What have you done to your Alfa 147/156/GT today? - Page 87 - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
 1173Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,233
Quote:
Originally Posted by ALFADOIT View Post
You having a F'king laugh mate??? That's not a fail?? Did you hear right? So you removed your centre cat too i presume?

Damien.
Yea, it's a fail. The explanation I got on my failure certificate:

Quote:
Exhaust catalytic converter missing where one was fitted as standard (7.1.3)
Center cat is completely untouched. Technically both need to be in place, as they're both factory fit:

Quote:
Any vehicle where a catalytic converter or particulate filter is missing where one was fitted as standard will fail the test.
Notice here: https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ice-1-2014.pdf

Car came with 2 cats fitted as standard... If the tester knows to look for 2 and only finds 1, then it's a fail I guess...

I'll be refitting my original cat to guarantee it gets through the MOT when I get it booked in, but will probably risk it next year at a different garage...

TBH as you've got the full metal under tray, and a complete custom exhaust with a sports cat in the middle, I doubt you'd get pulled on it...
ALFADOIT likes this.

_The_Editor_ is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Status: Planning summer upgrades
AO Member
 
AussieAlex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aussie in Sweden
County: Stockholm
Posts: 755
Images: 12
Garage
Passed the MOT with flying colours today!

Everything was healthy and well within tolerance which was great news. I've only had the car for less than 2 months so was dreading the thought of the inspector finding something that I missed but he said it seemed to be in excellent condition which is fantastic

Gotta say I am loving my 156 SW after selling my pride and joy GTV last November when I moved over to Sweden. Its lovely to have a healthy, happy Alfa in my garage
ChrissyD and bobulon like this.
AussieAlex is offline  
Status: OEM++
AO Silver Member
 
Egon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Kent
Posts: 2,012
Images: 2

Member car:

147ts plus bits

Cleaned it and put on the refurbed black 16"teledials.
It rocks.
bobulon likes this.
Egon is offline  
Status: Fixing Airbus,Boeing
AO Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Yorkshire
Posts: 13
Changed vacuum pipes around radiator area as spotted splits in top ends. Guessing there are similar pipes toward the back of the engine close to the EGR in the same condition that will need changing too now. It's an 04 156 1.9 16V Mjet and not sure if it's possible/worth unbolting the vacuum reservoir to do this properly?
clivesalive is offline  
Status: Down to half as many Alfas
AO Silver Member
 
Firstcaralfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Derbyshire
Posts: 1,871
Images: 2
Washed, clayed, polished and waxed yesterday. First time with a foam lance and clay bar, both brilliant!
bobulon likes this.
Firstcaralfa is offline  
Status: OEM++
AO Silver Member
 
Egon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Kent
Posts: 2,012
Images: 2

Member car:

147ts plus bits

Tried out works new shiney weighbridge. 147 with half tank of go juice? 1270 Kg...
Egon is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,233
Secured my drivers side floor mat with some clips, no more slip sliding about and losing the mat up under the pedals now.. For 2.99, I'm disappointed that I didn't do it before!
_The_Editor_ is offline  
(Post Link) post #2158 of 2910 Old 23-03-16 Thread Starter
Status: GT clover 170 Q2 called SOOTY.:-)
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
ALFADOIT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,199
Images: 12

Member car:

GT.Clover 170 Q2

Managed to fit my new bumper indicator. Picked one up brand new in box for 30 quid delivered which was nice!
Wow that was interesting to fit!! Due to my FMIC piping obscuring access, and the way the bloody units are secured to the bumper, plus i had to trim the rear of the unit to fit behind my stainless intercooler piping.. Remember folks there are 2 plastic tabs at the top of the indicator unit, so you need to prise them out gently from bottom to top. I jammed a screw driver in the top to create a gap in the plastic, to give the top 2 tabs a chance to break free. Anyhow all done and she looks right again.

Made me smile a few replies to my question on how to remove a unit a while ago. After the F'king typical clever arse reply on here of, you have so many mods and i ask such an elementary question. And oh its in the handbook so it must be so easy!! Why do peeps bust each others balls on here! We are meant to be a community, this is recreation and fun! Anyhow rant over. I know there are some great people on here, but some jeez!

Also adjusted my meth rate. The psi the meth comes in. It was coming in far too early using too much early in the rev and boost range. All better now though. These things take time to perfect.

