.0 bar to 3-4bar at 3000rpm.

Oil temp around 60Degrees. Most I've seen is about 70 degrees.

Water temp: 2-3000rpm with no traffic just below 80.

Water temp after a long run and then getting stuck in traffic goes up to to 90 (takes time to get there though) and when it's a tad over 90 I can hear the fan kicking in (usually indicated by a rpm drop). I have also seen this when I've pulled up at the garage. Apparently, there is another fan speed, a much higher one if the temp goes slightly over 100. No need to panic if the water temp is 90. My 147 1.6 is always at 90 whatever the conditions. Whilst the water temp goes up the oil temp is only ever hovering around the 60-70 degree mark. So no need to get an oil cooler setup which might mess with the oil pressure.


Suspension
I have not really tested the suspension yet as I'm still enjoying just cruising and getting familiar with the car before I start slinging it around country roads. It has been lowered by 40mm ohyes.gif Speed bumps, and there are some Everest type ones where I live, no issue as long as you slow right down, ignore the vehicle behind you and reach the summit before making a careful descend you should be fine. My bumper is the first thing that scrapes anything so that's a marker I use as a gauge. I did go round a corner slightly fast last night and I heard the front tires squeal a bit. Not sure if the tracking is out.


Electrics ⚡
All headlights working. Interior boot light does not come on and the alarm light that goes from red to green has stopped working since I got it on the road. Alarm works and door locking works. Rear boot lock works but you cannot remotely open it like the 147. I have to stop the engine before I can release the boot rant.gif All the clock dash bulbs were shot as rust had gotten into the tiny bulb holders. I had to source new bulb and holders for the clocks.
VDO gauges all work and it is great seeing the oil pressure and temp. In the past I may have panicked if I thought the engine was getting too hot and would pull up to let the engine cool. Seeing the actual temps is reassuring that all is ok.


Bodywork: the driver's door has a problem shutting properly - however, in warmer weather - yes, warmer weather in October, the doors had no issue closing. At night when the outside temp has dropped the doors refuse to shut from the inside. Seats are great. The electronic windows strain a bit and sometimes do not line up properly. I usually have to open by a few mm and shut a couple of times to make sure the glass plate seals with the door. Roof lacquer needs sorting.

Exhaust seems fine. No holes and sounds ok. I get more engine sound in the cabin than exhaust sound. I'd like it to snap crackle and pop but I don't know how you go about doing that other than thrashing the engine something I have no inclination to do.

Some more pics of the engine bay:












Legal beagle! I am going to keep the tax disc which expired in Apr 2014 smile.gif


Another fav pic.

Interior pics:



Sparco and Cloverleaf


I quite like the grey seats as they go with the red.

Not long to go before the end of the thread..


Posted by: shpuncik 16th October 2017 10:36

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?


Posted by: dante giacosa 16th October 2017 11:09

just got the video to play-

that was funny- I had the sound right UP, and it gets louder and louder and louder, and then the torch goes on, and then you see the smoke!

Proper excitement!


that Sparko peddle set is ace! Which particular flavour is it- have you got a Part No..?

P.S.- is your door apart? Can you post some pictures of that, please..? I was trying to find details of the tweeter link-wiring from the main door-loom (it splits within the door from the full range driver wiring) and I couldn't...

Posted by: aero_mati 18th October 2017 16:06

Great job!!! Seen your pictures on Instagram.
I really like those additional gauges, they look really neat.
Where did you get those floor mats?

Cheers!

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 11:05

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?


Cheers! Yes annoying if i have a passenger who needs to take their luggage out the back i have to switch the engine off.

You're when i look at the gauge it starts at 60 then goes to 130. The needle is around 3mm above 60. Although this looks like 70 it could be much higher. The reading comes a VDO gauge.

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 11:18

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 16th October 2017 12:09) *
just got the video to play-

that was funny- I had the sound right UP, and it gets louder and louder and louder, and then the torch goes on, and then you see the smoke!

Proper excitement!
that Sparko peddle set is ace! Which particular flavour is it- have you got a Part No..?

