Hi lads, cars been fine since
think you were right about the loose connection bear.
oh and mines bergundy in colour, bought it in santry.
About the stat, you can drive with it removed as its just a valve in the cooling system that from cold is closed and as the engine warms up it opens letting hot water into the radiator side.
This speeds up the engine warming up and keeps it at a nominal operating temperature once there.
mine is taking longer than a few minutes to warm up, and even on a good run its never fully up to temp.
This is why I'm thinking either the stat is removed or its failed in the open position, unscrupulous mechanics used to remove them if they failed in the closed position as the engine would overheat.
My next question is where is the stat located on the jtd? I know certain modern cars have to be virtually stripped to get at the stat
I hope my ickle alfa isnt such a case