familiar yet unfamiliar, from carlisle :-)
Just thought I'd pop on here and say hello. I'm 22, past my driving test at 17 and spend the last 5 years loving/driving fiats.
Punto mk2b 1.2 16v sporting
Seicento 1.2 16v (i converted)
Cinquecento 1.4 16v (i also converted)
Bravo 155 hgt vis (rip :-( )
Coupe 20v NA
Coupe 20v NA vis
So from my car history you can probably tell im pretty much fiat through and through. However this time last year, me and my dad (who by the way has a crazy torqueitalia converted 2.4l 500bhp coupe 20vt) decided to go halfers on a 145 cloverleaf. The car had being sat on a driveway, neglected, sat on four flat tyres, collapsed suspension, and really looking like a sorry sight for Just over 4 years. But with 60k on the clock, fsh, all keys etc....no way was I letting it go to the scrappy!
It then spent the next 7/8 months in one of our lock ups, untouched and almost forgotten about, anyway with my old mans 50th fast approaching, I woke up one morning thinking, what better present to get him than to fix the alfa up and present it for his big day, so I got my finger out, rounded up some funds from any family members willing to contribute and set about it...
Firstly I had the car recovered and taken to our MOT guy, where the old girl had the following :
All belts/tensioner/water pump replaced
Full engine service
Central locking fixed
2 new wheel barings
And a full years ticket :-)
We we're surprised that it fired up first click of the key after the new batterey was fitted, I wanted the belts done first, just incase as they were alarmingly over due!
Then it was off to the body shop for a full respray, any minor dents/dings taken out and those faded bumpers colour coded, after a days buffing the car looked as if it had just left the factory!
The end result was 1 happy dad :-) he's being waiting for the weather to get a bit better before taxing and putting it back on the road, well today was that day.
After work we drove her out to our lock up, the car felt great yet just a little sluggish, and wasn't idling right. So after pulling the idle control valve off, thoroughly cleaning it and putting it back together with a new gasket (same as the fiat coupe gasket, so we had spares) cleaning the maf out and then being the big kids we are, took the air box out, removed all that plastic air feed/tunnel stuf, drilled and meshed the air box, fixed the box back in place, fired her up and bloody hell what a different car! Twice as responsive, pulled like a train and with a sound so nice, I'd even say it rivles the coupe 5 pot! Absolutley cracking little car, dad was right foot heavy all the way home and said it made him feel 18 again lol :-)
Just thought I'd share this with you guys, you'll no doubt be seing alot of me on here, as even though fiats and alfas are very much alike, I still find myself in unfamiliar territory in some respects and will have lots of questions etc.
Best regards. Angelo :-)