OK, now I need to get this straight in my head so forgive me.
My '56 plate 147 Ti 150 bhp (diesel, obviously) has swirl flaps in the inlet manifold and it seems that manifold needs to be changed. Fair enough, the swirl flaps are a stupid piece of design IMHO but I'm grumpy with the whole car right now
A good chum of mine bought an Alfa GT with the same 150 bhp diesel and, according to him, it does not
have swirl flaps in the inlet manifold. All I have to say to him is..... you lucky git
Anyway, it seems that other cars with the same engine have been equipped the same way (some with, some without swirl flaps) all on the 150bhp engine. So my first question is why?
But my more important second question is that if I can fit an 'earlier' or 'other' specification 150bhp inlet manifold that does not have swirl flaps (potential issues with swirl flap actuator aside) ..... why wouldn't I and where can I get one?!
As I see it, right now, my choices are either whip out the current manifold and chuck in a Pierburg replacement (have been told the Alfa one is the same as a Vauxhall if swirl flaps are fitted) or whip out the current one, fit a swirl flap delete kit, bolt it all back together and hope for the best.