156 20v dmf and clutch change
Well i did it and on the ground outside but what a ba%£*&d of a job.
Thanks Keith for your excellent guide.
As i keep having to learn "half measures avail us nothing".
My advise to anyone with little garage equipment is to drop the subframe completely and to take the whole n/s strut and lower wishbone off, far easier.
You will need plenty of blocks/axel stands and i found 2 trolley jacks useful on my own.
It is all quite self explanatory but it is a fiddle at times and i resolved many times to never attempt this sort of thing again. But i will now its done!
Refitting the gearbox was a sod. I left the o/s drive shaft in place which caused issues in lining up the gearbox but if there were two of you it wouldn't be a problem. I had to tie the gearbox up through the engine bay to a length of wood across the engine bay in order to take the weight whist i aligned it. Still difficult as although the gearbox isn't particularly heavy it feels it when your trying to maneuver it under the wheel arch!
In all its possible but dont expect to do it day on your drive!
One other thing is take the opportunity to change the Anti Roll Bar Bushes and the cambelt, water pump when the n/s of the engine is lowered as the access is greatly increased (i dont know how its done with the engine in place to be honest!)
Thanks to all who contribute on here, there are some bargains out there and with the help available on this site and some degree of know how they can be fixed. It has come to my attention that many serviceable alfas and in particular GTAs and Mjets are worth more broken particularly if something like the clutch goes as parts are expensive and labour more so. I know many of us rely on second hand parts and i don't blame companies but i think its such a shame, that's all!