New Alfa owner and already hard at it.
I had a rush of blood to the head and bought an Alfa Spider 3.0 V6 from Sydney and shipped it to Perth Western Australia.
Bought it from only a few photos on a car sales web site and a couple of calls to the existing owner,and it is now my mid-life crisis car.
They don't take the same kind of beating from the weather over here so age a little better. And unlike the UK, in WA once a car has gone over the pits once that is it
. No yearly MOT, it is regisetered until you crash it or someone writes it off. So plenty of time to tinker with it with out the MAN giving me a hard time.
Previous owner assured me everything worked....hmmm
And to be honest it is in very good condition but I'm a bit of a perfectionist so thanks to this excellent site and the wealth of info in it I am in the process of going through the car like a dose of salts.
Work I have done - in a large part thanks to this site.
1) Fuel smell in car - fixed dodgy seal in fuel ventilation capture box in the boot
2) Bouncing locks - stripped door panels and bodged up the bowden cable - we will see how long it lasts
3) Replaced gear knob and gaiters
4) Replaced boot badge
5) Fixed non working boot light - actually started working again on its own a few days after I had given it up as a bad joke.
6) Painted and laquered calipers as they had gone all chalky
7) New (prettier) handbrake grip
8) New Pedals
9) oil and filter change - previous owner partially sump - threadlock and smear of gasket seal seems to have done the trick.
10) Fixed bonnet opening lever/cable - loose and had to tuck it into the steering wheel cowling like some others here
11) New head unit - now the aerial doesn't work but I don't care as I never listen to the radio - that is what the 32gb USB is for.
12) Leaky boot seal - is there anything black silicon is not good for?
13) New outer driver door seal
14) small section of wheel arch cover missing over the cam belt and pulleys - so it was fully exposed in the wheel arch - local dealership wanted my soul and firstborn to replace - so fashioned a very functional replacement from a cut out from a heavy black plastic bucket - and you can't see it with the wheel on.
Still to do
1) Line up the front bumper - it is a bit low at the front - looking forward to this as it will really set off the look of the car
2) Passenger door mirror - motor moves - glass doesn't
3) Gearbox oil change
4) Lastly - test the roof - have not been game so far and the weather has been cold and wet - I can only deal with one major disappointment at a time - but I only get the one green flash on startup so I guess the ecu thinks it is ok.
I am actually really enjoying it so far, I get a real sense of satisfaction from getting everything just so, and driving the car is fantastic - especially above 4k rpm it just lights up and takes off. Such a difference from my "sensible" 4wd.
Would anyone have the silver plastic gearstick surround available for sale? Mines was really brittle and snapped in a few places with very little effort. Obvoiusly I will pay all postage costs to OZ, (and it will still be cheaper than sourcing one here in OZ)
Apologies for the long first post, just a bit excited I guess, and thanks for such a great site.