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Ganz
post 28th December 2019 22:45
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As Dante suggested what do you wanna do to your 145 in 2020.

I'll kick things off.

Get my Supersprint manifold on.
All four OZ Superleggeras on.
Twin tail pipes at the backbox.
The chip that gives an extra 8-10 bhp.
Lightened flywheel.
Lightened auxiliary pulley.
Mocal oil cooler rigged up.
Amp meter gauge wired in.
Rear bumper diffuser.
General overhaul and check up.
New ICV.
New potentiometer
New fuel pressure regulator.
New fuel pump.
Passenger windows with privacy tint.
Sort the paint work on roof.
Two new Nangkang rear tyres which should be at the top of the list.

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dante giacosa
post 29th December 2019 17:39
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Good crikey, Ganz!

What a list- although I think you've missed out the flux-capacitor, and DTM-style air-jacks for wheel-changes! tongue.gif

Wow! Can you still get lightened-flywheels? Or are you gonna have that fabricated?!



Myself?

*a front-end sort-out. Bumper off (again) rust-proofing inner-wings, and lower engine bay, round OS under screen-wash reservoir, replace OS wing.

*paint- maybe the whole car

*replace aerial biggrin.gif

*fill rear-three quarters with waxoyl

*remove rear towing eye for cleanup, and refitting

*fabricate OS rear bumper-mount; the OS bracket (on the bumper) has rotted away

*angle-grind off rear-floorpan extraneous floor- pan repaired internally- and treat exposed 'new' repair patches

*Oil-cooler?

*stainless steel lower radiator mount

*new-old-stock front-to-rear rain-seals

*new-old-stock door seals

*replace 1st wave audio-install speakers, with better speakers (currently Infinity's all round)

*fix NS rear binding brake

*belts-change

*new exhaust

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(I've thought of more!)

* A/C fix

* internally night-illuminated column stalks

Not much, eh!

(Just driven my baby 276miles to Scrabster; no problemo)

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post 29th December 2019 18:01
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Well, I should be looking to slim down my 146's to just the one but as usual its difficult to know which one to keep!




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post 29th December 2019 18:11
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I've got a solution, Mark!

You can loan one to me, on a rotating basis!

And see which one you miss 'more'...!
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post 29th December 2019 23:19
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Mine is currently SORN until spring so once out in March/April it'll need re-MOT'ing. 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?
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post 4th January 2020 18:27
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Hello all,

Been a while since I've posted anything on here,but here goes my list:

MOT - passed today with no advisories!!

Get sagging headlining fixed

New tank sender - fuel gauge constantly showing half a tank

Have dodgy tyre valve replaced

Oil and filter change

and thats about it.



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post 4th January 2020 21:56
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 29th December 2019 17:39) *
Good crikey, Ganz!

What a list- although I think you've missed out the flux-capacitor, and DTM-style air-jacks for wheel-changes! tongue.gif

Wow! Can you still get lightened-flywheels? Or are you gonna have that fabricated?!



Myself?

*a front-end sort-out. Bumper off (again) rust-proofing inner-wings, and lower engine bay, round OS under screen-wash reservoir, replace OS wing.

*paint- maybe the whole car

*replace aerial biggrin.gif

*fill rear-three quarters with waxoyl

*remove rear towing eye for cleanup, and refitting

*fabricate OS rear bumper-mount; the OS bracket (on the bumper) has rotted away

*angle-grind off rear-floorpan extraneous floor- pan repaired internally- and treat exposed 'new' repair patches

*Oil-cooler?

*stainless steel lower radiator mount

*new-old-stock front-to-rear rain-seals

*new-old-stock door seals

*replace 1st wave audio-install speakers, with better speakers (currently Infinity's all round)

*fix NS rear binding brake

*belts-change

*new exhaust

��

(I've thought of more!)

* A/C fix

* internally night-illuminated column stalks

Not much, eh!

(Just driven my baby 276miles to Scrabster; no problemo)


I thought it was a modest list. Oil cooler just for the summer. If you get a oil temp thermostat it will only let the the oil in once it its 80 degrees. I pciked up a Mocal thermostat at a autojumble for 15!!! One thing I forgot to add was the Colombo Bariani fast road cams. I think I am going all the way with the 145.

