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Took my 156 in have a brake caliper checked and came away being told that the underneath has a hell of a lot of rust and that it won't be worth welding. I am absolutely gutted

Would it be worth trying to get it welded none the less? The mechanic said that they have to do a fair bit of stripping and would likely find more rust as they sort out the bits they can see.

It's a '98 TS 1.8 and I totally fell in love with it and would hate for it to go
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get them to quote you for the work, if the work is worth more than what the car would be, should the car be in a rust free condition, then logic says its not worth doing.

other than that you have to consider what the car is worth to you and whether or not you consider it to be worth doing.
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Well the body is in a very good condition. It has 17" Alfa Teledial Rims on, sport suspension and a sport exhaust......not to mention the damn good looks.

So from a sentimental point of view I'd want to get it repaired, but I also don't want to pay a 1000 just for welding.
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To cut the cost..................

Strip out the carpets and trim yourself seats as well if necessary, no specialist techniques are needed for this just spanners sockets and half a brain

Then just get them to do the welding and sealant to save labour on the total cost.
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not sure if you're aware by the way but those 17" tele's are worth around 500-600 could always flog them pick up a set of 16" tele's for say 100-150 and you've got half your repair cost right there

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Mate i had the same issue last years MOT i had a 156 TS on a 98 i had it for eight years it had done 216000 miles and needed 600 worth of work for the test, with the mileage and year although it was immaculate it was not worth doing the work however to me it was worth it as i loved the car and it got me from norfolk to london every week so i had it done ....so to be honest you have to forget what its worth sale value and go on what its worth to you ....All the best ...Mark
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Also, get it checked else where and get more than one quote. Suffice to say that some places are only after your money
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if you like the car, if it is fine otherwise, get it repaired. Shop around too. I did some work on my car and it doesn't take too long. R
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Have you not got any friends/family that could weld it for you in exchange for a few beers?

I got my brother to weld up the floor on my last 156.

One thing you may have trouble with is the fuel tank and fuel lines, as the tank sits quite near to where the floorpan usually rusts on the driver side.

Also check the inner front wings, where the brake hoses are attched to the body as mine was very rusty there too.
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anywhere near Lincoln?

Langers does 145 floorpans for fun (well, almost), your 156 will not be worse than his 145 was, he's done a few more since too, have a search, pics on here somewhere

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In Lincoln? Perhaps these guys can help or point you in the right direction Alfa Romeo Specialist BLS Automotive

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