What have you done to your Alfa 147/156/GT today? - Page 97 - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
 1173Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
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 JoeH147 View Post
Its just wanted the B4s as I want an improvement over the worn OEM ones on there now, I can't afford anything fancier than that really. I'd love to try someones' GT but I don't know anyone!
Anything is better than worn OE suspension! So I wouldn't fret too much. The B4s are decent shocks
Pud237 likes this.
AussieAlex is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,232
Glow plugs and fuel filter done today, nice easy Saturday morning job

Gotta say the glow plugs were easier than I expected... Have seen the horror stories of them being seized, connectors breaking, snapping off in the head etc.

Got back from taking the dog for a walk on the moor, hit the top of the plugs with some penetrating spray oil while everything was still nice and hot, popped into the garage to fetch my tools, popped the electrical caps off no trouble, then just span them out of the head with a 9mm deep socket and 3/8ths ratchet... No drama, no tightness, nothing!

Plugs 3 and 4 had some white buildup on the ends of them, and the electrical connector for plug 4 looked oily/dirty so I reckon that's what was causing the errors... But I manged to pick up 4xBosch plugs for cheap so figured I'd swap the 8-9 year old originals out..

New plugs back in with a smear of copper anti-sieze grease on the threads and shaft, nipped up to just snug by hand, connectors back on (after a good clean up with contact cleaner), and she fires up with no error!

Fuel filter went swimmingly, except that bloody retaining spring clip for the bottom sensor... 66% of the times I've done this job it's gone pinging off down the back of the engine bay, and I end up spending more time looking for it and fishing it out than the combined time I spent actually doing the other jobs...

Oil/Oil filter and Air filter tomorrow, and then on for another 12k
AussieAlex and bobulon like this.

_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Norfolk
Posts: 156
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pud237 View Post
It wouldn't let in unmetered air, but if the airbox lid wasn't pushing the air filter down hard then the air filter might not be sealing against the bottom of the airbox, which means unfiltered air might be getting in. That in itself will make a MAF dirty and not read as accurately, which could cause smoking. My old 20v had done this at some point and although it worked and drove fine, it was noticeably better when I put a new MAF in it.
Yes, I understand that as the air would still be going through the MAF then it would be metered.

Since securing the top of teh air boix better there is definitely less smoke, which is nice and I also think that the leak was giving a little induction niose so the car is also quieter.

It's all back toegether now, pollen filter changed, exhaust heat shield back on and service reset on the display.

The engine is definitley a little quieter at idle since changing the oil although I did seem to get quite a lot out and had to put a bit over 5 litres back in and the oil is still not quite on the maximum level.

The car has responded well to the service, it feels a little more perky, just need to sort out the NSF suspension chatter. No evidence of play can be found so I think I will just have to take a leap of faith and go for changing the ARB drop links. Failing that I think that it could be the NSF shock on its way out.

I would like a mild suspension upgrade but could do without the expence right now as the wagon is due for a cam belt change soon.
GaryN is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,232
Oil, oil filter and air filter today, to finish off the 84k service I started yesterday.

No matter how many times I do it, that air filter never gets easier...

From the bottom, bend the rad support down and release the airbox from below, undo the snorkle at the top for some extra wiggle room.. Even then it's the hardest job of the lot!

Now time for a coffee, then a thorough underseal re-treatment of the oil cooler unions.. Try and get another year out of them!

EDIT:

All done.

Went a bit mad with the Waxoyl underseal.. Oil cooler unions, intercooler support bracket, most of the front subframe that I could reach, jacking points/pinch welds on both sides where it's been deformed, some choice spots of the cabin floor, and the tops of my axle stands by accident as well...

Gonna make a routine task of re-applying to the oldest bits on every oil change.. Should have a constant top-up then!
halftone and bobulon like this.