P.S.- is your door apart? Can you post some pictures of that, please..? I was trying to find details of the tweeter link-wiring from the main door-loom (it splits within the door from the full range driver wiring) and I couldn't...


Lol. Yes i thought id add some smoke to the drama! Hadn' t tightened the cam cover bolts tight enough and there was, i presume, some oil leaking but it could have been the exhaust wrap too.

The Sparco pedals were brought off eBay. Just the standard model. If you carry out a image search on Google youll find the model. I added the gold anodised allen screws myself. The sparco foot rest i found on eBay brand new for a fiver. They are called Sparco Reflex set e pedal manual.

Ill get some door pics for you.

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 11:23

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 18th October 2017 17:06) *
Great job!!! Seen your pictures on Instagram.
I really like those additional gauges, they look really neat.
Where did you get those floor mats?

Cheers!


Cheers Aero. Yeah amazingly the gauges pic got the most views of anything ive posted on instagram. Funny how you can't predict the which will be most popular.

The floor mats i got from eBay italy. Go on ebay.it and type in alfa romeo 145 tappeti auto tappentini su misura + decori + 4 block
You will find loads of different styles.

Posted by: Antonio 19th October 2017 13:21

Nice job done, but considering you took out the head, why you didn't fitted the anti-empty oil valve? With this fitted, the noise of empty tappets and variator disappears..also, the oil temp seems a tad low, where you fitted the sensor?


Other than that, expect you to have many times of joy with the car pappap.gif

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 14:00

QUOTE(Antonio @ 19th October 2017 14:21) *
Nice job done, but considering you took out the head, why you didn't fitted the anti-empty oil valve? With this fitted, the noise of empty tappets and variator disappears..also, the oil temp seems a tad low, where you fitted the sensor?
Other than that, expect you to have many times of joy with the car pappap.gif


The noisyness only lasts a short while. Once the oil gets to the variator and cam buckets is as quiet as a mouse. Anti-empty oil valve..? What is that? I watched my brother in law build a TS engine and never saw or mentioned this.

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 15:05

Latest update.

Managed to iron out all the water and oil leaks. Have one tiny power power steering leak left to stem.

Really happy with the car except one thing! Those bloody GKN Lobro CV boots with support are s**te! My CV grease is getting thrown out by these flawed boots and steel support. The steel clip does not seem to be tight enough and also there are indentations around the bolt holes and this is where the grease is exiting.


Avoid rant.gif I should have kept my old steel supports and just got a pair of new boots. Considering the amount of effort and time I put in to rebuilding the drive shafts to have a reputable name like this let me down.. can't really believe it. I don't fancy taking the drive-shafts out as that's such a job and the car will be off the road. One thing I'm going to attempt is to cut the old clip off and pull the boot back. Inspect to see how much grease has escaped and carefully repack it. Slip the boot back on and then re-clip it. Only thing about re-clipping the boot is that there is no space to use the clip crimper tool. I brought GKN because of their reputable name.

Anyway, on to more positive things I've got more pics.


No stereo at the moment because the engine sounds so nice. Hate to think that one day I won't even notice the engine. Hence I am thinking of making it a car for events and special occasions only.

I thought long and hard about whether I should end this thread on a final pic but you know.. I'll keep it open and will post stuff on here from time to time that relates to my 145. After all the 145 is still a work in progress wink.gif When I get the OZ wheels on, the rear spoiler, the rear alloy diffuser I am working on, the Supersprint exhaust on it'll be on this thread.

..to be continued..

Posted by: Antonio 19th October 2017 19:57

QUOTE(Ganz @ 19th October 2017 16:00) *
The noisyness only lasts a short while. Once the oil gets to the variator and cam buckets is as quiet as a mouse. Anti-empty oil valve..? What is that? I watched my brother in law build a TS engine and never saw or mentioned this.







It doesn't allow the oil to be drained from the head when the engine turns off, so the pressure is re established much sooner, hence the noise mostly disappears..

