Hello to everybody,
I have already introduced myself on the introduction page.
First off all, I would like to tell you that I am a medium DIY for cars, mainly the rough bits.
Like changing belts and brake discs, bearings, giving a service,
once I changed a head on a Opel.
My point is, that I don't have two left hands and will take any challenge on.
Now, we (and my wife 'deirdre' already member here) have the next problem.
She bought a Alfa 146 1.4 TS from the year 2000.
Absolutely a great car, now the timing belt slipped, 1/3 of the belt did not had and teeth any more.
1. She drove the car to the shop and stopped the engine.
2. She came back out off the shop and started the engine.
3. The engine would not turn over, she started about 4/5 times.
4. Later that day, we towed the car home.
5. A Mechanic changed the timing belt.
6. When he started the engine, it sounded like a big misfire.
7. As far as we know now, it seems 6/7 valve are bent.
8. She found a donor car with a good engine, but a broken gear box.
9. The engine of the donor car is in good shape.
Now my question is, because we need that car asap on the road.
Can I take the head of the donor car and put that on her car, new gasket, reset the timing, new belt and so,
or do I have to replace the whole engine?
I would really appreciate if some one could help me out here, or discuss it with me.
Kind regards Chris.
P.S. What is the story with the door hinges?
Do they all break on the Alfa's.