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dante giacosa
post 19th April 2020 21:53
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Well, today I was keen to pretend it was a normal Sunday.

I can't really go anywhere, and I can't really drive anywhere, but I can reach the car, on the estate where I live, without going out onto 'the street'.

This might be the perfect opportunity for a bit of parked-up detailing. I haven't run the car since LAST Saturday 11th, and I'm keeping tabs on that on the (Auto Italia) year planner in the house, for battery benefit. I'll probably try and run it next weekend.

So, I unwrapped it, and gave it a good wash over. I intended to give it a clay bar down, ahead of a forthcoming light machine-polish, at an undefined point in the future. But once washed off; it came up astonishingly well; despite the constant abrasive action of the car-cover in terms of micro swirls.

I noticed the OS rear tyre was down to 10 Psi, which can't be a good thing, and thought about ways to power my tyre compressor, without starting the car. Fortunately I keep a couple of batteries in the kitchen (as you do), and dragged one down to run the compressor from. Furthermore I discovered my other tyres were a bit out too.
2.2 & 2 bar for the front & rear respectively for 'half load' on a 146.gif 1.8 CF2.
Which translates to about 32 & 30 Psi.

So, I embarked on the engine-detailing mission, I've been promising myself for three years.
I managed the two 10mm M6 nuts on the extremely grimy exhaust heatshield, without issue (fortunately) and got tasked into the OS suspension tower, ABS connection, fuel-vapour recirculation piping and then onwards into the A/C compressor and NS cylinder head around the thermostat.
I also took the plastic top off the engine to cleanup the cam-cover gasket leak I must have over the exhaust manifold.

I was only at it for 'a moment' and that moment took four hours! I'm probably about 25% of the way there. Lucky I don't have a job to go to... (as such) Although I might not get back to it before next weekend.

I was going to suggest a lockdown engine detailing competition- but I don't suppose everyone can reach their cars?

Discuss..



(Ganz can't enter because his car is basically a road-going concours-spec competition-car, and you could 'eat your dinner' off any part under the bonnet on a bad day laugh.gif )

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post 20th April 2020 11:52
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After now staying in my house for the last month. As everybody else has a lot of time on their hands. I have been lazy a bit unlike yourself to detail the car. It's a bit windy where am from and not too warm at this moment. What I have been doing is looking at things to spend my money on. biggrin.gif I have been talking to lads at woodensteeringwheels.com they restore original steering wheels back up to scratch, and in any material you really want https://www.woodensteeringwheels.com/restor...car/alfa-romeo/. But it is an expensive and a lot of work to goes in as they told me. As my work has not been affected too much, I have a steady source of income still, I am really considering this option since everyone will be at home for another month or two if were lucky. Posibly a exquisit adition to my 145
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post 20th April 2020 15:19
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Good work Dante! Mine's under a cover in the driveway (needed a break from it after the wishbone fiasco). Instead I have the brera on axle stands in the garage now whilst I try and change the 14 year old brake discs and pads sad.gif
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post 20th April 2020 16:35
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thanks for your positivity, Vroom...

Relative to the wishbone, 'modern' discs & pads should be a doddle, eh? Or is it giving you trouble..?

Did I ask you a question about whether the Brera has twin exhaust pipes all the way back...?
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post 21st April 2020 20:58
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 20th April 2020 17:35) *
thanks for your positivity, Vroom...

Relative to the wishbone, 'modern' discs & pads should be a doddle, eh? Or is it giving you trouble..?

Did I ask you a question about whether the Brera has twin exhaust pipes all the way back...?


Should be a doddle except for the rusted and seized caliper bolts which have never been undone. Also I noticed one of the disc guards is disintegrating. I've had the car 12yrs (bought it at 2) and if I ever were to buy a newish car to keep for so long again I'd certainly think about periodically greasing nuts & bolt's like this to make future jobs easier. Yes, you did ask me in a previous post about the brera. I was crawling around underneath it yesterday with a pot of waxoyl for touching up and noted it's single pipe coming off the middle silencer that then splits into 2 further silencers at the back.
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post 22nd April 2020 12:41
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Hmm-

well this might be one of those jobs where, if you've got some, it's worth spraying the penetrant on everyday for a week, before going any further with the bolts- it might make all the difference

that's interesting about the exhaust- I really like the shape of the Brera, and wouldn't turn down a Q4 example
I always wonder how genuinely exotic they are- hence my asking about the exhaust

good luck with it anyway
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post 22nd April 2020 17:34
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Heat, heat and more heat will help with the removing the bolts biggrin.gif

OK the last lot of disks and pads were done on my scoobie wagon but it wasn't too difficult to remove those bolts using a short breaker bar and some heat and penetrant
just keep at it and they will move


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post 22nd April 2020 19:21
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I've never understood that

although I've seen it, in induction-heater videos; surely if you heat the bolt 'itself', it expands and then can't undo?