Last edited by _The_Editor_; 01-05-16 at 14:34.
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: BORED
 
David P's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Ireland
County: Cork
Posts: 75,160
Images: 20
Garage
Voting now open for April http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/poll-...tion-vote.html (April 2016 AO Detailing Competition Vote)

Please vote for whoever you think deserves to win
David P is offline  
Status: New quiet lifters
AO Member
 
halftone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
Posts: 918
Garage

Member car:

147 Sport Q2

Finally, somewhere to put the phone. This is really nicely made and fits perfectly. Just one screw, hidden when the glovebox lid is closed. See my Amazon review.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/KUDA-teleph...P5CD2XMTHRGM4Q
bobulon likes this.
halftone is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Graham Beale's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: United Kingdom
County: Worcestershire
Posts: 36
Garage
Today I removed the egr valve from my 156 2.4 (eventually) with a view to fitting the blanking plate I bought on eBay.. . but it was the wrong one.
Graham Beale is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Wiltshire
Posts: 261
Bought a new battery as mine was dead after my 7 weeks overseas, the old one wouldn't hold a charge anymore. Also stripped out the battery tray and doused the clutch slave in WD40 ready for removing it to replace it.
Made my funnel/hose rig for refilling the transmission fluid once I drain the gearbox, and removed the throttle body and cleaned with carb cleaner. There was only minimal remains of a gasket on the throttle body which wasn't a great sign.
Rear bank stripped down too ready for some new plugs.
I have 3 days free this week to do, ARB bushes with Strongflex, rear drop links with Meyle HD, Spark plugs, clutch slave, transmission fluid, new Autolusso oil cooler to be fitted, engine bay tidy up, and maybe fit a BMC CDA.
bobulon likes this.
dominic2115 is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 355
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by halftone View Post
Finally, somewhere to put the phone. This is really nicely made and fits perfectly. Just one screw, hidden when the glovebox lid is closed. See my Amazon review.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/KUDA-teleph...P5CD2XMTHRGM4Q
Wow that's an awesome gadget, you must have bought the last one though as they are not available any more would rather that than the unsightly thing I have attached to my windscreen
bobulon is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,232
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
Wow that's an awesome gadget, you must have bought the last one though as they are not available any more would rather that than the unsightly thing I have attached to my windscreen
Check out the iOttie Easy Flex 3 - it's a suction mount, but by some wizardry you can mount it to the textured dash as well, rather than just glass only like the majority of others.

I have mine set up on the dash in the space to the right of the instrument cluster, just under the air vent. Fills that otherwise dead space, doesn't block any sight out of the windscreen, I can reach the screen with a finger whilst keeping the majority of my hand on the steering wheel, and the phone has good line of sight to the sky if I'm using maps/GPS.

I went through a few options before I settled on this one, but now that I have I'm very happy with it.
bobulon likes this.
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 355
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by _The_Editor_ View Post
Check out the iOttie Easy Flex 3 - it's a suction mount, but by some wizardry you can mount it to the textured dash as well, rather than just glass only like the majority of others.

I have mine set up on the dash in the space to the right of the instrument cluster, just under the air vent. Fills that otherwise dead space, doesn't block any sight out of the windscreen, I can reach the screen with a finger whilst keeping the majority of my hand on the steering wheel, and the phone has good line of sight to the sky if I'm using maps/GPS.

I went through a few options before I settled on this one, but now that I have I'm very happy with it.
If it sticks to the dash that's pretty handy but in that position how do you plug in a charger? I'll have a look and see if there's somewhere else on the dash it could go to the left side of the instruments. Thanks The KUDA thing is right next to the console so my cig lighter attachment thingo will reach it easily.
bobulon is offline  
Status: Spanner wary
AO Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Spain
County: Malaga
Posts: 303

Member car:

Alfa 147 1.9jtd

Finally got round to bolting the mrs 147 completely back together after the clutch replacement.
This one has fought me harder than the clutch replacement I did on my own 147 5 months ago.
As a home weekend warrior 2 clutch replacements in 5 months is pushing things a bit for my liking...
imski is offline  
Status: Flaps? What flaps?
AO Silver Member
 
_The_Editor_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Devon
Posts: 2,232
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
If it sticks to the dash that's pretty handy but in that position how do you plug in a charger? I'll have a look and see if there's somewhere else on the dash it could go to the left side of the instruments. Thanks The KUDA thing is right next to the console so my cig lighter attachment thingo will reach it easily.
I don't usually...

