GTV JTS Maniverter - manifold, cats and downpipe
I only joined in the forum in September 2005 so I hope I’m not being too pushy in posting so soon.
I’ve got a Phase 3 GTV (I know, I know, but I rather like it) with a JTS engine. I need a “maniverter” and I ordered one on line. If you search for same on the net, you’ll find that the picture is the same, wherever you buy it from — that’s because there’s only one manufacturer. And the maniverter doesn’t fit.
Apparently, the picture is right and the measurements that were spec’d by the cat manufacturer were correct but the cats that they actually use are longer than the ones pictured — and the manifold is solid across the exhaust outlets the and there should be a cut in the middle. The upshot is that it can be fitted but ground clearance is reduced to silly.
And Alfa want £2,040 for a new one!
I’ve found a few preloved JTS maniverters on ebay and they all say “Fits GTV, Spider and 156”. Does anyone know if they really do fit the JTS GTV? I’ve already had my maniverter off and had to put it back on when we realised that the replacement didn’t fit and I don’t fancy repeating the exercise unnecessarily…
…and, on an entirely different, and somewhat trivial, matter. You will be doubtless familiar with the scene in Sense and Sensibility in which Marianne announces that Willoughby has given her a horse without any thought as to whether she can afford to keep it. In Trollope’s updated version, it’s a sports car.
Her sister tactlessly ignores their mother’s protestations about the running costs and asks what kind of a car it is. Marianne replies, “It’s an Alfa Romeo. It’s a design classic.”
But we knew that anyway, didn’t we?
Finally, as this is a maiden post, I ought to mention my Alfa history: 164 3.0, 164 2.0, 166 3.0, Spider S4, 166 2.0, GTV phase3