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post 23rd September 2017 21:00
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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.

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post 9th October 2017 22:42
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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


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post 10th October 2017 15:08
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Well done. Looking forward to the updates...some vids and pics please smile.gif
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post 12th October 2017 11:35
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C'MON Ganz!!

the public want MORE!!!
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post 14th October 2017 20:59
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The posts will arrive tonight. I can't believe its on the road after nearly 4 years. Engine as sweet as a nut.

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post 15th October 2017 00:37
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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:
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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.

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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.

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IT's ALIVE!!

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Some more pics

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Got the wheels on..

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The new wheel side CV with ABS ring joint

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Nearside drive shaft

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3 and half years of dust and grime

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

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

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Free at last!

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Engine running again. Loud but now it's so sweet. Takes a good run for the oil to get in the variator and everywhere.

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One of my fav pics of the whole event.

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With the sister 147

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Desperate to get it roadworthy

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The beast

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Wow

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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

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

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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


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post 15th October 2017 10:25
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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...

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post 15th October 2017 12:19
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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



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post 15th October 2017 17:56
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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.



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post 15th October 2017 18:02
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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
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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

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post 15th October 2017 21:47
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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.


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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.

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

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Another fav pic.

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Sparco and Cloverleaf

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

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



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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?

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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...

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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!


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QUOTE(shpuncik @ 16th October 2017 11:36) *
amazing work!

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

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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