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post 21st January 2019 12:19
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hopefully get these back on my motor


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post 21st January 2019 12:54
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To get my Red 145 back on the road and to fix the appalling body & mechanical work done at large expense by a supposed expert....
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post 21st January 2019 13:43
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Wow! look at those wheels se145!!!


Looks like a significant bit of pre body-shop prep there, Chris..?
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post 21st January 2019 14:14
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QUOTE(ChrisS @ 21st January 2019 12:54) *
To get my Red 145 back on the road and to fix the appalling body & mechanical work done at large expense by a supposed expert....



Gordon Bennett, what did the expert b**ger up mechanically?
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post 21st January 2019 15:01
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 21st January 2019 13:43) *
Wow! look at those wheels se145!!!
Looks like a significant bit of pre body-shop prep there, Chris..?

Thats after they finished - each bit of tape is a paint fault... many more on the side & rear. Total mess sad.gif needs doing again, will do myself next time!


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post 21st January 2019 22:30
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For me, first job will be MOT - due on 11/01/18. To that end, fit NOS headlights and get the dent in N/S sill sorted and trim repaired/replaced.

Fitted a DAB radio some time back, but the windscreen antenna is crap, so combined FM/DAB roof aerial is planned. Also, replace Bose front speakers, as I'm driving them from normal radio! Intended to fit Bose system, but only after purchasing 147 sub/amp & rear speakers did I realise I needed whole wiring loom. Decided to abandon that and just upgrade front speakers.

Use it! It's been a bit neglected the last 6 months since the temporary addition of a 124 Spider to the fleet (leased) - the theory is by the time the lease expires, the X1/9 will be done laugh.gif

Happy and safe New Year to all


Made a start - headlamps fitted, new battery fitted, cleaned interior/exterior, inflated near flat o/s/r tyre (slow puncture - need to get this fixed). MOT booked for 1300 tomorrow. Not sure if dent in sill will fail - see soon enough. Needs sorting anyway.

Also ordered replacement speakers and combined FM/DAB roof aerial
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post 22nd January 2019 22:04
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Hi all,

My plans are to make a start on a non-runner restoration project, usual itinerary such as:

* External body work.
* Floor pans.
* Subframes and suspension.
* Interior.
* Engine.

I made a start just before Christmas by stripping the interior to help dry the floor out before much more is done. Trying to find a local resource to weld the floorpans - any recommendations?

Iíve also removed the engine and while waiting to sort the welding, decided to work on the engine. Iíve actually got 1.1/2 engines (1x 90,000 mile runner and 1/2 a 68,000 mile non-runner) and hope to get the lower mileage one up together and do a leak down test to make sure allís Ok, anyone carried out a test like this before? Tips/advice would be appreciated 😉.

Not sure whether to get the underneath shot blasted or soda dipped, just in case there are any hidden nasties. I know it means removing the subframes and suspension, does anyone think it would be worth doing?

One of the main problems I face is trying to take the car anywhere, itís basically a rolling shell and will cost a fortune to trailer anywhere, so ideally looking for services in the Southampton area - again, any recommendations?

Need to complete it by April 2021, as my twin daughters want to be taken to their prom in it - no pressure then 😳😬 and good choice girls! 👍

I'll post some updates as and when the project progresses and perhaps see you at some of this years events.
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post 22nd January 2019 23:16
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 21st January 2019 22:30) *
Made a start - headlamps fitted, new battery fitted, cleaned interior/exterior, inflated near flat o/s/r tyre (slow puncture - need to get this fixed). MOT booked for 1300 tomorrow. Not sure if dent in sill will fail - see soon enough. Needs sorting anyway.

Also ordered replacement speakers and combined FM/DAB roof aerial


MoT result - FAIL
Dent in sill not an issue. Here are the fails:

Do not drive until repaired (dangerous defects):
Rear Exhaust silencer likely to become detached Rear exhaust silencer clamp is broken/missing. (8.1.1 (b) (ii)) - they did let me drive it 0.25 miles home!

Repair immediately (major defects):
Front Windscreen washer provides insufficient washer liquid Both front washers. (3.5 (a))
Front Headlamp aim too low Both front headlights (cant adjust). (4.1.2 (a))

Noticed washers were struggling yesterday, I'll try clearing with airline, otherwise new pump
Really annoyed with headlights - adjusters all worked yesterday - all I can think is manual levelers are set to highest setting and range of adjustment is not sufficient. Tester may have been confused as there is an electric adjuster on the dash, but new lights were manual, so I left them as I've used the leveling precisely never!

