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Alan B
post 19th January 2020 20:11
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Hi all, long time lurker, but have just rejoined the Alfa world after 14 years (147 JTD Turismo 5 Dr in Gabbiano Blue) by buying a 2000 145 Cloverleaf in black with the tan MOMO leather interior.

Car has a full history file (and I mean full it's 2 inches thick!), covered 79500 miles and I'm the 9th owner.

Seems very solid from mechanical and bodywork perspective with just a few cosmetic things to sort, the odd bumper scuff etc. However, do need to replace bonnet and boot badges (hood and trunk for any Americans in the room) and wondering if I can sort the steering wheel as some of the trim has lifted away.

Any recommendations on badges, particularly for the one on the boot lid that covers the lock would be greatly appreciated!
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post 19th January 2020 20:16
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QUOTE(Alan B @ 19th January 2020 20:11) *
Hi all, long time lurker, but have just rejoined the Alfa world after 14 years (147 JTD Turismo 5 Dr in Gabbiano Blue) by buying a 2000 145 Cloverleaf in black with the tan MOMO leather interior.

Car has a full history file (and I mean full it's 2 inches thick!), covered 79500 miles and I'm the 9th owner.

Seems very solid from mechanical and bodywork perspective with just a few cosmetic things to sort, the odd bumper scuff etc. However, do need to replace bonnet and boot badges (hood and trunk for any Americans in the room) and wondering if I can sort the steering wheel as some of the trim has lifted away.

Any recommendations on badges, particularly for the one on the boot lid that covers the lock would be greatly appreciated!


Hey Alan!

Welcome back!

Gabbiano Blue- I always fancied a 147 in that colour, as it was used in the adverts, I think.

Any chance of some pics of your new steed- the tan interior sounds fascinating!

Try shop4parts for the badges; they seem to have tonnes of new old stock...
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post 19th January 2020 20:32
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Not too au fait with adding attachments, but here's hoping. Will be taking more pictures over the coming days and may well end up doing a restoration thread for the bits that need it.

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Did love my 147, and initial plan was to save for a 147 GTA. However, this came up and was a good price, so pounced. Am pleased. It's hilariously Italian to drive and reminds me of my youth driving the back roads in my Lancia (not a turbo, or integrate of any kind sadly).

This one actually featured on Pistonheads about 3 years back. It still seems to be in as good nick now as it was then

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/spotted-yk...u-want-to/36260
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post 19th January 2020 22:49
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It's the steering and the gearing isn't it, that make it a hoot to drive...

Wow- look at the paint on that! And those wheels! Headlight washers! That's ace.

A celebrity appearance always helps too, in the value of such a thing.

Lucky you- it'll be great to hear more about it.
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post 20th January 2020 08:32
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QUOTE(Alan B @ 19th January 2020 20:32) *
Not too au fait with adding attachments, but here's hoping. Will be taking more pictures over the coming days and may well end up doing a restoration thread for the bits that need it.

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Did love my 147, and initial plan was to save for a 147 GTA. However, this came up and was a good price, so pounced. Am pleased. It's hilariously Italian to drive and reminds me of my youth driving the back roads in my Lancia (not a turbo, or integrate of any kind sadly).

This one actually featured on Pistonheads about 3 years back. It still seems to be in as good nick now as it was then

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/spotted-yk...u-want-to/36260

Nice - can't beat black with tan leather.
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post 21st January 2020 11:45
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It's that advert on PH that convinced me to get back into a 145. I've had 2 Gabbiano blue 147's. Loved that colour. Is the 145 as good as it says underneath? If so that's a brilliant buy.
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post 22nd January 2020 09:26
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QUOTE(VROOM @ 21st January 2020 11:45) *
It's that advert on PH that convinced me to get back into a 145. I've had 2 Gabbiano blue 147's. Loved that colour. Is the 145 as good as it says underneath? If so that's a brilliant buy.


I did love that blue!

The 145 seems very mechanically sound, and bodywork is in very good condition, with a few odd bits of plastic trim that could benefit from being repainted.

Underneath seems clean and solid too, but I'll be taking the skirts off for a clean up and waxoyl or similar anyway.

Hilarious to drive, but feels underbraked to me. Is that common? I mean, they work fine, but I guess I'm used to bigger discs and 4 pots on the front of my other fun car.
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post 22nd January 2020 15:05
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but I guess I'm used to bigger discs and 4 pots on the front of my other fun car.


tell us more, Alan...
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post 22nd January 2020 15:23
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Great looking 145 thumbsup.gif

I am a gabbiano fan too. Used to have a GT in that colour.

