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Two unscheduled under-bonnet activities on the way to work this morning, the first for many months; one for screenwash and the other to replace a sidelight bulb (I had a spare in the car and incurred only minor injuries) so it wasn't too bad.
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Tried to fit my newly sprayed Alfa spoiler... Well i say Alfa, a replica item that was meant to be from the same mould as the genuine Alfa GT accessory item.

Was not even close to F'king fitting...Huge bow gap in the centre. Fuming... If Alfa didn't charge near to 500 quid for the original, i wouldn't have bothered with a rep...Who the F'k do Alfa think they are charging stupid money for their accessories? They build their bloody cars out of feathers, bolster wood and cheap metal? Penny pinching Italian morons...Rant over.. Stressful day..

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Sorry Damien - not getting it. You bought a non-Alfa part (spoiler looks crap anyway) and it doesn't fit and you're railing against Alfa?
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Sorry Damien - not getting it. You bought a non-Alfa part (spoiler looks crap anyway) and it doesn't fit and you're railing against Alfa?

Sory Paddy just annoyed the oem part cost nearly 500 quid... Which made me decide in the end to go for the non alfa part one..

Needed to vent.... All ok calm collected and chilled now.. Maybe the Alfa gods were telling me not to fit a spoiler?

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Early Christmas teat for beloved GT

Day off work, wife out shopping, nice dry weather - perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in the man cave to spruce up my baby for Christmas!

Thorough wash and generous dollops of Autoglym and hey presto - beauty restored!!

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Had the car almost 2 years, she's only covered 31k and drives like a dream.

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Day off work, wife out shopping, nice dry weather - perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in the man cave to spruce up my baby for Christmas!

Thorough wash and generous dollops of Autoglym and hey presto - beauty restored!!

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Had the car almost 2 years, she's only covered 31k and drives like a dream.

Cheers,
Chris
Lovely Chris..She is a bute..Another 170..

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Sory Paddy just annoyed the oem part cost nearly 500 quid... Which made me decide in the end to go for the non alfa part one..

Needed to vent.... All ok calm collected and chilled now.. Maybe the Alfa gods were telling me not to fit a spoiler?

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Well they're not my cuppa!
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Day off work, wife out shopping, nice dry weather - perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in the man cave to spruce up my baby for Christmas!

Thorough wash and generous dollops of Autoglym and hey presto - beauty restored!!

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Had the car almost 2 years, she's only covered 31k and drives like a dream.

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The GT shape just isn't aging is it?

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Cheers Damien - I've been watching your project evolve with interest over the last couple of years - fantastic attention to detail and you've achieved great results.
Yep, mines an '08' 170 Clover, never let me down (touch wood hastily!) and yes I've spent a lot on her because I wanted to - not because I've had to. Re-mapped to 210bhp, Koni FSD's (OEM suspension is awful), poly bushes all over the place, silicon turbo hoses, EGR delete etc etc. Now looking at MD556 Stage 1 Hybrid Turbocharger for 2016 and that M Tech short shifter looks appealing too!

Really sorry to learn of your clutch problem - have you decided on a replacement?

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The GT shape just isn't aging is it?

Not at all - got to be a future classic!
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Cheers Damien - I've been watching your project evolve with interest over the last couple of years - fantastic attention to detail and you've achieved great results.
Yep, mines an '08' 170 Clover, never let me down (touch wood hastily!) and yes I've spent a lot on her because I wanted to - not because I've had to. Re-mapped to 210bhp, Koni FSD's (OEM suspension is awful), poly bushes all over the place, silicon turbo hoses, EGR delete etc etc. Now looking at MD556 Stage 1 Hybrid Turbocharger for 2016 and that M Tech short shifter looks appealing too!

Really sorry to learn of your clutch problem - have you decided on a replacement?

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Great stuff Chris.. I think the Gt is one of the best kept secrets out there. Koni fsd's are great, you use your standard springs? I had them on my last GT with eibach pro springs and eibach ARB's.. Have you gone with the eibach ARB kit yet..? And yes you are so right the oem suspension is god awful.. My bespoke spec hybrid turbo really transformed the car Chris. Power is so lovely and she revs higher up the rev range and with no let up till the red line. Consider manifold flap removal though as this is a ticking bomb, especially when you up the power. Clutch decision is nearly sorted been a tough expensive little learning curve. The M-tec shifter is an awesome bit of kit.. Can thoroughly recommend it..

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Great stuff Chris.. I think the Gt is one of the best kept secrets out there. Koni fsd's are great, you use your standard springs? I had them on my last GT with eibach pro springs and eibach ARB's.. Have you gone with the eibach ARB kit yet..? And yes you are so right the oem suspension is god awful.. My bespoke spec hybrid turbo really transformed the car Chris. Power is so lovely and she revs higher up the rev range and with no let up till the red line. Consider manifold flap removal though as this is a ticking bomb, especially when you up the power. Clutch decision is nearly sorted been a tough expensive little learning curve. The M-tec shifter is an awesome bit of kit.. Can thoroughly recommend it..

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Yes, using FSD's with standard springs, which works well for me. Will definitely get flaps removed with turbo upgrade.
It would be good for those of us based in the SW (I'm in Bournemouth) to perhaps meet up in 2016?