Other things I would like apart from a Alfa 147 GTA is a 105 2.0 litre model, a Lancia Intergralle 8v (I cannot afford the 16v models), always a 155 DTM, a 75 v6, a 156 GTA, my old Cusikoo 147 Selespeed who is gone forever. A nice house, a nice bird, a holiday in the sun (not been away for 10 years now), a lot more hair at the back of my head, lose at least a couple of stones in weight. Get back to being an athlete lol! Its great to have dreams no?




QUOTE(mrmarkyt @ 29th December 2019 18:01) *
Well, I should be looking to slim down my 146's to just the one but as usual its difficult to know which one to keep!


Do a rota system as Dante says. Its always nice to have two cars.

QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 29th December 2019 18:11) *
I've got a solution, Mark!

You can loan one to me, on a rotating basis!

And see which one you miss 'more'...!


Need to check easyjet discounts first me thinks laugh.gif

QUOTE(VROOM @ 29th December 2019 23:19) *
Mine is currently SORN until spring so once out in March/April it'll need re-MOT'ing. 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?


Hi mate. You might be OK. My clutch went at 140k, as in it was well noisy. Depends on your driving style.

QUOTE(P43PRF @ 4th January 2020 18:27) *
Hello all,

Been a while since I've posted anything on here,but here goes my list:

MOT - passed today with no advisories!!

Get sagging headlining fixed

New tank sender - fuel gauge constantly showing half a tank

Have dodgy tyre valve replaced

Oil and filter change

and thats about it.


Nice set of jobs to do. The headlining is doable. A lot of interior to dismantle but you will still have a drivable car. I finally did my headlining in 2016.

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post 29th February 2020 10:09
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hmm..

I've been thinking about this- it's just about to be March; and I haven't done a thing yet!

I think I'll order that roof aerial RIGHT NOW as a concession to progress.


Where was it coming from again???🤔
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post 29th February 2020 18:45
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 29th February 2020 10:09) *
hmm..

I've been thinking about this- it's just about to be March; and I haven't done a thing yet!

I think I'll order that roof aerial RIGHT NOW as a concession to progress.
Where was it coming from again???🤔


Shop4parts?
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post 1st March 2020 01:17
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worshippy.gif bought.
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post 7th March 2020 21:56
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 1st March 2020 01:17) *
worshippy.gif bought.


You took action worshippy.gif

I am garagless at the moment as the landlord has reroofed my garage but is going to use it as a holding garage (whatever that means). On top of that he wants 35 a week for the new garage! Frustratng as I've not had a chance to do anything to the 145.


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post 17th March 2020 13:23
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yeah-

thanks Ganz; 'something' had to happen- it's nearly April and I've done nothing

However; I thought this would be a piece of cake; the item arrived and is obviously genuine

But upon removing the outer plastic cowl on the legacy one; I could see no bolt or nut! That is to say; I guess I am looking at a blank-backed bolt head facing downwards. Nut must be inside; I remember reading as much on here.
Next stage is to drop the interior light.

Car is also going in, for a go at fixing the A/C on Friday. Plus welding the rear seat-squab back onto the hinges :roll eyes:



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Very odd. I changed mine a couple of months ago and it was a cross head screw. What happened to your seat squab?
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yes, isn't it odd (about the screw)

I could have sworn I'd had the cowl off before, and could see a crosshead bolt-head but obviously that was illusion. This part is metal; you can see a couple of scratches on it, from where I thought my penknife would flick it off (if it had been a blanking-cap).

My interior is enjoying it's 'third life' as it happens, Vroom.

146.gif leather interiors are rather hard to come buy, and I had to BITE THE HAND OFF a guy locally who advertised to break a car; a TI, in fact.
He, in turn, had taken the interior from another TI, before his.
(both TI's; CF1's now scrapped)

The seat-squab must have seen a bit of seats-folding-down action in the 23+ years of use it's seen so far; and when I got it; the weld-on hinge points were already waggling. However; the spot-welds have now just gone.
They do that on the 145's, yeah? The back seat-squab folds forward; to allow the back-seats to fold down?

