Many thanks for the post, will definitely remember this if/when I ever get around to getting a petrol engined Alfa (i would love a 3.2 V6, but the Captains Good Lady seems to think 2 Alfas and three MGB V8s are quite enough...! i mean, really! Sometimes she's no fun at all...!
)but on the JTDs, the ' throttle body' is only really a vacuum controlled shut off valve, to stop the engine running on its own oil if the turbo goes....
My reasonably priced oil catch tank arrived today... And seems remarkably good value (£24 delivered!) fits beautifully where the egr valve previously lived. The pipe supplied with it is a bit pony, but that's an easy fix, and I shall add some internal baffling, and possibly a vapour filter in the return line to the turbo and jobs a good 'un!
Now, just need to take off the inlet manifold, hot dip it, fit the 2nd (!) new cam sensor, cam pulley, recon injectors, recon diesel pump, refit cambelt, new aux belt/ tensioners (once Autolusso's replacement ally casting for the aux tensioner bolt to screw into arrives), fit 2nd new thermostat ( see don't buy Firstline pattern JTD 'stat post!), bleed new clutch slave, put her all back together again and she'll be good for another 150,000 miles! So! All done by lunch tomorrow ! Er, maybe not! Now thinking about replacing brake calipers/ discs and pads too...in for a penny.....hells bells, will it ever end.
Oh yes, forgot about the long promised remap - I suppose it won't! Rebuild my beloved Alfa? At this rate it would have been cheaper to buy the blooming company!!
and ... Why don't my new engine mounts fit ? Argh!!
Many thanks for the post