But is that point?- on the cool-down contraction; it frees off..?
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post 23rd April 2020 09:10
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 22nd April 2020 20:21) *
I've never understood that

although I've seen it, in induction-heater videos; surely if you heat the bolt 'itself', it expands and then can't undo?

But is that point?- on the cool-down contraction; it frees off..?



exactly you're trying to break the rust bond (hitting it can also help smile.gif )

it takes time and patience but so far I have managed to almost every bolt




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post 26th April 2020 19:48
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so, the underbonnet cleanup continues, and yesterday I considered taking the radiator fan frame out, to aid cleanup.

At this point I was remeinded of something I had spotted a few years ago, and thought was a bit strange; the use of flat-head /slotted 'bolts' to hold in the radiator fan frame to the radiator itself.

Well! Imagine my surprise upon removal, 'whence' I discovered they were in fact No.6 self-tapping woodscrews coolio.gif

I type to ask if anyone can detail the fixings used more conventionally to hold their radiator fan frame in place..??



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post 27th April 2020 14:11
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 26th April 2020 20:48) *
so, the underbonnet cleanup continues, and yesterday I considered taking the radiator fan frame out, to aid cleanup.

At this point I was remeinded of something I had spotted a few years ago, and thought was a bit strange; the use of flat-head /slotted 'bolts' to hold in the radiator fan frame to the radiator itself.

Well! Imagine my surprise upon removal, 'whence' I discovered they were in fact No.6 self-tapping woodscrews coolio.gif

I type to ask if anyone can detail the fixings used more conventionally to hold their radiator fan frame in place..??


could be useful





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post 27th April 2020 18:33
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thankyou, San!

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post 27th April 2020 21:24
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 27th April 2020 19:33) *
thankyou, San!

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Nah!!

just happened to have the bonnet open so took a photo


then considered getting the lump hammer out again rant.gif
door locks are a pain on the a**e!



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post 27th April 2020 22:16
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yeah?

Mine have gone a bit sticky too; it's underuse I think.

I wonder if the door lock problem is actually stiff links to the internal locking-rockers, next to the open-handles.

I've replaced both front lock solenoids on mine- but I think I need to do it again

What is the particular problem you've got..?
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post 28th April 2020 10:00
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 27th April 2020 23:16) *
yeah?

Mine have gone a bit sticky too; it's underuse I think.

I wonder if the door lock problem is actually stiff links to the internal locking-rockers, next to the open-handles.

I've replaced both front lock solenoids on mine- but I think I need to do it again

What is the particular problem you've got..?



lock barrels broke

replacing them wasn't much of a problem just getting them back in and connected up again is the real pain in the a**e!!



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post 28th April 2020 17:08
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Must be due to lack of use these lock problems.
My central locking is playing up. When you press the button it just keeps locking and unlocking
You may have to press it 4 or 5 times before it actually locks or unlocks or just put the key in the lock
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I had this problem a while ago, looking up on this forum it was suggested that if you spray WD40 in the lock it should solve the problem.
It worked for me, know every so often I spray the locks and it hasnít happened since
Hope this helps
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QUOTE(Nigel145 @ 28th April 2020 18:08) *
Must be due to lack of use these lock problems.
My central locking is playing up. When you press the button it just keeps locking and unlocking
You may have to press it 4 or 5 times before it actually locks or unlocks or just put the key in the lock



your key probably needs a good clean
or a new button





QUOTE(145man @ 28th April 2020 19:21) *
I had this problem a while ago, looking up on this forum it was suggested that if you spray WD40 in the lock it should solve the problem.
It worked for me, know every so often I spray the locks and it hasnít happened since
Hope this helps



the barrel end broke on both sides
so the whole lock needs to be removed

getting it out isn't too bad
getting it back in is a pain in the a**e




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post 29th April 2020 20:48
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gosh- that's very unfortunate; losing both barrels; what a pain

My locking goes stiff; in that upon unlocking one door; the other door 'resists' and locks the car again. Once I've unlocked it from both sides (after a period of un-use); it frees off again, and is fine.

I had always thought it to be the solenoid mechanisms; and had never considered it to be the connected ancillary mechanicals; let alone the actual lock barrels themselves. I must say I'm surprised to hear that lubricating the barrels themselves (internal- through the key hole?) could affect this.

But- I'm going to give it a go!


The last couple of days have seen an under arch cleanup on both sides at the front. Also the new technique of a light wire brush on the INSIDE of the road wheels (in conjunction with Wonder Wheels) has managed to lift twenty years of crud. I'm quite pleased.
I got even further with the OS one; but the photography is of the first effort on the NS.

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Your inner arches look in terrific condition. Have they never required welding?
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