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I've come a long way since March. I bought the GTV, which was a first for me in many ways. My first Italian car, my first Alfa, my first V6, my first 150mph car, and the list goes on. I knew practically nothing about Alfas, or indeed about GTVs except I wanted a V6 with Teledials, as original as possible, with a detailed history, all for less than £2500.

She came with her fair share of things to sort out, but nothing majorly wrong.

I joined you all on here, and have been addicted ever since. After getting loads of really helpful advice, and even bundles of personal help (thanks Starkers!), I have been enthused to bring the car to an exceptional standard, mechanically, cosmetically, inside and out.

So far I have had the cambelt changed at Giallo in Hildenborough, serviced by the good chaps in Rusper, put clear side repeaters on, Powerflexed the top engine mount, cleaned the engine bay, fitted white leather interior, replaced aftermarket aerial with OE aerial, changed the brake fluid, changed the MAF, refurbished the Teledials, fitted 4 new tyres, as well as fully detailing her several times and lots of other small jobs. I've spent alot more money than perhaps I would buying a 'fully sorted' example to start with, but I wouldn't have had half as much fun :D ...and I've learnt a hell of alot!

Now, she's booked in at Autolusso to (hopefully) have the last remaining niggles corrected. She needs a couple of rear bushes, 4-wheel alignment and an investigation of the aircon system due to the 8x flashing LED. I bought the white leather from them, and have spoke to Dan on the phone - I've got every confidence she's going into good hands - genuinely looking forward to going up on Tuesday.

I really want the car to be immaculate. :cool:

Thank you to everyone who's offered advice on this truly excellent forum and helped along the way - you're all helping make this car a fantastic example. :thumbs:
 

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Excellent, your car is pretty much spot on now (or she will be after this) and am looking forward to seeing your refurbished wheels and new tyres,

It's been a good learning experience doing all this and I think you feel more connected to the car when you have put your own time, money and energy in to them (and in our case, have filled up the swear jar :lol:).
 

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Pop by mate, not too far from me :)
Will do - I'll give you a call on Tuesday. I'm up early to get the car there for 9am so put a brew on :lol:

Excellent, your car is pretty much spot on now (or she will be after this) and am looking forward to seeing your refurbished wheels and new tyres,

It's been a good learning experience doing all this and I think you feel more connected to the car when you have put your own time, money and energy in to them (and in our case, have filled up the swear jar :lol:).
Looking forward to getting stuck in on the next round of jobs to do - want to do the gasket on yours and i want to see the new wingmirror! :)
 

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The replacement wing mirror looks good, the motor works fine and the best thing is that the unit folds in to the wing, like it is supposed to do (I couldn't get the old one to fold in, which is why it got damaged).
 

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Perfect - I've got a phobia of leaving my car parked on streets ever since my wingmirror got smashed off in Liverpool when Chelsea beat em in the UEFA final a few years back :mad: I think I'd rather have a garage than a house :lol:

When are we doing our detailing day by the way? We need to get our cars looking their best! Did you buy a rotary/dual action polisher in the end?
 
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