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Handbook says not, but the electrics/hydraulics seem fine anyway - it's just the bulk of the mechanism running out of line, things getting out of sync, parts clashing etc.

I printed off Alfa Workshop's excellent guide How to get the hood on a Brera Spider back up if it fails last night with some of their photos enlarged and printed out separately, and got it all fully up, sealed and weather-tight first thing this morning in my garage. I was almost jumping for joy when both windows popped fully back up!
Many, many thanks to Alfa Workshop.
If I'd had any sense I'd have had them in the glove box all ready for an emergency - the owner's manual is absolute pants in comparison to the AW guide.
I'd advise ALL Spider owners to read their guide and either print off or be able to access it in the event of roof problems.
I now have 100% confidence in fully dropping the roof and raising it again by hand, including the locking front and rear and altering the flaps.

I've just taken it down to the bodyshop to have them look at the crumpled metal, thankfully they can sort it for 150, so it's booked in for the 25th & 26th of this month. Quite pleased about that. The last time I was there they couldn't help when when the boot lid got damaged - I finished up having to get a whole new lid.

Once that's been done I'm going to book it in with the convertible specialist who does odd bits of work every blue moon - so no idea when that'll be, and I've never met the guy.
The outcome of that will determine whether I have to part/ex the thing or try and sell privately. A couple of members on here have expressed an interest, but I wouldn't try and sell it until it's something like what I'd be happy to buy.
One thing I'm certain about is that I'll never own another convertible. So Porsche Boxster and Z4 M Sport are off what was never a great shortlist to start with.

Attached photo of the damage, which I guess could've been worse. It doesn't look much but was a horrible sight with the rear deck in the vertical position scraping/jammed against the boot lid, and then having to drive 10 miles with it at around 45 degrees but still wedged.
Sounds like you had a nightmare weekend but hope it gets sorted out.
Your advice to carry the AW 'how to' is great advice, I have had it printed and it the glove box almost from day one and also have it on my phone.
I used to carry a lightweight cover in the boot just in case, note to self, must put it back in boot.

Not sure if I have mentioned it here before but the part where you put your hand up into the lining and push the framework past centre, I have made it a million times easier, I have made up a short length of 3/4" pipe 500 to 600 long with rubber fittings each end its so easy to pick up the frame and push it up over centre, I needed to do this as my roof doesnt reseat properly and has to be pushed past centre to seal it down.
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Sounds like you had a nightmare weekend but hope it gets sorted out.
Your advice to carry the AW 'how to' is great advice, I have had it printed and it the glove box almost from day one and also have it on my phone.
I used to carry a lightweight cover in the boot just in case, note to self, must put it back in boot.

Not sure if I have mentioned it here before but the part where you put your hand up into the lining and push the framework past centre, I have made it a million times easier, I have made up a short length of 3/4" pipe 500 to 600 long with rubber fittings each end its so easy to pick up the frame and push it up over centre, I needed to do this as my roof doesnt reseat properly and has to be pushed past centre to seal it down.
You were better prepared than me SS!
I actually thought I knew everything about manually faffing with it, but I guess with the panic of it all mistakes are made or things are forgotten, that's why I think it's essential to have the AW guide as a checklist just to make sure everything is done properly and in the correct order. At least in my case anyway!
Things are a whole lot better now I'm used to the full procedure, and I've also started using my garage again now I've got used to squeezing the car in. Spent Saturday afternoon clearing all the junk out. I can now just about get out via the driver's side rather than the passenger side!
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Having spent last week touring around the Rheinland region of Germany and covered 1,200 Miles (without fault). Snow was looking pretty grubby. So sunday was spent making her pretty again. Although I might now be changing the spider for something else as I really could do with an Automatic.