Also thinking about new rear discs, black diamond look a nice quality product and i like the look of the anodised black finish on the bells. Or i will get Ned at Autolusso to powder coat the bells of a set of oem discs.

Damien.

"Who thought diesels could be this bloody fun"

Eibach pro S coilovers. Eibach ARB kit. Autolusso remap. JTD performance high flow downpipe. Bespoke spec Turbo Dynamics hybrid.JTD performance FMIC kit.JTD performance high flow downpipe. Autolusso de swirl flap mod.Autolusso Mocal oil cooler kit. Autolusso smf GTA clutch kit. GTA 330mm big brake kit.JTD perf inlet pipe.Wizard exhaust system. 19x8 OZ superleggera's.
"big thanks to Ned and the lads at Autolusso"
ALFADOIT is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
County: -
Posts: 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by _The_Editor_ View Post
Secured my drivers side floor mat with some clips, no more slip sliding about and losing the mat up under the pedals now.. For 2.99, I'm disappointed that I didn't do it before!
Ha, I've just done exactly that today too!

Four months in and I finally have a carpet that stays in place. (It;s the little things).
_The_Editor_ and bobulon like this.
hunty is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,233
Quote:
Originally Posted by hunty View Post
Ha, I've just done exactly that today too!

Four months in and I finally have a carpet that stays in place. (It;s the little things).
It really is!

One of my favourite things I've done recently is replacing the p*ss poor original washer jets... Who'd have thunk a pair of Mito jets from a scrappie would make me so happy!
ALFADOIT and hunty like this.
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: Down to half as many Alfas
AO Silver Member
 
Firstcaralfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Derbyshire
Posts: 1,871
Images: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by ALFADOIT View Post
Managed to fit my new bumper indicator. Picked one up brand new in box for 30 quid delivered which was nice!
Wow that was interesting to fit!! Due to my FMIC piping obscuring access, and the way the bloody units are secured to the bumper, plus i had to trim the rear of the unit to fit behind my stainless intercooler piping.. Remember folks there are 2 plastic tabs at the top of the indicator unit, so you need to prise them out gently from bottom to top. I jammed a screw driver in the top to create a gap in the plastic, to give the top 2 tabs a chance to break free. Anyhow all done and she looks right again.

Made me smile a few replies to my question on how to remove a unit a while ago. After the F'king typical clever arse reply on here of, you have so many mods and i ask such an elementary question. And oh its in the handbook so it must be so easy!! Why do peeps bust each others balls on here! We are meant to be a community, this is recreation and fun! Anyhow rant over. I know there are some great people on here, but some jeez!

Also adjusted my meth rate. The psi the meth comes in. It was coming in far too early using too much early in the rev and boost range. All better now though. These things take time to perfect.

Also thinking about new rear discs, black diamond look a nice quality product and i like the look of the anodised black finish on the bells. Or i will get Ned at Autolusso to powder coat the bells of a set of oem discs.

Damien.
Damien, Brembo do a set of disks with the bells in black. I will be going for these next as the non-painted ones ruin the look of the car!
ALFADOIT likes this.
Firstcaralfa is offline  
(Post Link) post #2162 of 2910 Old 24-03-16 Thread Starter
Status: GT clover 170 Q2 called SOOTY.:-)
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
ALFADOIT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 2,199
Images: 12

Member car:

GT.Clover 170 Q2

Quote:
Originally Posted by Firstcaralfa View Post
Damien, Brembo do a set of disks with the bells in black. I will be going for these next as the non-painted ones ruin the look of the car!
Thanks mate. In the end went for a set of M-tec with anodised black finish grooved. Very happy with the price too.

Damien.
Firstcaralfa likes this.
ALFADOIT is offline  
Status: I've been here before thrice
AO Member
 
Calcifer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
County: Cardiff
Posts: 103
Grinding off rear anti-roll bar and fitting new bushes and drop links, effin thing.

What a stupid flipping design this is. Well done Alfa, another fine mess you have gotten me into.
Calcifer is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 358
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by Calcifer View Post
Grinding off rear anti-roll bar and fitting new bushes and drop links, effin thing.

