In at the deep end !! - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
Introduce Yourself Again... No technical questions in here

 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
(Post Link) post #1 of 15 Old 08-01-07 Thread Starter
Status: -
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Scotland
Posts: 2
In at the deep end !!

Hi all

First post so be gentle We bought our 1.8TS Sportwagon after looking for ages. Eventually bit the bullet when our faithful Mondeo Estate (don't go there) cracked the sump and left us stranded. We also own a Reliant Scimitar so I think it's the aesthetic rather than the kinetic we admire. The Alfa looks gorgeous, turns heads and, until recently, went like sh*t off a shiny shovel. It's been in and out of the garage for bits'n'bobs rather regularly but the latest one seems terminal We had the timing re-done to be on the safe side, new spoiler fitted, electrics sorted out, oil and fliter change, plugs etc, etc....but....it was always losing/using oil - lots of it! Last week whilst driving in a spirited fashion it lost 2/3rds power and wouldn't rev over 3000rpm. Mechanic now reports that no 2 cylinder has NO compression and little oil left in engine - until he digs deeper can't advise on cost/consequences. So, fellow owners, a couple of questions .... since T/Spark engines seem to be like hen's teeth and it looks like we may need one, can a 1.8 be swapped for a 2 litre and, if so, what else needs changed at the same time? Any advice where to source a good 2nd hand unit and any pointers for Alfa mechanics in NE Scotland?

I am aware that this may well be my first and last post on this forum due to the costs involved in sorting the Alfa but I hope not - Jeez, I thought Scimitar's were bad enough to keep on the road!!

TIA chaps and as I get to be more familiar with these beautiful cars I hope to be able to input some helpful advice rather than just leeching.

Vorsprung durch spaghetti
d00dler is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Status: -
AO Member
 
Recardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Scotland
Posts: 70
Re: In at the deep end !!

Hi
CP Garage in Dundee have a good rep on here,
C P Garage services, Unit 3, Baluniefield Industrial Estate, Dundee Tel 01382 731479.

I've used McLennans in south Edinburgh for my cambelt who were very good but maybe too far away from you.
http://www.mclennansgarage.com/
It would be worth calling both for advice or your prob, the old boy at McLennans was really helpful and will go into as much technical detail as you need on any problem

good luck and keep us posted!
Recardo is offline  
Status: making daily raids across the border
AO Gold Member
 
alfaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: United Kingdom
County: Surrey
Posts: 6,451

Member car:

6C 2500

Re: In at the deep end !!

Welcome to AO and Alfa ownership

I assume you've got a proper Scimitar, lets see a pic
alfaholic is offline  
Status: I'm back
AO Silver Member
 
Gramat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Macedonia
Posts: 1,422
Images: 46
Re: In at the deep end !!

Welcome to AO
Gramat is offline  
Mark Alfa
Status: - Update
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: In at the deep end !!

Welcome to the site doodler.
 
GJ
Status: Relaxed
AO Platinum Member
 
GJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: United Kingdom
County: Herefordshire
Posts: 17,658
Images: 13

Member car:

Spider S4

Re: In at the deep end !!

Welcome to AO
GJ is offline  
Status: The BSD says konnichiwa
Global Mod Team
 
BigFoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Italy
County: Milano
Posts: 113,594
Images: 14
Garage
Re: In at the deep end !!

Hi mate, welcome to the world of pasta ... I mean, AO
BigFoot is offline  
Status: Spider's ready to go!
Global Mod Team
 
classicgal93's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Canada
County: British Columbia
Posts: 59,019
Images: 2
Garage
Re: In at the deep end !!

Hi D00dler, sorry to hear of your alfa's problems, hope you get the help you need. Stick around, it's a great site. Cheers
classicgal93 is offline  
Status: Quo
AO Silver Member
 
harleyriv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Tuvalu
County: -
Posts: 4,706
Images: 19
Re: In at the deep end !!

Hi
harleyriv is offline  
Status: -
AO Platinum Member
 
nomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
County: -
Posts: 43,564
Images: 8

Member car:

RRS TDV8 HSE

Re: In at the deep end !!

Hello and Welcome !!
nomad is offline  
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
Wrenched's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Warwickshire
Posts: 1,807

Member car:

GTV 24v

Re: In at the deep end !!

Hi there and welcome.
I'm used to showing my ignorance so...
Maybe this should form part of a technical thread (moderator..???) but so far as engine swapping is concerned, it's almost certainly possible since the factory build 2.0TS versions. The question is what will be required in terms of subsidiary bits to be changed - like engine ECU for instance? What about engine mounts & drive shafts? I suspect that the 1.8 hasn't got the balancer shafts, so would therefore be more of a derivative of the 1.6 than the 2-litre. OK you may get away with re-programming the ECU with luck, but that may cost the same as a replacement.
Does that spark any other comments - come on chaps!
Hugh Price aka Wrenched
Wrenched is offline  
Status: -
AO Silver Member
 
Wrenched's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Warwickshire
Posts: 1,807

Member car:

GTV 24v

Re: In at the deep end !!

PS we'd better not take it for granted that your radiator will cool a 2.0l
Wrenched is offline  
(Post Link) post #13 of 15 Old 09-01-07 Thread Starter
Status: -
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Scotland
Posts: 2
Re: In at the deep end !!

Thanks Recardo - a bit too far away but maybe useful in the future.

I presume you mean an SE5 Alfaholic - so, nope it's an SE6a, 3litre, V6, Auto - bogie green. Will post a pic once I'm more familiar with the site. It's our 3rd (and best) Scimitar - bought off E-bay for very little but gets used too rarely due to the lack of 4* and mpg!!!

So far been quoted 987 for 2nd hand 1.8TS engine with 46k and 2 mths warranty - awaiting the news from garage on whether it'll be needed or not - wish me luck
d00dler is offline  
Status: making daily raids across the border
AO Gold Member
 
alfaholic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: United Kingdom
County: Surrey
Posts: 6,451

Member car:

6C 2500

Re: In at the deep end !!

Quote:
Originally Posted by d00dler
I presume you mean an SE5 Alfaholic - so, nope it's an SE6a, 3litre, V6, Auto - bogie green. Will post a pic once I'm more familiar with the site. It's our 3rd (and best) Scimitar - bought off E-bay for very little but gets used too rarely due to the lack of 4* and mpg!!!
I just meant a GTE 'Princess Anne' style model.....not one of those SS1 bathtubs they build later on
Always had a liking for them, shame there's not a modern version.
alfaholic is offline  
mikebrown
Status: - Update
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: In at the deep end !!

welcome to AO Doodler...


all the best



 
Reply

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > The Alfaowner Experience > Newbie Area > Introduce Yourself

Tags
deep , end

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome