Blimey. Thanks for the warm welcome.
My GTV is the crash damaged import that was on fleebay recently. I am still very tentative about it at the moment because I do not yet have it in my possession...and we all know how things have a habit of not panning out sometimes. I will be a lot more confident when it is sitting in my garage!
I bought it with the idea of fixing it up - I reckon this is wholly achievable and not too expensive...especially as a track car so the CD player, leather interior and 17" alloys can go and they may recoup some costs - it all helps.
However...the guy has lost the key - the red one - so this has scuppered things. I will need to disable the steering lock to get it in the garage and I am trying to find about about this guy in Holland who can decode the ECU. I think it might be Squadra.
I can then just swap the door and ignition locks for any old Alfa key set. This has added (what I understand to be ) around £170 to the project so I may break the car keep the engine and find a non runner GTV to transplant the engine. That is certainly the cheapest way...and it will be Right Hand drive!
But as I say...all tentative plans at the moment. It will definitely be a lightweight stripped out track-hack. Limited mileage insurance is very good even with fairly wild modifications.
I have also discovered that the TBs 2.0 V6 Turbo engine - rare though it is it seems to be is the same engine as the Alfa 146 2.0 V6 Turbo
. This is a bit of a let down as if this is the case I may have well have bought a scabby 146 for a lot less and a non runner GTV and done the transplant! Bit disappointed about that. Someone please prove me wrong!
The Saab 96 is my baby. It is so quirky. It was my first ever car project and cost me a fortune. After which because I was so precious about it I decided a cheap track hack would be great as an economical car you abuse with impunity. So I got a dirt cheap Saab 99 which is great fun but the mods that I wanted to do to it - while still being thrifty - still add up to a tidy sum and still limited to about 240bhp from a 20 year old engine. So I though I may as well by a cheap fast modern car.
And here I am!!!
I do like cars which are different. Saab were very different and unique which is why I love the 96 and 99 but now they are rebadged Vauxhalls. I've always had a soft spot for Alfas but could never afford a nice one hence the Salvaged GTV.
I have a website where i have charted the mods I have done to my 96 and I'll be adding the Alfa to the site and you can follow my progress from wreck to Track Monster.
Any info or comments greatly appreciated.