Give me an Alfa
Join Date: Apr 2012
County: Vila Real
Fueled him up whit 40L of premium diesel and went out on the road for some fun. Ended up doing 600 kms on those 40L which gives an average of 41-42 mpg.
Things better start running fine now as i've just picked it up 2 days ago after a nearly complete engine and acessories replacement and overhaul.
Had to change Clutch system completely, thrown a DMF in as well and had no chance but to send the gearbox to a specialist for some reseting and bearing changes.
While it was partialy disasembled i toke the liberty to remove the IC and tubbings for a reconditioning, cleaned it and repainted in pitch black coating. Amazing the quantity of gunk it holds over the years.
A full clean up, desinfection, and gas recharge was done to the aircon, it now freezes hell if needed!!! in both sides!
Cockpit polen air filter changed
A new KN air filter got in too.
All of the engine´s fluids were also removed and new better spec's ones went in, selenias, paraflus, dot 5.1's, all the 9 yards of it.
Some more minor thinkering was done:
Fuses completely changed, had a few whit the wrong capacity operating.
I now operate a 159 whit a 90% hollowed DPF thing.
Exhaust sytem was re-secured to its moring points, some rubber supports were in need of change as well some of its steel fixxing points were starting to bend, car's underside now looks straight and undisturbed.
Did had a hard time finding enough bolts and on the right size and type to correctly strap the underside engine armor back to the car!
Injectors and common rail got tested and corrected, they say it's now back to regular operative values, even though i felt no difference in behaviour.
After all the mechanic-electronic work was done and all of the car was re-asembled i lost my nerve and got it to an engine detailer wich made a nice work leaving it to a near brand new look. He even repainted the engine cover and applied some sort of glaze to it, looking very nice overall.
Somehow, safety electronics and VDC related systems were not working on full capacity even tough no warning lights were coming on for that purpose, all was reseted and i can feel that the VDC is back on control.
I'm still tired as i toke a few days of work to perform as a helping hand to the technicians so to save a few bucks on labour hours (yeah, i'm a cheapstake rat!!!)
I dont feel the car is all that better than it wasbefore, besides some improvements on gearbox handling and gear picking up from stand still, well it feels more 150ish horsed now as the 1535kgs feel lot lighter for the engine to move.
Sorry for the long post, had to share the situation whit someone...