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That would be awesome! I love old planes, especially ones with RR Merlins or Griffons. Where are the Lacasters from? One would be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight one I assume. We went to a flying day at Shuttleworth in 2005 and the Spitfire gave us goosebumps. There are two flying in NSW that I will go to see one day and there are several being restored in Australia according to the internet. Have a look for an HD clip of the recently rebuilt Mosquito flying in New Zealand with a Spitfire alongside. It is fantastic. A guy over there built a brand new fuselage and wings for it for a rich Canadian collector and he is now building one for himself.
"The Three Sisters" they are calling them. One is from the British B of B Memorial Flight, and the other is from Canada. They flew with the Avro Vulcan, escorted by a Hawk. Taking off from Waddington they flew over the "turf cutting" ceremony in Lincoln for the Bomber Command Memorial at the International Bomber Command Centre, then down south.
Sorry I don't have a photo of them all together, as they took off separately, then joined up too far away from my vantage point.

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One of HIDs packed in. Turns out it was the ballast. Typical as I've got a spare pair of HID bulbs and fuses, but no ballast. Looks like I'll be on t'internet to buy a replacement and possibly a spare.
All fixed now as I dodged the rain showers after work. At least now I have a spare ballast as I bought 2.
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That would be awesome! I love old planes, especially ones with RR Merlins or Griffons. Where are the Lacasters from? One would be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight one I assume. We went to a flying day at Shuttleworth in 2005 and the Spitfire gave us goosebumps. There are two flying in NSW that I will go to see one day and there are several being restored in Australia according to the internet. Have a look for an HD clip of the recently rebuilt Mosquito flying in New Zealand with a Spitfire alongside. It is fantastic. A guy over there built a brand new fuselage and wings for it for a rich Canadian collector and he is now building one for himself.
Just noticed where you are in the world, try looking on www.vulcantothesky.net
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After my "thrash" out to Waddington, my verdict on the fitment of Eibach's to a Ti is as follows:
The car has been lowered by 5mm from standard Ti trim, and to be honest I can't really tell, as with the ride, which is just as good as it was before. What I have noticed on the more positive side, is that the car corners flatter and harder, plus the nose doesn't dive under braking.
On the whole I wouldn't bother changing to these springs if you own a Ti, personally I would have been disappointed if I had done it for performance reasons only.
I only changed them because 2 springs from Alfa cost the same as 4 Eibach's, plus they have a 5 year warranty.

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I only changed them because 2 springs from Alfa cost the same as 4 Eibach's, plus they have a 5 year warranty.
It is the logical choice
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Drove up to Autolusso Bournemouth for the cars yearly service. Nice drive up, bit stop start on the way back to Devon but the 159 is a great car to be driving on those roads.
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Went from this
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To this
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And all it took was a 200 mile round trip to Manchester, oh and 100

Never found the scrotum sack that did it but at least it's sorted bar the little ti badge
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Went from this
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And all it took was a 200 mile round trip to Manchester, oh and 100

Never found the scrotum sack that did it but at least it's sorted bar the little ti badge
Is that a dent in the swage line on your 'as was' pic or just a reflection?
If it is a dent I don't know how they managed to get it out
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You tack weld a dent puller on it, ( metal has memory ). So if you don't leave it that long it will pop back out, with just a little filler needed to smooth things out.
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Is that a dent in the swage line on your 'as was' pic or just a reflection?
If it is a dent I don't know how they managed to get it out
No it was a dent, and worse than it looked in the photo too

Was told it could be repaired but the quotes were all above 150

The after photo is after I fitted a second hand boot lid. Been looking for a while and found one at salvage kings in Manchester. Cost me a hundred plus the fuel but at least I know there's no bodge in it
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Got the Alfa back from autolusso with the new inlet manifold complete with welded up swirl flaps..... It's made a significant difference. Pulls from lower down the rev range, bags more power so must have been losing loads of boost. Much smoother and no smoke considering I got a new manifold, ECU swirl delete, and a new Cam belt, aux belt & pump all for 750 all in, it's pretty decent value and great results for the money! That's me for another 40k or so
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Pretty good price that, mind it would have been mad not to have done the belts with the manifold off. With all your efforts to stop oil and exhaust gases getting where they shouldn't what condition was the manifold in?

Drop me a note if you are around next week as I'm off.

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No it was a dent, and worse than it looked in the photo too

Was told it could be repaired but the quotes were all above 150

The after photo is after I fitted a second hand boot lid. Been looking for a while and found one at salvage kings in Manchester. Cost me a hundred plus the fuel but at least I know there's no bodge in it
I thought it'd be impossible to get that dent out in that position!
I had a similar thing with the boot lid on my Spider when a roof tile bounced off it in the crazy winds we had earlier this year.
Mine was also right on the swage line - unrepairable .
I too finished up having to get a new boot lid fitted. Actually, a second hand one from a breaker's yard. Good as new now .
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Pretty good price that, mind it would have been mad not to have done the belts with the manifold off. With all your efforts to stop oil and exhaust gases getting where they shouldn't what condition was the manifold in?

