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This is a restoration thread of my 1998 Phase 1 GTV 3.0 V6, which was recently discovered & unearthed from it’s 5-year slumber in a North Devon “tomb.”

Lots of work and pics ahead :rotate:
 

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Hi all,
After spotting a low-key advert for a local GTV V6 3.0 in my ideal colour combination of Grigio metallic with a redstyle interior & carpet, I was sorely tempted to take a look despite the non-running engine and claims of a 4-year burial in a remote corner of a cavernous North Devon lockup!
After trying (and mostly failing) to talk to the seller, I decided to go and take a look anyway. After the owner undid numerous padlocks and powered up a huge roller shutter door, a large gloomy lockup was revealed with the dustsheet-covered “corpses” of several cars wedged in, along with plenty of other junk. The car was in a slightly neglected state after we whipped off the old curtains covering it and I crawled around and underneath to get a better look.
It was completely orginal and complete however and I couldn’t find much evidence of any structural rust which was a nice surprise. The best part was the interior which was almost spotless and had a rare factory-option walnut centre console (looks better than it sounds!)

I took a few photos and we went back to his flat to look at the paperwork and history, which was impressively complete as well as two original keys, two working remotes and the red key too!

We haggled a bit over the price, as I didnt want to pay his asking price of a Grand! I walked away, saying I would let him know and got back to my car, where I sat for a few minutes mulling it over. Then I realised that I wasn’t going to find another V6 GTV in my ideal colour combo, as complete and so close to home as this one, so I marched back and knocked on his door again.
He was surprised to see me again, as it turned out that he had offered the car to a couple of garages who didnt want it!
Anyway, we agreed a price and I arranged for collection.
 

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The plan then, is to restore the car to its former original factory-spec glory but with some subtle performance upgrades hidden away, such as GTA cams, nice exhaust and a remap etc. I have now had the car for a couple of months and had some interesting adventures already! I’ll post more pictures as I go but also I will be launching my own Youtube channel soon called “The Alfa Nut”, which will feature this car, as well as another Alfa I’m working on...also some fabulous classics and modern Alfa’s to be featured in time.

Hope to see you here and on the Tube too!
 

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i belive only 122 were ever made like yours with the 3.0 24v engine and the EGR valve i can see you have, I have 2 of them myself, Extremly early car.

Its not a red style interior however the PH1 never did it was only on the PH2 face lift, Your red carpets and red leather is the norm for PH1 interior, Looks nice
 

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Nice read! The 916 is a pretty underrated car. Its looks will surely start hitting the spot among classics soon and then with the 3.0 we already know it has the feel of a sports car. Great save!
 

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i belive only 122 were ever made like yours with the 3.0 24v engine and the EGR valve i can see you have, I have 2 of them myself, Extremly early car.

Its not a red style interior however the PH1 never did it was only on the PH2 face lift, Your red carpets and red leather is the norm for PH1 interior, Looks nice
Hi Brad, thanks for the background info. I wonder how many are still left running out of those original 122? Not many I’m betting.
I assume this is a (so called) PH1.5, as it has the 3 spoke wheel? The build info I got was that it was a March ‘98 assembly. Interesting about the interior too. Personally I think this interior is nicer than my ‘02 Spider’s which is Redstyle with a red dash. I prefer the earlier dash and wood centre console to the silver plastic later version.
Classier.
 

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Nice read! The 916 is a pretty underrated car. Its looks will surely start hitting the spot among classics soon and then with the 3.0 we already know it has the feel of a sports car. Great save!
Thanks, I agree and I have noticed recently that good examples of the ‘90’s and early 2000’s cars like the GTV, 156 and 166 are starting to increase in value just like the GTV6’s, Alfasuds and Sprints have done from the previous decade.
 

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Good looking ph1.5 , some of the latest cf1 3LV624v with only one lambda sensor on the center cat and motronic M3.7.1 like on the latest 164 QV , with also trottle cable and MOMO specific interior and seats.
Your car has already the ph2 electric wirring , abs pump 5.3,and so on.
Good choice!
 

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Thanks Dirka, its good to get more information about this model, as my gut feeling was that it was a car that should be saved. It seems like that was a good decision (for a change! :wink:)
 

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First big task to get on with, is investigating the supposedly “damaged” front cylinder head, after a botched attempt by one of the previous owners to fit a new cambelt.
According to an (unnamed) Alfa specialist who first inspected the car for me, a timing block was fitted backwards, causing catastrophic damage to the valves etc. I decided not to allow this specialist to rebuild the engine, as I wasn’t happy with their quote and I wanted to challenge myself to tackle the job and learn something at the same time. I duly arranged to collect the car but was met with a locked workshop! After lots of excuses from him, I finally got the car home and started to strip the front end to get enough access to jack up the engine and remove the front head.

After a couple of Saturdays rolling around on the concrete floor, kindly assisted by friend Gary Fisher - secretary of the Devon AROC, we got the head off. To our surprise however, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, throwing a very suspicious light on my “specialist” damage report! It looks rather like the garage in question were a bit “creative” in their assessment of how much damage was done to the head.
They overestimated it by 100% in fact....:grumpy:
Now draw your own conclusions about the motives of why they would do this but suffice to say, their quote to rebuild was about £3,500 + vat.
Anyway, lesson learned there. Now to remove the second head, clean up the pistons and gasket faces and rebuild with all new gaskets and O- rings. This is becoming a real education for me!
 

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Wow, that's a great find - good luck with the restoration!

(I'm half looking for a V6 916 project car myself...)
 
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It will be good to get those valves de-coked!

What's the green car?
Hi, the green car is a ‘60’s “Bond Equippe” (but it’s not mine.) Built by the same company that invented the ridiculous “Bond Bug” 3-wheeler that looked like a Kraft cheese triangle!

The Bay camper isn’t mine either - I like wrecked old cars but I’m not crazy!! :rofl:
 

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Wow, that's a great find - good luck with the restoration!

(I'm half looking for a V6 916 project car myself...)
Thanks. I was only half looking as well :rofl: However I couldn’t turn it down due to the colours, the spec and the proximity!
 

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Obviously that flaky underseal will all have to come off too - rust spreads easily underneath it. Not much rust to worry about on this car though I’m relieved to report, it’s just everything else that needs fixed! :rofl:
 

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I did see that car in fact and thought it looked really good. Lower miles than mine and probably better condition.
The auction isn’t finished yet though - still a day to go and already at £1745. I reckon it will end up fetching between £2,250 - £2,500
In fact, mine is grey metallic not silver and has a walnut centre console, so no sticky mess to deal with! Otherwise exactly the same.

I’d try and grab that one if I were you! :thumbup:
 
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