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Can anyone tell me if you can drop the sump insitu on a 145 1.8ts to repair bottom shells,and wha is the latest 145 you can get what date did they go to? Many thanks
 

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Hi,
I think you can drop the sump to get at the shells on a Twin Spark as plenty of people have replaced cracked sumps etc.
I tried that approach to get rid of big end knock on a 1.6 Boxer and the engine ran for 10 minutes before knocking again. I think this is because the crank is a lot harder than the shells so any scoring on the crank makes it unusable.
That was a bit of a low moment. Oil in my hair, £40 on shells, £20 on oil & filter and about 4 hours labour.
I believe a proper crank regrind including a set of matching shells is only £200.
On that subject the shells are made by Federal Mogul and you will get them half price if you buy them through one of their authorised dealers rather than a specialist Alfa parts company or Alfa themselves.
 

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Hi there,yes you can replace the shells insitu.i have just done them my self.as bodger said you will need to check the crank for scoring and size.it will be obvious if there is any serious wear.if you have to have it reground then of cause the crank will have to come out.i bought my parts from alfa shop in norwich,which cost £28 + vat.make sure that you clean the oil strainer and sump,if not it can cause lack of oil to the pump.i hope this has helped you.
 

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Many Thanks I wil see what happens, its a mtor that has come upfor sale and I am trying to come to a decision as to what to do,the seller is asking 350 which maybe high, but at the same time it is advertised as a 1999 , is that possible?
 

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I've bought 3 145/6s with shagged engines.
2 with knackered big ends.
They are the cheaper boxer versions but I got them before the prices crashed.
I paid £200, £300, and £125.
The first 2 were 60,000 milers, the 3rd was on 96k.
I think £350 is about right for the more valuable 1.8 TS.

You would be into £200 to sort the crank & shells, £50ish for gaskets, then maybe £100 for cam belt, tensioners, gasket sealant, anti-freeze, oil, filter etc.
Plus what it costs you to get it home so £700 total before anything goes pear-shaped. HTH
 

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£350 is not to bad for the car you will have out of it when you are finished.i have just completely rebuilt a 145 2.0 ts on a 96 with 94k on the clock.i was lucky that the crank was perfect,of cause new shells, gaskets etc..etc.the cost was £500 in cluding vat and all the parts came from alfa shop in norwich,which i must say was a great company to deal with.today some pictures will be on my 145 for sale post.some small video as well just so people can hear what a rebuilt engine should sound like.if you need some help just ask mate,good luck.
 

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Looking at another 145 2.0 does the engine have to come out for crank removal, I am just thinking as I am writing this thats a silly question of course it does but does the engine go down or out the top.
 

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Looking at another 145 2.0 does the engine have to come out for crank removal, I am just thinking as I am writing this thats a silly question of course it does but does the engine go down or out the top[/B].



Does anyone have an answer to the last part of my previous thread please?
 

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The workshop manual details a method where the engine is removed from underneath the car but that might be because a mechanic with a 4 pillar lift would find it easier.

I presume it will come out either way.
 
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