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I've been lurking about a bit, nothing sinister, just, I really like lurking.

A passion my mother had always tried to get me out of, but I do it with a passion.

Sadly, this lurkage is needy. I can be that too.

My first Alfa. Get in. My first list of issues, not problems, just getting to understand her foibles, the first being...

A handy clutchman in the north east of the England? Reasonable, obvioulsy!

The second...

Despite stripping the selection caper, lubing (steady) of the stuff, it still doesn't center.


You seem a canny bunch :-)
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You don't say what model you have, but clutch is not really anything unique on the Alfa, so any competent garage should be able to handle it. I know a guy in Richmond who knows his way around Alfas - don't know if that is any use.

The gearchange swivel may not be cured by lubing, sometimes it needs the "top-hat" bushes replacing - the good news being that they are cheap.....
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If it's a petrol 147 then the clutch is quite a big job, Alfa book seven hours to change it.
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Top hat bushes are about a 5 and around about an hour to change I believe. Should solve the centering issue. There is a great write up in the stickies
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For clutch i would look at getting in touch with Dan at Autolusso in Penrith

And +1 for changing the top hat bushes on the gear selector on top of the gearbox, parts are cheap and its a fairly easy job to do. If the gear stick seems 'wobbly' it may be a broken gear housing or one of the bushes that the gear stick mounts onto. Parts aren't too expensive but its a bit more involved to change as exhaust has to be dropped etc.

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Thanks all! Looks like a bimble over the west side then :-)

As far as the "wobbly stick" goes, I did dismantle and clean it up, which has made it infinitely more accurate, but still doesn't self center. Work in progress as they say.

It's been ages since I've had a vehicle to get my hands dirty with. Loving it

Thanks again, this place is going to be a mine of information :-)
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