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post 25th June 2010 13:24
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Well i've decided to do something with the alloy top engine cover coz it was filthy and needed sorting out. So went out and bought a dremel to do some polishing with. I'm going to clean up and then paint it black. Then polish up the writing and the 8 domes to mirror finish. I'm also considering polishing up the top of the camshaft pulley housing to mirror finish. I feel this may take some time but worth doing I think. May have to go bigger on the tooling for that bit though!!!

Any way check out the progress so far. (piccies attached)!!!

I really wanted to do all of it mirror finish but i think the grooves & ridges kind of put pay to that!!!

I had a go at cleaning them up by trial and error with different tools in the pack.

All comments and tips greatfully recieved!!!

i'm also trying to add pics of my new induction kit i built!!! currently not loading but bear with me!!

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post 25th June 2010 14:38
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looking good cloverboy... smile.gif

how much is the dremel these days ive been after one for ages lol

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post 25th June 2010 14:42
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this is why being a student is so cool! cos u get a whole summer to play with cars and naked women! laugh.gif

good goin cloverboy! it will be good to see it done thumbsup.gif


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post 25th June 2010 15:38
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QUOTE(kirk46 @ 25th June 2010 15:38) *
looking good cloverboy... smile.gif

how much is the dremel these days ive been after one for ages lol

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I bought a draper version and the alfa ate it in just under 4 hours use!!! (I say yer buy cheap yer buy twice!!!)

So i took it back and am going to get a dremel and hopefully this one doesn't have a collet made of plasterscene!!! rant.gif

I think i'll borrow my dads electric drill and soft wire brush it all carefully to start with.

spray it matt black.

Then get down to the detailing properly with a dremel

This was just a practice!!!

I can recommend the ally polishing kit from Halfrauds. I used the wax bars in the kit to get the shine on the domes.

Yes. I may be some time. rolleyes.gif


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post 25th June 2010 16:02
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right it finally loaded!!!

This is my new induction kit i made!!

I've plugged the oil recirculator pipe hole with a 5/8" stainless dowl, so she's now getting exactly the amount of air the maff is reading.

Also fitted a nice polished ally oil breather filter.

1 x polished ally 45deg pipe

then a carbon effect covered housing for the cone filter.

I have left everthing before the old air box in place so its still got air feed to it. works really well!!!

That together with fast road clutch from C&G motorsport and 1.5 kg off the flywheel plus balancing means Rapido!!!

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post 26th June 2010 09:53
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My old one wink.gif



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post 26th June 2010 12:33
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where did you get the dowel from to block up the breather pipe??? thats a good idea that is smile.gif


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post 26th June 2010 15:03
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does the breather filter make alot of diffrence to the performance and also like naan said how did you block up that pipe


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post 5th July 2010 11:50
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I wrote this and was about to hit send when the server went down rant.gif . So now we are back up here we go!!!

If you remove the old breather recirculator pipe you will be left with a plastic pipe coming from the cylinder head. Attach a 15mm i/d oil breather filter on that.
On the other end there will be left another plastic connecting pipe coming out of the air intake pipe that fits onto the throttle body. remove this and you will be left with about 30mm of tubing formed into the air intake pipe. What you need is a plug for this. I found that it is about 15mm i/d at the opening and gets narrower further in. To ensure a good seal i used 5/8" stainless steel bar 30mm in length. If you push it in and clamp with a jubilee clip it won't go anywhere. The diameter of the hole on the inside is too small to allow the dowl through.

As for perfromance improvements, won't be much but its only going to help because it will be sucking in the same amount of air as is being read at the maff instead of not considering the oil breather feed as it did as standard. plus it looks good. I did mine as part of the overall induction kit I made up for it so can't tell what effect that alone has had if any. I have also lightened the flywheel but only by 12% and added a fast road clutch.

The current configuration works really well if a little loud on induction, but it does 'bark' well when you open her up. biggrin.gif


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post 5th July 2010 12:22
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cloverboy....any chance of a pic please...i kind of have an idea of what you've done but a pic would be better


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post 5th July 2010 13:01
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QUOTE(NaanBread @ 26th June 2010 13:33) *
where did you get the dowel from to block up the breather pipe??? thats a good idea that is smile.gif



it sounds like a plan so im going with the bits on flebay
item 280528109038 16mm alloy hose blanking plug
item 110547412560 15mm breather filter in red
if it helps you if you are going this way. wink.gif sorry guys im sh.t no3.gif on the laptop


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post 5th July 2010 14:16
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QUOTE(buellboy @ 5th July 2010 13:22) *
cloverboy....any chance of a pic please...i kind of have an idea of what you've done but a pic would be better


ok will do just in process of reloading files after a system restore!!
for now look at the picture in the thread. bottom left hand corner. you should see wah t i have done there!


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you cant zoom in on the pic sad.gif



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QUOTE(black 146 @ 5th July 2010 14:01) *
it sounds like a plan so im going with the bits on flebay
item 280528109038 16mm alloy hose blanking plug
item 110547412560 15mm breather filter in red
if it helps you if you are going this way. wink.gif sorry guys im sh.t no3.gif on the laptop



Same here black 146

just ordered the bits too biggrin.gif

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QUOTE(kirk46 @ 5th July 2010 15:29) *
Same here black 146

just ordered the bits too biggrin.gif


Ok will sort it tomorrow!!


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QUOTE(cloverboy145 @ 5th July 2010 16:06) *
Ok will sort it tomorrow!!


Try Langers picture on this thread. @ RH side of head look at the two hoses coming out. In line with the alfa romeo logo. follow the one that goes at 90 deg to the cyclinder head and you see it goes to the air intake hose. its that piece of hose you need to remove. Then remove the plastic connector piece from the air intake hose.

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QUOTE(black 146 @ 5th July 2010 14:01) *
it sounds like a plan so im going with the bits on flebay
item 280528109038 16mm alloy hose blanking plug
item 110547412560 15mm breather filter in red
if it helps you if you are going this way. wink.gif sorry guys im sh.t no3.gif on the laptop


These bungs are a little cheaper, i've used these a couple of times.

and these filters are the same price but from same store as above so could work out cheaper if posted together.
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What i found when i did mine like you have i had a little lumpy running/tickover so i fitted a T piece so the warm air can go back into the inlet tract, probably helps in cold weather with cold running, and then the other piece of pipe can have the filter on.

I put one side of the T piece into an oil breather/tank with a little filter on top.

I have two rocker covers powder coated in a slight textured finish in black, one never been on a car since and one i used for about 8 months that i might sell.
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ive just pluged the pipe and fitted the breather filter and the tickover is very poor indeed sad.gif

even when warm so i dont think the t-piece will work for me?

will i thottle reset do the trick?

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QUOTE(E500 TAT @ 5th July 2010 16:27) *
What i found when i did mine like you have i had a little lumpy running/tickover so i fitted a T piece so the warm air can go back into the inlet tract, probably helps in cold weather with cold running, and then the other piece of pipe can have the filter on.

I put one side of the T piece into an oil breather/tank with a little filter on top.



QUOTE(kirk46 @ 9th July 2010 15:15) *
ive just pluged the pipe and fitted the breather filter and the tickover is very poor indeed sad.gif

even when warm so i dont think the t-piece will work for me?


So you've not put a T piece in and ended up with the problems i had before i fitted the T piece? no3.gif
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