I have thought about picking up a 12v line directly from the fuse panel under the steering wheel, e.g. use something like this - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Add-Circuit.../dp/1550063227

Pick up a power supply from the switched 12v, stick a 12V to 5V linear regulator, and then you get USB power on that side.. But I also keep a fully topped up Anker battery in the glove box, so if I need it I can just drop that in the drivers side door pocket and charge it that way..
bobulon likes this.

Last edited by _The_Editor_; 02-05-16 at 11:21.
_The_Editor_ is offline  
Status: We did it... Now a brighter future
AO Member
 
Sam bailey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Kent
Posts: 800
Images: 4

Member car:

05 156v6 veloce

T-cut the headlights,i have some meguires headlight restorer but for now t-cut does the job.....nice and shiny
bobulon likes this.
Sam bailey is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 355
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by _The_Editor_ View Post
I don't usually...

I have thought about picking up a 12v lie directly from the fuse panel under the steering wheel, e.g. use something like this - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Add-Circuit.../dp/1550063227
Found this on the iOttie site, looks like the perfect solution. Just pop it in the unused CD hole! Pretty neat and right above the lighter

iOttie iTap Car Mount Magnetic CD Slot Holder for iPhone 6s Plus 6s 6 SE,Galaxy S7 S7 Edge S6 S6 Edge,Galaxy Note 5
bobulon is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Norfolk
Posts: 156
Garage
Finally bit the bullet and replaced the front ARB drop links in an effort to try and cure the noise that I had been getting from the NSF suspension.

The bottom ball joint on the NSF drop link had quite a bit of play in it once it was off of the car.

Noise is now gone and the front end feels happier.

Need to go shopping for a pair of front tyres in the very near future so those and a cam belt change are next on the list.
bobulon likes this.
GaryN is offline  
Status: Loving the GT 3.2 V6 :-)
AO Silver Member
 
Chris M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Oxfordshire
Posts: 1,273

Member car:

Silver GT 3.2 V6

Spent the last few days working on the brakes on my GT 3.2. As the calipers were looking a bit shabby I decided to take them off the car for a repaint. Had a battle getting the carriers off the back and broke one of the short solid pipes off the front. The rears were repainted and fitted with new Pagid coated discs and pads and look pretty good.

I have now painted the fronts and put new Alfa decals on this afternoon. Not perfect but not bad for a brush job. I used proper Alfa red paint from these guys: http://www.brakecaliperspecialists.uk/

Hope to fit them tomorrow evening....
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (93.7 KB, 17 views)
CliveJ, warniegt and bobulon like this.

Visit my Flickr pages at https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrism399/

My Alfa History: 1983 Alfasud Sprint Speciale, 1999 145 Cloverleaf (QV), 2001 156 2.0 TS, 2003 156 2.0 JTS
My Current Alfa: 2005 GT 3.2 V6
Chris M is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Wiltshire
Posts: 261
Today I have removed the clutch slave, breaking the bracket and retaining clip, new ones arriving tomorrow. Cleaned the MAF, fitted new spark plugs, painted the plenum cover, cleaned the throttle body, cleaned earth points, fitted rear ARB strongflex bushes and new rear heavy duty drop links.
Tomorrow I have the Autolusso oil cooler, clutch slave and fresh transmission oil going in. I will then start on the front ARBs.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160503_102314_1462309409621.jpg (100.9 KB, 17 views)
File Type: jpg 20160503_105825_1462309446486.jpg (84.6 KB, 18 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20160503-WA0003_1462309540131.jpg (70.8 KB, 16 views)
File Type: jpg IMG-20160503-WA0005_1462309596872.jpg (99.6 KB, 20 views)
edraven71, joeymannero and bobulon like this.
dominic2115 is offline  
Status: Happy Dancin
Club Member
Membro Medio
 
bobulon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
County: Melbourne, Australia-
Posts: 355
Garage

