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dante giacosa
post 28th March 2019 09:53
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here is the actual carriers being prepared- I took out the air-filter to MAF pipe, to aid access


and then here is the finished result- I've left the fuse out of the red ancillary line; until I use it for a power-socket or a bass-driver or something in the future

(I added this cable as a contingency when I had the carpet out the year before last)

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post 20th April 2019 20:56
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 22nd February 2019 00:17) *
Crikey-

I thought you were just going to say-

"I gave it a hoover out'!!

You make me feel lazy, Ganz!


Apologies for the belated reply.. that's the one job I always struggle to get round to doing biggrin.gif

QUOTE(STEVIE BOY @ 22nd February 2019 20:16) *
I've bought her front and back new badges, fitted front (it came loose , and the outer clear disc was coming off). Back is faded. I made an arty piece for the living room, with old front badge , as displayed next to some champagne to give the air of wealth and sophistication.

I've also got a new head, a JVC KD-X352BT to replace original if anyone interested in taking the original off my hands let me know.


Nice. Funny I'd one the same with nice FIAT badge I brought at the NEC classic. I loved that Art Deco font on the badge and looked really nice. It was the start of my display cabinet thumbup.gif


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post 20th April 2019 21:01
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 23rd February 2019 12:12) *
Is it a standard wheel you have on your car?

If so - did you remember to turn the ignition key to release the steering lock???

I don't think the shaft is tapered - when removing mine, once the retaining nut was loose, it just took a bit of wiggling side-to-side to free the wheel from the splines and it came off easily.


Yes did the proper procedures. In the end i made my own steering wheel puller. The thing that did it was tightening the puller but not working the intention of pulling it off. Tighten it just so it can't move around and then I got a lump hammer and a couple of firm hits on the shaft and it loosened off with no drama. Could' believe how it easy it was after a Month of trying. I brought a steering wheel puller for £17 for. machine Mart but needed to adapt it for he 145 steering wheel. Worked a treat though.


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post 20th April 2019 21:08
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 28th February 2019 19:56) *
In the past 24 hours,

I have sourced a crank-sensor to carry around, in advance of it failing (I like to be ahead of the curve)

And I have sourced a pair of these OSRAM Nightbreaker '+150%' H1 lamps. I've stuck 'em into the main-beam reflectors to see what happens. (Just about to drive across Orkney, in total darkness- so I'll find out)


I'd get the crank sensor done if you can. My 147 failed on an one way uphill high street in shopper's rush hour. The embarrassment on myself and hatred of the other users - there were a couple of geezers who helped ,
Me push the car out the way. Although my 145 one hadn't failed I replaced it anyway during the rebuild. If you really have to keep the old one carry some water with you so that you can pour it over the failed sensor in order to cool it temporarily before you set off again.

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post 21st April 2019 07:30
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Well, when you put it like that, Ganz- maybe I’ll try and get it into my forthcoming wheel-bearing trip...

Well, with 22 degrees on the cards for a couple of days: what would be the best thing to do to the car??
‘Lie under it and spray phosphoric acid onto a surface above your face!’ I hear you say??
Correct!!

Good weather is a good time for exposed metal; so this was the perfect weekend for the POR15 treatment on the outstanding areas at the rear; the spare-wheel well / boot-floor seam, and the N/S internal corner, ‘under’ my leaking (past tense) rear light-cluster..


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post 21st April 2019 07:53
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For this mission, I took advantage of those 'muckle' timber-ramps which I knocked-up for the undertray fitting in November.

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post 21st April 2019 17:17
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Excellent work holding back the rust bug.

That third picture freaked me out when I first looked at it... it looks like you’ve been wire brushing that hole and it’s given way to make a huge crater...
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post 21st April 2019 19:23
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 21st April 2019 08:30) *
Well, when you put it like that, Ganz- maybe I’ll try and get it into my forthcoming wheel-bearing trip...

Well, with 22 degrees on the cards for a couple of days: what would be the best thing to do to the car??
‘Lie under it and spray phosphoric acid onto a surface above your face!’ I hear you say??
Correct!!

Good weather is a good time for exposed metal; so this was the perfect weekend for the POR15 treatment on the outstanding areas at the rear; the spare-wheel well / boot-floor seam, and the N/S internal corner, ‘under’ my leaking (past tense) rear light-cluster..


That POR stuff looks the business! I used a rust eater and tons of zinc primer. Good work.

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 21st April 2019 08:53) *
For this mission, I took advantage of those 'muckle' timber-ramps which I knocked-up for the undertray fitting in November.

Inside rear N/S work attached.


The 145 equivalent on the farside was so bad I had to cut sections out and replaced with new metal. Your looks fine but best catch any surface rust before it takes a hold.


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post 21st April 2019 20:31
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Thanks guys

Ha! No craters on this car- not any more- I TOTALLY NAILED the underside of the rear corners about 18 months ago, during the rear wheel arch sort out; the only remaining 'section' underneath-at-the-rear was the boot-floor-spare-wheel-well seam.

Still got the fuel tank mounts and towing-eye pillar looking a bit suspicious; but nothing like this stuff.

Anyway- as the unexpected weekend without the kids continued (at least until 12) I got into swapping out the cabin-ventilation-fan, for the third time.
The original fan died last summer, the subsequent one from eBay (25 quid) wouldn't go over speed three without contacting the side of the duct (and more recently speed 2), making a sound like a jigsaw! So now; in a last ditch attempt to avoid having to spend REAL money- I tried the fan recovered from a ditched FIAT Coupé found in Orkney!

It worked- apologies; as I only took one picture of the work, for which I have enlarged to make two further details

It's a bit of a mission swapping the cabin-fan, but if you take the floor up and remove the enormous polystyrene floorwell 'packing shape' and then some sound deadening; it's just about possible without cracking the dashboard in half...

Anyway- result; four fan speeds biggrin.gif

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post 22nd April 2019 10:22
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The boot seam on mine cleaned up well, but left a couple of tiny pin pr*ck rust holes. Not worth cutting out as they were so small. The POR15 + seam sealer filled them in perfectly. That was the first area I tackled when I bought the car thinking that wasn't so bad. That was before I started scraping the floor pan!
I didn't realise there was another fan in the dashboard. Mine squeaks on speed 1 which is a little annoying. What does the fan under the windscreen scuttle do then?
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post 22nd April 2019 11:04
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that's the same fan, Vroom

the intake is under the scuttle on the NS, and the unit is housed internally behind the glove box
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and then...

working at the rear of the car has pulled focus on some other bits- the spare-wheel well for instance.

That odd blanking-plug thing popped off upwards, whilst i was wire brushing the underside at the weekend. So I got battered into treating the top half also; which doesn't yet look 'amazing'.

It's come up quite well, but I'm going to need to drop the fuel tank an inch or two to nail the other underside of that strap-mount-recess

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Hey Dante - where do you buy your POR15 products?

And do you just use the paint, or do you use the Degreaser and Metal Prep products too?

(Just been watching some videos on the product range...)
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hey Jeremy;

classically I buy it all from Frost Restoration

https://www.frost.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI...ASAAEgLAi_D_BwE

but through their eBay outlet.


And yes- you've got to go all the way through the three processes- usually across two days as you really want it to dry before the final paint stage

I try and do the degreasant & metal-etch-primer stages on the first day (the last picture here, before the paint one, shows the tank-strap-mount-recess pitted black with the etch-primer)


This video I've found is great for reference;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuDcvwEIkPI&t=225s



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QUOTE(VROOM @ 22nd April 2019 11:22) *
The boot seam on mine cleaned up well, but left a couple of tiny pin pr*ck rust holes. Not worth cutting out as they were so small. The POR15 + seam sealer filled them in perfectly. That was the first area I tackled when I bought the car thinking that wasn't so bad. That was before I started scraping the floor pan!
I didn't realise there was another fan in the dashboard. Mine squeaks on speed 1 which is a little annoying. What does the fan under the windscreen scuttle do then?


I've just realised that the forum has automatically put an * in a possibly offensive word laugh.gif

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Got the aircon working! Yay... happy for the sun to come out now!

Basically almost every part of the aircon system has been replaced:

1. Second-hand compressor (old had noisy bearings)
2. New condenser (old was in bad shape, replaced during radiator replacement)
3. New dryer (old was part of an aircon system that was open to the atmosphere for potentially years)
4. Had to make up a new connector for the compressor engagement clutch
5. Charging port on one hose came to me snapped off - got it re-welded back on (aluminium)
6. Decontaminate cycle, re-oil, trace dye and re-gas
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Cleaned up the rear section of the exhaust ready for repair.
Spent 20 minutes with a cloth and thinners getting red paint off the car, then another 20 minutes getting fg resin off the car.
Worked out from my box of Alfa keys which are the ti spares.
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I have been a complete nobbb and managed to drag the front bumper off by parking too close to a kerb edge! It was very painful to hear it being ripped off as I reversed (I thought I was running over a plastic bottle or something!!) but I think I got away with it... the surviving pop studs in the wheel arch were put back in (only one sheared the plastic centre pin.. easily replaced) in the car park where she stood. Wires to the fog lamps were pulled out of their sockets but I will make the repair properly when I get to a lift. Bit wobbly still but clinging on fine. I guess there are some more clips underneath that need seeing to.

I have since been told to remember how long (or short) I am when parking and not to go too far forward!!! blush.gif

On the plus side, it was good to see that my Dynax underseal has made it a good way under the front sides!
Right, now of to consult EPER to see what is supposed to attach where....

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good crikey Donutty!

yes; I'll tell you what- you'll never do that again!

I'm sure i did something very close to that some years ago in another car..

The key thing in this case is that nothing 'external' or cosmetic has been damaged

Good 'save'...


what a shock..
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Got my side difusers on and my OZ Superleggeras on after purchasing them back in 2013!

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