Posted by: Ganz 19th October 2017 23:22

Never seen that before. It's a genuine part too. Because the engine is tilted towards the exhaust most of my top end oil ends up towards the front of the engine. When I rebuilt the engine I used cam lube on the camshafts and and lobes. Interesting that Alfa decided to issue something like this a bit like the variator repair kit I suppose.

I don't think I'd have fancied manually drilling into the head block like you did worshippy.gif

Posted by: Ganz 22nd October 2017 22:10

Another video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9gZh42sXAE

Turn the up the volume for the full effect! Bear in mind I've got the standard exhaust and 21 year old cat! It's got that lovely low frequency Alfa grunt sound that I like.


Posted by: dante giacosa 24th October 2017 07:26

that just starts effortlessly for a car with 141k on, eh?

I wish mine sounded that young!

you can totally hear it when you are on the NS over the engine, and at 1:15, at the exhaust too.

Well done- literally a shining example.

perhaps the best example anywhere...

Posted by: dante giacosa 24th October 2017 08:57

Ganz!

help me out here!

I am trying to find the thread adaptor that you used to get the temp sender into the blanking screw on the oil filter housing...

I've been reading the whole thread for 40 minutes, and although I see the part where you got the gauges in, I seem to have missed something with regard to that part. I know we have discussed it somewhere else too, on this forum.

But I'm stuffed if I can find it!!

What do I need to get the oil temp sender into that threaded hole...??!

I've got an equivalent Alfa 155 temp sender- which obviously goes in on the top of the sump rear 'wing' on that car...

thankyou


SORRY- hangon- I'VE FOUND IT!!

The sender adaptor for the oil filter plug holes was Oil temp sender unit adaptor LMA M10 x 1mm female to M18 x 1.5mm male short from Demon Tweeks.

apologies- I couldn't see how to delete this post...

 

Posted by: Ganz 12th November 2017 00:14

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 24th October 2017 07:26) *
that just starts effortlessly for a car with 141k on, eh?

I wish mine sounded that young!

you can totally hear it when you are on the NS over the engine, and at 1:15, at the exhaust too.

Well done- literally a shining example.

perhaps the best example anywhere...


Cheers mate! Yes, the mileage is no issue. 141k (142k now!) Yep, perhaps the bores and the crank journals, oil pump are getting on but the rest of the car has been replaced or reconditioned. It's so sweet when its going. I'd love to get it on a dyno as it feels faster than it did before. Next weekend I'm going to change the oil, filter and coolant. If any swarf and rust/corrosion from the recon head and cut valve has probably worked its way to the sump and I can see form the expansion tank is collecting a little bit of stuff.

Yeah, everyone keeps commenting on the bodywork but other than wash it once and a few bits I had resprayed (door handles, rear roof sills and petrol cap) I've not done anything with it. Still can't believe I am driving it w00t2.gif

Posted by: Ganz 12th November 2017 00:23

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 24th October 2017 08:57) *
Ganz!

help me out here!

I am trying to find the thread adaptor that you used to get the temp sender into the blanking screw on the oil filter housing...

I've been reading the whole thread for 40 minutes, and although I see the part where you got the gauges in, I seem to have missed something with regard to that part. I know we have discussed it somewhere else too, on this forum.

But I'm stuffed if I can find it!!

What do I need to get the oil temp sender into that threaded hole...??!

I've got an equivalent Alfa 155 temp sender- which obviously goes in on the top of the sump rear 'wing' on that car...

thankyou


SORRY- hangon- I'VE FOUND IT!!

The sender adaptor for the oil filter plug holes was Oil temp sender unit adaptor LMA M10 x 1mm female to M18 x 1.5mm male short from Demon Tweeks.

apologies- I couldn't see how to delete this post...


Yes mate, that's what I got in mine. Thought that was the best place for it as I've dropped my '45 by 40mm didn't feel comfortable about 'sumping' it. I gues it does not matter where you out it. It's not like I want an actual temp as long as I can see where it's at in all driving condition if it ever went higher, like in a hot summer, I've got an indicator that perhaps I may need an additional oil cooler thumbsup.gif

Posted by: aero_mati 12th November 2017 03:38

QUOTE(Ganz @ 19th October 2017 08:23) *
Cheers Aero. Yeah amazingly the gauges pic got the most views of anything ive posted on instagram. Funny how you can't predict the which will be most popular.

