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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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probably will take 2 hours your first time, less than a hour if you are an expert.
edit: well, took me about 2 hours the first time, but I was halfway when I decided to start it again.

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Not so much what I have done to the Alfa today but for most of last week it was away with Alfashop having a new DMF, clutch, both lower wishbones, OS steering rack drumstick, a new brake pipe, two new glow plugs, Eibach ARB's fitted along with new rear drop links. Then to finish it off a 4 wheel alignment.

I feel like I am having to learn to drive a different car.

Top work from the chaps at Alfashop.
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Managed to finish my new engine cover support bracket for the new intake elbow. Also fitted my freshly painted oil filter heat shield to match the manifold heat shield i did a while ago.

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Managed to finish my new engine cover support bracket for the new intake elbow. Also fitted my freshly painted oil filter heat shield to match the manifold heat shield i did a while ago.

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Spookily i painted my oil filter cover on Sunday when I did my oil change and a few bits, we must have the same strain of OCD
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Spookily i painted my oil filter cover on Sunday when I did my oil change and a few bits, we must have the same strain of OCD


Nice to know i'm not the only one with the affliction Paul..

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Managed to finish my new engine cover support bracket for the new intake elbow. Also fitted my freshly painted oil filter heat shield to match the manifold heat shield i did a while ago.

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Is that Autolusso's Mocal cooler kit you have there?
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Replaced undertray and rear badge this week.

While I was underneath I noticed some non-structural rust I should address.

Still waiting for my spanner-man to do ARBs.
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Had dpf delete. Remapped all going well.
Decided today to put music on USB stick and put in port in glove box.
Worked perfect until I removed it and went to start car. Dash went nuts and now have mechanic mate on way to try to find problem. He did mention radio being original. There are a couple of marks on ally where it looks like radio has been out before.
Will stick with cd' s in future.
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Popped down to Cheshire and bought the one on the left, to compliment the one on the right, new project to while away the long dark nights.
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Had to buy new battery, plugged sansdisk USB stick into media slot pulled out and a while later went to go out for a drive and dash went nuts.
Turned out to be nothing to do with new USB stick.
The battery had just given up the ghost. It was 7 years old so not bad.
New battery varta £65 with 4 yr warranty not halfords.
Start car all good.
Lucky it's an alfa it could have got a good thrashing otherwise John Cleese style.lol
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Popped down to Cheshire and bought the one on the left, to compliment the one on the right, new project to while away the long dark nights.
Great news Paul congrats..

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I fitted a new starter motor to the GT, quite an easy job really, did it from above by removing the engine cover, EGR valve, disconnected the intake pipe and swung that out of the way, then the heater plug solenoid and finally the fuel filter by just undoing the 2 nuts and swinging that out of the way, I would recommend laying some carpet over the engine though as I have sore ribs from the injection pipes digging into my ribcage! That has finally sorted by bad starting problem, after fitting a new battery, heater plugs and cleaning all the sensors, nothing seemed to make a difference, obviously the old starter wasn't spinning over fast enough! next job is fitting the rear pads.
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Get new lovely Alfa before five days ago, u can see beauty behind this baby
Beautiful car no words.
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I fitted a new starter motor to the GT, quite an easy job really, did it from above by removing the engine cover, EGR valve, disconnected the intake pipe and swung that out of the way, then the heater plug solenoid and finally the fuel filter by just undoing the 2 nuts and swinging that out of the way, I would recommend laying some carpet over the engine though as I have sore ribs from the injection pipes digging into my ribcage! That has finally sorted by bad starting problem, after fitting a new battery, heater plugs and cleaning all the sensors, nothing seemed to make a difference, obviously the old starter wasn't spinning over fast enough! next job is fitting the rear pads.
I don't hear of starter motors being replaced very often on the GT, at least on this forum.
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Got the lovely news my Wizard exhaust has landed at Autolusso.. Booked her in for Thursday..Either way its going to be educational.

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Talking about educational, I dove into the deep end and started on my clutch replacement.
Got all week, so taking it very easy, looking after my son in the afternoons.
Approaching the point where I need to support the engine before undoing the box.
No surprises so far, or rather a pleasent one when I checked play on the turbo (while I have good access) and not feeling any. 250,000 km on the clock.

Plan is getting everything ready today to remove engine mounts and take the box off tomorrow morning and fitting the clutch kit.
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Got the lovely news my Wizard exhaust has landed at Autolusso.. Booked her in for Thursday..Either way its going to be educational.

Damien.


Looking forward to seeing how you get on with it, especially with the E-Vac Scavenger!

Got word from Dan that my precat-delete downpipe was finished up at the weekend and on it's way to me, with any luck that'll slip right in this weekend with absolutely no seized nuts!
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not really anything I've done to the GT, but this morning's drive took it over 195,000 miles

I've owned it for 28 months and done 43,097 miles, at a total diesel cost of £4,488 - average mpg 46.4, best for a tank was 55.4.

In that time, I've replaced the front wishbones, all ARB droplinks, turbo, clutch & DMF, battery, all shocks (for s/h units) and six tyres. Cambelt was done soon after I bought it, so its ready for another. All of the above was done at very reasonable cost due to my part-time job at Motormech.

I never thought I'd learn to live with a four-pot diesel, but its easy to drive, VERY practical, reliable (only failure was an engine earthing issue, fixed with an auxiliary earth lead) and still (to my eyes) bloody good looking (when I can bothered to clean it....)

Once its over 200,000 it will become effectively worthless (or at least very difficult to sell), so I'll probably just run it into the ground

My only current annoyance with it is the infuriatingly squeaky / rattly rear hatch - its driving me demented
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My only current annoyance with it is the infuriatingly squeaky / rattly rear hatch - its driving me demented
Check that the two rubbers haven't rubbed through the furry material on the underside of the parcel shelf. When this happens you get rubber on plastic which squeaks and rattles. I fixed mine with felt squares and Copydex.
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Check that the two rubbers haven't rubbed through the furry material on the underside of the parcel shelf. When this happens you get rubber on plastic which squeaks and rattles. I fixed mine with felt squares and Copydex.
I found my rear hatch rattle squeak was from where the centre brake light plastic surround was rubbing against the glass. Some doubled rubber floor mat (small 4cm square doubled over) pushed in between the gap as far up as I could instantly cured this.

I thought it was the storage pockets or the spare wheel or tools at first. Or the parcel shelf.
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Today I cured the annoying noise in my dash. Every time I went over a bump or found a quick corner I hears a metallic against plastic noise. Thought it was a loose bulb or wire. Removed the ash tray and found 20p.

Rich and silent cornering now.

Win
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