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Nice write up in AO Driver, enjoyed reading that.
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Thanks, I'm glad it was worth the read, was going to mention it being being in the magazine but you beat me to it haha! Originally it was going to be in August but I got asked to upload the pictures in higher resolution which made me suspect it may have been brought forward to June, which I was told there was an outside possiblity but not definite.

Predictably it got cut down a little writing and mostly on the pictures (I did send a lot and wasn't expecting them all to make it) but I am happy with how it turned out, I appreciate that they accepted it and included it at the end of the day.

Because there was only one night shot included the time is right to add a bit more unseen content that shows off the depth of the colour again. I wouldn't get too excited though as these shots were pre clutch failure! Will still be a bit before picture taking can resume of the car roaring again.















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Thanks, looking forward to getting more.

Manifolds are here, thanks as always Dan. I can get on with arranging the ceramic coating tomorrow when I'm off and then ultimately finally getting the car moving again soon.



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Be interesting to hear a back-to-back opinion on the noise (tone) difference. What system do you have on the GTA currently?
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Wizards manifolds? Are the O2 sensor sockets "blocked", so with those manifolds You don't get O2 sensor fault? Or will only a remap help when going from CF3 to CF2 manifolds?
I have a bluetooth OBDII plug constantly connected to a car and when the engine light comes up, I just log into a Torque app and clear the error.
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Manifolds are here, thanks as always Dan. I can get on with arranging the ceramic coating tomorrow when I'm off and then ultimately finally getting the car moving again soon.









Iím at a stage in my rebuild where Iím deciding to change my manifolds,
Interested in the heat reduction of ceramic coating


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There are different levels of ceramic coating, the one I have gone with is somewhat in between, a good balance of cost but also effectiveness. Given the manifolds as they are take a lot of heat away due to the high quality material and great design then combined with what I have gone for I am quietly optimistic. I am also going for an OEM look so have gone with a silvery coloured coating.

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Wizards manifolds? Are the O2 sensor sockets "blocked", so with those manifolds You don't get O2 sensor fault? Or will only a remap help when going from CF3 to CF2 manifolds?
I have a bluetooth OBDII plug constantly connected to a car and when the engine light comes up, I just log into a Torque app and clear the error.
I am not sure, it does look to be able to just go straight on like the CF3's and connect up properly. My specialist will know as he's done them before, I've not been told of any issues however I'm no expert there when it comes to manifold fitting.


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Lovely.
Be interesting to hear a back-to-back opinion on the noise (tone) difference. What system do you have on the GTA currently?
Only thing I am pretty sure on is it will be louder so I may need to add a little silencing at the back to balance it. At the moment it is pretty much Wizard all over, Wizard backbox and middle pipe, then the stock centre cats, then Wizard flexis and finally the stock manifolds with cats in them. My current middle catalyst is going to get replaced with a complete better shape one I got from a breakers after the manifolds go on as it has been chopped a bit from before, plus one of the cats had a piece rattling inside so it had to be took out and welded back up, so it has seen better days. It'll be at that time when I also decide whether to silence it a bit. I guess I'll know in not too long if all goes to plan.
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Only thing I am pretty sure on is it will be louder so I may need to add a little silencing at the back to balance it. At the moment it is pretty much Wizard all over, Wizard backbox and middle pipe, then the stock centre cats, then Wizard flexis and finally the stock manifolds with cats in them. My current middle catalyst is going to get replaced with a complete better shape one I got from a breakers after the manifolds go on as it has been chopped a bit from before, plus one of the cats had a piece rattling inside so it had to be took out and welded back up, so it has seen better days. It'll be at that time when I also decide whether to silence it a bit. I guess I'll know in not too long if all goes to plan.
I run catless manifolds and wizard back box . standards middle cats currently no middle silencer... and its sounds wonderful .. was going to remove middle cats and maybe add a middle silencer though..
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I run catless manifolds and wizard back box . standards middle cats currently no middle silencer... and its sounds wonderful .. was going to remove middle cats and maybe add a middle silencer though..
I have no doubt the great sound will still be there albeit louder, for my tastes I think it may end up being a bit too loud, especially when personally I feel the sound and noise is just right for me as is, each to their own though. I've heard them with the manifolds on and no small silencer and it does sound mental, in a good way!


