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Washed, cleaned the windows, tyre shine, silicone spray/oil wiped over all the window rubber seals, then a quick spritz over with Quick Detailing spray to top up the wax coat...

Shiney shiney!!

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Still need to get the dents pulled, and Chipex all the scuffs/chips etc...
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Washed, cleaned the windows, tyre shine, silicone spray/oil wiped over all the window rubber seals, then a quick spritz over with Quick Detailing spray to top up the wax coat...

Shiney shiney!!

https://i.imgur.com/4TNgXg6.jpg

Still need to get the dents pulled, and Chipex all the scuffs/chips etc...
You've polished your blacklines wheels away too..

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You've polished your blacklines wheels away too..

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Not guilty!

I'm afraid to say that was the previous owner... that being said I don't particularly like the Blackline alloys... Much prefer the GTA or Jetfin shoes....

All things considered I quite like the open 5 spoke design... Perhaps not the god-awful lacquer finish (lots of peel), dodgy Alfa stickers in the middle, and kerb marks though!
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Not guilty!

I'm afraid to say that was the previous owner... that being said I don't particularly like the Blackline alloys... Much prefer the GTA or Jetfin shoes....

All things considered I quite like the open 5 spoke design... Perhaps not the god-awful lacquer finish (lots of peel), dodgy Alfa stickers in the middle, and kerb marks though!

Respect and fair cop ...If we all had the same taste things would be very boring. I love the blackline alloys absolute class. Actually all things considered Alfa make some bloody lovely wheel designs. I like all the 18 inch GT wheels. She needs lowering mate..

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She needs lowering mate..:thumbs
On the to-do list... A fair bit behind replacing the wishbones though (bushes are starting to perish/squeak), and budgeting for cambelt/waterpump/swirlflap-delete, and clutch/DMF for if/when that goes, and Quaife......

So much to do still!
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Fitted a GT console into my 147 and it looks lush. Check my "garage" to see the work.
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Glow plugs done.
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156 Front Exhaust

Soaked the bolts holding the front pipe to the manifold last night and went down a lunchtime armed with a 13mm socket ... used my 3/8" set to avoid putting too much stress on the bolts which have been there for at least six years being cooked ... two moved, two didn't.

So upgraded to 1/2" socket ... still no movement.

More penetrating fluid and a cup of coffee.

Tried again, one more move ... one at back holding bracket didn't so risked the breaker bar ... held it half-way, and suddenly moved. Expected to see head of bolt in socket ... no, bolt had moved!

So removed three, left one to support exhaust and later will have a go at the mounting, lambda and joint to cat (which should be OK as I only fitted that last July).


So which one is going to stop me now?

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New front pipe back in .. Just lambda to go. Can't get old one out even with a lambda socket. Will take it to local garage tomorrow as I don't have 22mm spanner and what I have got aren't tight fit so will burr edges if I try.

UPDATE: Had brain-wave ...

1) tried pipe-pliers and tap-spanner (the spring loaded type) ... neither worked
2) resorted to grinding down boss for sensor ... two outcomes: would either heat it up enough to break the grip or cut-down to threads where I could split it and remove sensor ...

2) worked and it came loose enough through heat to move with tap-spanner

So should be able to replace lambda at lunchtime and be back on road today.

UPDATE #2: Lambda replaced and all up and running again ..

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Had the wheels off for a good clean this evening, plus a wash for the calipers and hubs in preparation for Spring Alfa Day. Did the engine bay at the weekend.

Looks like the weather may be a bit iffy, but will continue getting the car ready.
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I just replaced my gear knob- something I've been meaning to do since I bought it
Where did you buy the new item from? I'm on the look out as my GT's one has had it.
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I just replaced my gear knob- something I've been meaning to do since I bought it
How did you manage to get the old one off? I've read all the posts saying just twist it "with force", but mine does absolutely nothing when I twist it with or without force...
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How did you manage to get the old one off? I've read all the posts saying just twist it "with force", but mine does absolutely nothing when I twist it with or without force...
They're all different, some are just glued on I think. As for mine it's threaded and glued, I found it quite easy, no pulling or yanking just a good firm two hands and it slowly twisted off. It does take a fair bit of effort though I must say
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Give the wagon a good clean up prior to the AROC Spring meeting at Duxford.

Clayed, polished, waxed and sealed all by hand, my arms hurt afterwards.

I've got beading now.
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Today I will be replacing the belt (which snapped yesterday pulling it out of my garage) and the offending pulley which has been making a noise like a trapped budgie under the bonnet.

And after reading up on various oil cooler related problems I will be stripping this out for a better look. Mine appears to have corroded at the oil cooler itself rather than the pipes (which is the problem most suggest)

My first fix of filing the corrosion flat off the oil cooler then making an aluminium shim to replace the difference has not worked as well as I hoped.

Maybe I will have to buy a new one.
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Oh and the passenger seat seems to have shed a bolt somewhere at some time
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I gave mine a wash, polish and wax! Arms are tired now..

I then went about fixing the handle on the glove box. That job turned out to be a nightmare but its sorted now.. All because somehow the screw come loose holding the handle on.
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PASS. 1 Advisory Item: n/s/f direction indicator slightly discoloured [1.4.A.2f]

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