Fitted new gas struts to the tailgate, so it no longer falls on my neck guillotine like as I retrieve stuff from the boot, but rises with the sort of bounce Boris would approve of. Three year guarantee too. Hmm.
Don't let the title put you off, it doesn't have to be a full detail, a wash & a clean will do, if the car looks good take some pics & submit them, please include some info on what you have done to the car :thumbs:
Finished replacing cambelt and waterpump on 3.2 GT. What a pain in the backside. Very hard to get to a lot of the bolts and I managed to drop one of the tensioner bolts and it somehow fell into the inner mudguard through a hole about 1.5 cm wide and go to the bottom of the guard. I heard a metalic sound and I didn't hear it hit the ground. I couldn't get my tension wrench to fit in between motor and side of guard either so most of the bolts are just done up super tight.
Later, when I was underneath the car I could see a thread through a drain hole on the inner guard (the missing bolt). I tried my bendy magnet but the head of the bolt is just too big to come out of the drain hole. (I can't get my magnet to bend around enough where it must have gone in either). I may try drilling the drain hole slightly bigger at a later date and then painting the edge. At least the bolt isn't going anywhere. The tensioner now has one hex bolt and one allen bolt.
On saturday i changed the oil, back to Castrol Edge from the Selenia 20K, and i just love how smooth an engine sounds with fresh new oil. Also had the father in law weld a crack in the second exhaust damper, and replaced a missing bolt on an exhaust brace further forward, might need to replace the rubber bushing holding the brace, but given the place of the bolts holding the bracket, it looks like a downpipe off job, so i might just see how bad the rattling is now.
Also slowly mulling over my options regarding different cars, soon enough the GT will be degraded from family transport to just my run-around (family visits and holidays will be shifted to a newer car), so that would allow me to make the GT more fun and less practical. (to the point where runaround duties might warrant some jap shoebox)
I have been having problems with the temperature dropping at random times and the electric fans running flat out. Thought I would spray some contact cleaner on the coolant temperature sensor connector. When I tried to unplug it the sensor broke off. Have ordered a new one but have to wait now. Grrrr.
I set about installing GT rear seats in my 147 Q2. Not a straightforward thing at all and will only ever be a bodge. They just not made to go there. Good job they only for looking at and never get sat on 🤓
today was ICE upgrade day, the original blaupunkt CD and Bose system, now has a Pioneer DEH S410DAB pair with it. photos to follow, but it was fairly easy. a new fascia surround, and a wiring loom with steering wheel control unit. using the forum post about how to power the Bose Amp. it now sounds excellant, but i am struggling to get the pioneer app on my samsung Galaxy S10 to connect over USB (its not a BT unit). the DAB aerial was dead easy to fit and routes nicely into the dash void of the head unit.
Has anyone who drives a GTA have the engine temperature of their car always showing low temperatures? My GTA thermostat used to be stuck at 50C, then after I took it to the garage to change the thermometer, it will go up to 60-75C, but it would never reach 90C like my GT. For those of you who drives a GTA, does your thermometer ever rise to 90C when you drive your car? My GTA is second hand so I don't know if all GTAs are like this.
Since I've owned my 147, every now and then there would be a clattery rattling from the exhaust. This would occur on cold start up, then usually disappear as the exhaust heated up. Uninvestigated diagnosis (speculation) was a slightly loose pre-cat (i.e. the internal core matrix). Since the...
Can anyone tell me how much the ride height differs on a Veloce compared to a Turismo or Lusso. i.e the measurement from centre of wheel to bottom of wheel arch.
The reason being I have just bought an 03 SW Turismo that appears to have been built to Veloce spec. Western Alfa in Edinburgh told me...
Hi Newbee here
I have a problems with a friends Alfa GT JTD 2005 that's causing some headaches, I've searched the forums and cant find the answers I need so starting a new thread.
the issue started with the windows. while in the a garage the windows were dropped and the battery disconnected...
My name is Luis, I'm from Portugal and I need your help.
I have a 147 JTD 16v Distinctive, bought new in 2003. It has now 356.000 Kms, and has been an incredible reliable car. Repro for 180hp (main cat off and EGR blocked). No smoke. Turbo, MAF, MAP, EGR, etc, were never replaced. :)
Recently my info-centre on the centre dash on my 2002 156 has become increasingly dull to the point it is just a dim red glow with no information readable. Is it hard to replace one of these and secondly is it going to be an impossible job to source a new one that displays a clear...