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dante giacosa
post 31st December 2020 10:53
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Well, there we go, another one in the bag.

Happy New Year, everyone! (When it comes)

What plans or hopes have people got for their vehicles in 2021..?
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post 1st January 2021 20:44
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So far I have the following jobs on the list:

1) Replace droplinks
2) Investigate and repair windscreen and headlight washers (pumps are pumping, but no water hitting screen or headlights)
3) Investigate non-working AC and decide whether to repair or delete
4) Get Alfie II MOT'd
5) Fit matching set of tyres - advice on 195 55 15s?
6) Drive more!
7) Investigate lowering spring options and fit
8) Have small bumps repaired (PDR if possible)
9) Refresh interior plastic trim
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post 1st January 2021 22:45
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Rear main seal, clutch and air con light mod.

Whilst I'm doing all that
  • to get my new exhaust on
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  • rear bumper mods: diffuser on
  • one wishbone


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Wow-
Both significant adventures.

Hey Alan- I did the drop-links domestically on a FIAT Coupť project-car that I had a hand in; it's not 'so bad'- a crowbar can be useful!
What do you mean by 'PDR' with regard to the dents..?

The non-functioning washers will be the non-return valves, on the hosing, under the scuttle. I'm really not sure what the point of them is- its often best to swap 'em for hosing T-piece connections.

I've got an A/C adventure coming too: but I should mention that in my own list.

Hey Ganz- what constitutes a 'light' air-con mod??

The rear diffuser sounds exciting; have you got one lined up...???

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post 2nd January 2021 16:37
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Complete rear subframe refurbishment. Already have the poly bushes and the bearing replacement kit on stock. Just need to find the time and place to drop the subframe and have it sandblasted, painted and fixed.
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I need to check my list from last January to see if I actually achieved anything before committing to more whistle.gif
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post 2nd January 2021 19:23
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd January 2021 10:58) *
Wow-
Both significant adventures.

Hey Alan- I did the drop-links domestically on a FIAT Coupť project-car that I had a hand in; it's not 'so bad'- a crowbar can be useful!
What do you mean by 'PDR' with regard to the dents..?

The non-functioning washers will be the non-return valves, on the hosing, under the scuttle. I'm really not sure what the point of them is- its often best to swap 'em for hosing T-piece connections.

I've got an A/C adventure coming too: but I should mention that in my own list.

Hey Ganz- what constitutes a 'light' air-con mod??

The rear diffuser sounds exciting; have you got one lined up...???


Hey Dante - yeah, I had a look at the droplinks in the manuals and it doesn't seem too bad, certainly easier than on my R57 Mini!

Also thought it likely there were problems with non return valve. Somebody did a rear wipe delete so the rear washer has "sort of" been plumbed into the front washers too. I think I might order several metres of tubing, valves and have a crack at redoing it all, properly.

Painless Dent Removal for PDR. I've got two shopping trolley type dents on the passenger side and one bigger one in the middle of the roof! I've got a quote, just need to find the funds.

Someone mentioning exhaust reminded me that when I had the timing belts done and some underbody care (bit of surface rust removing, repainting and waxoyling) that it was noticed the exhaust needs repairing or replacing after the downpipe. So, good time to think about a custom stainless build?
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QUOTE(VROOM @ 2nd January 2021 18:37) *
I need to check my list from last January to see if I actually achieved anything before committing to more whistle.gif


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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 2nd January 2021 10:58) *
Wow-
Both significant adventures.

Hey Alan- I did the drop-links domestically on a FIAT Coupť project-car that I had a hand in; it's not 'so bad'- a crowbar can be useful!
What do you mean by 'PDR' with regard to the dents..?

The non-functioning washers will be the non-return valves, on the hosing, under the scuttle. I'm really not sure what the point of them is- its often best to swap 'em for hosing T-piece connections.

I've got an A/C adventure coming too: but I should mention that in my own list.

Hey Ganz- what constitutes a 'light' air-con mod??

The rear diffuser sounds exciting; have you got one lined up...???


