Here to help . . .
Join Date: May 2010
Location: United Kingdom
I have a funny feeling it was you that came and saw my 147 this afternoon. If it isn't sorry, if it is, HI again!
If I had known you were on this site I would have pointed you to my ad on here offering it to Alfa site users for a lot less. I have it advertised here for £1595 - leaving lots to spend on getting it exactly how you want it.
As you'll see from my posts, I purchased it with immobiliser problems from a young couple. It had been sat for about 4 months while she learnt to drive (they were given the car from a friend who joined the navy) and when they went to start it, the immobiliser issue showed itself. Anyway, I replaced all the ecu's, decoded the radio, repaired the horn, got an mot and fully serviced it and the car is how you saw it. I wish I had a chance to give it a good run to clear the condensation from the engine and I'm sure a nice run will also sort any initial cold tappet issues too.
Seeing you are 'one-of-us' now I'll tell you some more.
Most TS engines have some form of worn cam. Often 1 or more lobe is showing major signs of wear. This seems to affect about 80% of engines I see and sometimes even with very low miles. Also, often once they pass a certain age the servicing costs start becoming an issue to their ones careful owners and either get neglected or a cheaper back-street garage gets the work. Thats when you start finding that someone has changed the belt without the right tools, not reinstalled half of the tricky cambelt cover bolts or not bothered reinstalling the serpentine belt cover. Well this little 147 is the exception to the rule here. It has no visible wear on any cam or lobe, no missing, snapped or incorrectly installed bolts. If it wasn't for the full service history I would have said that I was the first to remove the rocker cover. The old belt was timed perfectly, so done properly.
I appreciate that if you may not be interested in my 147 due to the AC etc, (which I have the equipment here to do anyway), but be aware there are a lot of dodgy ones out there. I only buy ones that appear good and cared for, and this one is one of the best yet imo.
Anyway, best of luck with your quest and whatever one you do choose, I am sure someone here will be able to help.
I also have a Black 156 I got from another ex-forum user with the cambelt snapped but I would not wish that on anyone here. I'll keep that one for ebay!
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