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  1. Rusty sills - thoughts?

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    The sills have suddenly bubbled on both sides, front and rear, all in the last few months. On closer inspection, they are rusting from the inside!! Looks like I’ve caught it just in time. Are there any common weakness where water can get in? I did find one small hole in the wheel arch (at the...
  2. Rusty bits advice

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi all Despite the jts not seeming to be suffering from any terminal rust, when i look underneath there's loads of bits that im not happy with! I have a vague plan in my head tgat at some point during the summer im goung to... 1) Get a hardy wire brush and put her up on axle stands and , whilst...
  3. Rusty bits

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    So, now that i have most of the mechanical stuff under controĺ (fot the moment anyway...sigh), theres a couple of bit of bodywork that need attention. Im going to add some photos and i was thinking of tackling them myself...though a bit scared at the prospect! Its basically road rash on the...
  4. Wheel bolts

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    When I get the GTA back from the paint shop I'm hoping to tidy up some of the odds and ends, one of them being the standard wheel bolts which look like they've been on the sea bed. Does anyone know of a quality alternative which doesn't corrode as bad? Or would you simply tidy up some old ones...
  5. The dreaded rusty sills...Alfa GT V6

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My new car just keeps on giving! Autolusso have done a great job at giving the car a proper inspection, and unfortunately the sills need some work, someone had bodged it with filler in a previous life and been left to get worse. I'm after a proper reliable body shop or welder that knows these...
  6. Anyone getting rusty wheel weights?

    Alfa Giulia
    So Alfa seem to have finally sorted the wheel bolts that rusted instantly, but now they seem to be using cheap balancing weights that rust! Anyone else experienced this? Looks like a real eyesore. Wheels are frequently cleaned using Bilberry, plus the occasional use of Iron X.
  7. Rusty 156

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    My 156 1.8 TS needs to be checked for the MOT test (in the Netherlands). I had it scheduled for previous Monday. My car didn't pass. A small problem with the hand brake cables, a smell of petrol, but mainly: Rust. The mechanic at the dealer used a hammer to check the complete floor and...
  8. Would you buy a rusty 156?

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    I'm looking at an outwardly nice, low mileage 156 V6. It's just passed its MOT with no advisories, but earlier in the week it failed on the following: Reason(s) for failure Nearside Obligatory mirror insecure (8.1.1) Rear Exhaust has a major leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2) Exhaust emissions...
  9. 3.0 V6 Rusty power steering pipe

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    A pipe section of the power steering hydraulic system which runs over the gearbox and around to the steering rack has become very rusty. Has anyone changed this section of pipe/hose, is it a case of undoing at the joint, drain, then undo where pipe connects to steering rack? I've looked at a...
  10. Rusty Subframes

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Hi guys. Im buying a 159 soon and heard that rusty subframe are a bit of a pain on these. The problem is you can't see them when buying a car and unless the seller has a ramp I'm pretty much stuffed. So what are the options when it comes to fixing them? Grind out the rust and re-weld it all and...
  11. Spring Pan - Gone a bit rusty

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    I had noticed a bit of knocking from the rear and so booked the car in for a looksee a few weeks ago , when looking under the car when I was cleaning her the other weekend saw that something wasn't quite right- see picture . I took the car to a local garage as didn't fancy driving to...
  12. Rusty Sills

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    After some advice please: This photo is from the O/S rear wheel arch looking forward, looking at the back face of the O/S sill. I've stripped a load of parts off the car incl wheel arch liners to seal all the underside etc. There is a fair bit of surface rust that I'm happy to deal with...
  13. From rusty to shiny red calipers

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Four step guide to getting a great set of shiny red calipers for your loved Alfa; 1) Clean off rust and any flaky material with wire brush. 2) Clean off area with brake cleaner. 3) Mask off 4) Apply two coats of Halfords Red Caliper paint (with a brush, not spray can version). Dry in between...
  14. 159 rusty screws

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    So, washing the 159 today -something I increasingly dread since when up close and personal, I'll invariably discover something grim that I wasn't previously aware of... Anyway, what caught my attention was the screws on the inner door, around the locking mechanism, quite a few have rust forming...
  15. Rusty Reverse Light/Fog Light Connector

    Alfa Giulietta
    I know there's a plethora of threads on the boot leak problem on Gs. I get a little bit of water pooling at the lock, but my issue is that my near-side reverse light no longer works because the connector is red rusty! I'm due to take Etta for her 21k service next week (at 25500 miles :lol: )...
  16. Roof rusty problem

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    On my 147 roof there are some rust spots, and seem they are getting more..attaching photos, and after rain and car sitting there is mold smell inside, I think humidity gets into the car by those rust spots? I read somewhere that this could be caused by the bonet smashing in to the windscreen and...
  17. MOT failed on rusty discs + caliper strip

    Alfa GTV & 916 Spider
    So I would like some good quality standard size replacements + pads (front). Any recommendations please? I may have strip down the calipers (front and rear) while I'm at it as I doubt this has ever been done. I have done lots of motorcycle calipers in the past but if there are any quirks or...
  18. Rusty sub frame

    Alfa 159, Brera & 946 Spider
    Thought I'd share my subframes on my alfa 159 ti 2007 Got car on ramps today to treat underneath and pleased to say that only very minor surface rust here and there , she's only. Got 21k so was hoping it would be pretty good . Noticed I had a slightly leaky pipe ( see in the pics) ,am clueless...
  19. Rusty Wings

    North East
    Rust! - Inside of the front wings there is a little surface rust towards the rear of the vehicle, i imagine this is a common issue? If so whats the best way to rectify it before it spreads to visible areas?
  20. Rusty Rear Wiper motor

    Alfa 147, 156 & GT
    Hi. I have an alfa 147 with my rear wiper engine being broken, my girlfriends dad reckons its a rusty engine so that it won't rotate probably and won't shoot the liquid as it should either. We tried to access the engine by trying to remove the plastic cover on the inside but it was stuck down...