The GTV was in need of a little tlc so I embarked on a program of maintenance to replace shocks(koni), bushes(powerflex), brakes (ebc front oe rear) and finally the cracked front exhaust manifold and slighty rotten back box (ragazzon single exit 102mm), here's how it went:
front suspension problems:
top of left shock mounting (in engine bay) bolt sheared. (2 out of 3 remaining aint bad
left anti-roll bar drop link nut completely seized, hacksawed through nut to remove
new link sourced from ebay.
left hand wishbone removal - bolt sheared off in rear mounting point
removing brace plates to get to wishbone bolts - one bolt snapped on each side of vehicle, ah, symmetry at least!
removing left hand hub pinch bolt to remove hub from wishbone, no chance! hacksaw job again.
Finally decided against fitting the powerflex bushes to the new front wishbones, I just didn't have the strength or determination the get the new originals off after that little lot....(all done in between hail/snow storms and gail-force winds)
Thankfully nearly all the nuts/bolts were fairly mobile with the aid of a f@%k-off big breaker bar, but....
top of left coil spring mounting (pressed steel 'top-hat' which carries the bump stop) vapourised into a shower of rust and swearwords when I touched it, new parts sourced from alfa dealership...
Once I got my technique sorted for removing the old bushes I was flying, definitely a knack to this, and so satisfying when you finally pop the old one out!
Going to start on the rear left corner tomorrow if it's not ****ing down or a plague of locusts doesn't descend on me, main point of this post is if you are considering doing any of this work be prepared for these hidden alfa 'gems' to crop up - think I've probably spent about an extra hundred quid on bits and pieces i hadn't envisaged....please contact me for any advice on this job, no expert but happy to share the learnings of my misery
Oh, to top it all off, but mentioning no names my back-box arrived today in the shape of a fiat coupe centre-section, now that is going to take some fitting to get it right - i need a drink!