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Had the car serviced today, and fitted a K&N filter, good job here's what came out !!
Wow. That's messy

Washed and polished it on Sunday. I tried Chipex out because I had been right behind a car that had, had it's front removed a few months ago by some knob head running a red light. I never noticed the horrendous scratches and chips on the bonnet from the flying debris until later on that week following.
Anyway maybe I tried to do too much at once. It seems if you leave the 'blob' too long the blender struggles to remove it. Maybe, I ended up using my rotary (for the first time, one my late father left me) and got the bonnet looking OK. It's better than it was but not much. I guess maybe if I feel it's worth it I'll have the bonnet repainted sometime.

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Wow. That's messy

Washed and polished it on Sunday. I tried Chipex out because I had been right behind a car that had, had it's front removed a few months ago by some knob head running a red light. I never noticed the horrendous scratches and chips on the bonnet from the flying debris until later on that week following.
Anyway maybe I tried to do too much at once. It seems if you leave the 'blob' too long the blender struggles to remove it. Maybe, I ended up using my rotary (for the first time, one my late father left me) and got the bonnet looking OK. It's better than it was but not much. I guess maybe if I feel it's worth it I'll have the bonnet repainted sometime.
when I had my Focus RS, I touched up the bonnet stone chips with blobs of paint, then wet sanded them flat with 2000 & 30000 grit paper, then used my rotary to polish out the sanding marks.. Came up ok but you got to be careful!
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when I had my Focus RS, I touched up the bonnet stone chips with blobs of paint, then wet sanded them flat with 2000 & 30000 grit paper, then used my rotary to polish out the sanding marks.. Came up ok but you got to be careful!
I've looked at mine just yesterday evening when I got home (I'm currently busing it to work) and it looks much better now.
I think some of the chips need another blob perhaps.
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New clutch, new dmf, new master cylinder and a new exhaust
bet the bill for that lot hurt. she'll be driving as good as new now.
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Interim Oil/filter change. While I was under there I wire-brushed and painted the subframe with a horrible mix of Waxoyl and underseal.

Then I went inside and split-up with my other half..... She said I had to make a choice; her or the car.
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Interim Oil/filter change. While I was under there I wire-brushed and painted the subframe with a horrible mix of Waxoyl and underseal.

Then I went inside and split-up with my other half..... She said I had to make a choice; her or the car.
No contest!
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No contest!
Ha-ha, I'm not even joking (except for the reason)!!
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There's nothing like a bit of car bonding prior to giving up a relationship!
I have to assume it was planned.
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There's nothing like a bit of car bonding prior to giving up a relationship!
I have to assume it was planned.
Always good to bond. I'm out with the car at Snetterton next week so it was good we had a chat first!

No, not planned, although it had been simmering in the background for a year!
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Just washed and polished her after a unplanned day off work( needed a ecg,heart playing up at the price of 3new tyres)
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Managed to get I believe the right gearstick plastic surround piece which I dropped off at my trusted paint place today which will be painted Ghiaccio White. All being good I should have it fitted to complete the look on the dash in time for National Alfa Day. Now off to buy a nice set of new gear and handbrake gaiters from eBay.
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Managed to get I believe the right gearstick plastic surround piece which I dropped off at my trusted paint place today which will be painted Ghiaccio White. All being good I should have it fitted to complete the look on the dash in time for National Alfa Day. Now off to buy a nice set of new gear and handbrake gaiters from eBay.
Are you getting the gear and handbrake gaiters in white or sticking with black?
I like the look of this to match my interior:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TAN-LEATHE...cAAOxy~hdR2F4N
Though knowing how Alfa's are put together, I bet it's not a quick swap...

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Chances are I'll be going with black leather with red stitching so there is a subtle enough but matching contrast. I have seen ones in all red leather and tan leather like that, however my worry is that if I purchased a set in a full on colour like red in my case that I'd find a bit too much and just well, "not quite right" let's say in which I'd end up changing. Each to their own though, I'm sure some people have purchased them in those colours and liked the results.

I'm also considering buying a cheapish secondhand steering wheel to have a really nice re-trim sending it to Royal Steering wheels, seen some threads with the results and the difference looks night and day compared to stock. Gotta do it very soon though if I've got any hope of getting that done on time for the show. Although my main focus is on completing my half eaten cake looking dash panel right now.
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