First off all I'd like to say thanks to those of you who have helped me over the years with technical advice with the joys of Alfa ownership
The day has finally come for me to sell my beloved 156 Selespeed....
I have been restoring it over the last 12 months, to hopefully enjoy it for the summer, but I've fallen at the last hurdle....
I cannot get the selespeed system to work as it should and I'm sure its down to me not haveing enough experience, knowledge and time with the system. I'm sure someone out there could get it to work with ease.
The list of parts and work done to the car:
The 2.0 litre Twinspark engine has only done 71,000 miles runs very smooth, oil change every 2,500 miles maybe even less since I've owned it. New Timing belt kit, balance belt kit and drive belt kit (including all idlers and tensioners). New Water pump (up rated metal fin version). New thermostat housing (including thermostat).
New Gearbox fitted (it was a used gearbox from a 50,000 mile old SW, supplied to me by Autolusso, very good condition). New Selespeed clutch and Release bearing. New gearbox oil of course.
Brand new PF2C sensors have been replaced (Not second hand). Brand New accumulator (Not Second hand). Fresh selespeed fluid.
Brand new sports suspension (Springs and shocks) fitted lowering the front and rear about 25-30mm (None adjustable, TUV approved). New front bump stops. New upper and lower wishbones. New Drop Links on the front. New Poly bushes for the front Anti roll bar. New rear transverse arms. New rear trailing arms. New rear stabilizer bars. New poly bushes for the rear anti roll bar. New poly bushes for the trailing arm to hub. Both the front and rear anti roll bars are the originals, but have been sanded back down and re-sprayed to preserve them, so they won't need to be done for a long time.
Brand new OEM disks all round. All 4 callipers have been rebuild with Big red seal kits and sprayed red. Brand new EBC Green stuff brake pads all round. Brand new hell braided brake lines all round. New copper brake lines fitted to all except the drivers front which didn't need doing. New handbrake cables from the centre cable back. New rear ABS Sensors on both rear wheels.
New exhaust sections, from the manifold down to the cat (the section where the lambda sensor fits and the flexi) and from the cat to the back boxes. Custom stainless rear exhaust section including back boxes made for the rear (the welds are exceptional). New lambda sensor. Airbag ECU replaced as old one was throwing a fault code. New Bosch battery. All 4 tyres have a lot of tread left in them.
Original speedline alloys, professionally refurbished (sandblasted, re-sprayed arctic white and lacquered) see images below, they look stunning.
Full blue momo blue leather interior (except the rear door cards, which are the cloth black.
The 2 aluminium rails which go either side of the exhaust cat running underneath the car, have been refurbished as they are prone to rust.
Im sure I have probably missed a load of stuff, like I said this was a full on project which I wanted to see through to the end, but due to finances I cannot spend any more money on it
I have over £2000 worth of receipts in just parts spent on this car since October last year.
The bad points:
The front doors have door poppers, which I intended to replace as the shaved handles weren't done to well and the welds are falling apart (see images below). As I don have the original barrels to go back in the doors, I have a whole new set of lock barrels, handles, ignition barrel and boot lock. All which would be required is to change the 2 front door, swap over the barrels and swap the key blade over into the existing keys I have, thus keeping the existing ecu's
The selespeed system isn't working properly at the moment, it can only find gears neutral, 1, 2 and 3. Like I said it has a new accumulator, 2 of the PF2C sensors have been replaced with new ones and fresh selespeed fluid. The pump primes very well, and holds excellent pressure, which is a good sign, so I know the actuator itself is fine. it could either be, swarf in the gearbox end casing, or perhaps one of the EV need to be replaced? but the selespeed ecu isn't showing any fault codes, calibrates correct every time. its a little outside my knowledge now
The bonnet has been replaced with a temporary one, which does have quite a lot of dents marks etc, so I would have either got it repaired or replaced at some point.
All parts were purchased in the last 6-8 months (I have receipts for everything), have been fitted to the car, but the care has only moved about 5-6 meters on my drive, never been on the road, so of course everything is in excellent condition. I will also be throwing in with the car all the timebelt equipment (cam locks, tdc gauge and variator removal tool).
I think I've covered everything..... So the price? I'm after £1200 and will take offers. I'm aware under normal circumstances this car without any of the work done to it would be worth a lot less, but I feel this is a fare price considering all the work which has been done to it.
I am however considering breaking it, as I appreciate perhaps some people will be only interested in the parts which are on the car and not the car itself
If you register your interest in this thread for any of the parts, if I get enough people to make it worthwhile breaking, then I will do so
(although it would break my heart lol), if anyone wants more pictures of particular parts, or anymore questions I'd be happy to helps.