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aero_mati
post 13th June 2018 05:18
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Hi,

It has been a while since I last posted something about my car here. So here's my car after two -almost three- years of ownership.


Here's when I first got it.





The car came with those aftermaket wheels and a pair of 146 Ti ones which were restored and installed.

I also had the brilliant idea of removing the hideous black paint layed over the grille, but discovered the previous owner who did this got a little bit carried away with the "surface preparation" and sanded through the clearcoat, paint, basecoat up to the plastic rant.gif





So I came with a not elegant nor subtle solution gleam.gif ...



Which once in the car looked like this.





At this point the car looked more or less like this.









The car stayed like that for quite a lot of time with the only changes being a tow strap and the dull gray surround of the instrument cluster being wrapped in carbon.



I recently traded the 146 wheels for Cloverleaf rims.



Which sadly didn't last very long because one of them leaked so they needed to be replaced. The car came full circle as it's back with the aftermarket wheels it originally came with, only this time painted white. This is only temporal while the Cloverleaf alloys get restored. For the time being it looks like this.







The car has been great so far. It did have (and has) some problems but that's just something you get with old cars.

Things I need to sort:

-Replace the headlights due to broken regulators, if possible with "GTA" style ones. Or just paint them lol

-Sort oil leak.

-Repair front bumper mounting, which snapped and left one side lower.

-Paint and install version 1 Zender spoiler without brake light. (Anyone mind explaining how to? Is double sided tape and silicone ok? Don't really want to drill the rear hatch).

The list goes on...



I'll update the post as the car evolves. No turbo or track conversions here sorry tongue.gif

If you made it this far down the post give yourself a pat on the back thumbup.gif

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post 13th June 2018 08:24
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Hey aero mati!

I love your car-


it looks HOT, where you are! does your air conditioning work!??

Are those original TI wheels 'chromed'?! they look to reflect the light in a high-sheen kind of way.

you know you can still get the bumper supports..? they are quite cheap...

do you have a black 145 too?


I even love your 'signature' avatar too!!



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post 13th June 2018 18:20
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Looks great thumbup.gif
I think i prefer the aftermarket wheels
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post 14th June 2018 00:00
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Hey aero mati!

I love your car-
it looks HOT, where you are! does your air conditioning work!??

Are those original TI wheels 'chromed'?! they look to reflect the light in a high-sheen kind of way.

you know you can still get the bumper supports..? they are quite cheap...

do you have a black 145 too?
I even love your 'signature' avatar too!!


Hey!
Thanks Dante! Glad you like the car (and signature haha!)

It does get quite hot in summer, and the A/C doesn't quite work no3.gif . It does turn on and all but the air isn't cold. I had the sistem recharged when I first got it but it made no difference.


The Ti wheels were painted with a Hyper Silver finish which is more reflective. I think it looks better than the original grey and makes the rim look more interesting.


Yes I do, but my main problem it's not the metal supports that hold the corners (which are bent, and have to ideally be replaced) but the plastic tabs below the grille. One of them snapped, and I don't really want to replace the whole bumper.


No, the black 145 belongs to my uncle.



QUOTE(Nigel145 @ 13th June 2018 15:20) *
Looks great thumbup.gif
I think i prefer the aftermarket wheels

Thanks Nigel!

Haha it doesn't look bad. Those got painted ages ago but I never got around to replacing them and just stuck with the 146 ones. I guess they are a proof of concept, that white on red looks great coolio.gif
Although being 15's they look a bit small (or the car needs more low lol)

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QUOTE(aero_mati @ 14th June 2018 01:00) *
Hey!
Thanks Dante! Glad you like the car (and signature haha!)

It does get quite hot in summer, and the A/C doesn't quite work no3.gif . It does turn on and all but the air isn't cold. I had the sistem recharged when I first got it but it made no difference.
The Ti wheels were painted with a Hyper Silver finish which is more reflective. I think it looks better than the original grey and makes the rim look more interesting.
Yes I do, but my main problem it's not the metal supports that hold the corners (which are bent, and have to ideally be replaced) but the plastic tabs below the grille. One of them snapped, and I don't really want to replace the whole bumper.
No, the black 145 belongs to my uncle.
Thanks Nigel!

