This evening after a very long time of driving pleasure that only an Alfa can give, the engine has well and truely gone on the GTV and can only be described as FUBAR. This is then end of the car as it isn't economically viable to get a new engine etc. and as such I am now on the look out for a replacement car. Needless to say I am absolutley gutted!
The car was bought to be poked and entered into various road trip events and as such a cheapish car was chosen and the remaining capital put towards "doing it up". Not much to say other than driving along when smoke came into the cabin followed by a trail of smoke from behind and the oil light coming on. Stopped 500 yards up the road as this was the first safe spot to do so and found the sump loosing oil at an alarming rate.
Towed home and the power steering has gone which made pushing it back into position very hard. Will get shot of it in the next week or so and then activly look for a replacement car.
From your description, is it not possible that you just have a holed sump?
How expensive / hard to fit is the sump? I would have thought it'd be amongst the easiest of big engine jobs.
Not sure it inescapably leads to scrapping the car.
Will be going into garage some time next week and will post any updates here. TBH due to the inter-galactic milage and age it's not worth spending a few grand on a new/reconditioned engine. The engine will not turn over - a sure sign of it be FUBAR.
However, despite the Chimp being a fabulous car, (I'm hanging out for a Cerbie), won't you be needing a run-around? Why not look at a tidy 147/156 to keep the dream alive and spark an Anglo-Italian best-of-both-worlds