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I swapped my rear springs just yesterday and yes there should be plenty of room. You don’t want to let the axle drop as this will be counter productive, support the axle on axle stands to keep it high and the trailing arms will drop down.

Anyway sounds like things are moving on and it’ll great to get it back on it’s wheels!
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Going to have to remake it for the permanent fitting I think, this version has got more holes than a second hand dartboard now!.
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Rebuilt the steering box yesterday and got on with refitting it today, this afternoon, as the morning was spent fitting gas struts to the hood of the wifes 946 Spider.
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Took the petrol tank out of the GT Jnr today, it was surprisingly easy, and then put it back. Preparation for a repair panel to be welded to the bottom of the rear wing.
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Gave the GTV a good 160 mile round trip with motorways and twisty country roads, is driving really nice, I'm getting some kind of noise from 5000 rpm and above, hard to describe and I don't know how I can explain it to my mechanic other than taking him for a spirited drive, but other than that can't wait for some more nice weather, killed a fair few flies also.
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When my mate sat in my spider the (passenger) seat moved and gave him quite a shock, I knew the runners were a bit u/s but didn't expect it to come off; anyhoo unbolted the seat this morning and the runners came apart so replaced the bearings (20 per seat) and made up some new spacers with some 6mm chrome bar I had lying around. All sorted, runs nice and smooth now, funny thing is when I went to put the seat back in I found one of the original spacers lying on the floor, bet they are hens teeth.
Had a brilliant run to Brightwells yesterday, managed 36mpg, new record for me and I wasn't hanging about
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When my mate sat in my spider the (passenger) seat moved and gave him quite a shock, I knew the runners were a bit u/s but didn't expect it to come off; anyhoo unbolted the seat this morning and the runners came apart so replaced the bearings (20 per seat) and made up some new spacers with some 6mm chrome bar I had lying around. All sorted, runs nice and smooth now, funny thing is when I went to put the seat back in I found one of the original spacers lying on the floor, bet they are hens teeth.
Had a brilliant run to Brightwells yesterday, managed 36mpg, new record for me and I wasn't hanging about
It's amazing what is just lying around in the garage; that's probably why my garage is rammed with stuff that could be useful one day.

These cars never cease to amaze me. I regularly get around 36mpg and I think I don't hang around. But it makes me think just how hard they drove these cars, back in the day, when they were road tested and they managed an average of 22mpg. They must have absolutely thrashed them with an inch of their lives.
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It's amazing what is just lying around in the garage; that's probably why my garage is rammed with stuff that could be useful one day.

These cars never cease to amaze me. I regularly get around 36mpg and I think I don't hang around. But it makes me think just how hard they drove these cars, back in the day, when they were road tested and they managed an average of 22mpg. They must have absolutely thrashed them with an inch of their lives.
My philosophy exactly, you never know; these were bits left over from when I dismantled our old kitchen units and they were just too bright and shiny to throw away..I was particularly pleased with the mpg as the same mate had a (petrol) Ford Kuga courtesy car which only managed 35mpg for some town work and mway cruise.
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Hi guys,

I am having back in Greece an Alfetta GT 1600cc 1978 model that was bought back in 2002by my father as a donor car for our 2000cc.
It was a very solid car and we were always feeling bad to break it so it stood there all these years.
The problem is that we cannot use it as we donít have any paperwork for it and the Greek DVLA is not registering it.
If we would ship it here in UK, would it be possible to get registered?

Thanks in advance guys, any opinion would be highly appreciated.

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Hi guys,

I am having back in Greece an Alfetta GT 1600cc 1978 model that was bought back in 2002by my father as a donor car for our 2000cc.
It was a very solid car and we were always feeling bad to break it so it stood there all these years.
The problem is that we cannot use it as we donít have any paperwork for it and the Greek DVLA is not registering it.
If we would ship it here in UK, would it be possible to get registered?

Thanks in advance guys, any opinion would be highly appreciated.
Yes, it should be entirely possible to get it registered in the UK. There's a specific process for doing so, which is set out in some detail here...
https://www.gov.uk/importing-vehicles-into-the-uk

...and quite a helpful article here.