Haha it doesn't look bad. Those got painted ages ago but I never got around to replacing them and just stuck with the 146 ones. I guess they are a proof of concept, that white on red looks great coolio.gif
Although being 15's they look a bit small (or the car needs more low lol)

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I have white 17's
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post 14th June 2018 23:38
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Love the white wheels. Iím not normally a fan but against the red they just POP (been watching some yank car show).
That grill is brilliant. Iím not going to copy it, no Sir, no way, itís your idea, wouldnít be right to copy it, no way ...

Has anyone got the paint code for the Italian flag? whistle.gif
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post 15th June 2018 00:28
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QUOTE(Nigel145 @ 14th June 2018 15:35) *
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I have white 17's

That looks amazing. That's actually my goal, to have some white 17's, or 16's which is more usable. A month or so ago I was tempeted to buy a set of 16' O.Z Superturismos (the old version) but the asking price plus restoration exceeded my budget. If I were to buy a set of new wheels I'd go for some Magnetti Marelli wheels for Fiat 500.

ps: Do I spy Recaro sport seats inside wink.gif

QUOTE(Harpo @ 14th June 2018 20:38) *
Love the white wheels. Iím not normally a fan but against the red they just POP (been watching some yank car show).
That grill is brilliant. Iím not going to copy it, no Sir, no way, itís your idea, wouldnít be right to copy it, no way ...

Has anyone got the paint code for the Italian flag? whistle.gif


Thanks,

Go ahead Sir, we all draw inspiration from somewhere. I always liked the Peugeot Sport colours on the grilles of the 205/405/106.
I'll have the grill painted soon so it has to go. But I think I'll re do it, it has sort of become a trademark of the car haha (only this time with proper vinyl, not electrical tape laugh.gif )


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QUOTE(aero_mati @ 15th June 2018 01:28) *
That looks amazing. That's actually my goal, to have some white 17's, or 16's which is more usable. A month or so ago I was tempeted to buy a set of 16' O.Z Superturismos (the old version) but the asking price plus restoration exceeded my budget. If I were to buy a set of new wheels I'd go for some Magnetti Marelli wheels for Fiat 500.

ps: Do I spy Recaro sport seats inside wink.gif
Thanks,

Go ahead Sir, we all draw inspiration from somewhere. I always liked the Peugeot Sport colours on the grilles of the 205/405/106.
I'll have the grill painted soon so it has to go. But I think I'll re do it, it has sort of become a trademark of the car haha (only this time with proper vinyl, not electrical tape laugh.gif )


Thank you.
Both wheels you mention are great looking wheels,either would suit the 145.
Yes you do spot Recaro seats thumbsup.gif
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post 20th June 2018 23:32
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coolio.gif good job mate👍
Liking the yellow tow strap thumbup.gif I quite like the original Cloverleaf 15 inchers. If you keep them clean they have a nice bright look. 15" light in weight wink.gif The 17" white Braids do look good too. Get the car lowered! Keep us posted with updates. Ganz


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post 21st June 2018 08:06
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Do you know?

I've never thought about that, Ganz- is that true;

smaller wheel sizes are lighter..?
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post 25th June 2018 05:44
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 20th June 2018 20:32) *
coolio.gif good job mate👍
Liking the yellow tow strap thumbup.gif I quite like the original Cloverleaf 15 inchers. If you keep them clean they have a nice bright look. 15" light in weight wink.gif The 17" white Braids do look good too. Get the car lowered! Keep us posted with updates. Ganz


Thanks Ganz!

Remember how many times I asked about the tow straps on your post?? roflmao.gif . Looks much better than the half painted/half rusted original hook it had, although I get weird looks from people lol. Glad I went with the yellow one, looks good against the red (might even paint the calipers yellow whistle.gif lol).

I also like the Cloverleaf alloys, they are different (although many people told me that they look like the Ford Sierra XR4i ones nono.gif ).
IMO 15" is alright for Alfa wheels but for aftermarket ones I find it to be too small. Weight-wise I really have no idea how much the original Cloverleaf ones weight (If somebody knows please enlighten me lol) but I guess it depends of the material and construction method (forged, cast, etc) so you can probably get a set of bigger aftermarket wheels that weight the same or less than the original.
Speaking of lightweight wheels, I found a set of weird 15x6.5 Desmond Regamaster Evo which only weight 3.9kg for sale (at 415 GBP sad.gif ) . Really nice wheels usually associated with Hondas.

