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dante giacosa
post 23rd August 2020 11:17
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I thought this was really interesting; I was up at my marque specialist the other day, and had a sniff at a scrapped 156 Sportwagon that they have knocking about up there. I was astonished to see, under the missing NS front wing, that the front bumper supports are bolted on!

We have plug-welding on ours, making them a bit of a pain to change; but this made me feel as if I could just get some M8 bolts & nylocs, and have a go! Obviously the OE treatment is using captive nut-serts.
I have considered this before of course, but to see it done; factory-fit, has legitimised it for me!

I think it's really interesting that Alfa changed their mind, about the mounting of this part...


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post 25th August 2020 11:25
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Good find! I take it the part is exactly the same as a 145's? If so, a hunt around a breakers for a 156 is worth a go. I actually chopped the rusty bottoms off mine as the bumper is solid without them, but it's still nice to know this can be done if I ever take the bumper off again.
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post 25th August 2020 13:47
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thanks for commenting, Vroom- I was starting to think this was a bit of an anorak's subject!

In terms of a 'find' it's interesting; although the front bumper supports are still available from those guys at Taros Trade-

(I bought one the year before last, and it's turned out to be better than the 'new old stock' OE item for the other side that I sourced as well! The OE item has rusted all over, whilst sitting in my wardrobe!)

The real 'news' of this thread, is that it's legitimate to just bolt these things on.
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post 25th August 2020 23:08
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You don't have to weld everything on. Bolts are fine - if you want you can get high tensile or titanium bolts.


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post 26th August 2020 08:33
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 26th August 2020 00:08) *
You don't have to weld everything on. Bolts are fine - if you want you can get high tensile or titanium bolts.


That's interesting, Ganz- thanks

However; the front bumper supports have all the rigidity of a Fray Bentos pie-dish, so cursory hardware, will be more than enough.

Maybe No-More-Nails, would be more appropriate...!
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post 29th August 2020 23:00
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 26th August 2020 09:33) *
That's interesting, Ganz- thanks

However; the front bumper supports have all the rigidity of a Fray Bentos pie-dish, so cursory hardware, will be more than enough.

Maybe No-More-Nails, would be more appropriate...!


There are good alternatives to welding if done right: riveting (old F1 and aeroplanes), and the new glues!


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post 30th August 2020 22:09
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 30th August 2020 00:00) *
There are good alternatives to welding if done right: riveting (old F1 and aeroplanes), and the new glues!


Ooh- you've got me thinking now- we use this Tesa-tape industrial stuff at work, actually...

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post 6th January 2021 19:01
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Placeholder for possible replacements with links to suppliers

https://www.autodoc.co.uk/van-wezel/1281840

https://www.tarostrade.com/front-bumper-bra...1-2000-12-90122

https://www.totallyalfa.com/shop/body/alfa-...repair-section/

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post 6th January 2021 19:31
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I am SO GLAD you have returned to the fold, jl!!

How massively useful- thanks for that!
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