The floor mats i got from eBay italy. Go on ebay.it and type in alfa romeo 145 tappeti auto tappentini su misura + decori + 4 block
You will find loads of different styles.


I haven't seen this reply, thanks for the data!

You got loads of pics of the 145 on Instagram, I should perhaps also post one of mine tongue.gif

Keep the pics coming thumbup.gif

Posted by: Ganz 12th November 2017 23:13

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 12th November 2017 03:38) *
I haven't seen this reply, thanks for the data!

You got loads of pics of the 145 on Instagram, I should perhaps also post one of mine tongue.gif

Keep the pics coming thumbup.gif


Cheers man thumbsup.gif

I usually post on Sundays evenings. So yeah, give me a like and a follow thumbup.gif

Posted by: dante giacosa 13th November 2017 09:34

I like the mention of an oil-cooler here.

I've been thinking about this- and I've been searching on here & elsewhere for 145/6 oil-cooler amendments, but I can't find anything.

Has anyone ever done it..?

Posted by: Ganz 18th November 2017 22:29

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 13th November 2017 09:34) *
I like the mention of an oil-cooler here.

I've been thinking about this- and I've been searching on here & elsewhere for 145/6 oil-cooler amendments, but I can't find anything.

Has anyone ever done it..?


I'd be wary about putting an oil cooler in. The 145 already has an oil cooler next to the oil filter. Its been great having the vdo gauges as i can see the oil temp. A radiator type oil cooler will require more oil, which is more weight..lol, also id be worried about the oil pressure dropping. Only scenario i see for a rad cooler is if you are tracking your car in a hot summer.

Posted by: Ganz 26th November 2017 00:59

Some new pics.






Shame I having to drive it through our salt ridden roads.




All set for winter.. doh.gif

Posted by: Ganz 17th December 2017 21:58

Latest update on the salt and water soaked parts. Keep your cars off the road in winter. Noticed that the grit gets everywhere. The Kunifer brake lines taking a hammering(they have already discoloured). Going to cover them in a light coat of grease. Stainless is the way to go as anything else will rust. When the 45 was garaged in the winter it used to sweat and really attack the alloy. Alloy is fine now but rear wheel arches taking a hammering with water and salt. Soon as i get the 147 back on the road will take the 45 off the road.

Posted by: Ganz 27th December 2017 00:53

Been great driving around in the '45. Can't wait to get to some events in 2018.

Some more pics.


Put on the side sills in the snow!




At Halfords in the snow


The heating actually works. This wasn't the case before I took the car off the road. I can only put down to replacing the old thermostat which did not open at any temperature and running new coolant.


Before Dec 2012 with dent in the bonnet and after Dec 2017

Posted by: dante giacosa 2nd January 2018 10:19

Those final two pictures are great-

It's a real rags-to-riches story for your car, Ganz! An example to us all, I think...

I hope to get to see it at some point this year...

Have you got the HID lighting going on there..?


For the finishing touch- you just need the door handle night lighting!!!



 

Posted by: Ganz 2nd January 2018 22:06

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd January 2018 10:19) *
Those final two pictures are great-

It's a real rags-to-riches story for your car, Ganz! An example to us all, I think...

I hope to get to see it at some point this year...

Have you got the HID lighting going on there..?
For the finishing touch- you just need the door handle night lighting!!!


Cheers Dante!

Yes, its a good couple of pictures to end the thread on. I'm planning to take the '45 off the road for a month before spring to give the underside a good wash and check things over before the hopefully good spring weather. Must admit i do miss working on the car but ive got my 147 in there at the moment for a gearbox replacement.

I'm planning to go to the usual Alfa meets inc. Auto Italia Brooklands, Spring Alfa Day, the National if possible. Le Mans, Spa and the 'ring possibles. The are not HID just standard halogen. They're ok but of course could be better. I like your idea of door handle lighting. Looks cool. Can you provide some pics and instructions-a how to..?

