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JeremyG
post 9th February 2019 17:04
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QUOTE(aero_mati @ 8th February 2019 12:57) *
Long time since I last saw the progress. Lots of useful information right here.
Great work Jeremy getting the 145 back together thumbup.gif

Cheers!


Thanks - it's been an interesting project, for sure.

It's nice just to be able to drive around in the 145 now without thinking about all the stuff that still needs doing. It's starting to feel like just another car!

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post 9th February 2019 17:19
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 4th February 2019 11:08) *
The finish looks great - not sure how well it matches the original as I have not fitted it yet (it was too cold yesterday and I had to prioritise fixing the 166's boot lock)

So currently the 166 bumper is sitting in the 145 waiting for next weekend...


Off topic I know, but here is how the 166's rear bumper turned out... before and after pics:

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Driving home today, the brake warning light came on for the second time - it was low on fluid last time, and the same again today.

Given that I'd noticed the clutch was starting to engage with the pedal quite close to the floor, I had a quick peek at the clutch slave cylinder - and sure enough, there was a pool of fluid below it on the gearbox casing.

Luckily I have a secondhand replacement in my parts bin... from a time several years ago when I was considering buying a 146ti that had a failed clutch (I was hoping it might just be the slave, but the clutch unit itself had failed. So I didn't buy it - shame, as it was a rather nice dark grey metallic colour with a black leather interior.)

Anyway - another little job to do at the weekend... the workshop manual recommends removing the battery and the battery tray to get access to the slave cylinder - might be a good opportunity to treat some rust on the chassis leg that side...

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well- from the pictures; that paint match is great on the 166!

Did your paint-guy have the 166 to hand, when he did it; or did he just replicate the factory colour..?


I did the slave-cylinder on the FIAT last year; don't forget your cir-clip pliers!

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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 13th February 2019 14:10) *
well- from the pictures; that paint match is great on the 166!

Did your paint-guy have the 166 to hand, when he did it; or did he just replicate the factory colour..?
I did the slave-cylinder on the FIAT last year; don't forget your cir-clip pliers!


I just gave the paint shop guy (Steve) the paint code for the 166 - I went round to show him the results today, and also to get a quote for re-doing the roof (which is suffering from lacquer peel - ugh).

Anyway, here's the 145's slave cylinder:

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[quote name='JeremyG' date='9th February 2019 17:19' post='219662']
Off topic I know, but here is how the 166's rear bumper turned out... before and after pics:

I know its a bit late now for yours, but when I had the rear bumper off the 145 I took the opportunity to fit an electromagnet reversing sensor to it. Only about £10 from China and works well. The best part is that it sticks to the inside of the bumper so can't be seen unlike the ones that require holes with sensors.
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Hey Vroom-

I fitted one of those to a mate's car; inside the bumper; is that how they work? Electromagnetics? I couldn't work it out at the time- although the 'roll' did appear a lot like that adhesive magnetic tape that you get; which would explain a lot.

It was a genuine NOS FIAT item actually; I wasn't aware that they were generically independently available

Can you find a link?
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 13th February 2019 23:36) *
Hey Vroom-

I fitted one of those to a mate's car; inside the bumper; is that how they work? Electromagnetics? I couldn't work it out at the time- although the 'roll' did appear a lot like that adhesive magnetic tape that you get; which would explain a lot.

It was a genuine NOS FIAT item actually; I wasn't aware that they were generically independently available

Can you find a link?


Yeah - I can't find the exact one that I bought, but I think they're all same. I don't know the science behind to be honest.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAR-REAR-ELECTRO...cJfgf:rk:1:pf:0

I first fitted one to my 147 back in 2002 after I'd reversed into a low wall. I actually bought it off the alfaowner forum when they had a shop (not sure if they still do). Must have have been about £60 at the time so not cheap, but obviously as time goes on these things come down in price.
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ace

that looks just like it

I didn't know they were independently available
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post 16th February 2019 22:03
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 13th February 2019 16:31) *
I just gave the paint shop guy (Steve) the paint code for the 166 - I went round to show him the results today, and also to get a quote for re-doing the roof (which is suffering from lacquer peel - ugh).

Anyway, here's the 145's slave cylinder:

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Cheap to replace and you can make your own pipework.

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Bloody hell, Ganz your engine bay looks frighteningly clean!!!

Here's mine once I'd removed the battery tray - not quite so pristine:

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Anyhow, my second-hand replacement slave cylinder went on a treat and was bled using my trusty Gunson Eazi-Bleed gizmo. Excellent - the car is now driveable again!

While the battery tray was out, I cleaned the plastic tray that the battery sits on, then wire-brushed the tray and sprayed it with Dinitrol RC900 rust converter.

This has the pleasing effect of turning the remaining rust patches black, and giving the whole tray a semi-shiny black finish. I was going to prime it and respray it satin black... but decided to leave it as was. Much quicker and easier...

Also, whilst removing the battery tray I discovered this little bracket thing held in place by the rearmost two tray bolts:

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It's intended to stop the battery sliding too far back in the tray... but in my case, it just makes it really difficult to manoeuvre the battery into place. So now it's off the car... and taking the battery in/out is much easier.