Speaking of which, figured I'd update as I've been dealt another setback beyond my control as found out today which means my manifolds won't be done for a while unfortunately. I don't feel it is wise to mention what went off right now, will just have to let time do it's thing right now (it's got nothing to do with any argument or spat by the way). It's likely to be a bit of a wait now until things sort themselves out hopefully, being all ready for the 18th this month to tie in with the clutch is 100% not going to happen.

Due to that I have however phoned Gareth and told him to just do the clutch and also protective wrap the ECU which was agreed. The clutch really needs doing given it's not too long before MOT, and quite frankly, I just want to drive it again! Until the manifold situation sorts itself out then even though it is not ideal to make it not seem as bad I'll have it done later on just so that it doesn't feel as stingy cash wise.

It has however left me a bit unsure of what to do not just here but on the other cars in terms of which order and also in relation to planned shows etc. On the 147 front while it's not the ideal situation, I'm leaning towards spending the rest of the year doing what's planned albeit slower and ultimately under no pressure in terms of deadlines and being ready for this or that date, which looking back doesn't really work very well as I've found out. It's for the best as things will get done better and no rash decisions at least, plus given bigger shows are usually more of a distance I'd much rather have the preventative maintaince all done and sorted too.

It does mean that with regret (yes I know I sound like Alan Sugar!) I don't think I'll be going to MITCAR or Auto Italia Stanford Hall in it. In fact I likely won't go to Stanford Hall at all, to be honest I'm not sure if I feel like doing MITCAR in the Giulietta now but if I'm going to go to any of the notable events left this year it will likely be that. I may go to the more closer more local Yorkshire meets though, at least there's still those around going into the second half/back end of the year. I have missed going out on the more sunny weekends when I am off or get back from work early enough so I'll likely be back doing that a few times hopefully. I feel a bit bad now when at shows saying I plan to be at MITCAR etc and then have some unexpected bad luck set me back. Honestly I'm not doing this on purpose or anything! I guess it's just another one of those that's how it goes sometimes.

My other options which may work alonside or possibly take more of a priority are to make a start on the GT. I could get the clutch done and find a Quaife or Q2 to get fitted at the same time to save money, along with other bits that need doing. That will also want manifolds but it's not so bad there as I could do that next year when the cambelt would get changed and the engine detailed/painted for another combined effort and saving. Finally there is the possiblity to do my planned cosmetic revamp of my Giulietta Cloverleaf similar to how the GTA was considerably earlier along with the rest of the little bits both mechanically and cosmetically. At the moment though given what has gone off aside from stuff I know is getting done/been booked in for then I am not making any decisions for the time being until things get more clear.

Feels like a teams F1 season at the moment, a season of two halves. First half went well, second half much tougher and drama!
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Things are hopefully moving forwards now. The delay in the manifolds was because of this as seen on the news here. Luckily and thankfully no injuries but major bad luck for everyone. I got the call today to tell me my manifolds arrived (scarily right before the fire broke out) and upon the aftermath are fine, just a wet box from fire crews putting the fire out. I'm surprised they contacted me as fast, I had pretty much prepared myself for the fact I could be waiting a long time before getting any news of progress.

My order has been paid for, should be 2 weeks for it to be ready hopefully. Due to this I have phoned again and instead of just the clutch on the 18th I have pushed it back to early August so hopefuly this time the original plan is back on of fitting both the manifolds and fixing the clutch. For the sake of an extra few weeks it's worth it and saves me a lot of money and peace of mind of having the clutch properly fixed and a drastic reduction in heat/stress.

My Giulietta Cloverleaf is going in on the 18th instead now. New grooved discs, new modern logo boot badge and facelift honeycomb grill/scudetto and possibly wheel centre caps too. Along with it going in next Monday/Tuesday for the wheels restyled and powder coated. It should start taking shape enough at least for the East Yorkshire Italia Meet on August 1st which I want to go to. Was originally going to bring the GTA but that will have to wait for maybe one of the months after if I am able to go. It'll be more sorted by then which is the main thing.
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Predictably, the manifolds are almost there but not ready on time, so it's going to be back end of September for that job now.

The clutch however (and little bits around the gearbox) has finally been fixed!

(Triumphant Pirates of the Caribbean music imagine playing in the background as though it has resurged from the depths).

