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First off, happy new year everyone.

Anyway, with my 147 GTA coming along I figured I'd give it a progress thread, especially with the more exciting transformations with any luck not being too far away now.

It all started last March when I pretty much gave in to temptation and went ahead with purchasing one. It was a pretty low mileage at just under 65k from 2003 in red. Despite the quite common thing of the place where I got it from thinking all it would need doing is repainting I knew full well there'd be more to it than that given the age of these cars now. One things for sure it would likely be my biggest project yet, a much bigger challenge than the 939 Spider I used to own in terms of bringing it up to scratch.









This really was one of those could go either way scenarios given the condition it was in mechanically. Thankfully no headgasket/engine rebuild dilemma's however if I was the sort of person who just believed what I was told and didn't do anything then serious issues would have likely happened and instead of a classic being saved it would have been another one gone for salvage.


The check up and service came quite soon after which revealed quite a few things that needed addressing bit by bit. For one it needed topping up on oil, the driveshaft and power steering rack had a leak, which explained why cleaning the inner front alloys was a complete mess! Even though the cambelt had been done before, it turned out that whoever did it really shouldn't be working on cars let's put it that way. The cam cover has seen better days but that will be addressed which you'll soon see.

The aspects concerning the suspension area and the general ruggedness and stability underneath were one of the first bits to be dealt with, the car collapsing on itself is a big no no. I also got a new undertray as again probably due to laziness from previous owners it did not have one, so again another simple part that is important neglected.

Around mid year the Wizard exhaust arrived and went on, improving greatly from the Scorpion that came with it. Incredible how light the Wizard is, makes the Scorpion look and feel like an anvil! Soon afterwards new Wizard flexi pipes went on as the old ones had a leak and were blowing. This was soon followed by the new steering rack and driveshaft being fitted so no more annoying fluid dripping.







August time, and I got lucky and found a set of Imola leather original GTA interior, out went the Ducati Corse seats that for some reason got fitted before my ownership (the original black GTA seats were promised to be given to me but I may have to go and get them myself at this rate) and in and looking much better the GTA seats go.







Coming up to fairly recently, things are taking more shape. Finally the cambelt and lots of little bits surrounding the engine bay sorted. A full paintjob which set's the tone of what the outside will look like, even replacing the coolant tank for a new one makes it look so much better.










It's a huge step up from before.



That's most of the detail covered so far. As a whole the car sounds and drives much better now, although the tyres aren't the best so I think it could be even better, that'll be getting sorted in a matter of a week or so all being well. I've also got 330mm brakes ready and waiting but there's a few other bits first to do.

It won't be long until the next upgrade now, the new cambelt cover shouldn't be too far off now being made and fitted either. It's been pretty enjoyable watching this special V6 machine being brought back to how it should be, it's tempting to do it again but I'd rather not jump too far ahead.
 

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I’ve just done loads on my 156 Gta after timing belt rubbing and snapping in feb 2017. I got a s/hand engine with lower mileage than my one.
Over the last 6 months I’ve fitted engine, water pump with timing belt kit, clutch, Q2, eibach arb’s, eibach springs, yellow konis, scorpion cat back, cf2 manifolds, Widzard front pipes, silicone coolant hoses, silicone intake hose, new discs/pads all round, 330 Brembos and detailed engine.
Run out of money before being able to get a wizard cat back exhaust
Hoping to get one at somepoint this year.

Good luck with your project
 

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Some more progress today. Remember when I said I needed new tyres? Well I got some nice newly refurbished wheels to go with them!





All being good, they are going on next Wednesday. The thankfully short drive home from Gareth at Northern Alfa when picking them up is over, was like driving with a load of pots and pans in the back. Really glad I am getting new tread though, the current tyres as I found out on the way really are only good for being thrown away. Those 17 5 holes I am keeping though since they are nice wheels, they might go back on something in the future, however definitely with new tyres though.

I also got back and found my petrol range at a rather fitting and familiar number.

 

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Subscribed. :thumbs: Always happy to see a GTA project.
 

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The new wheels with new centre caps are on and it is coming along nice and steady. Also purchased some new wheel bolts beforehand and had them painted silver to blend in as best as possible.







It's a bit of a catch 22 liking the horseshoes so much as well and almost traditionally going with them for so long, at the same time the Jetfins do look good underneath, especially being larger. Some subtle lowering in the future similar to how my Giulietta QV is with the 19 ProDrives on may happen in the future, for now though it is not a priority. The wheels now they are on when seen in person have been refurbished/painted very well so that helps with the way they look on the car as well.