I've got a nice rear diffuser mod in mind. No pics as such as still trying to size up from photos the best fit out there.


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post 2nd January 2021 23:20
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Replace abs control board - done
Fit new parts:
Front control arms, links, tie rod ends
Top strut mounts and bearings
Front and rear shocks and springs
Air oil fuel pollen filter
Front and rear wheel bearings
Front rear disks and pads
Replace both inner wing panels (the rusty bits the front bumper joins)
Get rid of the lacquer peel

I couldn’t do any of this without the great guides on this forum, and I replaced the gearbox a couple of years ago so know the bolts won’t be TOO seized.

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Wow- these are good lists-

makes me rethink my own!

Those front bumper-supports should be 'amusing', Cloverleaf.

I've got that to do myself; although unlike Alan's paintless dent removal; I've got to replace the entire OS front wing on my example, so it's probably the best time to sew that up on that side. I take solace in thinking about the bumper-support task, by remembering something I saw on a scrap-156 this year- see attached; the front bumper-supports are bolted to the inner wings with a few M6 bolts.
That's how I'm going to handle it, I think- after I've drilled off the original one.

I've got both supports already; although my OS one is a genuine FIAT / Lancia item; and is well-rusted already; from ten years indoors! I need to source a Taros Trade OS one...

Also on the cards, although it's more of a long-term project, is an additional display in the centre console, on top of the fag-socket; which will do a variety of temperature readings from various items.


P.S. It's ALWAYS time for a custom stainless exhaust build, Alan!
my backbox blew a couple of holes on the underside, which seem to leak water, and I 'fabricated' (/botched) a repair on it, that I thought might last a month during lockdown last May! It's still going now- sort of... whistle.gif

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post 3rd January 2021 23:03
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Happy New Year Dante! I hope to the get the 145 turbo on the road with a light recommission, such as the belts and other jobs done in time for Spring.

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QUOTE(Mawv @ 3rd January 2021 23:03) *
Happy New Year Dante! I hope to the get the 145 turbo on the road with a light recommission, such as the belts and other jobs done in time for Spring.


Hey Mawv!

Happy New Year yourself, matey-

A 'light recommission' is my kind of recommission!

You should continue the thread on it...
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 3rd January 2021 11:58) *
Wow- these are good lists-

makes me rethink my own!

Those front bumper-supports should be 'amusing', Cloverleaf.

I've got that to do myself; although unlike Alan's paintless dent removal; I've got to replace the entire OS front wing on my example, so it's probably the best time to sew that up on that side. I take solace in thinking about the bumper-support task, by remembering something I saw on a scrap-156 this year- see attached; the front bumper-supports are bolted to the inner wings with a few M6 bolts.
That's how I'm going to handle it, I think- after I've drilled off the original one.

I've got both supports already; although my OS one is a genuine FIAT / Lancia item; and is well-rusted already; from ten years indoors! I need to source a Taros Trade OS one...

Also on the cards, although it's more of a long-term project, is an additional display in the centre console, on top of the fag-socket; which will do a variety of temperature readings from various items.
P.S. It's ALWAYS time for a custom stainless exhaust build, Alan!
my backbox blew a couple of holes on the underside, which seem to leak water, and I 'fabricated' (/botched) a repair on it, that I thought might last a month during lockdown last May! It's still going now- sort of... whistle.gif


I got mine from here https://m.autodoc.co.uk/van-wezel/1281840

They were cheap as chips but reviews arenít great for autodoc , will see if they fit, if they donít Iíll make them fit. Canít be much worse than my current rusty flimsy stumps.
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QUOTE(Cloverleaf1996 @ 3rd January 2021 23:31) *
I got mine from here https://m.autodoc.co.uk/van-wezel/1281840

They were cheap as chips but reviews arenít great for autodoc , will see if they fit, if they donít Iíll make them fit. Canít be much worse than my current rusty flimsy stumps.


