Hello my fellow alfa obsessives...! Many apologies for my self enforced absence from the forum, but unfortunately we suffered a death in the family and it turned my world upside down
and if that wasn't enough my poor wife forgot to put the handbrake on her ( actually, I let her THINK its hers..!) beloved sportwagon and it tried to mate with a house .... New bumper, headlight, chassis jigged straight and repaint...wonderful!! Looking on the positive side, I used the prang as an excuse to replace the thermostat, undertray (missing) and have a set of powerflex bushes to fit, Autolusso silicone turbo hoses, Bosch aero wipers and a zender front splitter (have to love eBay!) and finally replace the bulb in the temp gauge ! Phew
Now, to my 'wagon...readers of previous posts might remember the battle to solve a recurring fault code, the dreaded P1320, incorrect readings from crank/cam sensor. To cut a long story, the fault was due to BOTH locating lugs on the cam and crank pulleys shearing, which allowed valve/piston contact. On removing the crank pulley, a crack in the crank was evident. Yikes! So that's the end of that engine then?... Well not quite.. I replaced the crank pulley and the engine ran again....beautifully ! In fact for nearly a year this poor battered diesel ran very well before the bent valve ( I reckon the inlet, but won't know until I strip it) waved the white flag near Stonehenge last Saturday . Funny, it did so many miles I began to think it was indestructible, especially since some of those were with the water/meth injection system engaged. Don't think I wasn't ****ed off it went pop though, especially since we ( yep, wife in the Alfa at the time...!) were on the way to her friends birthday party.....oops!
BUT! Like a terminator, my Alfa is nearly impossible to kill...found a complete 2.4 jtd inc turbo and all ancillaries and thanks to the amazing Pud237, aka Dan at Autolusso a six speed 16v jtd gearbox now sits in the workshop, with a CG motorsports uprated dual face clutch to go in. I was going to go for a solid flywheel conversion, I have a fiat coupe clutch/flywheel ( from Tom shackson on the forum!) and ordered a new clutch for this.... But wossied out a the last minute as the DMF on the new engine is good and mine was still serviceable, so I will chose the best of the two and use that, as this is still my daily driver, not a track day special. Maybe next time!
Has anyone seen the eBay listing for rosejointed arbs from tfs Motorsport? On his listing a front pair is £60, but he will do all four for £105 for the 156: I am rather tempted! Also read with great interest the posts from Alanq4 on quick shift, suspension geometry mods and alloy bushes for the sub frames - and the subframe strengthener, since mine is riding too low too fit an aftermarket brace. Also seriously considering removing the aircon/ pipes, rad and swapping the twin rad fan for a lightweight single for some weight reduction, but not planning to resite the battery...but there is a cheap fmic on eBay I am currently watching...! Now how do you upload photos to the forum? ( not a techie, so imagine you're describing the process to the daftest windowlicker you know...)
Nice to be back!