Finally - here is the old slave cylinder. I think you can tell where the dirt got in and caused the seal to fail...

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I also decided to strip down the idle control valve - this was a second hand unit I bought from eBay as a backup...

Here it is:

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The casing is in two parts, with a cylindrical spring fixing keeping the two parts together. I used a self-tapping screw to remove it:

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Then the two parts rotate against each other and separate:

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The section on the left contains an electromagnet (you can just make out the coil windings):

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... while the stem of the part on the right is magnetic. It rotates to open and close the drum-shaped valve that links the two ports, and allows air to by-pass the (closed) main throttle valve.

Here it is doing a Dalek impression to show the range of movement it has:

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Anyhow, bottom line is, the valve on this unit moves much more freely than the one on my car. So if I get any idling trouble, I'll switch this unit in.

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Exceptional footage Jeremy

Worthy of a distinct 'how to', I think...?


Now, get some degreasant onto that gearbox!

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Been away from this forum for a while since I sold my blue 1.6 ( which ironically is one of the ones currently posted on ebay )
I have just read through this thread from start to finish Jeremy and really enjoyed the stories of your labours.
I am just in Abingdon and I hope i get a chance to see the little beastie out and about. Really well done mate in rescuing another.
Since I sold my blue tspark I have had 2 Giulietta and my daily driver is now an 18 plate Abarth 595.
But just bought a 40,000 mile T spark GTV so am sort of back in the fold.
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that all sounds like a lot of fun ejay-

the Abarth's have a lot of charisma for a small car...
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QUOTE(ejay @ 18th February 2019 15:36) *
Been away from this forum for a while since I sold my blue 1.6 ( which ironically is one of the ones currently posted on ebay )
I have just read through this thread from start to finish Jeremy and really enjoyed the stories of your labours.
I am just in Abingdon and I hope i get a chance to see the little beastie out and about. Really well done mate in rescuing another.
Since I sold my blue tspark I have had 2 Giulietta and my daily driver is now an 18 plate Abarth 595.
But just bought a 40,000 mile T spark GTV so am sort of back in the fold.


Thanks, ejay - it’s been a great project to work on and fun to write about, too.

Glad to hear about the GTV... they’re great cars (I sold a Spider last year... loved it!). 40k miles is a real find!
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I went out for a spin in the 145 today to check that the new clutch slave cylinder was holding up OK (so far, so good!)

The weather was so nice I finally decided to try opening the sunroof - and after 9 years of inactivity, it actually worked - both tilting and sliding. Nice!

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Nice work on the icv. Interesting to see what's inside. My engine bay was not in a good state originally though not too bad. It's the result of 3 years bobbing and cleaning whenever I had the chance in the garage. Your clutch pipe looks a bit corroded. Did you treat it with the black stuff? Great that the sunroof works. I bet if it was a Beemer it wouldn't have done naughty.gif


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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 17th February 2019 23:15) *
Now, get some degreasant onto that gearbox!


Don't worry - it had plenty of Gunk sprayed on it before I fitted the new slave cylinder... rolleyes.gif

Also - by way of a diversion, I fitted a new cambelt gasket to one of the heads on the 166's V6 motor (both are leaking, annoyingly). Bit of a mission compared with the TS motor... here's what it looks like with the cam cover off.

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Having opened it up that far, I'd be a lot more confident about tackling a cambelt change on the Busso at some point in the future...

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I've had some minor electrical dramas this week - the one caused by the other...

Firstly, my alarm and central locking have gone nuts. The alarm has always been suspect: it is set to auto-arm; but I can't change the country code because the siren has stopped working so I can't hear the associated confirmation beeps...

Anyway, last week the alarm kept activating itself - meaning I was driving along with the hazard lights flashing (but thankfully no siren) - and I couldn't disable the alarm the usual way via the remote central locking either. I replaced the batteries in the key but still no joy - in fact, the remote central locking wouldn't work either.

So when I got home I removed the alarm unit - hastily, as I had a long journey the following day with an early start, and it was already getting dark...

Next morning - as I was reversing out of my drive, the radio suddenly cut off. Strange... I checked the fuse, and it had blown. I replaced it, and it blew again. Then I realised this fuse also protects the brake lights - and it was blowing when I hit the brakes... so I went to work on the bus...

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Anyway, after a quick look at the wiring diagram, and checking which brake lights come on before the fuse blows (the left and centre) I concluded there must be a short in the right hand brake light circuit somewhere between the fusebox and the light unit. Unplugging the connectors at both ends confirmed this. But where was the short?

Remembering that I'd been working in that area to remove the alarm a couple of nights earlier, I traced the wiring back from the rear light unit - and sure enough, I'd mis-routed the brake light supply wire behind (instead of to the side of) the trim piece below the tailgate opening and crushed it underneath one of the retaining bolts.

You can see in the left picture below the misrouted red/black wire at the bottom of the picture... with the insulation damage on the right.

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Following a repair with some insulating tape it's now all fixed - I just have to figure out what to do re. the misbehaving alarm and central locking next.

I guess this just goes to prove the old "less haste, more speed" adage... oops.gif

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