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Driving: 1995 145 1.7 16v
From: Cardiff

Hi all,

About a year ago, my brother, dad and I rescued a 1995 145 from one of my brother's colleagues over in Bristol. It had been standing since about 2010 and it wasn't a pretty sight:

We got it home and it scrubbed up well:

We got it running and after changing the CV joint and a burst brake pipe, it was thrown into an MOT where it did fail on quite a lot (mainly brakes and some odd things) but no rust issues. We did a compression check after trying to diagnose a misfire and 3 of the cylinders were at 170-odd psi but one was down in the 120-130 range. We were planning on dropping the engine out anyway to do the cambelts and clutch so it was moved from my brother's house down to mine and we set about taking the engine out and the results were not pretty:

A piece of the piston and rings had broken off, had a rumble around and presumably got shot out of the exhaust. It's left its mark on the way out, making a bit of a mess of the head but the bore has come out completely unscathed thankfully. The most amazing thing was it had very little blowby, nothing concerning and it didn't burn any oil so really surprising. I did notice that once the exhaust manifold was taken off the two cylinders on this bank were running very lean so I wonder if that is how part of this piston has broken off and been blown out. I'm planning on a new lambda sensor and getting the injectors sent off to be checked in case it was detonation and lean running that caused the piston to fail in the first place.

That was September last year. In the meantime, the piston has been replaced, the valves removed, ground and new valve stem and cam seals on the affected bank. The other head was removed and checked over and all pistons in tact but that head got new seals while it was off as well. The engine is still out of the car while we slowly go through it with last weekend having a new set of timing belts, pulleys and water pump fitted. We'll also be doing the core plugs while its out. I did send the Bosch 2e ABS pump off to be checked over since access is less terrible with the engine out but unfortunately the company I sent it off to wasn't able to check it (I presume due to it's age). That's been reinstalled along with new copper brake lines under the bonnet to replace the remaining original ones and I'm currently de-yellowing the brakes:

A few specs for you:

~ 124,000 miles
Monroe shocks & Apex springs (lowering springs I presume)
Ragazzon exhaust with 4-into-1 (I think) manifold
Some cheap ebay pod air filter that will be replaced with something different
Momo quick-release steering wheel
Momo cheese grater handbrake (will be going also)
Momo pedals (may be fitted, not sure at the moment)
Momo gear knob
Goodrich brake hoses
17" Excite multifit wheels (would prefer the later Teledial Speedlines but MOT first)

Plans are to get the engine in and running by the 4 day bank holiday weekend coming up. As you can probably see in the pics, it does have some body rust, mainly on the rear arches and the corners of the bonnet and some lacquer peel here and there along with a weird discoloured paint patch on the driver's door. Not sure what the plans are for that yet, I want it driveable first. My other car is a stage 3 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero (295bhp/420nm) but I'm really looking forward to driving the Alfa.

This post has been edited by lancer778544: 10th April 2019 21:48
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lancer778544   Lancer's 1995 145 1.7 Boxer   10th April 2019 20:57
hazeyblue   Nice job, so far. Great to see a Boxer being prese...   11th April 2019 05:56
dante giacosa   Hey Lancer- Welcome along- what an incredible eff...   11th April 2019 09:45
lancer778544   Nice job, so far. Great to see a Boxer being prese...   11th April 2019 10:08
JeremyG   That's great work - and amazing that piston fa...   12th April 2019 09:01
aero_mati   Hello and welcome, Nice work you're putting ...   12th April 2019 14:14
lancer778544   That's great work - and amazing that piston fa...   12th April 2019 20:03
lancer778544   Great news guys, the engine is back in and it runs...   14th April 2019 17:46
lancer778544   So all the last few odds and sods before the MOT h...   6th May 2019 20:51
dante giacosa   inspiring! other than the cone filter- it cou...   7th May 2019 07:30
lancer778544   inspiring! other than the cone filter- it cou...   7th May 2019 14:12
VROOM   That looks amazing considering how you found it. A...   7th May 2019 18:58
lancer778544   That looks amazing considering how you found it. A...   7th May 2019 19:48
lancer778544   MOT booked for Saturday 15th June and a reasonable...   6th June 2019 11:27
Ganz   You done a great job there mate! It looks fan...   9th June 2019 00:19
lancer778544   Well she's in for her MOT. Drove the 7-odd mil...   15th June 2019 08:15
donutty   All the best 145s pass second time ;)   15th June 2019 20:22
lancer778544   So current plan is to drop the rear subframe, refu...   18th June 2019 20:12
lancer778544   So quite a productive weekend just gone. The front...   25th June 2019 23:19
lancer778544   Another productive weekend. The polyurethane bushe...   7th July 2019 18:07
lancer778544   Minor update - welding done last weekend and subfr...   21st July 2019 19:15
lancer778544   Well there are now 2 145 1.7 boxers on the road. P...   27th July 2019 16:21
lancer778544   140-odd miles done over the weekend, no issues at ...   28th July 2019 21:12
VROOM   I never knew the stalks illuminated ! Will hav...   1st August 2019 21:28
lancer778544   So it's been about 400 miles since the 145 pas...   13th October 2019 16:18
dante giacosa   hey Lancer- This is truly inspiring to read; I ad...   14th October 2019 09:44
lancer778544   hey Lancer- This is truly inspiring to read; I ad...   14th October 2019 11:12
lancer778544   I managed to find a new front engine mount suitabl...   17th November 2019 19:49
dante giacosa   Hey Lancer- that's an serious task for this t...   17th November 2019 20:34
lancer778544   Thanks Dante, hopefully it'll give a noticeabl...   17th November 2019 22:44
dante giacosa   Crikey Lancer- what a resource that place is...   17th November 2019 23:51
JeremyG   I bought LHD units for my former 145 - mainly beca...   18th November 2019 07:25
dante giacosa   straight from the horses-mouth!! Well Don...   18th November 2019 10:03
lancer778544   Thanks both. I might try and source a used set to ...   18th November 2019 19:41
dante giacosa   that looks SO cool without the front regy plate...   18th November 2019 20:14
lancer778544   Going back through this thread, and reading VROOM...   18th November 2019 20:32
dante giacosa   No way! so, you've got that as STOCK...   19th November 2019 10:11

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