Yeah, but I love a challenge. If it was easy, girls could do it !
I had a fair amount of trouble initially sourcing bits and technical info but another local Alfa owner stepped up to the mark and helped me out, firstly with a pump and then with the technical bits I needed to fill in the gaps - cheers, Iain.
My first problem was getting the wheels off. They were fitted with Trilok bi-pentagonal headed bolts ( star drive I believe they call them ) and the owner didn't have the wheel key adaptor for them. So I had to dismantle the suspension from inside the wheels to get the engine in and out. There was some interesting vocabulary dispensed during that part of the operation. Hope he never gets a puncture .......
But we have a 99% success story. The car is now running again and the engine sounds sweet and has plenty of poke with no extraneous noises or damp patches. The original inlet ducting at the throttle body had been all wrapped up with duct tape because the bellows were badly torn. Apparently they are no longer available from the dealer. I made up a short term replacement but if anyone's got a trunking I would be happy to hear from you, either a CF1 or CF2 would do, I'll make it fit. Secondly is the fact that the management light doesn't want to go out, yet the engine revs happily to 7 and sounds fine, even the idle is spot on.