What a stupid flipping design this is. Well done Alfa, another fine mess you have gotten me into.
If it's any consolation there are a few Fords with a similar design
bobulon is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Lincolnshire
Posts: 741

Member car:

GT 1.9jtd

starting stripping the turbo off the GT this morn but got rained off
bembo449 is offline  
Status: Nervous - MOT today
AO Member
 
Bigman1207's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Deeping St James
County: Lincolnshire-
Posts: 32
Well after having a good read on this forum decide to have a go at fixing my stiff non centering gearstick on my 147 jtdm was fairly straight forward and immensely satisfying as it is now tip top working perfectly ?

Thanks to all that posted various step by step guides

Tomorrow . . Discs and pads ?

Cheers

BM
Bigman1207 is offline  
Status: The Rosso twins are here!
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
edraven71's Avatar
 
Club Member Number: 1612
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Tyne and Wear
Posts: 3,674
Garage
Had a tinker with a door pull I had lying around as despite recently cleaning mine up, it is still annoying me as it looks crap.
Pretty pleased with how it turned out, just need to try it on the car.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160324_201729.jpg (175.5 KB, 21 views)
edraven71 is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 358
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by edraven71 View Post
Had a tinker with a door pull I had lying around as despite recently cleaning mine up, it is still annoying me as it looks crap.
Pretty pleased with how it turned out, just need to try it on the car.
wow, very nice! what'll you charge to do mine?
bobulon is offline  
Status: The Rosso twins are here!
Club Member
Membro Premio
 
edraven71's Avatar
 
Club Member Number: 1612
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Tyne and Wear
Posts: 3,674
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
wow, very nice! what'll you charge to do mine?
Just the cost of the flight over to do them
edraven71 is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 358
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by edraven71 View Post
Just the cost of the flight over to do them
hmm... manchester to melbourne return for 548 pounds - if you help me install my q2, b14s and 330 front brakes as well that might work out cheaper than the local alfa specialist
I'm not at home here though so I can't put you up you'd have to get a hotel
bobulon is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,233
Might have just done something a bit heroic...

Changed out the front downpipe from the Wizard decat piece to the original cat.... Without lifting the front of the car....

Driveway is sloping tarmac - no good for jacking

Parking space is gravel - no good for jacking

Garage is concrete but full of furniture - no space for car

Managed it parked up on the gravel... Lots of swearing, severe spanner rash on the knuckles, sooty and dirty from playing with the exhaust, but it's done.... No leaks (at least nothing I could spot with a quick snoop about), and MOT ready for next weekend... Though I have a feeling that the Tyre & MOT shop it's booked in with are gonna tell me in needs new tyres as well!

100% would not recommend trying it without lifting - it takes twice as long, and you end up more than twice as hurt and dirty...

The thought of doing that again to put the Wizard back in makes me shudder... Could be persuaded to part with the decat pipe right now I reckon!

Last edited by _The_Editor_; 25-03-16 at 17:27.
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: Planning summer upgrades
AO Member
 
AussieAlex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aussie in Sweden
County: Stockholm
Posts: 755
Images: 12
Garage
Thought about looking into getting a pair of ramps?

Unless the surface is too uneven to make them practical?
AussieAlex is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,233
Quote:
Originally Posted by AussieAlex View Post
Thought about looking into getting a pair of ramps?

Unless the surface is too uneven to make them practical?
Thought about it yea... Needs to be a fairly wide set to accommodate the 225 width tyres, and have a nice wide solid base so they won't sink into the gravel at all..

The common steel frame ramps would be no good, as they're not going to be safe to use on the gravel at all..

For the moment, jacks & stands are good enough most of the time...
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: Planning summer upgrades
AO Member
 
AussieAlex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Aussie in Sweden
County: Stockholm
Posts: 755
Images: 12
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by _The_Editor_ View Post
Thought about it yea... Needs to be a fairly wide set to accommodate the 225 width tyres, and have a nice wide solid base so they won't sink into the gravel at all..

The common steel frame ramps would be no good, as they're not going to be safe to use on the gravel at all..

For the moment, jacks & stands are good enough most of the time...
Fair points.

You could try and make some out of some solid timber? Not really sure if it would be worth it economically but at least you get create something that easily meets your requirements.
AussieAlex is offline  
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gwynedd
Posts: 1,201
I have ramps but you can't go on forwards because the front overhangs to much. Goes on backwards ok.
dgmayhead is online now  
Reply

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa 147, 156 & GT

Tags
156 , alfa , or gt , thread , today

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome