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*spits dummy, wanders off to take BETTER pics of very shiny car...

Fair dinkum though that Gta is gorgeous. What colour is it? Black. (It's easy to make a black car look good)

Brakes and wheels are nice too. (It's easy to make a car look shiny when the brakes are super clean)

What camera are you using?

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*spits dummy, wanders off to take BETTER pics of very shiny car...

Fair dinkum though that Gta is gorgeous. What colour is it? Black. (It's easy to make a black car look good)

Brakes and wheels are nice too. (It's ray to make a car look shiny when the brakes are super clean)

What camera are you using?


It's solid black, Nero 501 in the Alfa colour chart black cars are very easy to make shiny but very hard to get rid of the swirls as 501 is a rather hard paint etc

The brakes are from what I remember 380mm 8 pots which was only bought to fill the gap for the 19" Pro Drive alloys

The photos were taken using my iPhone 5
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Mine's cosmos blue and the sun wasn't coming out to play plus I was trying to see if HDR trickery would show any difference...

Insert several more, perfectly valid, reasons here....

*wanders off, muttering.
 
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Mine's cosmos blue and the sun wasn't coming out to play plus I was trying to see if HDR trickery would show any difference...

Insert several more, perfectly valid, reasons here....

*wanders off, muttering.
You can see the difference though in your photos, maybe should of done a time lapse clip?
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Nah. I'd break the camera with my face...

It was an experiment really, I should have used a shallow camera angle but that wasn't practical plus the sun's angle on the front of the house doesn't help. Having said that, you can't polish a car when the sun has his hat on anyway...
 
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Nah. I'd break the camera with my face...

It was an experiment really, I should have used a shallow camera angle but that wasn't practical plus the sun's angle on the front of the house doesn't help. Having said that, you can't polish a car when the sun has his hat on anyway...
Yeah you can though. It depends totally on what products you use, it's why I also rave about Auto Finesse Illusion as you can apply that in direct sunlight and it won't bake on due to its oily nature
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Update from November...

Not done much with it tbh since August / September...

Just the following;

Rebuilt the drive shafts;


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It was looking a bit tatty behind the arch lines and knowing they corrode in this area we did a little clean up job;



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Which included the uprights. As per the norm, the bolts holding the disc shields on snapped



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The bolts that hold the brake hose bracket also snapped
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These brackets are just trouble...


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Poly bushed the upper wishbones...



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The calipers received some attention too (before)



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Zinc'ed and primed;


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I also ended up replacing the radiator last month after it sprouted a small leak. Started that at 3pm on a Sunday...
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And an update from the end of January...

I've not been happy with the throttle response I've been getting from it since I bought it, particularly on downshifts whilst braking, it wont rev up high enough.

It's also had a reoccuring misfire which we've been trying to diagnose without much success. Last time around I think I checked the cam timing, compression, maf, lamda's, checked the coil pack resistances and replaced the plugs.

But, it's been getting worse. It was logging fault codes for multiple misfires on cylinders 1 2 & 3.

So, knowing it needed other work and having accumulated several days worth of time owed in work, I had Friday off to investigate the matter...


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The first thing I found was this bet of rubber wrapped around no 1 spark plug...


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It's the bit of rubber that is supposed to hold the plug into the socket wrench I used to fit them last time around... [:$] Oooops.

I don't think it was the root cause of the fault codes though.

I'd imagine that a failed coil pack on no 2 may be a prime candidate;


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This was all I could find this time around. I then moved onto the other pressing issue we'd Identified...


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Which was fixed with these [] ....


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But not before all the unions where doused in rost-off several times over a 36 hour period - it pee'd down on Saturday, ******** to that!


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But even the magic release fluid didn't entirely work. The rear pipe unions proved to be difficult but we did evetually pesuade 'em to part company with the OE hoses.

Shiney new ones fitted...


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'Course, as I couldn't be bothered doing anything with it on Saturday, it took till 7pm on Sunday to finish it off. It felt warmer that the 1 deg c the car was showing though. [LOL]


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I've not had chance to try it on the road since - Slow puncture being fixed, but it is idling much better and the brake pedal seems firmer. Fingers x'd.
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Just read 'cover to cover' Chris and as usual massive respect for you & your dad's efforts. I now feel guilty ignoring plenty of little niggling issues with mine.

