on the weekend, i finally addressed the 'wandering' issues the car was experiencing. during hard acceleration, the car would pull to the left; under abrupt lift-off, it would pull to the right. i'd determined the steering track rod ball joint was worn, and had 3~4mm 'slop'. this led to changes in steering angle of the right hand wheel, causing the above.
new track rod was acquired. needed a Stillson (plumbing) wrench to remove the old one. it was unfortunately very firmly screwed to the steering rack, so i had to partly drop the front subframe for improved access and leverage. this of course required the exhaust manifold/front pipe to be detached too. quite a big job, but i got there!
with the new part fitted, everything is great! the steering is much more direct, and handling improved accordingly. in fact, went for the first ever properly blast down some twisty roads near me (Great Ocean Road, south west Victoria, Australia). awesome experience; so much grip from this car, and agility. love it.
unfortunately, in my rush to refit the manifold, one of the metal gaskets was misaligned, and i ended up with a farty exhaust leak
. fixed that today.
unrelated (i think), the right hand bonnet catch failed to release! forum tips solved this issue: gently push down on the bonnet whilst lever/cable is pulled (by wife
). allowed the catch to work. discovered the cable had too much slack, and adjusting the retaining knob on the end of the cable fixed that!
*new steering track rod:
*amount of wear/slop in existing ball joint:
*ball joint unscrewed from end of steering rack:
*exhaust manifold leak:
this might be the last update for a little while. the car is now running great. i've been using it to drive to/from work frequently, and on the occasional 'alfa meet' with fellow local alfisti, and it's proving great.
there's still things to do, but i now want to return to finishing the ICE install in my GT, which i abandoned in favour of the 155!