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Ganz
post 1st March 2018 21:59
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Just had to trek back last night on a dual carriageway in sub zero temps. I noticed my screen wash has frozen. Even my air freshener had iced up!!! My rear nearside brake was sticking. Probably down to the handbrake cable or calliper. It eventually freed itself.

I make sure when I start the engine I let it idle for at least 5 minutes to warm everything up. Don't the cambelt to get too brittle with the cold and snap. All in all she is holding up pretty well after the three year rebuild. Can't wait to see the result of a winter in spring when I intend to take '45 off the road for an inspection of the undercarriage. I'll post photos of the scientific study biggrin.gif

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post 2nd March 2018 14:14
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looking forward to that study, Ganz!

personally, the carpark on the estate where I live has 1 foot drifts in front of the cars; so I've been very happy to leave the 146.gif under its cover until the thaw.

I think by that time the battery will have given up the ghost actually- I've been hearing it slowing ever-so-slightly on the weekend startups recently. Still, a full year out of a 2nd hand car battery ain't bad, I think...
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post 2nd March 2018 22:48
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Ive been using mine all week and its been going ok. My main concern is the 4x4 drivers with more power than talent.
Main roads are all salted but the carpark at work is piled high with the stuff, more salt than snow...Grrrrrrr.
Looking forward to cleaning day


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post 3rd March 2018 10:59
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Handbrakes should be freezing nicely!


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QUOTE(langers @ 3rd March 2018 10:59) *
Handbrakes should be freezing nicely!


Yup mine was frozen up.
Once i had defrosted it i left it off thumbsup.gif
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QUOTE(Nigel145 @ 3rd March 2018 18:29) *
Yup mine was frozen up.
Once i had defrosted it i left it off thumbsup.gif


Absolutely! Any sign of cold on an old car these days then leave that cable brake off!
I trust you and Katy are both well! It has been a few years since I last spoke with her, wish her my best!


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post 4th March 2018 23:54
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QUOTE(Desperado @ 2nd March 2018 22:48) *
Ive been using mine all week and its been going ok. My main concern is the 4x4 drivers with more power than talent.
Main roads are all salted but the carpark at work is piled high with the stuff, more salt than snow...Grrrrrrr.
Looking forward to cleaning day


Know what you mean. It's not the snow that's the danger but the idiots like certain Range Rover owners that are hammering along. They think they are above the laws of physics until it's too late.


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My trusty 1.6 started first time after a week or so of being covered in a white blanket of snow. The battery wasnít too great before the Beast so I expected problems but no, itís still working okay. I had intended to fit winter tyres but I never got around to it. Maybe for next winter! The one thing I donít like about winter driving is that the headlights are rather poor and make evening driving less safe than I would like.
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd March 2018 14:14) *
looking forward to that study, Ganz!

personally, the carpark on the estate where I live has 1 foot drifts in front of the cars; so I've been very happy to leave the 146.gif under its cover until the thaw.

I think by that time the battery will have given up the ghost actually- I've been hearing it slowing ever-so-slightly on the weekend startups recently. Still, a full year out of a 2nd hand car battery ain't bad, I think...


Had the full apocalyptic rain fall today. The Alfa didn't miss a beat. wipers, light, electrics brilliant. Not a drop of water inside either. It was one of the scariest 2 hour journey I've ever had. The terrifying part was that there was no where to park up should anything had gone wrong. I was either on the motorway or A roads and B roads even worse.


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QUOTE(langers @ 3rd March 2018 10:59) *
Handbrakes should be freezing nicely!


laugh.gif How did you guess. Friday night I was ready to take her out albeit reluctantly when I noticed the rear nearside handbrake was still on. Caution got the better of me and I decided not to go out which was a wise thing to do even for me. Saturday I inspected the rear handbrake cable when I noticed the rubber gaiter was missing. Wacked some copper slip into it and been fine since.


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Some winter pics

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Second load of snow on Friday. Just washed it. The water froze I washed it! Mild frostbite on hands.

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Saturday morning after the snow.

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Saturday night it came down again. Except this time I had to drive home!


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post 5th March 2018 17:14
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crikey-

(that second shot is so cool)

Mine has never moved from under the cover.

Hoping to get rolling again on Wednesday...

hopefully that hibernation (10 days) will mean it has missed all snow!
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 5th March 2018 17:14) *
crikey-

(that second shot is so cool)

Mine has never moved from under the cover.

Hoping to get rolling again on Wednesday...

hopefully that hibernation (10 days) will mean it has missed all snow!


Cheers mate. Yeah I like the 2nd pic too.

Had a quick inspection of the effects of winter on all the new shiny parts under the car and I have to say the winter salt attacks anything that isn't stainless steel. Most of the standard bolts that I zinced sprayed and metal sprayed have surface rust on them. On a positive note everything is coated in a dusty grey coverage of dried dirt. Which I guess provides protection until it rains then it gets wet. I thought the Kunifer brake lines would resist the harsher conditions but they have discoloured but no corrosion has taken hold.. God knows what it would have been like if it was copper. The 145 has had a tough winter of snow and tons of salt that has been thrown on the road daily. Last week an apocalyptic rain fall for 2hours hit the Red Devil. I've faced massive rain falls but this one kept on for hours. Visibility was fog like and the scariest thought was breaking down as there was no where to pull over. But you know what, the 145 didn't a miss a beat! Unlike me who missed a few heartbeats eek.gif

Hopefully mate we all can meet up at one of the Alfa event dates.


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