Royal steering wheels are great for retrimming, if you want to go down that route. They've done a couple for me: royalsteeringwheels.com
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post 22nd January 2020 16:10
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QUOTE(Muskie @ 22nd January 2020 15:23) *
Great looking 145 thumbsup.gif

I am a gabbiano fan too. Used to have a GT in that colour.

Royal steering wheels are great for retrimming, if you want to go down that route. They've done a couple for me: royalsteeringwheels.com


Know of Royal, not used them though. However, it's the back that's started lifting from the metal body of the wheel. Do you know if this can be sorted?

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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 22nd January 2020 15:05) *
tell us more, Alan...

Mini Cooper S convertible. Lovely fun car to run around in, though Mrs B uses it for commuting quite a lot. Wonder why?
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post 23rd January 2020 13:32
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sounds exciting, although I've no experience of mini's; it's hard to gauge whether it is over-servo'd, or whether the 145 isn't using it's rear discs as much

I've never seen a steering wheel 'go' there- wonder if it's been a sunlight thing?

Gabbiano blue has touched a lot of people, eh?!
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post 23rd January 2020 17:41
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Iíve seen that car on eBay and was asking the then owner how much interest heíd had when Iíve had none for my Proteo car!

Nice colour combo.

Be interested to hear what you paid as the last owner said a trader had offered him money for it!
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post 23rd January 2020 19:22
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Iíve seen that car on eBay and was asking the then owner how much interest heíd had when Iíve had none for my Proteo car!

Nice colour combo.

Be interested to hear what you paid as the last owner said a trader had offered him money for it!


Is this yours on at the moment? https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/153788808478
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post 23rd January 2020 22:20
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Is this yours on at the moment? https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/153788808478



Thatís the baby! Iím just awaiting the advert to expire. Only two days ago I fitted a full IMASAF sport exhaust from Italy which makes an amazing car even better!

Not one person viewed the car, literally not one in months!

Utter, utter eBay timewasters
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Hi Alan,

That 145 looks amazing clapping.gif . Black with tan leather is one of the best combinations!

Regarding the badges:
The front one is pretty straightforward, if memory serves me well it's just held by two pins and glue to the chrome surround.



The boot one is made of two different parts, a base or carrying plate made from plastic (the part that moves to reveal the key hole) and a glued badge made from a thin metal sheet.

So, as far as I know, you can either replace the whole part (plastic backing + badge). Or you can buy a "glue-on badge" and just replace the thin metal badge by carefully removing the old faded metal sheet from the plastic backing and sticking the new one in.

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Glue-on badge:










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post 24th January 2020 12:24
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QUOTE(Reza @ 23rd January 2020 22:20) *
Thatís the baby! Iím just awaiting the advert to expire. Only two days ago I fitted a full IMASAF sport exhaust from Italy which makes an amazing car even better!

Not one person viewed the car, literally not one in months!

Utter, utter eBay timewasters


I bought this from Car and Classic rather than eBay. PM me if you want to discuss price paid.
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post 24th January 2020 20:03
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Hilarious to drive, but feels underbraked to me. Is that common? I mean, they work fine, but I guess I'm used to bigger discs and 4 pots on the front of my other fun car.


Good question. Mine feels similar, but I just put it down to being older tech for the brakes. It's great for wizzing around country lanes, towns and narrow roads. I think it's the size that makes it so "threadable".
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post 26th January 2020 08:13
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So, first bit of restoration work done.

I've replaced a crappy aftermarket window washer with an oem Alfa one. No photos, ha, but will be taking more as I do work/get work done.

QUOTE(VROOM @ 24th January 2020 20:03) *
Good question. Mine feels similar, but I just put it down to being older tech for the brakes. It's great for wizzing around country lanes, towns and narrow roads. I think it's the size that makes it so "threadable".

Know what you mean about the size. The 145 is about 30cm longer than my mini, but feels lighter on its feet.

I did almost slam my forehead into the windscreen when I got back into the mini the other day. I think you may be right about the level of servo assist! Also, the gear change in the 145 is much lighter and so is the clutch.
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Thatís the baby! Iím just awaiting the advert to expire. Only two days ago I fitted a full IMASAF sport exhaust from Italy which makes an amazing car even better!

Not one person viewed the car, literally not one in months!

Utter, utter eBay timewasters


I remember watching your car on ebay when the bloke from the classic car mag was selling it a couple of years ago. So very nearly put a bid in, but I felt a bit nervous of the Krown stuff he'd had sprayed everywhere. How have you found it? Any good?
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post 27th January 2020 13:54
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what Krown stuff..?
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