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Antonio
post 11th December 2016 19:26
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Hello!

As promised on my presentation post, I will show you our Alfas, and the project to carry them again to good shape!

I will write them in chronological order, so the first one is the 146 Boxer 16v we bought (parent and me) on June-2015. If anyone knows, on this month, the summer is hitting hard here, with +38šC of outside temp, so we took the almost 230 miles trip to see the car. It had been maintained in the AR Dealer until the one and first owner took the decission to give up and leave it on the streets, because of a damaged gearbox. On May of 2015, the guy who sold us the car found the owner of the car and bought it. They gave it basic service (oil, filter,...) and used it to carry the childrens to school, move on the city...even with the damaged gearbox. When we got to see the car, we saw that it had not almost reverse gear, no Aircon, the paint was a bit old and a good set of dents and scrapes, especially in bumpers. On the good side we got all the AR documents, two keys and pretty good internal and mechanical condition, despite all the dirt inside and on the engine.


Here a pic of the 146 next to my Bravo, we were resting a bit on the way back home, was quite tired to arrive home without aircon and lots of motorway..



Finally some pics with it finally resting at home.









Is really remarkable that even that seems like the engine has never been cleaned, there arenīt any oil leaks. Heads up for Alfa!



That's all, I will bring update from time to time. Also, my English is bad, so sorry for that blush.gif


Thanks!!
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post 12th December 2016 03:15
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Hi,

I didn't quite get it, those pictures are from 2015? (when you first bought the car). The car looks in good shape despite that ding on the corner and the bumpers thumbsup.gif

I've never seen a boxer 146 in person, most 146s in Argentina are Ti, 1.8 or diesels.

Keep us updated wink.gif

Cheers.

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post 13th December 2016 17:27
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Thanks (Gracias!) for posting here, aero_mati!

From the the pics, it seems not so bad, but it had multiple dents on front wings, the four doors had the corners on naked metal of hitting another cars on parks or whatever... the front bumper was a complete disaster if one looked close, the rear was a bit better but also was deformed on the center, plus another little details...

Now preparing new post...
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post 13th December 2016 17:57
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One of the first we payed our attention was the awful ding on the rear wing




We took off the taillight, hanged the rear bumper and the boot linings to hit it from the inside, here it looks fair better after a bit of work




Here with all things together. There was a little bit of surface rust and a little section of the steel was broken, but for the time we didnīt mind rolleyes.gif




Also we took the chance of taking a look to the boot floor and other details; it is so nice, absolutely no signs of corrosion



And this things made me happy, really hard to see them on this cars, at least on this lands..






Finally, we took the decision to go ahead and take a good look to the engine and gearbox, the work began biggrin.gif






Then the engine and gearbox were out!




On the next day we started to work on the engine. At the beginning we tought only of doing basic service (all fluids, filters, belts..) but the next day of having the car, it started to make some bad noise on the heads, even when cold, so we decided to take a further look.

First surprise was to see that one of the cambelts was alarmingly loose, also the water pump was leaking a bit... rant.gif




We continued the dissasembly..the nuts that holds the gearbox bellhousing to the engine does not match the thread pitch of the studs. The folks who fitted the clutch greased the surface of the release bearing that meets the pressure plate, so it was slipping there, causing damage to the sheets of the diaphragm



Belts out



Heads out


The bare block



The engine was in very good condition, the cylinders were almost perfect, rings and pistons also. Some shells had minor scuffs, some valves leaked a bit, some tappets were damaged and good amount of carbon deposits on the chambers but also on the heads. Maybe the worst thing was the water pump, sooner than later it would gave us problems






That's all for now, next I will show the works done on the engine and gearbox.


Cheers!

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post 13th December 2016 22:43
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QUOTE(Antonio @ 13th December 2016 14:27) *
Thanks (Gracias!) for posting here, aero_mati!

From the the pics, it seems not so bad, but it had multiple dents on front wings, the four doors had the corners on naked metal of hitting another cars on parks or whatever... the front bumper was a complete disaster if one looked close, the rear was a bit better but also was deformed on the center, plus another little details...

Now preparing new post...



The doors on my 145 also have dents on the corner of the door, looks awful no3.gif .

That looks like a lot of work. What are you going to do with the engine? Are you just going to restore it or do you plan some upgrades?



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post 20th December 2016 23:53
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Yes, great pics thumbup.gif . Good to see you stripping the engine. There can't be that many boxer 146/5s left worldwide.

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post 22nd December 2016 06:04
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nice Antonio! very rare event these days smile.gif

could you please show some photos from close i am always very interested to inspect them:

big and small bearing shells
cylinders
piston skirts
camshafts and damaged tappets

thanks!
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post 23rd December 2016 22:38
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Merry christmas!!

QUOTE(aero_mati @ 13th December 2016 23:43) *
The doors on my 145 also have dents on the corner of the door, looks awful no3.gif .

That looks like a lot of work. What are you going to do with the engine? Are you just going to restore it or do you plan some upgrades?


Just restore, any modifications were done

QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st December 2016 00:53) *
Yes, great pics thumbup.gif . Good to see you stripping the engine. There can't be that many boxer 146/5s left worldwide.


Yes, so many left, even here, as many became donors to make faster Suds, Sprints or 33s...since we bought it, I saw two 145, both with high mileage and one 146, all Rosso Proteo as this one. Thanks for commenting!

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nice Antonio! very rare event these days smile.gif

could you please show some photos from close i am always very interested to inspect them:

big and small bearing shells
cylinders
piston skirts
camshafts and damaged tappets

thanks!

Hello niaugi! Your threads were of great help, especially the info from you and Crank about the Gearbox worshippy.gif

In next posts you will see some detailed pics, but i can advantage you that only one big end had the shells with very minor scuffs, we thought due to the engine had inside fairly bit of sludge that on the way back home became loose (high ambiental temps, +300km), as the tappets noise appeared the next day at home, this were fixed by entering them on a bottle full of Petrol Injection cleaner coolio.gif . Rings and cylinders with almost no signs of use, rings with OK gap..piston skirts had very minor scuffs, but great overall. My father has build lots of engine since child and He was impressed when We inspected it! Hard to believe the signs of use of the engine compared to the mileage of the car.

Slowly building new post..last of the year also
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