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It's started! Should be back in 3 weeks



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Body work, full respray. It had laquer peel, faded to pink, lots of chips and dings. Dealing with any underseal/rust issues underneath too. Full set of new badges.

Mecanicals. New clutch, gearbox oil change, brake fluid change, front caliper upgrade to Brembos, drilled and grooved discs all round with new pads, new shocks and springs front and back.

Alfaholics front pipe and sports cat, Pipercross air filter, oil and filter change, new oil cooler, air con pipe replacement and regas, new brake hoses, new front abs sensors.

Cam belt kit, balance belt kit, new cam sensor. Block plug seals replaced, red crackle cam cover fitted, spring pans with powerflex to the subframe and rose joints on the other end.

New front hubs with new bearings, rear calipers removed and painted, new wheel badges.

I think that's it........

About £3k for the body work and £1200 for the mecanicals but I am supplying loads of parts I have collected over the years.

I would estimate about £6k all in.

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Are you doing the work yourself?

How much will it cost you with the purchase and restoration work ?

Just interested as I'm seriously considering one at some point in the near future :)
 

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Not this time. I was going to change my 156 but it passed its mot again so decided to spend the money on the Gtv.

I'm hoping to get a club valuation of about £4k when she's finished.

I have no intention of ever selling her, I saved her from the scrap yard after a cam belt failure and she cost me a bottle of whisky!

I rebuild the head and did the big end bearings and new rings. She runs beautifully. The interior is great, I stripped back the sticky console and resprayed it. I was lucky to buy one of the last sets of factory mats.

If you want one, don't leave it too long. Prices are on the rise.

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Looking forward to seeing the result, I bet it will look amazing! I'd love to do something like this to mine. Where are you getting the work done?
 

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Mechanicals with Autobritalia and bodywork with Dunkirk body shop. Very close to where I live in Kent.

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I'll grab a seat here at the front, whose for tea or coffee?

Good luck Mitch, im sure she will be a mint example when you are done. :)

PS: Its EauRouge here, still havn't sorted my password nonsense yet.
 

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Not going well. Cannot find any front hub bearings without play in them! Best has been 0.3mm at the bearing, by the time this gets to the wheel on there is loads of play. Will never pass the mot like that let alone give clearance in my 166 Brembo conversion.

Where to find some quality bearings?

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Not going well. Cannot find any front hub bearings without play in them! Best has been 0.3mm at the bearing, by the time this gets to the wheel on there is loads of play. Will never pass the mot like that let alone give clearance in my 166 Brembo conversion.

Where to find some quality bearings?

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Not sure what you mean by play in new bearings.
When I just did my v6 front bearings the new ones seemed loose, but this is because the inner races are split and are nipped up tight when refitting driveshaft nut.
Good luck removing old ones- mine took 13 tons!
one inner race remained stuck to the wheel nut hub and needed removal with grinder/cold chisel
Anyway I have a new pair of quality *** front bearings for TS (non magnetic abs) which I bought for my TS which I no longer have.
PM if any use.
 

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No it's after being nipped up. He's put 3 new sets on. The last set were SDF but still had play. I'll talk to him Monday and see if he's solved it. I may be in touch for those bearings though thanks.

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Will first of all, sorry about the lack of updates. To be honest, it's not been as much fun as I thought it would be ?

It's all very well writing a list of things you want sorted and planning to get them done and getting the quote etc What you don't think about is all the extra jobs you'll find once you start pulling a car apart.
Ok, getting the air con sorted was a luxury I didn't have to add to the list but a blowing exhaust manifold, rear suspension rebuild ( should have seen that one coming) both balance shaft core plugs leaking oil, damaged sills because of poor jacking, underseal flaking, wiper arms fouling the bonnet the list goes on. Suffice to say, the original estimate has doubled. Ouch.

Body work, there was 3 patches of rust that had to be delt with. One on the offside rear when arch, one on the nearside rear quarter and one at the rear end of the offside sill. The extra metal fabrication and welding has added another £300 to the bill.

Hopefully she'll be in primer by Friday.



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Won't be long now.......

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A few years ago I drove past that place ( Dunkirk Bodyshop ) on a regular basis over a few days when we were staying at the Holiday Inn just down the road.
 

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Very good body shop. Next time you're in the area pop in for a cuppa ?

Tried about 4 sets of bearings before we found 2 that were within tolerance. Still have no idea why there are so many poor quality bearings out there. We tried cheaper and good makes and they were all rubbish. I have now got another set from a member who got them 5 years ago so I'm hopeful they are a good set. Garage have tried full lock and it seems ok but until they do a full in anger test drive, we won't know for sure.




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