I also had a set of front and rear badges I had purchased years ago when I had my Spider but never used (I ended up deciding to put the new style Giulia logo on at the time) fitted on, the old and possibly original badges had predictably faded and were well past their best years!



The front wheel arch liners were replaced with new ones, I was told I could get a bit of money for the old ones, they do show wear but are useable still. However I can't really have them lying around so I'm not expecting interest, you'd have to come and get them however £10 for the pair and they are yours if it is one any use. I'll get rid of them otherwise.

And finally the big one, Friday is when she's going in for the full repaint, the engine bay colour will now finally flow to the outside. No idea exactly what to expect, all being well I know deep down it'll be a noticeable improvement, exactly to what scale I'll just have to find out when the big day comes when it is ready. The large 330mm calipers will also be getting painted, however fitting them on will have to come some time after.
 

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The car looks great. I've not seen an Alfa that Jetfins don't suit! Can't wait to see the GTA after re-paint
Don't forget to invest in some decent tyres too :thumbs:
 

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Don't worry the tyres I got with the Jetfins are rather nice and they are new so should last me a while at least, although I do know of reports of GTA's eating front tyres so here's hoping it's not too bad!:biglaugh:

The tyres on my 17 teledials that came off had pretty much fallen off the cliff in terms of tread left, I haven't driven much yet with the new ones as I only drove home but generally I can tell it is a lot better.
 

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Understood. I wasn't being critical, just that I would rather see the likes of Michelin/Goodyear etc on a GTA. There's obviously a lot more to tyres than just the amount of tread left :driving:
 

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Oh yes I fully agree there. There's plenty of tyre brands out there that while being brand new fresh rubber don't necessarily suit or perform great on what they get fitted on. The tyres I have now aren't Michelin, probably a bit lower down than that but they feel pretty good at the moment and I got a nice deal as I got the wheels and new tyres all as one package with a really nice refurb/refinish which in itself saved me a fair bit of time and money.

When I find myself having to buy some new tyres it's very likely I'll be going with Michelin's. They were on the first Giulietta I had quite a few years ago now (also my first Alfa) and they were really good.
 

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"It's not that bad Ted..."









Most of the car is primed ready, and also in bits, looks like a trainwreck right now but it won't be soon (I hope!). I'm not going racing in it as it does look like I have a red and white livery right now! Here's hoping next week I might be able to finally present it looking like it is taking shape overall. Better than this week as the weather sounds like it is going to be crap so no decent photo opportunities or a small video walkaround.
 

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Thank you. There's nothing really quite like them, I can see why people come back to them after moving them on, I'm not really helping am I!

One thing I'll say is that this might be quite hard to capture so hopefully the pictures/video will show it decently enough without giving the wrong impression. I'll give a bit more details about the colour when done but it's one of those red metallics where even the slight change of light can make it look quite different. This was from what I've seen of it briefly on a small sample piece before the bodyshop went ahead and ordered the paint this week after I gave them the all clear.

After Sunday I'm not back at work until the following Saturday so I'm really hoping it'll be next week, however it'll be ready when its ready and I'm not going to rush the bodyshop.
 

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The GTA is going to be a bit longer in the spray shop. Went in today to ask how it was going as I had not heard anything for a bit, as it happens out of all the colours I could have gone with I would just so happen to have picked an awkward colour! Basically it's in the same vein as 8C red in terms of how it applies to the panels, essentially the sort of thing where a specialist place will be needed if any touch ups need doing in the future. All credit to the paint shop they went back over certain parts because they weren't happy, they probably don't want me to ask to do a similar job again though now! Given the dull weather the pictures don't give the colour away too much but does give an idea. Not too much left to do now at least so I'm hoping now it won't be long before the completed result pictures.








The brake calipers are going to stay the original red for now though due to all this. Would be better to get a nice job down the line and do it the powder coating way instead.
 

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Sounds like you have a good body shop there :thumbs:
It's going to look stunning when completed
Thanks, oh yes, I can well and truly recommend Webbs Auto Bodyshop, been using them for other jobs before however for a repaint especially in a hard to apply colour as it turns out they really have done superb, they got the paint mixture really well on target.

And I bring news that it is done!





























 

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I can take more pictures when the weather improves again and the sun is full on however pictures do not truly show this colour in all it's dynamicness, better to see it in person if you are going to the shows. I'll be at the Enzari Meet on March 24th in Preston with it all being well for anyone near. The colour is a Ferrari colour, Rosso Scuderia Metallic (used to be Nuovo Rosso Formula 1 I think, none other than the colour the legend that is Kimi Raikkonen's 2007 championship winning car was!).
 

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That really looks stunning. Even the black grille 'fits' perfectly.
I can't imagine the excitement when you went to pick it up!
 
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