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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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