The job went well and the price was a lot lower than I had prepared for, so even with the manifolds now being done separately and later it's not going to hurt as badly at all. There's some other jobs that were found that can be done with the manifolds too so it's not all bad.

I took it home today so I have it for the weekend in which if I get a break in the weather or if the weather is better than they predict I may clean it tomorrow. Feels way better to drive than it ever did, in hindsight the difference is so great that it puts into perspective just how bad the clutch was before, would have got it changed much earlier if I had known.

I've missed it badly for those just over 2 months. It was only a few days ago I was thinking at some point down the line of being tempted by a 4C or maybe a Giulia Quad being the only car I may decide to move it on for, however having it back now, driving it and again feeling happy with the colour, the seat combination and everything I've done to it and plan to do, those thoughts have pretty much gone. Aside from likely regretting it, there's just not nearly enough I could do to tweak and personalise them in comparision along with it being more money than it's worth, then there's the fact that manual cars are just way better to me. I suppose you can never rule anything out but best really to focus mostly on the present.

One final thing that also came back on my mind again was the wheels, still thinking about it and need a bit of time but I now am starting to quite fancy trying to find a set of Cloverleaf wheels from a GT for it if I can, if anyone is selling or knows of a set then I may be interested.
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It would have been around this time now I would be updating to show pictures of the coated manifolds pairing, however somewhat annoyingly it's like a vilan that just seemingly refuses to die, or a story that never seems to end. It started when I had a missed call from DHL wanting an address confirmation, I knew it was the manifolds and they were finished and on their way. Anyway called to confirm, package arrived Thursday however I was busy pretty much the entire day so only got round to opening it late yesterday. Opened it to find...

Only one manifold in it.

After calming down after a few minutes while it was just after main opening hours I phoned up the company anyway and thankfully their marketing person answered. Explained what happened and got the usual sincere apologies in which my issue will be passed on right away for Monday to be sorted out, hopefully and likely the other half is still in the warehouse. I know these things can happen it's just that with a mixture of bad luck in general with the clutch in relation to getting the manifolds done it's really dragged. While the manifold looks really nice and well done I'd rather show a pic of both of them and not just a half baked effort just showing one, hopefully next week I can.

I'll also be changing wheels soon either way as there is more than one option, one I already have but need some time to decide on refurbishment colour so that'll be later in the year, more to come on that in which things will become more clear. Don't get me wrong I like the Jetfins and I know a lot of others do. I know from going to meets this year quite a few say I should leave them on however ultimately I've got to go with what I personally like and to be honest there are other styles of wheel I just prefer more in terms of how they will look on the 147 GTA. I'll be keeping the Jetifns on my GT 3.2 though, to my eye they work really well on that more so than they do on a 147 personally.
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After more chasing and sorting out more mistakes that could have been avoided, the second manifold arrived today, so now I finally have both of them. Like the first time somehow they got my shipping address wrong so once again on hold with DHL. Even with all that happened on their side which couldn't be helped it wasn't the best experience for me sadly, just lack of due care and attention on small things like the shipping on something so expensive and important does sour things a little. It's a shame because the end result does look nice to me as the pictures show and I am happy with them. I'm not sure if I'll do the same on the GT 3.2 though, I may just have the set of Wizards I order for it just fitted as is as I don't want to go through the same again if that's gonna happen. Suppose that's a bit yet so maybe I'll change my mind.











It's over at least so my manifolds are now ready for fitting at the end of September now and that's another thing to take away heat stress and helping the engine breath a bit more.
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New in today, set of 4 new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 18 tyres, with BlackCircles doing 10% off at the moment and me being ready to change wheels and upgrade tyres for the end of the month all being well then it was a nice deal.





I also took my soon to be fitted but yet to be revealed 18 wheels to Metal Magic today for some nice quality refurbing, gone a bit different this time by going for a very glossy grey/anthracite finish as it suits the style of wheel more along with the GTA's more aggressive look. Feels like a risk but after seeing the same colour my previously owned Giulietta Launch Edition's 19 ProDrives had been done in lately when visiting Gareth at Northern Alfa that pretty much swayed it this time. I could always change it to silver at some point in the future after having it for long enough anyway if I felt like it at least.

