An update for anyone vaguely interested in what I have been doing for the last 6 (I'm a slow worker) months. Winter refurb on my V6 is going well:
1. Powerflex back end (10 tonne press required!)
2. Wire brush & paint/laquer spring pans/dogs legs (next time powdercoaters - defo)
3. Fit braided brake hoses
4. New Brembos (off a 147) - originals dangerously corroded on mounting lugs (when was the last time you checked yours!) complete refurb carried out by me when I got them (now very, very shiny with new seals etc)
5. Refurb rear calipers (stripped down & painted)
6. New rear discs (front nearly new)
7. New front wishbones
8. New front/rear shocks (Koni STR). Looking fwd to testing these out.
9. New (std) springs all round (wanted Eibachs but roads too rough in my part of Suffolk)
10. New drop links
11. New turret mounts with bump stops (mod with non-alfa bump stops, because Alfa bump stops are cR&p; less TS type). New turret mounts hammerite-ed.
12. New Lambda sensors (2 for the CF2) - an uneven idle was the fault.
13. Track rod ends (power steering squeal)
Engine bay still looking v good from a summer refurb. Really only a half measure though, painted plenum & front cover, etc - should have gone to my powdercoaters. May re-attack this summer.
Jobs to do:
1. Find blow from exhaust, prob flexi pipes. (Hoping not rear bank).
2. Teledial refurb - I wanted Andy's darker wheels when they were up for sale but I couldn't manage it with all this going on, so will prob get my own refurbed (defo darker style, anthracite?).
3. New brake/clutch fluid when calipers go on (super blue). Looking forward to seeing if MOT tester will spot the colour of the brake fluid. Might tell him afterwards.
4. Interior (red styley) drivers bolster worn; still need to get a repair quote.
5. General triv - get rid of overspray from boot lid
6. Door cards squeaking - usual squeak; not mice.
Anyway, apologies for the OCD style of the attached picture. I just can't seem to help it anymore.
Ok so this is dragging on a bit but I'm finally getting some time to get this back on track.
Want to double check something before I go any further so here's a question for anyone who has powerflexed a V6 in the past:
Have I got the correct order (washers/spacers) for the main bolt through the bottom of the hub? I have from rear of car:
Nut:Thicker washer:dog leg powerflex: thin washer:1cm spacer:hub:thin washer:spring pan powerflex:thin washer:hub:bolt head
Quick update....GTV went in for MOT today after a year SORN & on axle stands. Noticed the old classic airbag light on as I drove it to the MOT station, , returned home & spent the rest of the day taking out all the seats; eventually got it down to the airbag ecu earthing point under the rear seats. Fingers crossed for tomorrows results...
Woohoo....passed. Examiner remarked how good it looked both underneath and on top!
One advisory: Rear braking efficency just above limit. I've fitted new pads/discs/brake fluid/rebuilt calipers (pistons/seals), bled the brakes 5-10 times whilst operating the ABS valves with MES. Fluid is air free & clean.
Not really convinced that the new pads/discs will be that much better when they fully bed in? I might look towards the compensator valve next....
Anyway I'm well chuffed that she has passed after the strip down, now it means I can get out on the road again where she belongs. Time now to start looking at all of the smaller jobs (v long list)....
i have the compensator to change and got a feeling the pipes will breaks as very corroded. what pipes did you use off compensator and where did you buy them.[/QUOTE]
3/16 Kunifer piping.
You need at least:
6 x M10 x 1mm male brake unions
2 x M12 x 1mm male (these are on top of compensator)
Sraouf has posted all the details/kit to buy in another thread. A decent pipe flaring tool is essential. I took all the exhaust off and removed all the heat shields to get decent access to the rear pipes.
Top tip: Don't let the resevoir run dry
BTW one of the pipes literally came off in my hand - proper little water trap under there.