Ok update on this thread. Forever sold me the 156 for 500 including the tax because I'd rather save it than break it. first thing was to investigate second hand gearbox prices and they seemed to be around 160 to 200 but I spotted one in Peterborough on auction for a starting price of 99. a week later it was mine, I was the only bid so £99 to the tall gentleman round the corner. amazingly it turned out to be located 600 yrds down the road from me! what are the chances.
With this bargain under my belt I set off to beautiful Godstone to pick up the V6. It was indeed a lovely looking car and it did indeed jump out of third and make a ringing tinkling noise. Forever informed me that he'd been driving it around for weeks and apart from it very occasionaly jumping out of 5th now as well it wasn't getting significantly worse and should get me home no trouble. LOL FLW
Armed with My family membership AA card I set off home around the M25 following Mark my chauffeur for the outward trip. from there we changed to the M1 there was now a whine coming from the box but it was solid in 6th and not reving above 2500 at any point. so far I'd had to change gear 5 times on the entire trip ( yes I was counting ) then bang and no gears at all. the drive was over the event was just beginning, Nothing worse than sitting on the embankment next to an Alfa Romeo as every BM driving arse coming passed has that smug "serves you right, shouldn't have bought an Alfa" look on their face. but anyway an AA alerted local recovery agent soon arrived and I was on my way at a brisk pace back home.
When we got back home the car, which had been winched on to the recovery truck, refused to come off. it eventually took me and the recovery driver sometimes aided by my wifes foot on the clutch two hours to get that car down off the back of the truck onto the side of the road by my house. the front wheels were locked completely. the only way I could get it onto the drive was to fetch the engine crane and lift the entire front of the car and lead it very slowly across the pavement, the drainage channel and the block paving to the gates by the house. engine cranes don't take pavement, drainage or block paving in their stride exactly, so there was a lot of bumping and by the end the front bumper of the previously beautiful car had a lot more than stone chips and my crane had one seriously bent leg.
There it stayed for two weeks.
Until I came to the top of my project list, so gearbox out then!
there's a great post on here about removing the gearbox of a V6 156 and it works great, I can't compliment the writer enough.
Cause of death, end bearing failure both shafts. Cause of bearing failure, no oil.
not insufficient oil mind, NO OIL, bone dry, Nix, causing bearings and gears to eat and melt their way through the casting. previous owner had been driving a dry gearbox to the shops and back for god knows how long and getting away with it. one long trip and Kaboom!!
want a look at the old box? course you do.
So now the new old box is in and Alf is on his way to recovery, I would ask anyone who's changed the box on a V6 though, how did you get the top Starter motor bolt in? I made a special to get it out, but can I get it back in. I'm six foot four and weigh "sufficient" I played rugby and basketball and didn't drop either bacause I have hands that make those of legendary keeper Pat Jennings look like dainty little girls, so can I get that bolt under the manifold heat shield and into the little cranny it has to fit in?. . no. Well not yet. .
There will need to be a bit of cosmetic work to get Alf back to his pre-M1 state but that's my job anyway. If anyone knows of a Rosso Proteo passenger door or drivers side wing I'd be interested for a reasonable price. the bumper is having the now broken Headlamp washers removed ( do they ever actually clean the lights anyway ) and a full respray. then I'm going to drive him around for a couple of weeks while the GT gets its wheels refurbished , a dent removed and the rear floor welded, and after that he's up for sale;.....The wife doesn't like tan leather, no taste at all.