Yes, it would be great to meet up with some of the forum members. The forum needs new members like yourself who are passionate about the marque. We need the next gen of forum members to keep the spirit alive gathering.gif

Posted by: Ganz 25th February 2018 23:18

Finally got my strut brace on after purchasing it in 2013! I'm a patient guy biggrin.gif




I had to detach the black fusebox of its metal bracket to be able to push it down a bit. It was fouling the strut brace by at least an inch and a half.






Posted by: dante giacosa 26th February 2018 08:21

look at the nick of that??!!

Yeah- you don't need that electric stuff; shove it out of the way!

Have you got a braided coolant return line..??!!



that looks ace- did anyone ever do a rear strut brace for these cars..?

Posted by: Ganz 26th February 2018 14:01

Yeah. I can't believe how clean it is even driving through all the winter weather. That pesky fusebox. I soon sorted it though. Was very mindful of messing the electrics but it started ok. Everything else of the bracket stays where it was.

Yes its a braided hose of the return coolant pipe. I saw a touring car twin spark 156 and it had one too. Loved the look.

There is a rear strut brace that goes in the boot. Ive also got a front subframe strut brace.

Posted by: Ganz 26th March 2018 22:23

After a few months of the worst winter weather for a while I decided the coolant was in for a change. After all the year and a half the engine was sitting with no cylinder head I had noticed a little rust forming in the water jackets.


Drained the coolant - rusty water.


The expansion tanks are very good are holding on to any sludge type stuff.


This is what 3.5 years of standing in a garage does.


Expansion tank off and ready for my backup tank.


Fitted my second expansion tank. This is actually the original one that came with the 145.

Hopefully the first tank caught most of the rusty sludge.

Posted by: dante giacosa 27th March 2018 08:10

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..?

Posted by: sanitary 27th March 2018 16:07

nice and clean worshippy.gif



san

Posted by: Ganz 29th March 2018 21:01

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
san


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.

Posted by: Ganz 29th March 2018 22:09

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.

Posted by: Ganz 2nd June 2018 23:09

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


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!


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.


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.


Got my new badge on.


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


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


On the car.


Finally fitted my headlight protector/cover one.

All ready for Newby Alfa day tomorrow.

Posted by: dante giacosa 2nd June 2018 23:24

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???

Posted by: aero_mati 7th June 2018 06:13

QUOTE(Ganz @ 2nd June 2018 20:09) *

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

Posted by: Ganz 9th June 2018 23:15

"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.

Posted by: Ganz 9th June 2018 23:30

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.

Posted by: Ganz 13th August 2018 00:41

Latest.

June really quiet and July not much to do but..

I had a tickover problem where it would drop below 800rpm at traffic lights. I thought it might be the air filter so cleaned it. Then it was a clean out of the oil catch can.

This was what was caught since October 2017. Quite a bit of oil. If it wasn't for the catch can this would have gone back into the throttle body and inlet manifold. Not nice.


This is what a clean filter should look like.


The catch can itself was pretty clean so the filters (which are just B&Q paint sponges) did a good job of catching the oil. My design helped a bit too whistle.gif However, this did not solve the problem. The problem was the idle accentuater itself which I cleaned out with carb cleaner. Been fine since.


During the really hot weather I decided to take off the "145" badge without using a heat gun. In the hot weather the adhesive put up little resistance but it was futile biggrin.gif


I brought this badge (the silver 145 not green QV) back at NAD 2014!


In the meantime I brought another Alfa laugh.gif A 147 2.0 Selespeed. I had my eye on this for the last 5 years. The spec and the price was too good to turn down. Factory lowered w00t2.gif Yes, factory lowered (so no mess up with drive shaft angles shredding CV boots). Black Momo leather heated seats, sunroof, 17" OZ SuperTurisimo wheels coolio.gif Satnav.. can't wait to see if the satnav works.


My next project.. possibly. The 145 will always take priority though.


The collection


Finally drilled some holes for the rear spoiler. Trying to coat the underside of the rear spoiler with some engineers blue and pressing on the boot was a bit hit and miss.