Hey Cloverleaf-

I can tell you personally, as I have both the genuine Lancia and Taros items; that this is a part upon which no amount of money can bestow quality biggrin.gif

Your autodoc item seems a third of a the price of the Taros one; I wonder if we could have a bumper-support-off (like a Max Power-esque 'sound-off', but with bumper-supports)

Do you have the part nearby? Could you post some detailed pictures of it? And I'll do the same...
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I've just found my post for last year's plans...

" A rear tyre is cracked so will need replacing and I noticed today some rusty condensation dripping out of a small hole in the rear silencer so may go down the stainless steel route at some point. Only done about 2k since the last oil change, but as that was 2 years ago I'll probably do a oil & filter change in the spring. The clutch release bearing is noisy, but has been since I bought it and the clutch itself isn't slipping. At 99k maybe I should just get it changed?"

So not exactly an exciting list, but I did replace a rear cracked tyre, but now the other side is cracking so repeat for this year. I botched the rear silencer with gum gum which is now flaking off so repeat for this year. I didn't change the oil and filter due to low mileage and is still nice and clean, so a fail there! I did however get the clutch and slave changed so a success there!!
Now if I can get the AC working (I'm thinking leak or pressure sensor switch) then that could be this year's big achievement! Unfortunately my Giulietta has developed a very noisy DMF so major funding diverted to that car for this year.

Incredible to think that Covid wasn't an issue then and I was looking forward to taking it to shows etc.

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Dd you say 'botched', Vroom?

I'll have you know I am the King of Gun-Gum botches; just look at this! laugh.gif


Are you rocking a Giulia now, too??!


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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 3rd January 2021 23:14) *
Hey Mawv!

Happy New Year yourself, matey-

A 'light recommission' is my kind of recommission!

You should continue the thread on it...


Thatís the plan, once I have some progress on the car I will continue the thread. The car looks a millions times better in my opinion now that Iíve removed the decals.
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QUOTE(Alan B @ 1st January 2021 20:44) *
So far I have the following jobs on the list:

1) Replace droplinks
2) Investigate and repair windscreen and headlight washers (pumps are pumping, but no water hitting screen or headlights)
3) Investigate non-working AC and decide whether to repair or delete


1. Drop links. You might need an angle grinder to cut the nuts/tops of the bolts off. I had that joy, but easy enough to access. Investigate the ARB bushes whilst you're there. Easy enough.

2. As well as the valves suggested, it, might be sludge in the bottom of the washer tank, congealed around the filters that push in to the holes that the pumps push into. I had this on mine. After giving everything a good strip down, clean and putting new fluid in it all worked again.

3. I bought the car with non-working A/C. I replaced the rubber hose that runs in front of the exhaust manifold and put a protective, reflective heat wrap around it, and installed a new condensor and new receiver/dryer. After that, I had it pressure tested, we put in new PAG oil (I had the compressor off and drained that too, so we just went with the full PAG oil fill). It was then working for 9 years before I SORNED it 4 years ago.
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Following getting the interior back in, my plans are:

1. Try find out how to safely start a car that hasn't turned over in 4 years.

2. Assuming 1. goes well, a fluid service all round. Then the cambelt etc £££ sad.gif

3. The bumper has road rash to high heaven, so either needs painting, or preferably replacing. Bonnet has seen better days for similar reasons, but it's down to the primer, not the metal, so can be sprayed. Whilst that is off, those bumper brackets could do with replacing. I might start a separate thread on that alone!
EDIT: I see there is already an appropriate thread!
http://forum.alfa145.com/index.php?showtopic=25494

4. Full alloy refurb. I should have just stumped up the cash and did this when I bought it, then I would have had the enjoyment from it for years. But I earn a bit more now, so money is a little bit less tight (although wife keeps mentioning the words 'new kitchen', and I feel slightly sick and shudder).

5. Strip down, clean, refurb, grease all the contacts in the BBOB. Another 'should have done this long ago' item. Not had any problems, but something that will let me sleep more easily at night.

6. Depending on how that lot goes, the clutch release bearing has been making a slight noise since I bought the car. It's low mileage, but I should do the clutch at the same time. The only question is whether I can brave doing this myself, or just pay to save many hours of pain on the floor with grazed knuckles.

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