Excuse the rather long winded thread but I have a question to ask and it's a bit involved.
I've just , at the weekend, picked up a lovely GTV, which was meant to be a project, something to pass the time on at the weekends. It's a 1996 Phase 1 and I drove it all weekend, without a hitch. First commute into work and after about 40 miles, It cut out on me. Called the AA and after much checking and 2 hours ( the guy was a really nice bloke who really wanted to get me back on the road) it was towed to a garage local to me. The AA guy reckoned the fuel pump was only drawing 6amps and so despite fiddling with the obvious relays and discounting the crank sensor,thought it was the fuel pump. Messing about with the relays in the engine bay, did at some point get a slight fire but not enough to get the engine going.
I should have know that my garage of choice, was perhaps the wrong one, when I arrived and the owner said " oh, I've never seen one of these before ! ".. He has serviced the wifes car and does a great job (ahem..a ford, I know).
Anyhow, left it with them and got a call today to say that it needed a new fuel tank because the fuel pump housing ? is not there and the pump was sloshing around in the fuel tank, a pipe had come off and that's why it cut out. Alfa have come back to him and said the parts are no longer available.ie new fuel pipes in and out of the tank. He also said that it looked like the moulded pipes, both feed and return, looked to have been replaced at some point and shortened and also need rplacing again. They are rubber hoses held on the pump with clips.( Jubilee ?)
My questions are: A: Does the fuel pump have a housing, or does it just hang there and B: Has anyone heard of modifying these pipes before ? Is it a common fault or is the garage just guessing at the problem ? I was convinced it was a crank sensor after reading about them on various threads here but apparently not.
C: Is what they have described normal ?
I could really do with some help as I'm gagging to get the car back either fixed or over to someone who knows what they are doing. I have little faith in the garage and not confident enough just yet to tackle this myself, unless it's an easy job.
Please could someone help ? any suggestions greatly received