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Before anyone thinks I've gone insane (actually I probably have), this is the last project I'll be green lighting for a while now. I've got plenty to keep me occupied now for the coming years, I wouldn't say I've finished just yet but in terms of adding anything in the short term that is unlikely.

After experiencing the 147 GTA, getting a manual Giulietta Cloverleaf I am happy with and now starting on the GT 3.2, of the rest of the Alfas from around the 147/GT/156 era, the last one I fancied wanting to get at some point was the GTV (the 156 I am sure is great, however I'm not really a saloon person). 2 V6 engined cars is enough so this time I wanted something different, so this would be a good chance to go for the Twinspark experience for a bit of variety. Probably a good time to buy as even good Twinsparks are getting harder to get and showing signs of good examples picking up due more of them being scrapped or broken up.

On this occasion the deal was quite a straight-forward one. From the moment I started considering the idea more later in the year, I didn't really find any examples that ticked all or enough of the boxes. There was one however when I phoned the place selling it the car had been sold a bit ago anyway, probably wasn't meant - it was very basic in spec so would have needed a fair bit doing anyway.

I knew Gareth at Northern Alfa was looking to sell his however at the time he was keen to do so my interest wasn't as high, originally he was going to use it but got a 166 V6 soon after, so the GTV went unused, however it was a nice one so at the same time understanably he wanted to keep it. Before Gareth got the GTV it originally belonged to a customer so he had worked on it for quite a few years in which he knew it was good. After a bit of back and fourth offer shooting we agreed a price and I got the GTV, it only happened just under a month ago. Probably the easiest transaction given the personal level of it, plus it could just stay in storage until I am ready next year.













It is a 1999 Phase 2 with only 77k on the clock, Proteo Red, rear aero spoiler and the nicer spec 17 teledials. I have already got to work on it somewhat, the original seats were the black momo leather ones (which I still have and am not selling this time given the rarity now and the condition being nice) however just before getting the car I jumped on an opportunity and bought the rare cream leather seats which have very recently got fitted.









You could argue that knowing me I'd have gone for some tan seats, however given the black and grey carpet/floor and also wanting to again be a bit different I am really happy with the white/cream option - especially with the Proteo Red which I really like. Overall I think it goes together really well, if I had got a standard red example then the tan would have been more likely.

I've already got some other cosmetic parts and waiting for some more to arrive so I should have a few other little bits sometime at the beginning of next year started. The exhaust has had a Powerflow system made for it, it'll likely be replaced with a mix of Alfaholics and Wizard parts over time but at least the current system might be of use to somebody when I do change things a bit. My aim is to give it some more poke over time and make it on a similar level to a stock V6, however that will be a bit down the line yet. Even as it is now it is good enough to go to meets with so it might be seen in the flesh a bit earlier.
 

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I might be moving forwards sooner than planned. All being well the interior should be finished to how I want it possibly early next month. It is the exterior that as of today has been given somewhat of a prioritised hurry up in a certain area.

After just over 2 months due to Hermes making an absolute joke of the shipping, my NOS GTV Cup front bumper from Partsworld arrived today.



Ultimately I am pleased I ordered one just before they sold out, predictably knowing me I underestimated how large it was. The bumper itself when not packed up isn't too bad although it is still better having an extra person helping when moving it. When it was in the box though it is way harder to move it.

Because of this given it is basically the original bumper with in my eyes a nicer lower addon/extension I'm now fairly quickly going ahead with getting it painted and ready to fit on. This means I can move the stock bumper on once done as it really will take up too much room, somebody will hopefully be after one, it is in good shape at least.

I'm dropping it off at Gareth's next Tuesday for him to fit it on properly at the end of the week if all goes to plan. Then I'll be arranging with Richard at ReFinishing down the road a convenient time to bring the GTV down for him to paint and colour match the new bumper with the rest of the car. I'll try and get some pictures of the car in it's unusual state before it get's painted too, it will almost look like a test/work in progress car! I am quite looking forward to seeing the change when the new bumper is done.
 

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Interior is done for now, I may get the other silver bits painted to match and blend in better at some point but there's no urgency right now I am pretty happy with how it has turned out at present. Thanks to Gareth at Northern Alfa for the fitting.







The Cup bumper fitment and painting is the next job.
 

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It might be a while before I next update after this given the fact that from here on in the car starts to take shape.





Today I went over to collect the car for the short drive down to the paintshop to have the now mounted Cup bumper painted to match everything else. Looks strangely good even as is, luckily the bumper even with it being new was in nice shape for it's age so that helps. After all it has been sat around doing nothing for close to 20 years up until now.

This was rather bizarrely the first time I have driven the car at all, given it belonged to my specialist stored up I knew it was mechanically sound (a rare thing these days) and because it was going to be a gradual on the side thing in terms of customising when I bought it the car stayed where it was. It is part crazy, part have some faith leaping without looking however it worked. In the short time with it the car is pretty easy to drive and the Twinspark engine feels very nice. I've still got to adjust my position to my liking but it will be easy enough. I can see why some people have a bit of a time with positioning, I mean I'm not the tallest person however my head still get's quite close to the roof line.

Once I get the car back next week all being well before putting it off the road again for a bit I am tempted to add a bit more time to my temporary insurance for the day so I can use it for most of the day and enjoy it before bringing it back to storage later on in the afternoon/evening.

