I absolutely love this forum, best i have been on in many years. Thanks for all the help guys.
5. Clutch is excessively hard to press down...needs more investigation.
Fairly common problem...do a search on here for an easy fix, no major spannering!. Non indi Alfa garages will tell you it's the clutch, resist that advice until you search on here.
Now this is where I always struggle with forums...i never seem to be able to find what i want by searching even though the answers are there more than once....maybe im a bit simple lol. Ill get back to searching thanks mate.
Also grab yourself a spare clutch pedal pin.. They do go. My old Gt's clutch was excessively hard..My new clover's is a lot better and so is the gearbox and shift.
Be careful detailing her with a machine polisher. Alfa paint is not like its german counterparts, so go easy with the cutting back of the paint.
Took me a couple of weeks to get my car's paint to how i want it. So worth the effort though. I found dodo juice wax a great final finish for our black paint, after clay barring, cutting, polishing then waxing.
Thanks for the heads up will source a spare pin asap.
I wont be doing any detailing until I have done extensive research, this is totally new to me and i am very much a "leaning by my mistakes" type of person usually...definately dont want any mistakes on my GT. I will definately have a look at the dodo juice thanks
3. Window - clean ALL seals, like you say, and then give the seal running along the back edge a good dose of silicone lubricant spray from top to bottom (NOT WD40!) - try not to spray it all over the show!
4. Detailing - This is going to sound mad but there is a thread on the detailing world website (1. for a saab bonnet in black done in the following fashion IN ENTIRETY and 2. for a metallic almost purple BMW bonnet stone chip) that shows: wash panel; clay bar; wipe over with lighter fluid (doesn't strip or react with the paint); get a mix of 50:50 matching paint and lacquer and apply in VERY thin layers to the scratch/dint; leave this for 20 mins and then cut back the area you have coated with compound paste. Repeat process over time to get to a stage where you're happy. I have tried it and it DOES work - cleared up the road rash on the rear quarters where they flare out. filled in a massive stone chip like this too......but it took bloody ages.
5. Clutch - Plenty like this around - it gets easier over time and I would point you to the lubrication of gear mech (threads all over the website on this). My clutch and DMF recently went and haveing had the whole gearbox cleaned out, innards replaced and mech lubed, I can confirm that it's as light as a feather...after 2 years of building my legs up to Arnie standards!!!!
6. Head unit – Personal preference really - if you do fit the Sony, make sure you get the CORRECT fascia kit for the blackline to match the rest of the console - it is more of a graphite on the blackline models than the alfa silver on the non blackline models - like you say, why go to the extra expense! Just make sure you can continue to use steering wheel controls (can get an adapter I think) but you will lose the radio display on the dash between speedo and rev counter - that is all.
btw, is it a whooshing or a siren? whoosh = lower turbo hose.
Lighter fluid! Sounds scarey lol. But i will have a look at the threads you meantioned and see if i have the balls to do it
With the head unit my honest personal preference is to keep it standard. I could sell the Sony unit, but it seems more hassle than swapping it out. Ive had a good read of the Sticky regarding changing the HU and seems relatively close to what ive had to do before so i think that is probably the quickest and easiest options for me to have my spotify playlists back in my life...cant wait to hear the bose system in all its glory
Its definately a siren sound, its pretty quiet, sounds like a WW2 blitz attack is coming 20 miles away lol