Could have been worse!
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post 23rd January 2019 13:05
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could have been a lot worse!
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post 23rd January 2019 22:22
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 23rd January 2019 13:05) *
could have been a lot worse!


You're right, it could - I'm only annoyed because I put the new headlights in to avoid alignment issues! That's Alfa's for you I guess!
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post 23rd January 2019 22:28
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 23rd January 2019 22:22) *
You're right, it could - I'm only annoyed because I put the new headlights in to avoid alignment issues! That's Alfa's for you I guess!


Where did you get the headlights from, Steve - were they new or used?

Also - I recently bought a genuine washer pump to replace the crap aftermarket unit I bought initially. Not cheap but definitely worth spending the extra cash:

https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/?name=store&am...1&sku=40565



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post 24th January 2019 22:08
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 23rd January 2019 22:28) *
Where did you get the headlights from, Steve - were they new or used?

Also - I recently bought a genuine washer pump to replace the crap aftermarket unit I bought initially. Not cheap but definitely worth spending the extra cash:

https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/?name=store&am...1&sku=40565


Lights were NOS, bought off ebay, all in original boxes, stickers on lenses, definitely never fitted:
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I think I have a spare washer pump, but not sure if it's genuine - will look over the weekend - if not, I'll take your advice and go for genuine
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post 25th January 2019 09:31
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genuine washer pumps are the only course of action

bizarrely; it seems a pattern-part has never replicated the 'quality' of the originals
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post 25th January 2019 09:51
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QUOTE(SteveG @ 24th January 2019 22:08) *
Lights were NOS, bought off ebay, all in original boxes, stickers on lenses, definitely never fitted:
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Well... I also bought a NOS headlamp last year (from the AROC parts website) - which also came with a broken adjuster. I guess they have all aged and the plastic is prone to breaking whether they have been used or not. And when the adjuster breaks, the headlights point downwards...

In the end I bought a new pattern headlamp for a LHD car and swapped in the glass lens and the low beam reflector unit from my original Alfa RHD unit. So it least it looks like an original part from the outside... it's now noticeably brighter than the original unit on the other side...

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post 26th January 2019 21:43
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QUOTE(se145 @ 21st January 2019 12:19) *
hopefully get these back on my motor


Really like the wheels. Love the body kit too coolio.gif

QUOTE(malfarati @ 22nd January 2019 22:04) *
Hi all,

My plans are to make a start on a non-runner restoration project, usual itinerary such as:

* External body work.
* Floor pans.
* Subframes and suspension.
* Interior.
* Engine.

I made a start just before Christmas by stripping the interior to help dry the floor out before much more is done. Trying to find a local resource to weld the floorpans - any recommendations?

Iíve also removed the engine and while waiting to sort the welding, decided to work on the engine. Iíve actually got 1.1/2 engines (1x 90,000 mile runner and 1/2 a 68,000 mile non-runner) and hope to get the lower mileage one up together and do a leak down test to make sure allís Ok, anyone carried out a test like this before? Tips/advice would be appreciated 😉.

Not sure whether to get the underneath shot blasted or soda dipped, just in case there are any hidden nasties. I know it means removing the subframes and suspension, does anyone think it would be worth doing?

One of the main problems I face is trying to take the car anywhere, itís basically a rolling shell and will cost a fortune to trailer anywhere, so ideally looking for services in the Southampton area - again, any recommendations?

Need to complete it by April 2021, as my twin daughters want to be taken to their prom in it - no pressure then 😳😬 and good choice girls! 👍

I'll post some updates as and when the project progresses and perhaps see you at some of this years events.


Welders.. they're all bloody expensive and the one I had did a 'sufficient' job.


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post 27th January 2019 21:55
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QUOTE(JeremyG @ 25th January 2019 09:51) *
Well... I also bought a NOS headlamp last year (from the AROC parts website) - which also came with a broken adjuster. I guess they have all aged and the plastic is prone to breaking whether they have been used or not. And when the adjuster breaks, the headlights point downwards...

In the end I bought a new pattern headlamp for a LHD car and swapped in the glass lens and the low beam reflector unit from my original Alfa RHD unit. So it least it looks like an original part from the outside... it's now noticeably brighter than the original unit on the other side...


Took the lights off today, cracked them open (not literally!) - all 4 adjusters snapped. They are just so brittle.

I'd previously bought a pair of these from fleabay:headlight adjusters
Absolute crap, nothing like the right shape. Sent for a set of the Bulgarian ones, hoping they don't get lost!
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