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I cant remember when last I had a build thread, so heres my Swagon build.
Things will start to pick up in the next three months as Im attending the annual show in Kimberley.

I bought Adrien's wagon, while the color is not my favorite I wanted a good base to start off with. So far Ive bought GT Toora's(jetfins), GTA style headlights, black leather interior from a sedan(rear backrest dont fit), side skirts and some stickers.

Coilies in the form of Maxtracs are on their way.

Mechanically Ive only replaced two tyres(might be three soon as I have a leak somewhere) and Speenvark helped me replace a wrongfully diagnosed slave cylinder, my master cylinder is acting up, oh and a very expensive batery. The car is smooth and drives well...slow compared to my previous cars but I like its character...it will be low and slow.

Plans for the coming months are:
Split GTV wheels
Coilies
Bodywork
Fit the rest of the interior
Fit GTA headlights
Fit side skirts
Source a Cupra front lip
Louder backbox
Roof racks and roof box or bike carrier











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Do the induction kit as well. Really brings out the voice of the Busso. I fitted the KN filter 57i kit for the GTA on my V6. Makes huge difference to the vocals. Was quite funny as I had get my back box done after the filter as the back box literally kept popping off when opening up on the road.
 

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Mechanically Ive only replaced two tyres(might be three soon as I have a leak somewhere)
Could also be a cracked rim, common issue, repairs cost me +-R700 last month.
 
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Once again I've seen the Thule stuff on special offer in Topcar Magazine. I think it was R3500 for the roof bars.
 

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Looking forward to seeing the progress! Still miss that car :(

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Yeah I removed the wheel and inspected it and yep...its cracked. I was not planning on refurbing these GT wheels although they need serious refurbing. I have decided to refurb them in JHB at Mag Repair Centre...the guys will also do my stepped wheels as they already did a set for 145 wheels and are massive Alfa fans, so the fit is perfect.





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The car has a carbon intake but ends in an open cone filter, I need a CDA or 57i(assuming the 57I is what Im thinking it is...the enclosed filter?)

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Ian yes...I skeem Ill have to get the universal foot Thule, but currently my budget looks like this..
Toora's refurb...R2k
16" Teledials R3k
Step up Teledials and refurb R8k
205/40/18 tyres from a friend for the stepped wheels R3k
Balance of coilies R4k

Thats what I need to pay in the next 3 months...so ja...eish. Id really like to have the roof racks, maybe I can borrow a set and I see roof boxes can be hired?

Oh...respray of side skirts R1750
Spray black parts of bumpers R1k
Spray side mirrors R850

Its a deep pocket exercise, Im looking to get out of refurbing the Toora's now through...but the crack...eish.

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Ok I found out now I could possibly get the wheel fixed for R500...Ill then just plastidip the wheels as their dailies anyway.

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57i is open cone. If you want CDA filter then you will need to DIY. Roof bars look at whispbar as well. You seen mine on my GQV they look really good.
 

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Apolo looks to be the part!

I called around and dealers want R1890 for the clutch master cylinder...ouch.

There is a second hand part at PTA Alfa Yard for R850. Is it worthwhile to buy a 2nd hand part? The cylinder has no leaks, brake fluid is not dissapearing but the internals, rubber seems sticky. I spray Q40 inside he shaft and its fixed for a week or so and thereafter its back to being sticky.

In getting the Teles this week and wil drop them off while I get the Toora welded.

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Apolo looks to be the part!

I called around and dealers want R1890 for the clutch master cylinder...ouch.

There is a second hand part at PTA Alfa Yard for R850. Is it worthwhile to buy a 2nd hand part? The cylinder has no leaks, brake fluid is not dissapearing but the internals, rubber seems sticky. I spray Q40 inside he shaft and its fixed for a week or so and thereafter its back to being sticky.

In getting the Teles this week and wil drop them off while I get the Toora welded.

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Lance don't buy the second hand part unless you have it stainless steel sleeved and rebuild it using a kit. Then it will last forever. Laterally. And, there are some alternative places that you could contact for a new part but I would seriously go for the stainless steel sleeved part.
 

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Who are the alternative places?

Some people warn against a rebuild. Where is the rebuild kit sold?

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I picked these up yesterday and also dropped my Toora wheel to fix the crack.


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Who are the alternative places?

Some people warn against a rebuild. Where is the rebuild kit sold?

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Read this: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa...-floppy-clutch-pedal-master-cylinder-fix.html What he does is remove a piton from a new mater cylinder and fit it into his existing master cylinder to eliminate having to remove the old one completely but I just used it to illustrate the internal components of the system.

Stay away from:
1. Those who don't know what the master cylinder looks inside. I suspect your maccie is not an Alfa maccie but a Honda since he is talking about plastic. Plastic pistons come in Japanese cars and bakkies.
2. Those who say "stay away from a rebuild". Monkey mechanics who break other people's stuff and blame it on poor quality.

I've been doing these things for DECADES and NEVER had a premature failure.

This is what it looks like when it's apart: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=273025&d=1390553369

What you will be looking for are the two black stuff on the piston. Those are rubber seals. Take note of their orientation. refitting is a reversal of removal, and if you can't get them in a kit then buy them loose at a hydraulic workshop for R2 each. Be careful with the circlip, and the piston should push out freely because it should have a spring on the inside.

A proper kit will include 2 rubber piston seals, one rubber boot and the grommet for the plastic pipe.

What kind of "some people" is that anyway... :irked:
 

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I've been doing these things for DECADES and NEVER had a premature failure.
Hi Ian I have been doing it for ages as well. I can tell you the last 3 times I have done it(against Gerhard's advice), each lasted about a month. I even bought a hone and honed the cylinder on the second try. GTV master and slave and Spider slave.
 

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Thanks for the advice guys, so consensus from this small pool is, it never fails again and it does indeed fail again. My mech only asked which type it is. I wont call him clueless, ill take the car to him and see, if it fails Ill just buy a new one and do the mod the guy in the above thread did.



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