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Finally ordered a Quife Differential...

With that and the stainless manifold the car will pretty much be set. I'm personally not too fussed about the brakes so probably won't go 4 pot or bigger callipers.

Summer days off are lining up to be busy. Will scrap down, treat then underseal all 4 wheel arches. Have 4 brakes to refurbish, paint then put on the car along with new pads and discs as it's been 7 years and 36k+ miles. Also have 4 alloys to rub down and spray anthracite as I fancy that look on a black car. The coolant leak to be investigated as it's evaporating from somewhere slowly.

Also need to polish the car properly and get round to detailing the engine bay a little.
 

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Weighing up what to do with my GT once again. Do i plough yet more money into it or is it time to cut my many losses and move it on. The MOT expired over the weekend
 

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Weighing up what to do with my GT once again. Do i plough yet more money into it or is it time to cut my many losses and move it on. The MOT expired over the weekend
Depends.. What is needed to pass the MOT? Anything unreasonable? IMO, it's a least worth getting checked, if you don't already know.
 

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Definitely new brakes all round, probably a new set of tyres. There’s an annoying EML/MCSF that was diagnosed as a faulty MAF which wouldn’t go away with a new one either. I dunno, a lot of it is consumables but i get a feeling it’s running out of miles anyway
 

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Definitely new brakes all round, probably a new set of tyres. There’s an annoying EML/MCSF that was diagnosed as a faulty MAF which wouldn’t go away with a new one either. I dunno, a lot of it is consumables but i get a feeling it’s running out of miles anyway
Yeah, then you'd be looking at 400£ worth of stuff at least.. Obviously you won't get much new car for that kind of money, but I get that it seems a lot, especially if you sense that it's past its best days anyway. MAF related could also be an O2 sensor.
 
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You'll know if you want to keep the GT or not!

What's wrong with it doesn't sound too much but I guess it depends what general condition the car is in.
 

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Got a date set for the Quaife and stainless manifolds being installed. Specialist quoted me a generous price for both together...

He said Q2 were cheap as anything from Alfa themselves years ago. Something like £200 odd as they used to sell to him directly. Said they're probably insane money if Alfa even stock them anymore!
 

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I had a talk with the mechanic yesterday. Turns out my GT was crashed quite badly, so it's patched up almost all round. It pains me a bit, but at the same time if it's fixed up properly (as I haven't noticed it while driving it) what's really the harm in it?
 

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I had a talk with the mechanic yesterday. Turns out my GT was crashed quite badly, so it's patched up almost all round. It pains me a bit, but at the same time if it's fixed up properly (as I haven't noticed it while driving it) what's really the harm in it?
Must have been a bit upsetting if you didn't already know. There are good repairs and bad repairs. Not ideal that it's been in an accident, you might not have gone for it if you knew, but if everything has been done properly it's not so bad. I guess your garage had an opinion?

This afternoon on the 147 I was going to make a start on some stuff I wanted to do before we go on holiday on Monday. First quick job was replacing the rubber exhaust hangers, during the course of which I discovered the weld on the strut from the back box had pretty much rusted away. It came off in my hand. Currently the exhaust is hanging on by one hanger, took it to a local garage to see if they could fit a new back box at short notice. Turns out my neighbour works there, familiar face behind the counter, he got it up on the ramp and we looked at it together. Fitting isn't a problem, it's sourcing one, none of their usual suppliers have any in stock. I've since looked online and found a place around the corner from me that should be able to supply one. I'll be ringing them first thing to see.

I often end up saying, "I wish I never touched that." This is one of those moments.

While I was standing outside the house, having just drained the oil (which needed doing anyway), contemplating whether to start on replacing the cambelt, another neighbour came by. I told him what I was doing and realised I'm stressing myself out because although the belt's only got 30,000 miles on it, it's been on there four years and I have only recently learnt that's a problem. But I'm not going to get it done in two afternoons when the kids are about and I should be doing a ton of other things anyway.

"Why do you do this to yourself?" he asked me. It's a fair question. I changed the filter, topped up with fresh oil and put my tools away.

The kids are away with their mum for a couple of weeks in August. I'm going to do it then. And I really hope I can get a new back box sorted by the weekend!
 

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Must have been a bit upsetting if you didn't already know. There are good repairs and bad repairs. Not ideal that it's been in an accident, you might not have gone for it if you knew, but if everything has been done properly it's not so bad. I guess your garage had an opinion?
When I got the car I knew it had a bit of a broken front bumper near the bottom of it so I was like, maybe they hit a curb with it and that's how it happened and a rock chipped away at the front indicator on the same side. Now I know the front right fender was repaired, at places it got some respray and now the side skirts were repaired as well, so I'm guessing it was either some kind of roll, or maybe a deer.

It really is what it is, the car drives fine, although I never had a diesel car before, goes nicely, doesn't smoke much, so I don't think I can complain a lot.
 