Should be refurbished at the end of next week, I likely won't reveal it until they are on the car at the end of the month though but you never know the excitement might get the better of me. I don't know what the name for the wheels are though if anyone asks they are very unusual and seemingly rare as, so really it's the sort of wheel any input will be appreciated on this time.
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I am excited to announce my wheels have been powder coated and have been collected today. Now in storage until they are fitted, I took some shots before I left them.

Shortly after being interested in a set of Cloverleaf alloys, an unusual set of alloys appeared on eBay that took my eye. I felt they would look well on the GTA and while they would need a bit of fiddling to clear the front 330mm calipers, ultimately the PCD was right at 98 and they originally were fitted on a 156, so with that it was a green light there. No idea what they are as I have never seen them before, no search has returned anything. Judging by the style I'm guessing they are Zenders, albeit likely very far back to the point where any information has gone or is next to impossible to find.

Even with needing a refurb and tyres that were no good anymore for £200 I couldn't really resist. I drove all the way down to Tonbridge Kent where they were located, even with cost of fuel the price was a steal to me. The seller was a great guy to deal with and is quite a keen enthusiast into Alfas so that was nice to see and chat for a bit about it all.

They looked like this originally, one of the wheels had been partially stripped, presumably a DIY attempt from the previous owner before the seller which didn't get very far.



They spent a bit of time in storage, just over a week ago I went to Metal Magic to drop them off for the usual professional refurbishing I've been used to from them. Luckily it was quicker since they weren't on the car. A big thanks to them as I know they are busy right now catching up so I appreciate them finishing my wheels in time for Auto Italia Stanford Hall.











They are finished in all their glory, anthracite with lots of gloss and metal flake just how I like it. They say they don't make shadow chrome however I think they managed to get that along with a shiny finish all in one! Especially in bright and Sunny light so as far as I'm concerned, result!

Only little unforseen glitch that happened was that the cosmetic rivets/screws were thought to be metal as it seemed like it when they ran a knife blade over it. Turned out they were actually plastic as they all disintegrated when being stripped down. Stainless screws are going to be put in now in chrome, which will give it a really nice contrast and make them look overall even more striking.

I'm looking forward to seeing them on the car, I don't know how it'll look. I think it'll be good but this is the sort of thing that is hard to picture since there's nothing online even similar to base it off. In a way it would be nice to know if any light could be shed on the wheels because again I don't know what they are exactly!
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Nice looking wheels, no idea what they are but I'm sure somebody will be along who does.

Get some pics up once you get them on tye car.
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Thanks, I'll get some shots when they are on the car at the end of the month just before Auto Italia. I'm hoping the weather will be good when it is done, going to play about with some of my older cameras to see if I can get the colour out that little bit better as well. It would be nice to know what the wheels are hopefully, they would probably look quite nice on the GT 3.2 if I got another set and had it done in the silver sparkle/flake colour to go with the black.
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Loving the rims and what a bargain for £200. Also nice that it’s correct pcd which eliminates using wobble bolts. Looking forward to seeing the pics of them on the GTA.
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Looks like I'll be wearing the Jetfins one more time as far as big shows are concerned for Auto Italia (or maybe twice if an October East Yorkshire Italia meet goes ahead and they aren't on by that time). It's mainly due to not knowing exactly how they will go on in terms of how they'll sit and mainly not being able to clear the front 330mm calipers on their own which I knew about. The work is happening on the 25th, so aside from the manifolds that period is going to be spent measuring and fiddling about determining what the best spacer will be, in which it'll then get ordered, so the wait for the spacers is basically the delay. It would have been nice to have them on for Sunday but the Jetfins aren't exactly a bad wheel to be going in with at least. Of course it could be a complete miracle and the spacers arrive just on time but I doubt it! I'll have pictures up as soon as I'm able to though.

Big thanks again to Gareth at Northern Alfa, the new chrome stainless screws and their mounting points for the rivet look is coming on nicely, albeit slower than he predicted. Mainly due to the fact each screw isn't the ideal size to begin with, so the thread on each one is being chopped down to fit, which even with 14 per wheel is quite a lot! Instead of glueing he decided to go with mounting a proper thread inside each hole instead, it'll look better and crucially won't have that risk of screws falling out. Plus it'll be easier to refurbish if I ever need to again.





I should be getting quite a few interesting and useful parts from a breaking Selespeed 147 in maybe a month or two. Some of those parts I'm planning to use to cosmetically change mine in the future (more like next year). Not really in any hurry though on that front yet.
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