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Sory Paddy just annoyed the oem part cost nearly 500 quid... Which made me decide in the end to go for the non alfa part one..

Needed to vent.... All ok calm collected and chilled now.. Maybe the Alfa gods were telling me not to fit a spoiler?

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It cost me 120 to get my ducktail spoiler removed
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It cost me 120 to get my ducktail spoiler removed
Really lol... And where is it now?

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Really lol... And where is it now?

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In lots of little pieces, as it had to be destroyed to remove it. I had to make lots of vertical cuts with an angle grinder 1cm apart (being careful not to go too deep and damage the paintwork, then (and this is what damaged the paint) I levered each small section with a screwdriver until there was a loud crack and the piece came off.
Seems it was bonded on with a hard black rubber solution.
The tailgate had to be repainted after hence 120. The spoiler was OEM and looked to be made out of expanded foam but in reality it was a rock hard material.
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hi all
this is my first alfa .
ive got a 2001 156 sportwagon 2.0 manual .
love it ,, does have some minor problems but hey its an old car ..
already replaced front and rear anti roll bar links , 1 rear wheel bearing ,
front discs and pads had already been changed so has cam belt.
think front top mounts need doing as seams to knock when driving on uneven roads,
going to get the wheels refurbed in new year.
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Washed it and then drove to the police station to report some moron who drove into the back of my car whilst it was parked outside my house and then drove off. Luckily someone got a note of the number plate. It'll need a bumper respray. I tried Autoglym paint renovator, which I regard as pretty harsh stuff, and it didn't improve things. There's a nasty gouge in the near side rear. Gutted. Hope I can get some cash off her.
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1. changed one sidelight on the front (Halfords has a discount for GE ones at the moment)
2. replaced two short rubber vacuum hoses with bright lime green silicon (another lesson about using ebay ).

Managed to do it under one half an hour. Need to wash her...
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Although it was a HUGE pian in the ***, I finally got around to retrofit black hid projectors and paint the inside of the headlight black, beautiful result and car just got a brand new face!! The pictures dont do it justice at all, also painted the front calipers while the lights were drying and applied some decals to them aswell. Dont mind the dent on the hood the new hood and grille is in the paint shop! Next thing is to fit the cupra splitter and the new giulia qv style rear lip.. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1450642605.954057.jpg[ImageUploadedByTapatalk1450642537.802439.jpgATTACH]592554[/ATTACH]ImageUploadedByTapatalk1450642496.737306.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1450642512.690331.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1450642526.665143.jpg
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Checked the oil. Cleaned the catch tank. Modified the washer hose from a suggestion on the 147 area, greased the upper wishbones (I installed grease nipples to see if I could improve a crap design....) And then thoroughly enjoyed driving it.
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Got my 156 back on the road after an extended head-gasket replacement ..

Mainly due to lack of spare time ... but after what seems an age (and was probably sometime in mid-September) I charged the battery overnight, refilled the fluids and finally turned the key ... waited 15-20 seconds for fuel to prime and throttle actuator to settle and she fired up first time yesterday after my efforts!! 204,552 miles!! Took her out for a spin last night and a good 60+ mile mixed-driving round trip today to and around Richmond Park. Have a small leak on the heater hose from the metal water pipe so will probably swap out the jubilee clip on there once I'm sure it isn't just loose or the hose isn't split. (Going to be a pin to replace if it is .. it goes to the engine bulkhead!)

New head gasket, head bolts, new inlet and exhaust gaskets, new water pipe seal to block, new(ish) thermostat (changed in August when I though it had split!), and new belts. Plus lots of new nuts, bolts and studs which were showing their age.

My thanks to AlfaShop, Alfa Workshop and Shop4Parts for providing the bits I needed quickly ....

So next up ... stop the leak, fix the clonking exhaust (again!) and treat the car a very good wash, polish and wax!!! (When it stops raining!!!)


And get ready to put a few more thousands on that clock!


Old Alfa's never die .. they just get more fun!


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Fitted the M-tech short shifter. 20 minute job with just the battery to remove, no need to remove the tray. It all went far too we'll that I convinced it would be rubbish, as I always expect the worst and a few here have said they weren't convinced at 1st.

Well, from the off it just felt right. The gear change is now as it should be, It has made a massive difference that I didn't think would be possible with just a small bit of metal. I was grinning from ear to ear as I have always felt the long throw on the gear change let the driving experience down somewhat.
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Fitted the M-tech short shifter. 20 minute job with just the battery to remove, no need to remove the tray. It all went far too we'll that I convinced it would be rubbish, as I always expect the worst and a few here have said they weren't convinced at 1st.

Well, from the off it just felt right. The gear change is now as it should be, It has made a massive difference that I didn't think would be possible with just a small bit of metal. I was grinning from ear to ear as I have always felt the long throw on the gear change let the driving experience down somewhat.
I was thinking about my short shifter this evening on my drive home...

Gotten completely used to the new shorter throw, couldn't imagine it being longer any more... In fact I could go shorter again

Lovely piece of kit, really complements the driving experience!
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