Member car:

2003 147 GTA

Quote:
Originally Posted by dominic2115 View Post
Today I have painted the plenum cover
Looks good, what did you paint it with and how did you get it to look like that - with the raised bits clean?
bobulon is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
Posts: 474

Member car:

Alfa 3.2GT V6

Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
Looks good, what did you paint it with and how did you get it to look like that - with the raised bits clean?
I did mine like that with crackle red paint, then just sanded the lettering and fins back and finally added clear lacquer to shine and protect.
bobulon likes this.
warniegt is offline  
Status: Loving the GT 3.2 V6 :-)
AO Silver Member
 
Chris M's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Oxfordshire
Posts: 1,273

Member car:

Silver GT 3.2 V6

New discs and painted calipers fitted this evening, together with new short solid pipes from the calipers to the flexi pipes (made by my mate). Made refitting the calipers much easier as you can just screw the union into the calipers. Just pads to fit and fluid to bled tomorrow. Pretty pleased with the results so far.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (76.7 KB, 17 views)
Chris M is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Wiltshire
Posts: 261
Quote:
Originally Posted by warniegt View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
Looks good, what did you paint it with and how did you get it to look like that - with the raised bits clean?
I did mine like that with crackle red paint, then just sanded the lettering and fins back and finally added clear lacquer to shine and protect.
Yeah pretty much the same, degreased and wire wooled the metal then 3 coats of primer then I sanded back the find and lettering, 4 coats of red paint again sanding back the fins and lettering, then 2 coats of lacquer. Job done
bobulon likes this.
dominic2115 is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Wiltshire
Posts: 261
Pics of how it started, and how the engine now looks.
Also Autolusso oilcooler fitted, I opted to jubilee clip the pipes rather than just rely on push fit.
And gave her a quick wash.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMAG0983_1462465980615.jpg (71.2 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg 20160505_154922_1462466170387.jpg (103.8 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg 20160504_122835_1462466219966.jpg (66.2 KB, 24 views)
File Type: jpg 20160505_155001_1462466268943.jpg (77.7 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg 20160505_154947_1462466321774.jpg (81.8 KB, 26 views)
dominic2115 is offline  
Status: -
AO Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
Posts: 474

Member car:

Alfa 3.2GT V6

I've only gone an got me a wizard fitted...

CHRIST its good, far far better in real life then any youtube video I've seen. I'm sat here typing this with a huge grin on my face

It's quiet when you want it to be and savage when the mood takes you. The depth of sound is amazing and I swear people think it's a bloody super car coming down the road as so many have turned around to see what it is, only to see a little blue Alfa coming towards them

I did think that my old custom exhaust sounded pretty good and was just annoyed at the slight drone at low revs, but this is on a completely different level.

I also got the underneath wax oiled whilst it was in for piece of mind even though it's garaged and does very little mileage.

Quaife next, but that will be next year now as I've had the oil cooler, wizard and underseal done this year now as well as normal servicing...

I'm now nearly broke and am spending my last few on a weekend away in Stratford upon avon. If your anywhere near there then there's a good chance you'll hear me
warniegt is offline  
Status: Alfisti
AO Member
 
Tarnish3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: United Kingdom
County: Durham
Posts: 212
Images: 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobulon View Post
Wow that's an awesome gadget, you must have bought the last one though as they are not available any more would rather that than the unsightly thing I have attached to my windscreen
Check out Brodit car/phone mounts. (e.g. Amazon)
They come in two parts; one fits your car exactly (several location options), the other fits your phone, powered ones are available.

When I swapped my phone I looked for something cheaper and found another suction mount to match my new phone exactly.
I mated the phone holder to the existing Brodit car bracket, !

Original installation...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 19092010197a.jpg (39.1 KB, 13 views)
bobulon likes this.
Tarnish3 is offline  
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