Bumper painting aside again I probably won't reveal anything else until I have done the other bits which complement it all together. It's not a great deal of bits but it does make quite a difference and is worth waiting for. It might be a bit quicker since I have decided to put the bigger jobs on my GT 3.2 back a bit as upon reflection the original timeframe is a bit too tight and runs the risk of overall things being rushed out and costing more because bits aren't ready on time.
 

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My Cup front bumper has now been painted luckily just in time before the curfews, Richard at Re-Finishing Maltby has done it really nice as usual. A quick splash stop for fuel and now back to storage/workshop she goes..for a while.



The picture doesn't give much away for the main stuff coming next which hopefully I will be able to show at some point when things ease out. While the work should get completed fairly soon it will be a bit before I can get any pictures at all due to current circumstances of not being allowed to go anywhere apart from crucial necessary stuff.

It will at least mean that not only the GTV but more of my other Alfas will be far more ready for any meet/show/gathering when normality comes back.
 

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You're the only other person I've come across who's chosen the Proteo/cream colour combo I managed to buy d complete interior for mine for a bargain price a couple of years ago, stripped the leather from the GTV seats and put it on the Spider frames as they're slightly different. Also made my own custom heater control knobs, as the originals feel a bit cheap but the original aftermarket Zender options are way too expensive nowadays. Your car is coming along really nice View attachment 934123 View attachment 934124 View attachment 934125
 

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Thanks, it was quite difficult to not go with tan leather which is pretty much a guaranteed to work combination as well. At the time when I was about to buy the car later last year a white leather seat set was available and given I like more rare combos and the car being metallic Proteo Red and not Alfa red then I could see it working well so went for them. Plus as you mentioned there's hardly any GTV's or Spider with that combo. I already have my Giulietta and 147 GTA in the red/tan combo as well so a different path was probably better anyway to mix things up a bit. I would like to find the door inserts one day in white but the black leather still works perfectly fine with it.

I did get a few more pictures before I left where it lives when stored most of the time (and now for the forseable future until things cool down). Looks a bit clearer in these shots.



 

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I think you made the right call with the white.
Its the only leather colour i'd entertain in a Proteo car.
The Tan leather always looks off for me, with this paint code,
then again Ive never really liked proteo red.. but yours. lovely !
 
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I think it looks great too but how do you get on with white leather from a practical perspective? Do you have to be extra careful to avoid marking it. The only experience I have had with white leather (admittedly a sofa rather than car seats) was the dye from a newish (well washed) pair of jeans just kept staining the leather. It came off easy enough but was still something of a PITA.
 

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Personally I haven't had a problem with staining, and any marks have come off easy enough with a decent leather cleaner.

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I haven't really driven the car much yet and given it is not my main car I won't really be putting much wear on the seats. Although my Giulietta with tan leather which is my main car I haven't got any stains on those seats from ink bleeding plus I've not really noticed myself marking it. I'd guess the GTV will likely be the same once we are allowed out again. I plan to give the seats another clean anyway. Main part is getting some Cif spray to remove a small black pen marking off one of the rear seats.
 

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I actually got to drive the GTV home for the weekend today, nice and Sunny at least where the Proteo Red excels. I think I'm gradually getting familiar with it, for this type of car I do prefer the lighter front end with the Twinspark engine. Goes well enough so with a few small performance mods in the future to open it out slightly it should be ideal. Already has a custom made sport CAT which was done before I got it so that is probably helping with how it feels to drive.

Mods are coming along again. Over the last month or so the brakes have been upgraded.



Got a used set of the larger 166 front brake calipers from Clover Breakers, mounting adaptors plus another set of adaptors for the 330mm discs from Totally Alfa, the paint from a supplier in Italy on eBay and the stickers from one of those many UK sellers there as well. Quite a bit of easing the old stiff fittings on the calipers and several layers of paint later thanks to Gareth the calipers were ready to fit on. Spacers were also fitted so the car looks more flush and giving a better stance. Also put MTEC grooved brake discs on all round.







In a few weeks all being good more cosmetic upgrades are planned, then it should really look nice so I'll likely try and get some full detailed shots.
 

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Few last pictures of the car as it is (or was as of next week most likely) with the newly fitted upgraded yellow calipers. Next mods have already begun.







Now it get's more interesting, yesterday the KW lowering kit I had purchased a few months ago was getting put on. 30mm lowering springs at the back and coilovers on the front. Should hopefully be getting finished off next week tweaking it until Gareth is happy with how it looks and drives with it on.





At least (barring the metallic purple) they match the colour of the brakes! It's looking like I'll be busier next week so I don't know when I'll next be getting the car for a while but it will be interesting to see when the change is done.
 

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Nope, I didn't do it, was already there before I owned it, so it would have been one of the past owners who would have done the cursing! I want to refurbish the wheels at some point anyway to my preference but they are pretty good for now, they had already been refurbished sometime before I bought the car and luckily don't have a great deal of marks, not ones that are mega noticeable unless you take more of a keen look.
 

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Nope, I didn't do it, was already there before I owned it, so it would have been one of the past owners who would have done the cursing! I want to refurbish the wheels at some point anyway to my preference but they are pretty good for now, they had already been refurbished sometime before I bought the car and luckily don't have a great deal of marks, not ones that are mega noticeable unless you take more of a keen look.
Some consolation then! The car is looking really good. The yellow calipers look the dog's bits!
 
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