There are also companies that will (for a fee!) help you navigate your way through the admin and paperwork.
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Thank you very much.
I 've ordered the v55/5 application from DVLA so as to take a better look on this subject!
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Got the passenger side interior chrome on apart from the kick plate. Bit of a jigsaw to say the least. Meant taking the rear side window back out and a few attempts to suss out which way the inner B pillar trim went on and attached but finally got there and put the window back in which doesn't foul as I believe some do. The driver's side should be a doddle (he said hopefully).
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Today I had a go at putting my custom chrome vinyl sticker on the rear hatch. It is the correct size and spacing as the original, but moved to the same location as the later cars. I got two, so I can always attach it some place else. I also include a picture of the standard location. I also swapped over the fuel pump, and gave the exterior a good wash and checked for new rust spots.
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Today I had a go at putting my custom chrome vinyl sticker on the rear hatch. It is the correct size and spacing as the original, but moved to the same location as the later cars. I got two, so I can always attach it some place else. I also include a picture of the standard location. I also swapped over the fuel pump, and gave the exterior a good wash and checked for new rust spots.
Looks neat, and the later location is better/more visible too. I guess the original was chromed metal, like on my saloon...?
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What have I done to my car ?? Right, I've sworn at it and the stupid oil filter which would not come off. I used 3 types of tools, and finally rammed a screwdriver through the filter. None of them any chuffing good at all.
So I called the AA (almost alcoholics anonymous, but actually the Automobile Assn) and a very good chap came with his bright yellow van. With some effort he got the filter off and put the new one on. He used a very large mole grip. So it wasn't just me then.
Last year I turned the filter off by hand and refitted the new one (ie the problem one).
The question is: wtf is the oil filter in such a naff place on a 105, and why was this filter such a pain ???
Now there's just all the oil over the floor and my tools to clean up......
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What have I done to my car ?? Right, I've sworn at it and the stupid oil filter which would not come off. I used 3 types of tools, and finally rammed a screwdriver through the filter. None of them any chuffing good at all.
So I called the AA (almost alcoholics anonymous, but actually the Automobile Assn) and a very good chap came with his bright yellow van. With some effort he got the filter off and put the new one on. He used a very large mole grip. So it wasn't just me then.
Last year I turned the filter off by hand and refitted the new one (ie the problem one).
The question is: wtf is the oil filter in such a naff place on a 105, and why was this filter such a pain ???
Now there's just all the oil over the floor and my tools to clean up......
I've never had a problem removing the filter and I have done it a few times, and most of the time I've managed to do it by hand. I guess you were very unlucky.

Is the filter in a 'naff place' - it has to go somewhere and it could be worse, for example under the carbs?
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Today I replaced the front seats in the Giulia Super with some period bucket seats. They look great and the greatest benefit is that they improve the driving position massively for me as an over 6 footer the driving position rather compromised my driving enjoyment but now its superb.
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Nothing to the Spider as my head has been turned by a new addition to the fleet to replace my DD.... was going for a sensible choice, golf mk5, Honda civic etc but for some reason got a 147 JTDM, talk about glutton for punishment...., need my head looking at, a few issues (well, it was cheap) but its definitely a grower, it also means I should never miss another Alfa event due to the weather
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Nothing to the Spider as my head has been turned by a new addition to the fleet to replace my DD.... was going for a sensible choice, golf mk5, Honda civic etc but for some reason got a 147 JTDM, talk about glutton for punishment...., need my head looking at, a few issues (well, it was cheap) but its definitely a grower, it also means I should never miss another Alfa event due to the weather
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Today I fitted a new indicator lens, as I got bored looking at the old one flapping about. Unfortunately the ones from CA did not fit the Alfetta GT, so I had to buy one from italian eBay £££££ ouch. But the chrome surround is worth it though
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Had my GTV set up correctly on a rolling road yesterday. Altered timing, distributor advance and jetting. Now she goes properly!
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After overhauling the steering box and replacing a couple of joints on the drag link I took the car for 4 wheel alignment today, no adjustment needed it was spot on.
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Gave the spider its annual / 3000 ml oil and filter change, pleased to note very little swarf on the magnetic plug as usual, think the tappets need doing tho, good run the CAD giro too.
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