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lancer778544
post 10th April 2019 20:57
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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.

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post 11th April 2019 05:56
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Nice job, so far. Great to see a Boxer being preserved...
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post 11th April 2019 09:45
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Hey Lancer-

Welcome along- what an incredible effort you've managed to put into that!

Is the dashboard and centre console a different colour to the other trim? It appears light-grey? You don't see a lot of induction-kits on boxers! It'd be great to hear that car running now it's nearly running as intended.

Does the boxer have a catalyst? Do you really think that section of piston ring cleared th exhaust system?

What is the mileage on the car?

Terrific results so far- looking forward to hearing how the big-push goes...
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post 11th April 2019 10:08
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QUOTE(hazeyblue @ 11th April 2019 06:56) *
Nice job, so far. Great to see a Boxer being preserved...


Thanks, still a way to go yet but we're getting there slowly. Howmanyleft.co.uk says there are 22 145 1.7s left with only one of them being licensed so I'm hoping to make that 2.

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 11th April 2019 10:45) *
Hey Lancer-

Welcome along- what an incredible effort you've managed to put into that!

Is the dashboard and centre console a different colour to the other trim? It appears light-grey? You don't see a lot of induction-kits on boxers! It'd be great to hear that car running now it's nearly running as intended.

Does the boxer have a catalyst? Do you really think that section of piston ring cleared th exhaust system?

What is the mileage on the car?

Terrific results so far- looking forward to hearing how the big-push goes...


Thank you. It's been a bit of a battle, especially the first blown brake pipe from the master cylinder to the ABS pump, that was pretty fiddly to do with the engine in but we've since routed it better now we have better access.

Do you mean the dashboard strip in the middle? In the before pics is does look light grey because I think it was bleached by the sun. It was painted black by my brother while in was up with him which does look a bit nicer but it'll need doing again as it has gained some pimples!

The induction kit was taken off for something and replaced with that cheap ebay pod filter. I think I have the original air box so I may convert it back but it does make a nice noise lol.

It has a "cat shaped object" in the system. I say that since it may have had the innards removed but I'll check it over before the engine goes back in.

It's done around 125k miles I think, it's been a while since I've looked.

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post 12th April 2019 09:01
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That's great work - and amazing that piston failure didn't do more damage!!!

BTW - I may soon have a spare set of Phase 1 QV pepper pot wheels and tyres for sale if you're interested.
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post 12th April 2019 14:14
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Hello and welcome,

Nice work you're putting into it. Good to see another 145 being rescued, specially if it looked like the first pics lol.

Cheers




QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 11th April 2019 06:45) *
Hey Lancer-

Welcome along- what an incredible effort you've managed to put into that!

Is the dashboard and centre console a different colour to the other trim? It appears light-grey? You don't see a lot of induction-kits on boxers! It'd be great to hear that car running now it's nearly running as intended.

Does the boxer have a catalyst? Do you really think that section of piston ring cleared th exhaust system?

What is the mileage on the car?

Terrific results so far- looking forward to hearing how the big-push goes...


Early Boxers (and some diesels I belive) came with grey interiors. Don't know if it was an optional or came as standard


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post 12th April 2019 20:03
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 12th April 2019 10:01) *
That's great work - and amazing that piston failure didn't do more damage!!!

BTW - I may soon have a spare set of Phase 1 QV pepper pot wheels and tyres for sale if you're interested.


Thanks and I was amazed (and very thankful) there was no other damage and the head cleaned up well.

Colour me interested in the wheels please, that would be great smile.gif


QUOTE(aero_mati @ 12th April 2019 15:14) *
Hello and welcome,

Nice work you're putting into it. Good to see another 145 being rescued, specially if it looked like the first pics lol.

Cheers


Thank you and it was so satisfying taking a pressure washer to the algae and moss, it came up really well.
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post 14th April 2019 17:46
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Great news guys, the engine is back in and it runs great. No leaks, no funny noises or anything. Still a bit "poppy" through the exhaust if you give it a bit of a poke but the fuel in it is god knows how old. I've got a new fuel filter to go on and I'll chuck some fresh 98 in there when I can but a major hurdle overcome anyway.

No real dramas getting it started either, fired up first time and idled straight away. Some sparks reported around the starter motor mounting bolts so I'll double check those and maybe replace the ground bar thing with some direct earths to the battery.

My brother also dropped its original 14" pepperpot(?) wheels and a strut brace. The brace is for a twin spark unfortunately as the battery and BBOB are in the way on the boxer so I'll be putting that up for sale soon. Give me a shout if anyone reading this is interested in it.

Oh, the exhaust manifold is a fancy 4-2-1 tubular thing, definitely not the standard one.
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