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rossoscozia
post 15th September 2020 09:48
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Hi All,

Picked up a 'new' Alfa 145 QV a few weeks ago from a local lady and now in the process of starting to restore it. It's not my first 145 as I did have one 20 years ago, an S plate 145 Junior. That car was my first ever Alfa and I've since had a many different Alfas after that one. I am currently running a Giulietta and a 166 alongside the 145.

It's an early phase 1 model on an N plate and the previous owner had owned it since 2004 so it was a big part of her life. Sadly she now needs to drive an automatic so could no longer run the 145. It was sold as for restoration or spares but still has a valid MOT until December. From what I can gather the obvious things it needs to restore it are mainly cosmetic - it really needs a respray, the wheels need refurbed, the door cards re-upholstered, the headlining needs re-done, that sort of stuff. Mechanically there are a couple of minor suspension items noted from lasts years MOT and it needs the belts doing and a service. The previous owner had kept up with all the other maintenance and servicing over the years and about 4 years ago when the car started to require welding work has tackled lots of that too. From the receipts it appears that both sills have been done, the floor pan welded in the usual places, welding to the boot floor and both of the front suspension turrets have been done. It did get a mention at last years mot that the front chassis legs appeared to have corrosion but I will get a better look at it over the next few weeks when I can get it up onto the ramp. If I can prioritise any mechanicals and service items to get it solid and through the MOT then that's my immediate priority, then I can tackle the aesthetics next year. The car is very original with only 3 owners and a folder full of history and original paperwork.

It's been good fun being back in a 145 and I forgot how good they are to drive. I'm looking forward to keeping this one on the road. I have a few queries already on some bits needing doing to it but I will post these outwith this.
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dante giacosa
post 15th September 2020 18:05
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hey Scozia,

Welcome along!

Wow- I can't believe this is in Larbert!

It's a bumper month/year/decade for these cars North of the border, now!!
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post 15th September 2020 18:52
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Welcome to the forum, looks to be a good project / find! As Dante says, cant believe this 145 has been hiding out in Larbert!
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post 15th September 2020 20:50
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Yeah, started off life in London then the doctor who owned it relocated to Edinburgh and brought the 145 with them. It was traded in to Labinjoh back when he was in the West End and the lady i bought it from purchased it from there. Ironically i went to look at this car when it was up for sale in Labinjoh's showroom back in 2004 after I had sold my 20VT Coupe and was looking for a runabout. I ended up buying a Mk2 16v GTi instead which was a disaster! Strange how things work out....

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hey Scozia,

Welcome along!

Wow- I can't believe this is in Larbert!

It's a bumper month/year/decade for these cars North of the border, now!!


Out of interest did you end up taking on that 166? Recognise your usename from Alfabook!
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post 15th September 2020 22:44
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crikey; it's the first time the small world of Italian cars has caught up with ME from behind!!!

Do you mean, Alfa Owner? I'm not sure I'm on AlfaBook...🤔

As it happens (thankyou for asking) I'm hoping to take on the 166 tomorrow... What flavour have you got yourself?


Mawv is north of the border too, Scozia..
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post 16th September 2020 09:53
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Maybe it was Alfaowner! So many different platforms these days!

I have an 05 plate 2.0 Ti, so the facelift one. It's my fourth 166 over the years. Previously had an X reg 2.5, a W reg 3.0 Super and a 55 plate Twinnie facelift. Bought this one with a knackered gearbox and have recently had a second hand one slung in and a new clutch. MOT next week so everything crossed as it's been sat for a while.

Hope you have good luck with your 166. They are good cars to drive and own.

Also have a Giulietta which has gone into the bodyshop today to get some work done tarting up a few battlescars. Going to be an expensive month.

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post 16th September 2020 13:12
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Glad you stepped in to save that 145 - it was on Facebook for a little while, right?

(And the 166 Ti rescued, too!)

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post 16th September 2020 16:04
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Yep, on Facebook. It's funny as I used to walk past it for years and thought that it wasn't used as I never seen it out on the roads locally. For the last year or so I was intending to chap on their door, find out more about it and see if they'd sell then literally as I was waiting until the end of August to get my Brera away (someone had agreed to buy it but was collecting it from down south) it popped up on Facebook. It turns out they had put it up on Facebook earlier in the year but then lockdown hit and they mothballed selling it for a while, much to my luck.
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post 16th September 2020 19:52
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hey Scozia-

it's great to read of your enthusiasm in taking it on; it doesn't sound too insurmountable as a project

what kind of little suspension details are outstanding..?
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I responded to her on facebook when she put it up but alas way to far away for me. Have resided to the fact there are no 145's left in wales or the South west! Enjoy.

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post Yesterday, 19:03
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 16th September 2020 20:52) *
hey Scozia-

it's great to read of your enthusiasm in taking it on; it doesn't sound too insurmountable as a project

what kind of little suspension details are outstanding..?


It had advisories on wear to a lower front arm and front drop links. Car has only done about 200 miles since the last mot so might get away with those.


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I responded to her on facebook when she put it up but alas way to far away for me. Have resided to the fact there are no 145's left in wales or the South west! Enjoy.


Yeah, she did mention someone from Wales!

They are rare beasties alright. Funnily enough though i have found someone who has 2 Cloverleafs sitting in their front garden not too far from me. I need to chap their door and see what the story is with them!
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QUOTE(rossoscozia @ 17th September 2020 20:03) *
It had advisories on wear to a lower front arm and front drop links. Car has only done about 200 miles since the last mot so might get away with those.
Yeah, she did mention someone from Wales!

They are rare beasties alright. Funnily enough though i have found someone who has 2 Cloverleafs sitting in their front garden not too far from me. I need to chap their door and see what the story is with them!


If you do, be sure to let me know laugh.gif unsure.gif
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post Yesterday, 21:39
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haha-

the ball starts rolling... biggrin.gif
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