Finally got the spoiler painted and bolted on. Some of the holes were a tight fit but in the end it I got it bolted on.


I have to say it looks.. FANTASTIC!


The phase 1s never came with a rear boot spoiler. I have to say you got to have one. It looks so cool.

That's all folks. I'm gonna be at MITCAR 2018 26th August if you are around.

Posted by: dante giacosa 13th August 2018 06:11

Hey Ganz,

What a find! You got a 147 with 'info-telematics'??!! I've never even seen one! You'll have to let us know if it works? Does it have the GSM phone prep too? Don't they take a card or something that slots in? (Did I make that up?)

Is the Selespeed without issue? Is it a normal gear box, but with the automated actuators on the top, to do the selection ? Fascinating- has it got xenons?- I can't remember them being on the 147, but I thought it came hand in hand with the heated seats..?

How do you mean by 'ideal accentuator'? Do you mean the idle control valve on the throttle body?



Posted by: sanitary 13th August 2018 19:23

what's with the badge change?

both look the same



san

Posted by: Ganz 18th August 2018 21:59

QUOTE(sanitary @ 13th August 2018 20:23) *
what's with the badge change?

both look the same
san


The original 145 chrome badge was pitted. New one is new. I only replaced the silver badge not the cloverleaf which is impossible to find!

Posted by: sanitary 19th August 2018 10:59

QUOTE(Ganz @ 18th August 2018 22:59) *
The original 145 chrome badge was pitted. New one is new. I only replaced the silver badge not the cloverleaf which is impossible to find!



no3.gif You can't have a pitted badge!!!!

laugh.gif laugh.gif



san

Posted by: Ganz 19th August 2018 21:21

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 13th August 2018 07:11) *
Hey Ganz,

What a find! You got a 147 with 'info-telematics'??!! I've never even seen one! You'll have to let us know if it works? Does it have the GSM phone prep too? Don't they take a card or something that slots in? (Did I make that up?)

Is the Selespeed without issue? Is it a normal gear box, but with the automated actuators on the top, to do the selection ? Fascinating- has it got xenons?- I can't remember them being on the 147, but I thought it came hand in hand with the heated seats..?

How do you mean by 'ideal accentuator'? Do you mean the idle control valve on the throttle body?


Dante, you know your Alfas worshippy.gif Not many people will have even heard of the info-telematics. It has got the GSM prep too that takes a SIM card. It's a card and you slot your sim into it and wack it in the centre dash. Can't wait to try this old technology myself. I've even got the sat nav DVD - mind you it's probably a bit out of date. But cannot wait to see if it still functions. I'm oldskool and love keeping old technology going such as the matrix Nokia banana phone, the Amiga 1200.. The car itself is a 2001 I think. So older Than I thought but it's a rare beast.

I didn't' realise the selespeed had no manual. It's like a sequential gearbox. You just shift through the gears. I only drove it briefly and it was strange but I reckon I could get used to it. The momo leather seats are a dream to sit in. I didn't check to see if it had xenon but if that was a factory option the previous owner would have had it. From the sounds of it he had all the options that were available on the selespeed 147 at the time.

Yes I meant to say the idle accentuater.


By the way I've got a Supersprint back box for a 146 for sale. I had brought it my 145 but it sticks out way to far the 145 being a shorter wheelbase. Interested?

QUOTE(sanitary @ 19th August 2018 11:59) *
no3.gif You can't have a pitted badge!!!!

laugh.gif laugh.gif
san


Ok.. just to make you happy I'm gonna post the two pics and let the people decide. Whaddya say? Obviously it's not metal so the plastic is not pitted but the chrome is pittedish.. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Ganz 3rd November 2018 19:52

QUOTE(Ganz @ 19th August 2018 21:21) *
Dante, you know your Alfas worshippy.gif Not many people will have even heard of the info-telematics. It has got the GSM prep too that takes a SIM card. It's a card and you slot your sim into it and wack it in the centre dash. Can't wait to try this old technology myself. I've even got the sat nav DVD - mind you it's probably a bit out of date. But cannot wait to see if it still functions. I'm oldskool and love keeping old technology going such as the matrix Nokia banana phone, the Amiga 1200.. The car itself is a 2001 I think. So older Than I thought but it's a rare beast.

