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Nice mate. What is the weight of one of those double dins? They heavy?

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The ones that dont have a cd reader are usually very light, I would personally love to fit one myself but would like to find one with a similar button look as the rest of the car..

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Not surprisingly, the lack of a CD drive makes it a lot lighter. 1.1Kg v 2.1Kg

Best upgrade from the stock head though, which is well outdated at this stage.
Works very well with the Bose amp.
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Not surprisingly, the lack of a CD drive makes it a lot lighter. 1.1Kg v 2.1Kg

Best upgrade from the stock head though, which is well outdated at this stage.
Works very well with the Bose amp.
I looked at this and in the end decided to go with the connects2 bluetooth unit, SWC is really important to me and quite a few of the android head units don't support it and the ones that do need a SWC adaptor ..this pushed the price right up to around the £300 mark all in for a decent headunit and adaptors.

the connects2 does all I need as it allows me to connect any bluetooth device as well as my phone so with all the apps available ( DAB radio etc etc) it's a cheap solution to the dated ICE in the pre blue and me GT's.

that said your DD andrroid unit does look the biz!
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Delayed from last weekend by persistent rain showers I have finally managed to steam clean my engine bay before refitting the recently tarted up engine cover.
Done with one of those hand held 1Kw steamers and Autoglym engine cleaner before a light rinse with a hose, then finished off with a liberal coating of AG Vinyl & rubber care and a good wipe over...not perfect but acceptable hopefully?
All the grotty injector pipework etc under the cover was steamed off too for peace of mind, having not bagged anything up it was a slight relief when it started as usual afterwards.

I also dragged out a couple of other bits from the project store, a Cupra splitter and 147 GTA 16mm rear ARB which will hopefully be going on in the next month or so...

That'll do for today though, I've committed to a pub crawl around Portsmouth & Southsea this afternoon and there's no point rushing things is there?

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painted my novitec light covers body colour today,

really happy with how they came out, this was a test to see how my choice of plastic primer ,top coat and clear lacquer worked, I will get onto the splitter next as i think that being body colour as well will look really OE as I think the light covers now look , huge improvement on unfinished plastic ..

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Well rain has stopped play in in Cumbria, but not before I was able to survey the carnage, water pump not surprisingly seized, roller had a complete meltdown, belt well and truly snapped, and 6 rockers knocked out, about normal then really.

Gates belt kit is here with the water pump and rocker gasket, just waiting for the rockers to arrive on Wed and I can start putting things back on instead of taking them off!
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Oh and had a fun 15 mins with a telescopic magnet pulling at the bearing rods out from the rockers that fell apart trying to get the bits out!
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Yeesh... How old was the belt/water-pump when it failed?

Are you replacing all the rockers, or just the broken ones?
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Oh and had a fun 15 mins with a telescopic magnet pulling at the bearing rods out from the rockers that fell apart trying to get the bits out!
15 needle bearings per broken rocker - make sure you count them all out or its sump-off time!

Are you replacing all 16 rockers?
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Are you fixing it yourself? Its not a bad job really, just be careful. If you need any help we're only up the road.
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15 needle bearings per broken rocker - make sure you count them all out or its sump-off time!

Are you replacing all 16 rockers?
I did, should have mentioned that, and that the 2 that dropped their bearing out happened when I was trying to remove them so all good in that front
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Yeesh... How old was the belt/water-pump when it failed?

Are you replacing all the rockers, or just the broken ones?
Considering how sceptical I normally am I should have questioned whether the water pump was done with the belt, I have a bill for the belt being done 12 months ago (6 months before I bought it) now to be honest the pump doesn't look that old, but that's no guarantee that its been done!

It seems the jury is out on needing to replacing the lot, but I've bought a full set so for the sake of less than half an hours work I just going to replace them all.

Oh one quick question to ask, does anyone have any tricks for getting injection washers out? got three out but the one in Cyl 3 is being a bit stubborn
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Oh one quick question to ask, does anyone have any tricks for getting injection washers out? got three out but the one in Cyl 3 is being a bit stubborn
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By comparison to the impressively big jobs bravely tackled by other members such as Mav666 above, all I did at the weekend was a couple of very small but (to me) important jobs on the GT.

First was replacing a cracked front indicator lens which was full of moisture.
Then fitted a set of Phil Goodwin's pedal rubbers - the product is great and fits well, so no more 'Alfa shuffle' needed to dry wet soles on the carpets before driving!

As I said, both really small jobs, but ones that are out of proportion to the irritation they cause...
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Ah the good old alfa shuffle, and even then if there's diesel on the forecourt you still end up leaving the petrol station like the proverbial kangaroo!!
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Cheers Pud, ordered one for next day delivery, should be here tomorrow with the rockers
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Well this may seem like a boring post but....

Drove my GT today

Other than it spraying diesel at the first attempt (my fault, didn't nip up cly one) it's running sweetly, might be me but it certainly sounds quieter after replacing all of the rockers, after 118k there is bound to be some wear, really do think its made a huge difference.

