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Changed both drive shafts & lower arms on my 156 today - beautiful weather.

Sheared two bolts off in the lower arms, had to modify my 36mm socket to get in to the hub nuts and got creative and made a tool to fill the gearbox.
It took me the whole day...

but finally I have a totally vibration-free 156!!!!
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And Now I have fitted my Modified Brera sport clocks to my 156 as well.
Took away anything red changed it to blue, and built them in to fit with my 156 dials
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All blue and No red!
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an oil filter change/ gearbox oil change and a new undertray.
All straight forward with no issues
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I cleaned my 156 "Predator Sportiva" Today if only the roads in Northampton were good enough to drive it on.
How the hell did you get a 159 front end on a 156?!

Very impressed. Fair play to you
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How the hell did you get a 159 front end on a 156?!

Very impressed. Fair play to you
I'd say it's a face-lift 156 with brera lights.
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No if you look carefully, its a 156 with the whole brera front end on, I had to spend a couple of days modifying the brera wheel arch linings to fit, but that was mainly it, and the a body shop cut and welded the lower wing where it meets the sideskirts to the original 156 wing as the brera wing stops a couple inches above the sideskirts.
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Blimey, I am impressed as it does look neat.
It does work well too.


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No if you look carefully, its a 156 with the whole brera front end on, I had to spend a couple of days modifying the brera wheel arch linings to fit, but that was mainly it, and the a body shop cut and welded the lower wing where it meets the sideskirts to the original 156 wing as the brera wing stops a couple inches above the sideskirts.
Bloody Hell that does look impressive, you've a very good and friendly body shop to take that on for you.
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Only pain now I've finished evrything is the gas struts, brera struts won't wonk with the 156 frame, so for the last 5 years I've had to use a prop, not very cool:-( but I'm sure I will sort it out somehow if I decide to carry on using her,( I'm waiting to see what the new giulia looks like before buying one or a 159 3.2 Q4)
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but I made an effort to keep it completely factory without modifying it, so it doesn't look chavy/boy racer, as I'm not a fan of aftermarket bodykit looking cars tough I think it might look better in a professional white wrap or grey metallic wrap, it will show the lines better and also save me the cost and maintenance of a new black paint job as her current paint is getting aged and has to be waxed.
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LOVE what you've done to that 156!

The front works really well - good idea, well executed .

I like the dials too.

The numberplates are pretty cool too, how do you get on with your local Plod, technically they must be illegal? (Although perfectly easy to read, unlike some twonks who modify the numbers and letters to make it look like their name or something ).
 
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Washed the GT just after the rain stopped, by the time I was towelling off the sun came out and showed me every damned imperfection in the bodywork

Paint chips, small scratches, shopping trolley dents in the panels etc... Makes me sad to see it like this

Silicone oiled up all the rubberwork I could find.. Specifically the seals around the windows! They've been squeaking like crazy when I open/shut the windows to swipe through the parking barrier at work! Hopefully a liberal coating of silicone spray will help restore and nourish the seals a bit!

Flipped the piston on the master cylinder too to try and smoothen out the clutch pedal feel and eliminate the creaks a bit, seems to have worked somewhat!

Checked fluids and topped up under the bonnet, had a good look around at tread depths and tyre condition.. found a nick in the sidewall of the front drivers side tyre, only got them fitted about 2 months ago

Finally lifted the front two corners and gave the bushes on the top wishbones a soaking in silicone spray... Not got round to a proper wheels of and grease-up job yet (from the look of the ball joint it'd hardly be worth it!), but keep hitting the bushes every few weeks to try eek out a bit more life from them!

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LOVE what you've done to that 156!

The front works really well - good idea, well executed .

I like the dials too.
Thanks, Glad people like it and don't see it as another shoddy body kit mod.

Will probably wrap in white, if I can replace the suspension on it as it's still got standard, will probably just renew it with stock suspension, unless I can find better but without lowering the car in any way, not a fan of the lowered look. Not really interested in performance just as soft and comfortable a ride as I can get.
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Thanks, Glad people like it and don't see it as another shoddy body kit mod.

Will probably wrap in white, if I can replace the suspension on it as it's still got standard, will probably just renew it with stock suspension, unless I can find better but without lowering the car in any way, not a fan of the lowered look. Not really interested in performance just as soft and comfortable a ride as I can get.
Thats refreshing 168..."Not interested in performance just as soft and comfortable a ride as i can get" Respect to you sir..You wouldn't like my low stanced GT then..:-) Well done on your project.

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I probably would like your lowered GT, this just isn't a sports car anymore, If I buy the V6 4 wheel drive 159 or if I get one of the new giulias then I will be thinking hard on a good suspension and brake set-up! If I chose to import a camaro Zl1, then they come with magnetic ride control,:-D but the interior is shocking! :-/
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All blue and No red!
I like that and what you have done to the car especially the blue dials . This GT, my A4 and a Rover I had prior all have/had red instruments and which I dislike. A Passat I had previous to those three had the deep blue which I really like .

Washed the GT this weekend, topped up with oil and used some silicone on the window guides.
Touched up some of the many stone chips. It's my daily snotter so I don't lose too much sleep over the paintwork.

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I've fixed my 2001 147 2.0 TS overheating problem! Super glad all that's over...

Turns out it was a faulty water pump where the plastic impeller had broken. More info on the thread below:
http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...erheating.html

Have a good week everyone!
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That Black GT still looks good, I think they must have improved the paint process on black GTs, Brera, 159 etc, as 156 paint is pretty poor, hardly any clear coat at all:-(
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That Black GT still looks good, I think they must have improved the paint process on black GTs, Brera, 159 etc, as 156 paint is pretty poor, hardly any clear coat at all:-(
Still wish I'd have waited for a red one
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First day in 2.5 years & our GT is back in daily use.

First problem too. Cut out at the end of our street with immobiliser failure. Restarted & off she goes.

Battery was recently off when the oil leak was fixed so hopefully just bad connections.

Have ordered a terminal / post cleaner so will check everything is good.
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I read that first line as "Our GT is black in..." I was about to ask for the red paint
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Top secret work today going on in the Alfa Cave,
here's a behind the scenes look at my next mod,
the new Brera sports clocks have been build from behind with the original 156 instrument clusters chopped up and modified to fit, so you can see the finished article, next the surround for the 156 heater nobs has been cut roughly out, which will then fit into the Brera console fascia so that the three manual heater nobs will compliment the three dials and three air vents.

In case anyones wondering..... Yes I did have to get hold of a whole Brera dash and took me 3 days to cut out the few inches surrounding the console out so that I would have that to somehow plant into my 156, that will be the hard part as I will have to cut a big hole in my 156 dash with a hand saw,
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I'm sure some bright spark will point out that the Oil Temp dial on the new cluster will actually be telling me the time
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