I didn't' realise the selespeed had no manual. It's like a sequential gearbox. You just shift through the gears. I only drove it briefly and it was strange but I reckon I could get used to it. The momo leather seats are a dream to sit in. I didn't check to see if it had xenon but if that was a factory option the previous owner would have had it. From the sounds of it he had all the options that were available on the selespeed 147 at the time.

Yes I meant to say the idle accentuater.


By the way I've got a Supersprint back box for a 146 for sale. I had brought it my 145 but it sticks out way to far the 145 being a shorter wheelbase. Interested?



Ok.. just to make you happy I'm gonna post the two pics and let the people decide. Whaddya say? Obviously it's not metal so the plastic is not pitted but the chrome is pittedish.. rolleyes.gif


Here it is everybody. The 'pitted' badge laugh.gif tongue.gif

Posted by: Ganz 3rd November 2018 20:27

Found this on eBay for 14! I can actually see out my Windscreen for the first time in 12 years!



MITCAR this year was the wettest Alfa event I've been to.


In between the 'heavy hitters'!


There was very little ground clearance.




In October I finally got my new Supersprint delivered from Italy where it was especially made!






But I'm not putting this on till spring next year.

In the meantime I sorted my blowing backbox with this badboy

It's got a nice deep growl but not boomy as I have left the triangle silencer intact.


No more peashooter..! More like Saturn 5


Before and after. Yes, I know it's a bit JDM. Late life crisis laugh.gif

Posted by: dante giacosa 5th November 2018 09:54

Ganz!

sorry- I COMPLETELY missed your post from August!!

Have you still got the backbox..?

Posted by: Ganz 10th November 2018 22:04

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 5th November 2018 09:54) *
Ganz!

sorry- I COMPLETELY missed your post from August!!

Have you still got the backbox..?


Hi Dante

I don't have that one anymore. I do have another one but it is brand new (helps when your brother in law runs an Italian auto garage). It's a bit pricey but nowhere near the Supersprint prices and they don't make these anymore. PM me.

Posted by: Ganz 5th January 2019 20:54

Not posted for quite a while. Using Instagram more these days.


The car passing its mot smile.gif


Weekly visit to Intaservices which has now moved to Abbey Lane


Lots of Rosso reds


The last Cars and Coffee breakfast club of last year. A nice starter to the weekend. It was on Saturday mornings from 8.30 to 100am. You got a free coffee and pastry and the museum was free! The museum is worth the visit.


My traditional Snakes Pass blast in October.


The views there are simply stunning!


The car has done 151k


Made up a bracket for the cat. There was two hooks on the centre housing that holds the gear lever housing. It always looked like there should be a bracket supporting the cat so I made one.


Fine up to now.


I saw this for a tenner at an autojumble and fell in love with it. Knocked it down to a fiver so how could I not buy it. Being as the 145 water temp fluctuates I thought it would be nice to have a second opinion on the temperature!


Lowered as far as I could go.


Got a bracket from Merlin motorpsports for the Jaeger.


Wired it all in. Just waiting for the sender adaptor that goes into the top radiator hose.


It's got a lovely soft glow about it. The inside of the glass is a bit faded but I can live with that. Its probably from a 60s or 70s Afla.


Purchased an alternative oil filler cap.. coolio.gif

The 'To do list':

  1. Wire up the temp sender adaptor
  2. Fit Momo steering wheel
  3. Replace the twin pipe from manifold of the exhaust as leaking.
Other than that its all good. Working on the 147 Selespeed at the moment as the new project.



Posted by: dante giacosa 7th January 2019 13:33

an 'alternative' filler cap-

that's hilarious.

is that off a 348, or a 355?


That's a lovely gauge by the way...

Posted by: VROOM 7th January 2019 21:51

Wow! I could only dream of an engine bay that clean and interesting.

Posted by: Ganz 12th January 2019 22:14

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 7th January 2019 13:33) *
an 'alternative' filler cap-

that's hilarious.

is that off a 348, or a 355?
That's a lovely gauge by the way...


