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SamQV
post 27th February 2021 16:43
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Hi all,

Here's my 145 Cloverleaf, my very first Alfa, though I've had my eye on one for ages! Feels great to finally pull the trigger.

It's a 97 phase 1, and seems to be in really good shape. Though it doesn't have an MOT right now, the engine runs nicely and sounds really smooth.

My plan is to get it looking great again and take it to some shows when we're finally allowed to! I'll use this thread to post updates.

Btw, thanks to JeremyG - previous owner from a few years ago who spotted my post on the 145/146 Facebook group and directed me to this forum, there's so much knowledge here which I'll no doubt need in order to get this car back to its best!

Cheers,
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post 27th February 2021 16:56
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Current list of jobs include:

- refurb the wheels - paint is flaking and they look a little tired
- possible new rear discs - they're looking pretty worn with more than just a bit of surface corrosion
- source a new interior door handle backing (photo attached)
- fix the boot lock - the barrel comes out completely with the key!
- fix the boot release button - I can hear it clicking but it doesn't pop the tailgate so need to figure that out
- deep clean the seats, mats and headlining - they're pretty stained
- reattach the cloth that covers the door cards, not entirely sure why this is removed but shouldn't be too hard to stick back on
- reattach the rear view mirror
- inspect the exhaust - rattle suggests a hanger is missing in the middle somewhere
- replace or repaint the front grill/badge surround - it's currently sprayed black which I don't mind, but the paint is flaking which looks bad!

More to come, that's all I can think of right now!

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post 28th February 2021 00:12
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Standard mate - the jobs on the to do list.

You've definitely come to the best forum for just about everything to do with the 145/6.

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post 28th February 2021 10:48
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QUOTE(SamQV @ 27th February 2021 16:43) *
Hi all,

Here's my 145 Cloverleaf, my very first Alfa, though I've had my eye on one for ages! Feels great to finally pull the trigger.

It's a 97 phase 1, and seems to be in really good shape. Though it doesn't have an MOT right now, the engine runs nicely and sounds really smooth.

My plan is to get it looking great again and take it to some shows when we're finally allowed to! I'll use this thread to post updates.

Btw, thanks to JeremyG - previous owner from a few years ago who spotted my post on the 145/146 Facebook group and directed me to this forum, there's so much knowledge here which I'll no doubt need in order to get this car back to its best!

Cheers,
Sam


Welcome, Sam.
Great to read that you're looking at keeping her going.
There's a font of knowledge within the pages of this forum, hope they prove useful along the way.
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post 28th February 2021 15:15
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Welcome! There is one other guy in surrey with a black alfa 145.... I'm sure he will pop his head up at some point


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post 28th February 2021 17:51
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Great purchase!
I was really, really tempted myself. Would have pushed more to get it apart from I'm a bit overstocked at the moment.
Glad it's found an appreciative home, enjoy it, they're a cracking car cool.gif


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post 2nd March 2021 08:06
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Hey Sam-

welcome aboard-

I have an ex Jeremy G car myself- it's been a peach, and been good for 25k miles so far.


He's got a great instinct for taking only good cars, and making them better. You've done well to get one...
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post 3rd March 2021 09:01
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd March 2021 08:06) *
I have an ex Jeremy G car myself- it's been a peach, and been good for 25k miles so far.
He's got a great instinct for taking only good cars, and making them better. You've done well to get one...


Oh please, you're making me blush!

Seriously - glad you joined, Sam, and glad you're looking after the 145.

The grille was new when I sold it, so if you decide to remove the black paint then you might find some decent chrome underneath.

I'm also intrigued to know if the original reflectors are still there on the rear bumper. The guy I sold it to added those black/blue strips - neatly matching the faded (to blue) green cloverleaf badges on the sill trims.

So did he replace, or overpaint the stock reflectors? Here's what they used to look like:

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post 3rd March 2021 12:47
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Thanks all for the welcome messages!

MOT is booked for Monday next week. My only real fears are the rear brakes and the chip in the windscreen. I had a go with one of those resin kits to try and repair the glass but I think the damage is pretty old so it's hard to repair! New screen wouldn't be the end of the world I suppose.

I've not been able to get it up on ramps but sticking my head underneath, the underside is looking pretty clean still.

Reattached the rearview mirror with some gorilla glue epoxy.

@jeremyG - the reflectors have been covered with vinyl stickers, look ok from a distance but not so neat up close. I think I'll remove these. Same goes for the 'Special' badge as I don't believe there was ever such a thing.

How hard is it to come by replacement cloverleaf badges? Would be nice to get them back to green.

And finally, I'm struggling to find a part number for the interior door handle surround, any ideas where I can get one? Pic attached!