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When I got the car I knew it had a bit of a broken front bumper near the bottom of it so I was like, maybe they hit a curb with it and that's how it happened and a rock chipped away at the front indicator on the same side. Now I know the front right fender was repaired, at places it got some respray and now the side skirts were repaired as well, so I'm guessing it was either some kind of roll, or maybe a deer.

It really is what it is, the car drives fine, although I never had a diesel car before, goes nicely, doesn't smoke much, so I don't think I can complain a lot.
When I got the car I knew it had a bit of a broken front bumper near the bottom of it so I was like, maybe they hit a curb with it and that's how it happened and a rock chipped away at the front indicator on the same side. Now I know the front right fender was repaired, at places it got some respray and now the side skirts were repaired as well, so I'm guessing it was either some kind of roll, or maybe a deer.

It really is what it is, the car drives fine, although I never had a diesel car before, goes nicely, doesn't smoke much, so I don't think I can complain a lot.
Hi, I just posted a thread, saying I have a 147 1.6 petrol that's going to be scrapped. It's 2007 & blue. If there's any parts that you might need, just let me know.
 

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Today I've had a new problem, bit of a rattle when I drive.. I think this might be the culprit. Can anyone tell me what part this is and if it's supposed to be loose/rattle please? Also if not can anyone think of a cheap/DIY solution to stop it?

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Hi, I just posted a thread, saying I have a 147 1.6 petrol that's going to be scrapped. It's 2007 & blue. If there's any parts that you might need, just let me know.
Thank you, but I'm in Hungary so I'm afraid shipping would be an issue. Down the line the car will get new side skirts and most likely a fender as well, but that's most likely next year only.
 

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Thank you, but I'm in Hungary so I'm afraid shipping would be an issue. Down the line the car will get new side skirts and most likely a fender as well, but that's most likely next year only.
Thank you, but I'm in Hungary so I'm afraid shipping would be an issue. Down the line the car will get new side skirts and most likely a fender as well, but that's most likely next year only.
Thank you, but I'm in Hungary so I'm afraid shipping would be an issue. Down the line the car will get new side skirts and most likely a fender as well, but that's most likely next year only.
No Worries! I'm new to this forum so don't quite know how to target threads or responses to Ireland. It would kill me to let the car go to scrap without at least offering any parts that could be used to Alfa enthusiasts.
 

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Today I've had a new problem, bit of a rattle when I drive.. I think this might be the culprit. Can anyone tell me what part this is and if it's supposed to be loose/rattle please? Also if not can anyone think of a cheap/DIY solution to stop it?

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Yeah, that's a heat shield. It's a very common problem for them to come loose, and it looks like someone's tried to fix yours in place with metal cable ties. There should be two bolts, one through each slot there, but more than likely the threads have rusted away and you'd never get a bolt in even if you had the right size.

The standard fix is to find some chunky self tapping bolts or screws, and a couple of big penny washers. Here's what mine looks like, been done for three years now and hasn't moved:


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Some people think it's okay to take the heat shield off but I wouldn't recommend it. The cat behind gets extremely hot and the heat shield is there to protect other components in the engine bay.

Hope that helps!
 

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Sorted my back box. Nowhere I asked could fit me in before the weekend, which is entirely reasonable, so I sourced the part and did it myself. Very grateful to my neighbour for helping me get the old one off. It was stuck fast!

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It’s a different design to the Alfa one and a bit more discreet but not anything special. It’s literally just the only one I could find at short notice!

Wondering about chrome exhaust tips now…
 
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I know what you're saying. I felt a bit of that "small tail pipe" privation when I replaced the back box on my GT. I took solace in two indisputable facts: when I'm driving it I don't see it. When I'm driving 99.9% of the people that do see it, have absolutely no idea what it should have looked like.
 

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Certainly wish this was not something I did... But apparently I no longer know the length of my car after 3½ years & 60k miles 😭
And no, this definitely won't buff out.

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Out of curiosity I check out only if my GT has it's MOT done and it was done yesterday. I'm wondering why the mechanic haven't called me back still. I'm hoping he'll call in the next few hours. One thing I noticed is that the cracked indicator is visible on every MOT picture I have going back as far as 2015, so the car's accident most likely wasn't a new thing prior to me owning it.

Now that the MOT is done, it's time to change the cambelt, oil and get some premium summer tires. Any tips? I'm currently hesitating between the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetic 5, the new Bridgestone Potenza Sport and the Pirelli P Zero. I don't have it bookmarked, but I'm eying a Continental PremiumContact 6 or even a Pilot Sport 4.

I'm not entirely sure what would be the best call, but I'm thinking at this level of premium UHP tires, I'm really comparing apples to apples.
 

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Goodyear Eagle F1 usually undercuts the rest of the competition, I've used them for years and they've never been anything but excellent.
 
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