Originally Posted by alfafanatic100
Don't know if its a coincidence but when i replaced a rotted rad a few years back on my 156 twinspark the thermostat suddenly started playing up along with the fan resistors.
Must be something to do with draining and refilling that causes thermo problems?
Thats a great looking engine (photo above).
Yeah, I am usually quite fastidious about radiator condition, I had the fan housing off last week to double check and that was tip top, I only changed that for him last year along with the thermostat, it hasn't lasted long but he has done 32,000 miles in the past year
. It's just bloody frustrating
My engine bay took a lot of work... Shhh but I cheated a little, I coated it in gunk and left it for a good while then used my Mother in law's Steam Shark and gently steamed all the crap off... It doesn't effect any electricals as it has no pressure, just heat and use it directly and acurately onto wherever you need it... I even did the induction hose all the way down, battery and all the fluid reservior's with it...
Its a really good piece of kit but if she knew I use it on my car, she would kill me
Once all the oil and grime was off I started off with differing grades of wire wool and a very fine flapper wheel... The alloy front cover and plenum top went a little mottled as they do... So got some heat resistant metallic silver paint and gave it a good few light coats one at a time.
I was painting my calipers anyway at the same time so some nice Ferrari red caliper paint, a careful hand and a fine brush I did the lettering...
The chrome runners were shall we say, manky... but the steam shark got the worst off and fine wire wool mixed with autosol got the job done... It was just a case of giving them a polish off with a soft cloth and.......Presto a lovely clean V6 as Alfa intended