So at least its all good for a week on Sat

HAHAHA!!! Just re-read my post, its done 118,000 not 188 lol

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So back home for a day. Managed to get some work done to my GT. Fitted some lovely stainless dome caps i had bought in France. Firstly to the rear bumper arch inner screws which have been open to the elements. New screws carefully fitted, old rusty ones removed and binned, and lovely machined caps screwed on. Also engine cover stainless round caps in interior trim domed caps. Then received my newly chromed rear bumper screws. Big thanks to the company Classics and chrome. The boss didn't charge me for the final set of bolts, due to them taking so long to be done. Also received my new limited edition OZ centre caps from the USA, they are stunning and really match my red brembo's very happy. Just looking forward to getting my gorgeous OZ'ds back from being refurbished and machined. Unfortunately they have had to be stripped twice due to so much crappy paint being on them over the years. Also 2 wheels were bent. All good though, they will look stunning when the work is done, and fitted with their new Pirelli P zero Robert De nero's.. ;-) Also found a company to make a brace bar net for the rear of my GT. Might go with a red net. Bloody love this car, driving her today after being away, was an absolute treat.

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So back home for a day. Managed to get some work done to my GT. Fitted some lovely stainless dome caps i had bought in France. Firstly to the rear bumper arch inner screws which have been open to the elements. New screws carefully fitted, old rusty ones removed and binned, and lovely machined caps screwed on. Also engine cover stainless round caps in interior trim domed caps. Then received my newly chromed rear bumper screws. Big thanks to the company Classics and chrome. The boss didn't charge me for the final set of bolts, due to them taking so long to be done. Also received my new limited edition OZ centre caps from the USA, they are stunning and really match my red brembo's very happy. Just looking forward to getting my gorgeous OZ'ds back from being refurbished and machined. Unfortunately they have had to be stripped twice due to so much crappy paint being on them over the years. Also 2 wheels were bent. All good though, they will look stunning when the work is done, and fitted with their new Pirelli P zero Robert De nero's.. ;-) Also found a company to make a brace bar net for the rear of my GT. Might go with a red net. Bloody love this car, driving her today after being away, was an absolute treat.

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Please... Post a link to where those shiny screws and covers came from. I so need those in my life
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Not so sure im keen on the pointed tip but they definitely look a lot better than rusty old screws! Such a beautiful example of a GT you have there Damien!

It's cars like yours that make me want to get a derv GT for my next car and head down the hybrid route. Though getting it through the Swedish MOT might be challenging. But looking at cars like yours it makes me think that the hassle will be worth it!

Keep us updated when you get the wheels back.

As for me, as its a midsummer holiday today and being Sweden, you can't have midsummer without rain! So I will have some beers tonight and then wait until tomorrow to give my sportwagon a MUCH needed clean! Also ordered some oil for a top up which should arrive Tuesday next week to keep things running smoothly.

Just started my new job so now I'm pricing out my cambelt change for August and then a suspension refresh coming September/October as the uppers and shocks/springs are well and truly past their used by date.
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Stripped the turbo I removed from my GT last night. It would appear that the variable vanes have been catching on the impeller damaging both. Reason I've removed and stripped was a total lack of boost, when I first removed the turbo I could not turn the impellers until I moved the variable vane actuator. It sort of clunked the vanes back then I could turn things as normal. Picking up a nice shiny new one Monday hopefully back to normal next week.
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Hi, i'm new here but driving alot of years.

2 weeks ago changed steeringpump and the alternator and got 2 fresh new tires on the front wheels, needed for the mot.
Because of an weard sound coming from that spot.

Today, checked, cleaned and refilled the airconditioning system with new internal filters.

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Hi, i'm new here but driving alot of years.

2 weeks ago changed steeringpump and the alternator and got 2 fresh new tires on the front wheels, needed for the mot.
Because of an weard sound coming from that spot.

Today, checked, cleaned and refilled the airconditioning system with new internal filters.

Happy driving.
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Today, after several weeks of driving around with a badger-wrecked front bumper/undertray, my GT finally went into the bodyshop to be fixed!

And for the price of the insurance claim my man will also sort out my rear bumper which got damaged when I trusted the parking sensors to 'see' a chain-link fence I reversed into .
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GT 3.2 Drivers seat bolster had the french seam stitching broken when I bought it. Overstitching had been applied to hold the seam together, and that had started to fall to bits.

Pulled that to pieces today, got rid of the overstitch, cleaned and re-coloured the worn leather on the bolster, and using colour matched thread and a curved leather needle, re-created the french seam.

It took a bit of patience, but I am very pleased with the result. It does not look new, but does look like it has worn naturally.
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Can you believe it, lower turbo hose started blowing today!! another job on the horizon, at least at this rate it'll have had everything done that a GT needs done within a couple of weeks, got me wrecked lol
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Can you believe it, lower turbo hose started blowing today!! another job on the horizon, at least at this rate it'll have had everything done that a GT needs done within a couple of weeks, got me wrecked lol

5 minute job and an £18.15 part...


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