Drop me a note if you are around next week as I'm off.

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Hey Rich, I didn't get to see the manifold when it came off but am hoping one of them grabbed a snap of it for me. It would have been pretty rough though as, over a year ago I did the butterfly valve clean and it was absolutely caked!

I am going to see how it fairs over the next few weeks, but so far it feels like new. I am now sorely tempted to fit that Hybrid turbo of mine at the next oil change !!
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Changed all the bulbs - dipped, main, sides & fogs. Fog lights took about half an hour following the excellent guide on here (& a lot of that was cleaning the muck out that had accumulated behind them) & the rest took about 1 hours all in. Dipped beam was really easy - in fact the only really difficult ones were the main beams (especially the driver side). A small torch & mirror made the whole job a lot easier, & I used a length of old coat hanger bent into a hook on the end to pull the clips back onto the main beam bulbs.

Not something I'd want to do again in a hurry (need to let the skin grow back), but really not as bad as the scare stories make out!

Even had time to sort the rust spots I'd discovered on the front lips of the rear arches.
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Got the Alfa back from autolusso with the new inlet manifold complete with welded up swirl flaps..... It's made a significant difference. Pulls from lower down the rev range, bags more power so must have been losing loads of boost. Much smoother and no smoke considering I got a new manifold, ECU swirl delete, and a new Cam belt, aux belt & pump all for 750 all in, it's pretty decent value and great results for the money! That's me for another 40k or so
Pleased you are happy with it and all sorted now

One point though, we did not do the ECU delete for the swirl flaps because of the map on the car so it had to be done slightly differently but nothing to worry about

And yes now worth puting your hybrid turbo on

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Thanks for the clarification Ned, i'll get the swirls deleted if/when the Hybrid turbo is remapped in.
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considering I got a new manifold, ECU swirl delete, and a new Cam belt, aux belt & pump all for 750 all in, it's pretty decent value and great results for the money! That's me for another 40k or so
Now that is a great price. Ive been quoted a grand for new inlet manifold only!!!
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Well what started as removing the 159 badge turned into a 6 hour cleaning, polishing and waxing

Started with mer high shine shampoo, dried her, then autoglym super resin Polish and finished with mer deep gloss finishing wax

Really pleased with the outcome. Sounds stupid but hadn't been enjoying washing her while the boot lid was all scratched and dented but we've bonded again
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And here's the back end without the badges. Debadged my last alfa and am just as pleased with this one
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Now that is a great price. Ive been quoted a grand for new inlet manifold only!!!
It is a good deal.... the manifold is a part ex with your own one as the last one removed is stripped apart, cleaned & blasted so it looks like new, then swirl holes are welded up and it gets refitted to the next persons car who comes in for the job. So none of us have to buy a new manifold, but essentially get one for a very cheap price.

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Ripped the bloody window regulator out of the drivers door!
It snapped as I dropped the window to say bye to a family member and the widow just dropped!
Spent nearly 2 hours removing it and securing the window closed so it was waterproof.
New regulator @ 140 ordered with special delivery. Still have to wait until Wednesday though thanks to it being a bank holiday weekend!
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9 hours worth of cleaning in prep for a charity car meet last night.

Got alot of tar / grime / marks off the paint, but on the flip side, discovered just how poor the factory paint job is on the bootlid. 2011 car, but patches of rust coming through, patches of laquer missing, patches of bare metal where the lid is a poor fit to the body, and pinheads of rust coming through all over. I think I may be inquiring about the paint warranty sooner than I thought!

On the plus side, it does look pretty damn good all cleaned up now, top to bottom, in and out. Hoovered, interior glass cleaned, console / gauges cleaned, door shuts cleaned, de-tarred, de-bugged, power hosed, dried, tire gel and a coat of Poorboys polish all over. 9 hours in total over the weekend!

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Had my knackered swirl flaps done at Autolusso new old style manifold fitted Egr delete cambelt etc no system failure and mil light now runs much better great job Ned .
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Spent the bank holiday replacing all the brake discs and pads on the Brera.
The fronts were very badly corroded on the inside.
Replaced the whole lot with standard Brembos. Also replaced the brake fluid with Dot 5.1.

They are not yet bedded in fully but a huge improvement.
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Spent the bank holiday replacing all the brake discs and pads on the Brera.
The fronts were very badly corroded on the inside.
Replaced the whole lot with standard Brembos. Also replaced the brake fluid with Dot 5.1.

They are not yet bedded in fully but a huge improvement.
how easy was it to remove the front caliper pins? Im contemplating taking this on myself but unsure id be able to remove the pins with my 12 pc socket set
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