Ha ha biggrin.gif Do you like it? Couldn't resist it and of course you could only get away with this on an Alfa. It's off a 360. Cannot believe the quality of it. It looks like it's made from polished billeted aluminium. It makes the Alfa alloy look dark grey. Quality bit of kit for a filler cap. Yeah I like the gauge a lot. Was considering restoring it but I like the aged look. It was what attracted me to it. Just got to fit the sender to get it working.

Posted by: Ganz 12th January 2019 22:28

QUOTE(VROOM @ 7th January 2019 21:51) *
Wow! I could only dream of an engine bay that clean and interesting.


You can Vroom. Everyone has to start somewhere. Polishing the alloy and replacing every fastener with stainless steel including washers will make a massive difference.

Getting some parts powder coated and replacing the hoses with new ones.

Getting the cylinder head industrially cleaned contributed but you can get some autosol on it every week as I do.

Adding the heat shield material on the bulkhead got rid of that horrible oily matting on the bulkhead.

Cleaning up the the power steering bottle and changing the cap to a red one.

Heat wrapping the manifold which is still white made a difference.

Spraying the BBoB silver.

Getting some new suspension strut mounts from FK automotive really made a difference as my old ones really dragged the whole engine bay down.

Attack and paint any rust that's visible.

If you remedy the small details you'll be amazed at the results.

Hope this helps. smile.gif

Posted by: Ganz 13th April 2019 21:16

This is a 'What have I done to her over the last couple of months'��


Finally bit the bullet and splashed out on the Momo steering adaptor hub thing.


After a 4 year wait I finally bolt the Momo 78 on and it looks Fantastic. Also I got a Momo gear lever knob. thumbup.gif

Got some 4 point Willians seat belt harness a while back. Alfaholics influenced. On fast runs I use the standard 3 point harness too unsure.gif



Well happy with the setup now. Well.. until I see something new to add laugh.gif


Going Samco in the engine bay where possible. Brought a water temp adaptor for my backup Jaeger gauge.


Had to wire this through the bulkhead but easy enuff as done the other gauges a while back.


I never get bored with an engine bay shot. Yes, I'm a bore tongue.gif


ohyes.gif


I found something I had to have. The Momo handbrake handle thing. Was not an easy fit. The push button needed filing to fit. Well chuffed with the look.


It was easy to split the old pvc handle off. Recommended mod.




Well happy with the interior now. Some Momo seats would be good.


Saw a load of Abarths at the Petrolheadonism car meet last weekend. Nico's yellow Abarth had some Sabelt bling. So..


Had to get one


A bit bright. Not sure it's a genuine one as I brought it off eBay.


A bit of grime and it'll blend in yeah.gif

Hopefully see some of you forum chaps at the car meets.

Posted by: Desperado 13th April 2019 23:02

Great.

coolio.gif


Posted by: aero_mati 14th April 2019 00:42

Nice work Ganz, that Momo wheel looks amazing worshippy.gif

I have the same Sabelt tow strap! Looks great against the red.

Posted by: Ganz 14th April 2019 21:17

QUOTE(Desperado @ 14th April 2019 00:02) *
Great.

coolio.gif


Cheers mate thumbsup.gif


QUOTE(aero_mati @ 14th April 2019 01:42) *
Nice work Ganz, that Momo wheel looks amazing worshippy.gif

I have the same Sabelt tow strap! Looks great against the red.


Cheers Aero thumbsup.gif The old steering wheel took a while to get off and of course I had to pay the 70 for he adaptor but it's all worth it once it's on. It feels like a new car biggrin.gif

Agreed the yellow is a great contrast with the red. I found out it is a genuine Sabelt product.

Posted by: Ganz 18th July 2019 23:55

Some new pics. Things I have done to my Bella. Modified the front grill, added some side diffusers and rear diffusers.

Cotswold Alfa day







Italian meet @thesharnbrook Petrolheadonism


Modified grill


NAD baby! So many Alfas there is defo a resurgence no?

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