So the noise was getting unbearable, as was the candle power produced by the headlights.
I left the car with Adie at AHM , as he was local to spend some time on the car giving it a thorough going over and providing me with a list of what needed doing. The facilities at AHM look impressive, however this is my second car and the modifications need to be within a certain budget.
The most serious issue (apart from practically every rubber in the front upper and wishbones shot) was that one of the rear coil springs had snapped - a totally usual - and predictable problem.
A pair for rear springs for the TI Sportwagon cost a little bit more than...a complete set of dampers and springs from FK Automotive! So I started buying... and hammering ebay with my shopping list.
Armed with that list I contacted Paul at A for Alfa in Aylesbury, as I'd heard good thing about him - and gave him the list of what I wanted doing. I would source all the parts...and he would do all the hard work
1. Replace front & rear dampers and F&R Springs
2. Replace front upper and lower wishbones
3. Replace front and rear droplinks
4. Replace front and rear anti roll bar bushes
5. Replace Handbrake cables
6. Replace front Aux Belt
7. Replace both foglights
8. Replace dipped beam with HID kit
I dropped the car with him on Tuesday morning and picked up this morning (although it was ready yesterday). I had a loaner - his trusty little Fiat Punto, which got me home with no hassle.
Absolutely top service, reasonable prices and very knowledgeable chap - cannot recommend him highly enough.
Another complete transformation. I will get the car aligned on Monday (at the Classic Car show at the NEC all weekend) but ****** me, what a transformation! the car practically glides across the road now!
The car sits a little lower than before but if anything is a little more comfortable - but I dont know if that's because my 'cartilage' joints now have gristle in them, or because of the dampers - and turn is as composed if not better than before.