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145man
post 18th December 2017 18:41
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Latest update

Welding now finally finished and panels being prepared for painting. Doors have been attached and spanner is now set to ďdo upĒ as various other parts are put back on.
Should be ready to go to paint early January as Iím waiting for new trailing arms to allow the car to be mobile with a full set of wheels for the first time in over a month!!!!!
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gosh- I can't believe the prep you are putting into this!

it's going to be some sight to see, when it's done.


i'm probably looking at paint myself, at about Easter...
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post 13th January 2018 09:54
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Hi All
Car has now gone to the paint shop,
The engine has been returned to the garage
Ready for a major service, clutch replaced
and various oil seals changed.
Other fixtures and fittings also make a
Return to the garage ready to be put back on the car
When it comes back. - Very exciting!!!!!
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Hey 145 man-

I wish I had YOUR garage!

Yes, it is exciting- as such cars will continue 'the cause' for may years. Good to be part of keeping something alive, I think..


Can you show a good picture of the rear of the engine, whilst it's out, please..? Underneath the inlet manifold..

(the darkside of the moon!)
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Hope this helps

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dynamite

thanks for that
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Changed the clutch and rear crank seal today, took the opportunity to redo the gasket seal on the sump as well.
Car is due back from the paint shop next week so I want to get the belts and variator changed before the car is in the garage.
Also will change the cam seals and variator bearing shells when the belts are being done.
Should have some photos of things going back on next week, making good progress.
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crikey-

it's going to be like a new car, when it's done!

good effort 145man...
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Nice job 145man. Great cars to 'do' up. And also you don't see any around at all!


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Latest photos from the engine work, variator, bearing shells camshaft
Oil seals changed as well as new timing and balance belts replaced.
Also replaced the spark plugs
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Good work clapping.gif You'll be amazed how sweet it will sound with a new variator. Did you replace the thermostat or was it ok to begin with. Now you got the engine out you can detail it whistle.gif


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Thermostat was ok, but if it fails later itís relatively straight forward to change, the alternator I have replaced because itís such a pain to change for the home mechanic. The existing alternator although working sounded noisey and the bearings were clearly tired.
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Engine has now had its ďmajorĒ service and Iím now cleaning parts as they are put back on the engine,giving it a much fresher look.

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Looking good - always been tempted to buy a spare engine and do all the accessories, servicing, mods and clean up while the spares out and accessible, and then just swap them over in one go.
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Engine has now had its "major" service and I'm now cleaning parts as they are put back on the engine,giving it a much fresher look.

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Great work mate. Not many people would take on this kind of job. When I look back and think of all the bearings, seals, gaskets, nuts and bolts. I don't think I'd fancy doing this again.

Good thing about taking the engine out is that you can bolt the cambelt cover on easily. With the engine in place trying to get all the cambelt cover bolts on is one of the worse jobs on the car. Just spent 5 hours getting the old cambelt cover off and putting on a replacement. Hans are bloodied, battered, bruised and cold rant.gif


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(hey effkay- I'm with you on that)

145man- are you going to go for the engine-cover-off-look?- It looks so smart and businesslike without the plastic top...
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Hi All

Car is back from the paint shop, and is looking really good the paint job is superb. Was going to put the engine in after putting back a few bits on the bulk head while access is good. But disaster struck when the thread stripped on the air con evaporator, had to remove the heater assembly - what a pain!!
Finally managed to track down a new evaporator, none available in the UK so had to had to use eBay Italy - second hand parts also hard to come by due to the aluminium fitting and steel bolts fusing together.
Started putting the glass and other fittings back on as well as the lights, still got the rear brake lines to do so plenty to get on with.
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What an effort-

I can't believe the pace of it-

do you think you will attend a show, this Spring, with the car complete..?
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Hi Dante
I was hoping to make Spring Alfa Day, but today heard from the Evaporator supplier from Italy and the part they have is for a left hand drive car. Like everyone else they dont have a right hand drive one available.
Iíve asked Nathan at Clover Breakers if he can help, but it will be difficult to track down a used part due to the corrosion of the fittings.
Itís something I donít want to do at the moment, but I may have to scrap the air con. I will see whatís on offer over the next few weeks
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hmm..

that's food-for-thought, certainly.

I've got aircon on the 146.gif which is still non-functioning at this point. The relay engages the compressor clutch twice and then shuts down, which is classically indicative of a pressure issue.

With everything else I've done on the car, it's always been the last job to sort out.

I think if I were you (or me, when it comes to it shortly) I would take the LHD part and approach a small engineering firm to produce what you need to get it to work.

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