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Wave What have you done with your Classic Alfa today?

These threads work well in the other tech lounges so I thoughts I'd start one here

I'll start - connected up the new old stock White stripe rear lights on my S4 & refitted the battery. All works as it should

Ordered the domed / rounded style headlights for my car from Highwood Alfa ready for collection on Christmas Eve.

Weather permitting, will take the S4 out for the first spin in 2 months & the last one of 2014 on Crimbo Eve too

What have you done to / with yours then

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Today was Rome Holiday Day (if you've lived in Rome you know monday's are slow!) but this evening busy with a hot glue gun recommissioning the S3's number plate lamp holder, and cleaning/curing the three light insets, ready for boot reassembly.
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Had a quick look at why the axle on the Super is off centre, making my tyres rub but Christmas duties and rain stopped play. Hopefully have another look tomorrow before I drive the Spider over to my dads for him to look after for a bit while I finish the Junior, he may have it for some time!
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If I can make it what I did yesterday (I've been driving a desk all day)......

Continued the dash rebuild, got the dash lights, indicator, main beam and handbrake warning lights working (sounds easy doesnt it?!). got the air flow/heater flappy thing cable connected to the slider control. There are fewer cables hanging down now looking to be connected to something. Had to start the engine up, needed to check to see if it still sounded OK!

I'm going to get some photos posted soon, lots of work still to do though.
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Emptied the dehumidifier.
 
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Took it to work while my DD was in for (an expensive) MoT - most enjoyable (not the MoT)
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Chipped and scrapped away (okay stabbed and sighed) at some more of the extensive layers of underseal applied by some ba$tard mechanic to hide his workmanship whilst pondering the most recently found rusty unobtanium panel on my Duetto (rear sub floor just in front of the axel).

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Sent another email to the company I bought the dash bulbs from. They still have not arrived after being despatched 10 days ago. They have not replied to any of my previous mails.
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Make it two days ago now, but welded in two fiddly little bits of pressing which form the corners of the boot aperture where the rear wings and rear panel join. Very tricky little job especially in the conditions I have to work in at the moment.
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Emptied the dehumidifier.
I used to drain mine into a 25 litre plastic Jerry can but that needed emptying every few days and was really quite heavy

It's now continiously drained via a long silicone hose & a small hole in the garage wall
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Took the cover off, reconnected the battery and drove it the 18 miles to work in Stevenage today.
My son is back from Uni. and needed to borrow my DD today so I jumped at the excuse to get the Spider out

It reminded me that I do need to investigate the vibration I get at 75mph plus. I'm guessing at propshaft balance as it is road speed rather than engine speed and I have had the wheels balanced.
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found some rust :(

I removed one of the front splash guards in my GTV6 and found some nastiness.

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Damn!
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I used to drain mine into a 25 litre plastic Jerry can but that needed emptying every few days and was really quite heavy

It's now continiously drained via a long silicone hose & a small hole in the garage wall
It's actually no hassle to empty it twice a day. The garage leads into the utility room that has a sink in it. It will be a pain getting permanent drainage arranged as there are no drains near where the dehumidifier is. May get around to it one day but it won't be simple......
 
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It's actually no hassle to empty it twice a day. The garage leads into the utility room that has a sink in it. It will be a pain getting permanent drainage arranged as there are no drains near where the dehumidifier is. May get around to it one day but it won't be simple......
Save a litre of it, its distilled water!
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It reminded me that I do need to investigate the vibration I get at 75mph plus. I'm guessing at propshaft balance as it is road speed rather than engine speed and I have had the wheels balanced.
Prop shafts dont just go out of balance, it could be a UJ though.
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gearbox out

I spent yesterday reading and re-reading gearbox dis-assembly procedures, but the day before (Sunday) I finally:

1. Unbolted the motor mounts from the frame,
2. Jacked up the front of the sump (with a piece of wood on top of the jack),
3. Raised a transmission jack to contact/support the gearbox,
4. Slid the gearbox/clutch housing assembly off the engine,
4. Lowered the gearbox jack,
5. Moved the gearbox off the tranny jack onto a waiting piece of carpet on the floor, and
6. Pulled the carpet (with gearbox aboard) out from under the car on the passenger side.

I was quite proud of myself. Did the whole thing solo and didn't bend/break anything.
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Me, nothing but I am accumulating parts to sort out MOT issues, leaking fuel pump plus loads of ''small jobs'' (that hopefully won't become bigger (expensive)).

I will be busy after Christmas.
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Been out in mine, around the Gower & Swansea / Neath.

Not started for c10 weeks, fired first turn ran perfectly.

Picked up some headlights from Highwood whilst I was doing the rounds
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I recently finished replacing the steering box, idler, an all tie rods in my junior, I'm now in the middle of doing the same to the spider, but I found the chassis rail where the steering box mounts needs welding.
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To day the sun is out of hibernation but roads salty so went and padded the Spider in its hibernation
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Picked up some headlights from Highwood whilst I was doing the rounds
I didn't know there are different styles, Simon. What are the new ones like compared to the ones you have on the car?
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