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QUOTE(SamQV @ 3rd March 2021 12:47) *
And finally, I'm struggling to find a part number for the interior door handle surround, any ideas where I can get one? Pic attached!



part no: 150106061

for any 145/6 over all years of production

according to ePer


not sure where you would get one though




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post 6th March 2021 21:27
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Today I reattached the door card inserts - they're not perfect but they're original and they look better than before!

Also diagnosed why the boot release button isn't working (included having to climb through the back seats and pull the lever to unlock it). Have ordered the clip that locates the metal hook into the boot latch.

Rear discs arriving this week.

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post 7th March 2021 10:56
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QUOTE(SamQV @ 6th March 2021 21:27) *
Also diagnosed why the boot release button isn't working (included having to climb through the back seats and pull the lever to unlock it). Have ordered the clip that locates the metal hook into the boot latch.

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Wow- good work on that clip! Was it still available from Alfa?

Good luck, tomorrow!

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post 7th March 2021 12:41
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 7th March 2021 10:56) *
Wow- good work on that clip! Was it still available from Alfa?

Good luck, tomorrow!


Yes, indeed... look forward to hearing if it passes!

By the way, is that broken clip also stopping you from opening the boot from the outside using the key???

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Sam - by the way - I went to see this car today, as it's just down the road from me:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-C...ls/124608456066

Here's my 166 giving it a look over... rolleyes.gif

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Although it's pretty original and complete, it needs too much work to be easily saved - there are too many knocks and dents in too many panels, the windscreen is cracked, it's too rusty underneath etc. etc.

But it does have a good black leather interior and a load of parts to go with. If it doesn't sell, it would definitely be worth taking on as a parts car if you've got the space - and it would also get you that black leather interior!

Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you more details
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 7th March 2021 10:56) *
Wow- good work on that clip! Was it still available from Alfa?

Good luck, tomorrow!


I found it by googling the part number - from allcarpartsfast.co.uk - seem to have loads of fiat bits!

QUOTE(JeremyG @ 7th March 2021 12:41) *
Yes, indeed... look forward to hearing if it passes!

By the way, is that broken clip also stopping you from opening the boot from the outside using the key???


My initial readjustment meant that it jammed so I had to open from inside the car. It does open fine on the key but the barrel pulls out completely with the key and I'm not sure what I need to do to sort that. I figured fixing the button release would mean I can deal with the barrel issue later!

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Sam - by the way - I went to see this car today, as it's just down the road from me:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-Romeo-145-C...ls/124608456066

Here's my 166 giving it a look over... rolleyes.gif

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Although it's pretty original and complete, it needs too much work to be easily saved - there are too many knocks and dents in too many panels, the windscreen is cracked, it's too rusty underneath etc. etc.

But it does have a good black leather interior and a load of parts to go with. If it doesn't sell, it would definitely be worth taking on as a parts car if you've got the space - and it would also get you that black leather interior!

Let me know if you're interested and I'll give you more details


Ooh that is a nice interior, looks in great condition too! With the door cards too that would make mine look great. Don't really have the space for it though... I wonder if the owner will break it if it doesn't sell?
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Ooh that is a nice interior, looks in great condition too! With the door cards too that would make mine look great. Don't really have the space for it though... I wonder if the owner will break it if it doesn't sell?

They're very reluctant to break it as the car holds sentimental value for them.

I jacked it up, took one look underneath, and decided it was too far gone for me.

I told them I'd only be interested in it for the parts, knowing that the leather interior will sell. So they'll let the auction run and see what happens.

Thing is, they've priced it oddly. The interior is the only really valuable part (and maybe the rear spoiler); and that's just not worth 900. If the car had an MoT in its current exterior condition it could just be worth 900. Without one, it's 250.
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post 8th March 2021 17:19
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Well, MOT failed. Not too surprised really seeing as I couldn't get it up on ramps to have a proper look underneath.

Now I have a list of things to do!

- CV boots
- registration plate lamps
- new front tyres
- headlamp beam adjust
- handbrake efficiency
- rear wheel bearing/hub excessive play (bit concerning this one...)
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all dead easy apart from the cv boots being a bit of a git

should soon be back on the road biggrin.gif



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QUOTE(sanitary @ 8th March 2021 19:55) *
all dead easy apart from the cv boots being a bit of a git

should soon be back on the road biggrin.gif
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all dead easy apart from the cv boots being a bit of a git

should soon be back on the road biggrin.gif
san


Yes - and the headlamps could be a pain if the adjusters are busted. The passenger side should be OK as that was new when I had it; driver's side maybe not.

Dante is your man if the adjuster that side is broken.
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