As some may know, I have rebuilt the head on my twinspark GTV, due to having a burnt out valve and infact almost circular exhaust cam lobes in cylinder 4!
With lots help from the forum and the members I now have a nicely (wet in the rain!) polished black GTV, though there is still a nagging thought in the back of my mind... I might have the WRONG head gasket in there!
The story is that the car had a replacement Engine by Autolusso almost 4 years before and I don't think it was particularly well cared for since, esp regarding oil changes! Anyway - this means I have a TS Engine (with a plastic top) which the invoice reads 'reconditioned engine from a 147'.
I, in my haste and excitement, threw away the old head gasket and couldn't remember what it was when I ordered my new set - I spoke to Ned who said I needed to know - so I took a guess at a composite one (esp as thicker one is better as no valves touching pistons will happen) but there are a few things nagging me...
1. I has a small white smoke incident last weekend (see this thread - http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...n-exhaust.html
) which has seemed to have disappeared, though I am keeping a beady eye on the coolant and oil (looking for mayo anywhere!).
2. I think, though I am not sure, that the previous HG was metal...
Sorry for the length of post - but what I need to do (without taking the head of AGAIN preferably) is figure out whether I have a CF2 or CF3 engine - where can I see the relevant codes as all the sensors and exhausts match a 1999 P2 GTV I imagine now... Also, do I need to change it, if I have the thicker one I assume I would just be down a little on compression and hence power...
The final issue is I want to use the car for my wedding, which is on the 30th of June!!
All help gratefully received.