First time Alfa owner
Morning all, I feel like i'm at an AA meeting or something but I thought I'd sign up and introduce myself. My name is Mick, I'm 33 from Nottingham and i've just purchased/rescued (call it what you will) my first ever Alfa Romeo and its making me feel like a 15yr old who's just discovered what pornography is about.
I'm actaully a Renault specialist by trade and not only do I fix/restore them on a daily basis I have a penchant for them myself and own a few of them; '81 Renault 5 Gordini Turbo, '93 Renault Dealer Racing BTCC R19 (Tim Harvey No.1), Megane Scenic (Daily work bus).
Last week however I found myself in a somewhat embarrasing situation whilst looking at a customers V6... Not with the Renault I was there to see but an Alfa that was parked close by. The customers older brother had moved away to somewhere bizzare and abandoned his 2001 147 TS Lusso at the road side which was really causing a stir at the family home as space was an issue and his dad hated having "the scrap" parked out front of the house on the lawn. There it had obviously been stood for a good time (Tax disc expired 06/2009); Tyres all shot, brakes siezed on and the paint work looking all sad and its only a 1.6 120ps to so not exactly a sporting pedigree but perfect for my better half to bomb about in. The car touched a heart string that is usually reserved for classic diamonds so decided to take it under my wing. Over the next couple of days I agreed the sale for £300 and yesterday the car was delivered by truck so it was the first day of work on my new obsession.
The cabin space and interior were still in great condition, the electrics all working (famous last words). The clockset showed 74k but some ABS, Motor Control and SRS faults (To be expected I guess after sitting all that time). The first thing to do was to drop the fluids and un-sieze the brakes then change everything. The full brake system and linings needed changing as they're done but a mornings hard work on the lift soon got it rolling and braking again. I checked the timing belt was servicable and safe to attempt some cranking with (Which it was but would obviously need a service next week before driving it far). I gave the engine a few turns by hand to see if it had siezed and as it wasn't I put on the battery jump pack, added 5l of fuel - to my surprise/delight it coughed to life, responded to throttle well and after the coolant system got up to temp drove 100% like it had been parked up yesterday! An MOT may throw me a curve ball next week but i'lll cross that bridge when I get to it... Also, I'd like to highly recommend the FiatECUScan sw as it helped me access and clear all the ABS and Motor faults making it well worth €49.
Anyway, thats my story so far and I can't believe I've fallen for an Italian lady