Any updates?
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It's still jumping out of revese gear despite the fact I've changed the gearbox mount. I'm starting to run out of ideas as to what it could short of a fault internally within the box.

We did find that the plastic bit inside the gear change cable ball joint was loose though and somewhat hopefull hoped this could be the problem. It wasn't, but heres some pics of that and those pesk gear selector mechanism bushes, which we also replaced...


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My Dad repaired it by drilling a hole in the back of it and filling it with expoxy to secure it in place.


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Just read this through and your doing a fabulous job !! I'll be watching out for more updates in the future when you'll have the best GTA out there
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So, I've acquired some stainless bolts as part of the group buy toxic organised and maxiboy sized up (thanks guys!����) which included the m7's that hold the cam covers on. This has prompted me to pull the engine apart and give it a clean...



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I'm curious, what's the red dust/residue on the intake rubber pipe? Just an optical illusion caused by the camera?
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Nope, it was covered in a red residue. Don't know why or what it was.
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Right, focusing on the positives, half glass is full, etc and before I start with another update I'd like to confirm that the grubby ar5e expansion tank has been replaced with a sparkley new one.

I'm not going to post any pics ATM as I'm still peeved about this. A f*****g selfish c**t has sideswiped the passenger door whilst it was parked up in my work's car park. It now needs a new door. In cosmos blue.

I've elected to ignore that for the time being.

Instead, I had a week off work and spent it on repainting the driver's side door sill - the leading edge was missing paint and was starting to corrode.

I took the plastic sill off to repaint it...

Which was a right pita to do (hours of swearing).

In doing so I had the opportunity to inspect the sills for rot and address the minor issues I did find. I also scrubbed and repainted the driver's side floor pans with zinc primer, Hammerite and rubberised stone chip stuff.

I did the same in the rear wheel well. I think corrosion around the fuel filler next and where it's welded to the rear quarter panel is going to be an issue for Gta's in the future but (I hope) mine should be ok now that I've repainted it.

The reports (mcsf) of a misfire at idle is getting worse. I'm now convinced the rear bank lambda sensor is at fault but I can't see how I can replace it (it's in effing tight) without major work. I'm still going to replace it with the clutch, which needs doing soon. Bugger. (That's the engine out...)

The rear springs and dampers are looking like they're about to fail. They're bubbling with rust. Ar5e.

I (we) changed the oil and filter this weekend just gone. That was a mission. It's got eq pipes on it and access to the oil filter is awkward. I had to remove the front bank pipe, and the ps / oil cooler pipe brackets to gain access. Typically, the exhaust bolts were seized and I had to spend an hour (or 3) working them backwards and forwards to remove it.

Then I noticed the lower coolant pipe that runs across the base of the radiator has corroded and is now leaking ever so slightly.

*runs out of expletives*

We've got front discs (305's) in stock, which is nice (thanks Dad), but no pads. I need to replace them soon though, as the discs are shagged.

There's an oil leak in between the gearbox and the back end of the engine.

And the front anti roll bar bushes are fubar.

Also, the rear arb bushes squeak.

I suspect Autolusso are going to enjoy the next phone call I have with them...

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Long list to do then. looks like fun
Any pics of the side skirt removal? thats my next job. doesnt look very easy especially when the fixings turn to dust
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Long list to do then. looks like fun
Any pics of the side skirt removal? thats my next job. doesnt look very easy especially when the fixings turn to dust
I've got a few of it with the skirt off on my phone, I think, but they don't show much. The big issue with getting them off is the sealant they're held on with is stronger than the plastic skirt. Persistence is the key, I think.
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Yup, I know, it needs a wash...

IMG_3575 by chris147gta, on Flickr

But the roads round here a thick with mud from all the farm traffic atm, so washing it would be pointless. Instead, I changed the front pads and discs. They felt like they were warped, but they're not. Just completely worn out;

Shiny new bits

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I also wrote a replacement guide;

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/motor...placement.html
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18" GT Cloverleaf fitted (OMG ) with brand new Michelin PS3's

But the fecking diesel is broke, so it's either fix that or clean the gta for a few pics.

Hence no pics...
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