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I dream of a ding free Alfa! How much did your Dent Man cost per ding?
He is a good friend that has been doing work for me for years - I used to run a showroom which he looked after and fortunately he is very sensible - normally get him round to do our cars and the kids at the same time - so it is rather per afternoon than per ding and plenty of refreshments !
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restored my 156 steering wheel with one of those cheap chinese PU leather covers.
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not that bad. would be better if done 2nd time.

EDIT1: If you think of buying something like this, buy extra thread, as the one that comes with this is bad quality and not enough to keep the stitches tight.
EDIT2: I made it all wrong. Thread is long enough, and made the right way will look much better. Will post pics as soon as I have opportunity to fix it again.
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Have you got a link for this cover? I want to do a tidy up on my wheel whilst I think about recovering.

Would be interested in seeing the result of your second attempt.

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Have you got a link for this cover? I want to do a tidy up on my wheel whilst I think about recovering.

Would be interested in seeing the result of your second attempt.

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ordered it from here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fashion-...c43d66&vxp=mtr

but bought another one for my 146 from here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281789344387...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I think it's the same but a couple of cents cheaper
the stitches have to be done like in the picture, which I forgot to check...
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Got the NSF bearing replaced on my GT.
Would thoroughly recommend Sunnyside garage, and they will be doing all of the work on my Alfa's in the future.
Excellent work and very reasonable cost wise.
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ordered it from here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fashion-...c43d66&vxp=mtr

but bought another one for my 146 from here
http://www.ebay.com/itm/281789344387...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I think it's the same but a couple of cents cheaper
the stitches have to be done like in the picture, which I forgot to check...
Cheers buddy!
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Cheers buddy!
They look pretty good , especially for the price . If you changed the thread to co-ordinated red or blue or whatever you needed that could make a really smart finish
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Got another pair of 225/45 r17s for the GT. So I now have 225 s all round - it was originally on 215/45 r17 - and it does make a noticeable difference to comfort on our increasingly pot-holed roads (certainly in my neck of the woods).

I've had the wider profile on the rear for about a year now - so I've moved them to the front wheels and fitted the new ones on the back. A double advantage to this. The rears wear flat and even but the fronts eat the inside quicker. So the fronts don't ruin a tyre with loads of tread left; and I've always got more grip at the back than the front (understeer better than oversteer in emergencies).

If anybody else is planning this I have no issues with the wider tyres catching on the suspension or steering parts.
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They look pretty good , especially for the price . If you changed the thread to co-ordinated red or blue or whatever you needed that could make a really smart finish
I think I saw covers with thread in other colours...
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He is a good friend that has been doing work for me for years - I used to run a showroom which he looked after and fortunately he is very sensible - normally get him round to do our cars and the kids at the same time - so it is rather per afternoon than per ding and plenty of refreshments !
Is it John in sussex?..

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Hey all, well massive work for me, just changed the lower wishbone, and both uppers for MOT, but now have the mammoth task of changing the steering rack....dreading this task as hear it's a b*#ch of a job, I've scanned the forums and have some idea of where to start, tbh I'd rather have dropped it into the indi, but he's on holiday for two weeks.....bad timing, so I'm setting today to get the old rack out while I wait for my refurbished one to be delivered on Tuesday, stressed about the subframe removal though.....

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Is it John in sussex?..

Damien.
Ha Ha , was it the refreshments that gave it away ?


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Did an oil/filter and new K&N airfilter to replace the existing one, also fitted new Autolusso airbox to turbo pipe(yes it's black I know!!) and finally took a picture of the bracket to hold the engine cover on for Damien.
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My Oscar has 4 weeks left to live, so I decided to give him some bling, so he can go out in style!
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Doing this came with a heavy weight attached, I feel continually apologetic for it, but at the same time if the guy's got to go, he may as well go out with some undercar blue lighting.
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Did an oil/filter and new K&N airfilter to replace the existing one, also fitted new Autolusso airbox to turbo pipe(yes it's black I know!!) and finally took a picture of the bracket to hold the engine cover on for Damien.
Paul thank you so much for the picture.. I was just about to pm you.. I will be doing the new turbo hose job tomorrow, and the inlet pipe.

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Fitted new parcel shelf clips and rubber received from Alfa Workshop today. I haven't yet managed to replace the delaminated boot badge, also from AW.

Eibach ARBs haven't arrived from Germany yet (where are they?!). Thought I'd better order some more front drop-links too - it would be a shame to replace the front ARB and still have it knocking. I think the nasty rear plastic ones are still okay. Why are the rear ones so expensive?

Crawled underneath to see what has been scraping on the road and discovered the undertray is broken. Ordered new one. I can't really drive it like this on these rough roads so I'm relegated to the S40 for the time being.

My spanners is on holiday so I'm going to have to wait to get my baby back in top form. Sigh.
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Crawled underneath to see what has been scraping on the road and discovered the undertray is broken. Ordered new one. I can't really drive it like this on these rough roads
Just take the remnants of the old tray off and go without it... Only there for a bit if sound insulation, to keep the engine bay clean, and to hold water up against the oil cooler so it'll rot through nice and quickly. No harm driving without it!
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Just take the remnants of the old tray off and go without it... Only there for a bit if sound insulation, to keep the engine bay clean, and to hold water up against the oil cooler so it'll rot through nice and quickly. No harm driving without it!
I did consider taking it off. Thing is, the roads around here are full of farming debris, broken bits of road surface and stone from walls. Also the torrential rain recently has washed all sorts of detritus over the roads, so I don't think I'll risk it. Thanks all the same though.
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It's passed an MOT, well nearly. I say nearly because it's currently failed .
However it only failed on low nearside headlamp. It has that motor problem and won't adjust on the switch and as such it's a struggle to adjust manually. They said they can sort something for that.
It also needed a new tyre F/OFS because it had a bulge. The rear tyres are worn on the inside edge and he suggested I replace them but they weren't a failure, so four new tyres.
So it failed on one tyre and the headlamp level.

The thing is for the 2nd year running it's passed even though it sounds like an old galleon. It clunks a bit too. I'm totally amazed that it passes with these 'noises'

Priorities I find, are usually someone else's.
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That's awesome work mate. How long did it take to and how are you best to start it off.

I would employ your skills if I wasn't so hard up this month.

Definitely going to get one of these. It looks like a really professional job and hundreds of cheaper than buying a spare wheel and sending it off for a retrim.

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Cleaned inlet manifold intake, fitted my new JTD tuning billet intake pipe.. Thanks to Paul for the pics of his bracket.. managed to make myself a bracket too.And thanks to Joel for getting the pipe to me so quickly..

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