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Part 1 here:
Part 2 here:

This one was an epic, not so much the job planned to do, but the fact i did all this in sub zero temperatures outside in frost that is a week old!!

I posted a topic earlier (that was largly ignored) about my brakes making a funny noise, after inspection, i realised i had no friction material left on at least one of the pads. This weekend, i decided i was going to replace the disks and pads.

The obligatory before pic:



This lot was easy to dismantle, the bolts where tight, but not impossible.

With all of it off, i realised how bad it was:



How that passed an MOT i don't know. that was as bad as the rear brakes that i did earlier in the year (see part 1).

Closer inspection, you can see where the noise was coming from:



Nice, i had never seen such a worn pad.

Reassembly was also easy. I made sure to copper slip everything, particularly the slide bolts. Whoever has to do this next will have an easy time thanks to me.

The after pic:



I was surprised to see that my car was fitted with wheel spacers. I assume these are standard fit on the cloverleafs.

So, another job done.

Coming next time, radiator replacement.:cool:

:xmas: Merry christmas y'all.:xmas:
 

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Good job ransoman ......must feel loads better :ANYWO:
 

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Hi,Ransoman,:)
Looks like they werein abit aof a state.
You`ve done a nice job,wish I was moe able :(
Being a luddite etc.
Like the photographs good standard.

All the best.over hol`s.
John the luddite
 

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good work, your previous owner seems to have neglected a few basics so you can have the satisfaction of putting them right. I hope they have done the important bits like the belts etc as their maintanence programme so far seems lacking
 
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You will hopefully find that your car will run much "smoother" when the rad is replaced; mine did. I was that bad, I'm surprised it didn't burst! I had mine done at BMC (local specialist) and it cost £177 - it took Jus nearly three hours to do, but it was a necessary expense as individual fins from the radiator covered in verdigris were being blown back onto the rocker cover.

Tip - Don't buay a genuine Alfa replacement (I assume you wont be?) as Jus told me they're made freom copper and start to "rot" very quickly. My replacement is aluminium with hardened platic mounts and feeds.

Discs and pads replaced all round, nex exhaust, cambelt + tensioners done, aircon wont work (which I have given up on now) so my next job is a new thermostat - should be fun, especially in this weather.
 

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Bloomin' heck, how did you make that thing stop? Did you cut holes through the floor so you could do it Fred Flintstone-style?? :eek:
 

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Tip - Don't buay a genuine Alfa replacement (I assume you wont be?) as Jus told me they're made freom copper and start to "rot" very quickly. My replacement is aluminium with hardened platic mounts and feeds.
I got an aluminium rad for my 2.4 JTD off eBay for about £90. It was a 'Nissens' branded one.. Also had the hardened plastic mounts on it.. Took it to BMC for fitting too. Car never got up to temperature for the next month as the thermostat was sticking open, until I got this replaced. The combination of a stuck open thermostat and rusted, innefficient radiator makes it look like the car is running normally! :hmm:

Only reason I knew mine was knackered was from the continuous hard driving I gave it on the AONE run out over Hartside, trying to keep up with Mr. Orange :lol:
 

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good work, your previous owner seems to have neglected a few basics so you can have the satisfaction of putting them right. I hope they have done the important bits like the belts etc as their maintanence programme so far seems lacking
Far from it. The previous owner was an enthusiast who serviced it every 5000 miles. I suspect it was standing for at least 6 months before i bought it though, hence the awfull brakes. And i would hazard a guess that he got rid right before the famous 145 "mid life crisis".

And yes, she stops a hell of a lot better now. The brakes where still good before, they are amazing now.
 
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good work, your previous owner seems to have neglected a few basics so you can have the satisfaction of putting them right. I hope they have done the important bits like the belts etc as their maintanence programme so far seems lacking

I'm the previous owner of this car. When I owned it it had full Alfa dealer and specialist service history and wanted for nothing as the collection of receipts would show.
 

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Nice work Ransoman. And bp1000, I've met the car a few times now, she's a credit to you mate. Lets face it, sooner or later weall have to change things like brakes, clutches, exausts.....No shame to ayone.
 

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Ransoman, you should have painted the calapers whilest you had them stripped out. Think I'll get mine done at the next service :cool:
 

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I'm the previous owner of this car. When I owned it it had full Alfa dealer and specialist service history and wanted for nothing as the collection of receipts would show.
Nice work Ransoman. And bp1000, I've met the car a few times now, she's a credit to you mate. Lets face it, sooner or later weall have to change things like brakes, clutches, exausts.....No shame to ayone.
I wouldn't, even for a second say this car was neglected. All the stuff that has been done was normal wear and tear and to be expected at this age. The brakes i would assume are in that condition from when it was standing prior to my purchasing and again, quite normal.

As a matter of fact bp, i am gratefull to you because your own work on this meant the servicing is very easy. First car i have ever worked on where everything has gone my way, stress free. :) :)

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Ransoman, you should have painted the calapers whilest you had them stripped out. Think I'll get mine done at the next service :cool:
it was -2 degrees c outside. (!!!!) luxeries where out of the question. There is always the summer though. :cool:
 

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good work, your previous owner seems to have neglected a few basics so you can have the satisfaction of putting them right. I hope they have done the important bits like the belts etc as their maintanence programme so far seems lacking
I was not wishing to have a pop at anyone, just the rad and juddering wipers are well documented issues on the 145 that are easy fixes, the brakes look alarming, and anyone who has the up and down revs has my sympathy, drives a man to drink fixing that.

bp1000, seen as you are on, how have you found the 147? Mrs purple is making noises about swapping her qv and naturally I would prefer a 147, does it differ majorly from the 145, seems to be more mature less racy and edgy that the 145. You thoughts would be welcome.
 
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bp1000, seen as you are on, how have you found the 147? Mrs purple is making noises about swapping her qv and naturally I would prefer a 147, does it differ majorly from the 145, seems to be more mature less racy and edgy that the 145. You thoughts would be welcome.

I personally prefer the 147. I have the 2ltr lusso so it has cruise control, climate control and sports leather seats. The seats are a lot lower than in the 145 so you don't feel as though you are sitting up in heaven.

You are right when you say it is more mature. The 145 is a lot more sporty to drive but the 147 is more refined. The only thing with the 147 is they tend to be a bit bouncy. When I bought mine the previous had put Eibach springs on it but had left the standard dampers which didn't really match and it was very very bouncy. I have since put a set of Koni FSD's on it and it has made a huge difference. It's still a bit bumpy in the town but handles brilliantly round corners (or so my husband says).

If I had to choose in the future between the 145 and the 147 I would definitely choose the 147.
 

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I personally prefer the 147. I have the 2ltr lusso so it has cruise control, climate control and sports leather seats. The seats are a lot lower than in the 145 so you don't feel as though you are sitting up in heaven.

You are right when you say it is more mature. The 145 is a lot more sporty to drive but the 147 is more refined. The only thing with the 147 is they tend to be a bit bouncy. When I bought mine the previous had put Eibach springs on it but had left the standard dampers which didn't really match and it was very very bouncy. I have since put a set of Koni FSD's on it and it has made a huge difference. It's still a bit bumpy in the town but handles brilliantly round corners (or so my husband says).

If I had to choose in the future between the 145 and the 147 I would definitely choose the 147.
thanks bp, by the sounds of it a 147 would appeal to mrs purple, although I quite like the raw appeal of the 145. I predict marital strife :rolleyes:
 
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