I'm wondering if, in the middle of all the pandemic terror, whether my appointment with my local specialist still stands; I'll have to check this afternoon.
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Dante, I've got to replace my aerial too and my new one has the screw on the top, but my existing one is blank. However, the workshop manuals on the site do show you unscrewing it from underneath once the light console has been removed from the headlining.
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Hey Alan-

thanks for that;

yes- I saw as much in the manual (regarding dropping the light) I'll have a go at it this weekend, if I get it back from my local specialist tonight.
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 19th March 2020 13:27) *
yes, isn't it odd (about the screw)

I could have sworn I'd had the cowl off before, and could see a crosshead bolt-head but obviously that was illusion. This part is metal; you can see a couple of scratches on it, from where I thought my penknife would flick it off (if it had been a blanking-cap).

My interior is enjoying it's 'third life' as it happens, Vroom.

146.gif leather interiors are rather hard to come buy, and I had to BITE THE HAND OFF a guy locally who advertised to break a car; a TI, in fact.
He, in turn, had taken the interior from another TI, before his.
(both TI's; CF1's now scrapped)

The seat-squab must have seen a bit of seats-folding-down action in the 23+ years of use it's seen so far; and when I got it; the weld-on hinge points were already waggling. However; the spot-welds have now just gone.
They do that on the 145's, yeah? The back seat-squab folds forward; to allow the back-seats to fold down?

I'm wondering if, in the middle of all the pandemic terror, whether my appointment with my local specialist still stands; I'll have to check this afternoon.



You know what, I don't think I've ever folded the squab down. Older cars used to do this, but the more modern ones seem to only have folding seat back (at least that's the case with the brera & G). I got my leather seats from a breaker. I did want to keep the original cloth ones, but the drivers seat was torn (previous owner had glued a piece of shirt over it!) and I just couldn't find a replacement. Just happened to phone a breaker who had received a ph2 junior with leather for parts so got lucky. I don't have the leather door cards, but not really bothered about that.
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QUOTE(VROOM @ 20th March 2020 20:46) *
You know what, I don't think I've ever folded the squab down. Older cars used to do this, but the more modern ones seem to only have folding seat back (at least that's the case with the brera & G). I got my leather seats from a breaker. I did want to keep the original cloth ones, but the drivers seat was torn (previous owner had glued a piece of shirt over it!) and I just couldn't find a replacement. Just happened to phone a breaker who had received a ph2 junior with leather for parts so got lucky. I don't have the leather door cards, but not really bothered about that.


A piece of shirt!

Priceless

Yup- the seats are the icing on the cake really
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you know what?

In the context of what we are all facing: I was going to start a thread called; '101 things I'd do to the car; if I wasn't indoors avoiding a pandemic'

But in actual fact; I think it's still pertinent to think of these tasks within the context of the 'New Year's automotive resolution thread' as they are part of the same thing.

As a result, and in the spirit of ongoing-work; I think I'll detail my recent aerial-swap here.
This might seem like a ridiculously simple task to make a post over; but it was in fact a little bit more hassle than I had anticipated; and there's a few details I discovered which I don't remember reading about elsewhere.

* So; you lever off the alarm control /ultrasonics roof binnacle, with a 6mm flat-bladed screwdriver in the central tab-slot

* Then you need a No.1 pozidrive to undo the two self-tappers, which are revealed holding the ceiling-light into the roof; and down it comes

* Then you use the same screwdriver to undo another couple of self-tappers which are in turn revealed holding the mounting-frame to the roof, above the rear-view mirror

* then you have to 'manipulate' the mounting-frame from the headlining; which is a bit gnarly as it has big tabs on all sides; to keep it at-depth behind the lining.


I'll post this now, with these images so it doesn't get all mixed up

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Then you get to see the underside of the aerial mount.

And you get to realise there's a little bit more cable there, than you've got spare at the back of the stereo; and it wouldn't take much to get a couple of inches back! If you could just be bothered feeding the slack through EVERY cable-mount down the A-pillar.

I couldn't.

* use a 10mm hex-socket to undo the aerial cable nut (which is captive on the cable)

* remove the aerial base from the roof outside the car

* marvel at how much filth has built up under it from 20 years in the UK rain, and clean it off

* worry at how different the colour of your roof is now; compared to the UV-shielded paint under the mount itself

* get a bit of car wax on this virgin paint spot (to aid rain rejection)


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