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that's beautiful, they don't make 'em like that anymore....glorious!
Looks really good paint work still...is it low mileage...what's the story?
 

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that's beautiful, they don't make 'em like that anymore....glorious!
Looks really good paint work still...is it low mileage...what's the story?
Previous owner got the paintwork refreshed.
140K miles but had a lot done to it over the years (well minded).
Belt done at 132K (3 and a half years ago though).
It was a sporto, gearbox spontaneously combusted so decided to
get converted to 6 speed manual).
Running very well so far.
Love it
 

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How much did it cost to convert it to manual, and is it a lot better than the sporto?
I part paid with a 155!

More than was economically feasible so to speak.

The mechanic who did it had all the parts to do the swap.

Haven't driven a sporto TBH.

Heart ruling the head on this one :biglaugh:
 

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I'd read about 164's being converted but didn't think you could do it on a 166.

What happens to the gear display LCD box on the odometer, does it just remain blank?

Is there a shopping list of things you need you could share? Any idea how many hours work for the mechanic?

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The gear indicator section is connected directly to the gearbox ECU so if it was missing, I'd expect you'd see exatly that, a blank display.

Conversion must be pretty hardcore. Centre console parts, gear linkage, remove interlock from igniton, persuade engine ECU to play nice with a manual. Add a clutch pedal and master and slave and plumbing, remove large brake pedal. That's just the first few things that come to mind, let alone all the niggly little details I can't think of off the bat. If you had a donor manual car to work with, it would be pretty straightforward I guess.
 

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Don't know the man hours (2 days ish?) but here's a quick list:
Remove dash, SWAP complete pedal box, the stuff ChrisS said re manual box, linkages etc
I think I remember mention of drive shafts too?
Dash display blank-yes. ECU has been left in place but needs changing.
Goes into limp mode if traction control engages or you hit the rev limiter.
(Take foot off throttle and start again).
I understand that ECU and ABS block still need swapping.
Brand new clutch fitted (rude not to).
As I said, it's not 'economic' to do, but that didn't stop me....
:alien:
 
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Pomie are you happy I'm back???
 
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Eye shure ahm bhoy. :thumb:

Wap Tap problem wie that Windows10 brower keeps spitting me oot and clearing passwurds an as ewe ken that's no mah strongpoint.

Pea n Ham soup fray a chicken is wan thing but a manual intae an auto.....boy that's a NO MEAN FEET lol

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Auto intae a manual....
 

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Think I already posted this somewhere but can't remember where.
Exhaust replacement/upgrade:
 

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shiney...and a few kgs lighter...is it a Holy sound though?
I love it Gorie. It's a little louder which I prefer.
The rear section is Ragazzon too.
 

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New boots.
I also had the two headlamps and front foglights replaced with pre-loved ones.
WAY better lighting now....
 

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I remember a few years back that Horseshoes were "handed down" to replace all the 16" pepper pots. Now the Supersports are being handed down to the remaining few 166es. They do look good...and they are a bit lighter also I believe.
I must say, whenever I see a 166 I think, "They don't make 'em like that anymore"...and then I think, well noone ever made 'em like that except Alfa when they used to do their own thing.

If you look at a Stelvio...take the Scudetto off and it's an F-Pace...or the new Guilia..it's a 3 series. Not knocking them, but they do follow the crowd.
Can't be said of the Sud, the 75, the 164, the 145/6 the 156 or the 166. Mind you having said that...the 33 just looks pants imho especially the SW...but maybe give it another 10 years and it will be the one we wished we snapped up while we had the chance!!
 

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I've always had big love for the Lancia Flavia Coupe...I'd really love to own one. But the 166 kind of soothes the lack of a Flavia...both fantastic beautifully styled...the 166 does it somehow and is still a 4 door with a decent back seat. The Flavia is a 2 door 2+2...front wheel drive, that boxer sound GT tourer...166 has the busso and meets the quality feel of the Lancia..30 years younger. Lancia totally lost the plot on styling in the '90s but Alfa nailed it with the 166 and 156.
 

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I've always had big love for the Lancia Flavia Coupe...I'd really love to own one. But the 166 kind of soothes the lack of a Flavia...both fantastic beautifully styled...the 166 does it somehow and is still a 4 door with a decent back seat. The Flavia is a 2 door 2+2...front wheel drive, that boxer sound GT tourer...166 has the busso and meets the quality feel of the Lancia..30 years younger. Lancia totally lost the plot on styling in the '90s but Alfa nailed it with the 166 and 156.
Agreed re the 156 and 166 hence there are currently 5 of them in my fleet!

2003 Alfa 156 1.8TS Sportwagon Blu Cosmo
2001 Alfa 166 3.0 Proteo Rosso - Daily Driver
2000 Alfa 156 2.0 TS Selespeed Sportwagon Vela Blu - Project/Donor
2000 Alfa 156 1.8 TS (Donor Car) Vela Blu - On Borrowed Time
1999 Alfa 166 2.5 V6 Grigio Nettuno - Track Car
1984 Alfasud 1.5 Gold Cloverleaf Florentine Copper - Project
 
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