I'd love to lower it by throwing a set of Eibachs Pro-kit, but I wouldn't be able to get up the parking lot hahah. Right now with the std height it scrapes on some of the ramps. Both my front bumper and centre resonator are not liking it no3.gif

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post 2nd April 2019 05:25
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Hello again,

It's been a long time since I last updated this thread. basically because there wasn't much to update lol. It looks pretty much the same as it did.


Although the car did go a few times to the garage to get a couple of things sorted:

- Braking power was very poor, with little to no braking on the rear axle. Turned out to be a faulty rear regulator/valve.

- While working on the rear axle, the mechanic found the springs were cut by some previous owner no3.gif .So they were replaced.

- Oil pressure was low, so the sump was lowered (and welded since it had a little crack) and the oil pump serviced.

- The steering rack was serviced, because it felt heavy, slow and imprecise.

- AC was issued because it wasn't cooling, a broken heater valve was heating the cooled air. But the compressor needs replacing. It now works...provided you're above 2000rpm lol

- Front bumper was repaired, one of the mounting tabs behind the grille had snapped. Although I broke one of the side sliding rails coming out of a driveway angry.gif


Lots of things but it's part of owning an old car. Specially one that wasn't that well taken care of. In fact, the car is back in the garage at the moment... sad.gif



The only thing done to the outside, and the reason this post will have photos lol, is because the car has been detailed.

Although the car needs a full respray to be 100% perfect, I've tried to make do with the paint it has and make it looks as good as it can. The car has been machine polished to remove scratches and to make the color pop. After that it was coated with a carnauba wax and later replaced with Sonax Polymer Netshield sealant.

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There's still plenty left to do, but we are getting there rolleyes.gif

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Looking good gleam.gif Keep up the good work...
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hey aero-

good to hear from you!

The paint on your car looks amazing! It's wonderful how far some detailing-effort can go. eh?


Can I ask about your A/C? How do you mean it only works over 2000 rpm..? Is that deliberate- or a designed functionality..?
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QUOTE(hazeyblue @ 2nd April 2019 02:39) *
Looking good gleam.gif Keep up the good work...


Thanks Hazey!


QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd April 2019 05:32) *
hey aero-

good to hear from you!

The paint on your car looks amazing! It's wonderful how far some detailing-effort can go. eh?
Can I ask about your A/C? How do you mean it only works over 2000 rpm..? Is that deliberate- or a designed functionality..?


Absolutely, it totally transforms the car.

The problem with the A/C in my car is the compressor is on its way out. Due to wear it can't pressurize the gas at idle needing more revs to build the necessary pressure to cool down the air. The ideal thing would be to replace the compressor, but it's quite expensive unsure.gif


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ah-

thanks for going into detail on that- that's very interesting to me...
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post 26th April 2019 00:58
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Hi, time for another update

The car has been back from the garage for about a week now. It went in for a exhaust replacement since the one it had was clogged and a hydraulic fluid leak. We swapped the white rims for a original set of Cloverleaf alloys as well since the white ones, being 4x100, were giving me a vibrations on the steering wheel at speed.

Two hydraulic lines, a new 155 V6 exhaust, a set of wheels (and a wash) later here's how it looks.




Right after that, I got new tyres to go along with the rims.

A few more photos...just in case you've never seen a 145 Cloverleaf laugh.gif .





I've also managed to get these side skirts. So painting that as well as the grille, mirrors and spoiler might be the next thing on the list.

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That car is looking very good, aero_mati!

Those replacement side skirts are a good find - are all of the fixing brackets intact?

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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 26th April 2019 07:01) *
That car is looking very good, aero_mati!

Those replacement side skirts are a good find - are all of the fixing brackets intact?

Thanks Jeremy!

It's indeed a good find, they are pretty rare. Quite odd, given the amount of 145s in Argentina dunno.gif . The fixings seem to be in good condition, although I'm not sure what I'll find once I take the old ones out lol


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