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After I got the call from the tire shop that they can't find the P Zeros that was on stock in the other garage and I refused to get the Cinturato P7, I went with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5. In the end it came down to PremiumContact6 vs the Asym 5, but the PC has just ever so slightly harsher feel to it, so got the Asym 5, because it's a more comfortable tire and on tirereviews.co.uk many people were complaining about the PC6 having winter tire like feel in 30+ degrees celsius, so basically when it's the peak of summer.
 

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Got bored of filing down the callipers so I just went ahead and painted them after spraying them down with brake cleaner...

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There's a coat of primer and two coats of red. Sone of the bits you'll never seen when they're on the car have just a single layer of primer. Rears have been done too but they were a fully refurbished pair so were easy to prep. The finish isn't as good as the photos make out but I'll see in the morning once they're a bit drier.

Just need to put the seals and new piston in, then wait for the brake pads and discs to arrive then fitting...
The real question, for me at least, is how much did you get on your hands? :D

(mine are filthy!)
 

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The real question, for me at least, is how much did you get on your hands? :D

(mine are filthy!)
I have a steady stream of disposable gloves from work so my hands never get mucky :whistle:

Well the day started off well, undersealed the car after using Kurust on the rusty bits.

The underside of the car isn't too bad actually, only needed a bit more attention at the rear in the cavity around the boot and a few bits of the floorpan where the older underseal had worn away.

Issues started late when I thought I'd remove my wheels to refurbish them.

Firstly the locking wheel nut rounded off, I was literally about to replace all my wheel bolts anyway...

The slightly bigger issue is the front offside wheel arch inner appears to be pretty dammn rusty.

Have poked around and that's the extent of the damage, doesn't seem to be structural... Scraped it down and slapped some of the rust converter on it for now.


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Hate finding rust like that. Since I uncovered my front bumper mounts they've been shedding large metal flakes into the road. It's a bit upsetting.

I too had a dreadful experience with getting a bolt out today. I could feel at the first turn it was going to be tricky, so took it gently, plenty of plus gas, it came out about halfway and then just sheared off.

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There was enough of the top exposed that I could cut a slot in the top with my Dremel, but even after shocking it multiple times it just wouldn't budge with a screwdriver. I've now tried to drill it out but my ancient cheapo drill bits are not cutting the mustard, so tomorrow I'll be heading out to aquire a better quality set. Then, if by some miracle I'm able to extract the remains of the bolt without ruining the thread, I'll need to find a replacement bolt from somewhere. Two ideally, the one the from other side is pretty rusty as well.

The most annoying thing was that everything was going so well at that point. I'd put the new water pump on, fitted the variator relief kit, which turned out to be a doddle, and was only undoing this because I wanted to replace the seal. I wish I'd just left the old one in. If it hadn't been for this I expect I'd have finished the job today, and I'd really like to be able to use the car on Friday, but I'm just going to have to be patient.
 

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The OEM locking nut I have is by far the worst of all the designs as it only has 4 lugs that are now all rounded... My own fault for not checking sooner! Can't do much work until I get replacement wheel bolts, was going to do the brakes before it went in for manifold and Quaife but it'll have to wait until after.
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I'm glad I have a main car used to do the day to day things nowadays so anything wrong with the 156 can usually wait, likewise it sleeps in a garage now so any rust I have now will likely not get any worse. Since it started being garaged I actually check the forecast to make sure I drive it on non rainy days :censored:

This is terrible of me but I've only just seen the oil filter on my Busso 156 after owning it for all these years. I knew where it was but I had never really looked at it and preferred to pay someone else to change it.


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I always thought the 156 V6 filter had all sorts of pipes in the way! Mine appears to have clear access, guess that's a benefit of it being a 3.0 conversion :D

That is prior to any rust treatment or cleaning I might have done today, my specialist does appear to care about their customer's cars as there's no spills at all there...
 

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I've been busy with odd jobs over the last couple of weeks on the GT while the weather has been warm and dry!

I gave the alloy wheels a refresh with some fine wet and dry, followed by a couple of coats of primer and then satin silver. (I used a fine file to take the worst of the curb scaring from the rims prior to using the wet and dry.) The car is the 'Clover Leaf' and as such I got as close to original as I could with the colour. I also had enough left in the tins to do the same with the V of the grill as most of the old coating had flaked off. I spent around £20 on four cans of satin silver paint and a tin of primer and overall I am quite pleased with the results. Much cheaper than £50 a corner if they are done professionally and they have given me something to do!

Both doors were 'cracking' when opened so I have replaced the passenger side door stay with a new item. It took about an hour to fit and has up to now cured the noise! Let's see how long it lasts! Will do the drivers side next time I have a spare hour or so.

While I had the door card off I cleaned up the interior door handle, the 'rubberised' finish was mostly worn away and feeling tacky so I cleaned the remaind Tire Wheel Car Vehicle Automotive tire Tire Automotive tire Motor vehicle Vehicle Automotive design Car Vehicle Light Automotive design Motor vehicle Tire Wheel Vehicle Car Automotive tire Car Vehicle Grille Automotive lighting Motor vehicle er off with a plastic scraper and white spirits. It looks better in my opinion to what it was and at least no longer feels 'sticky'. (A better cure than on my friends BMW, with the same problem, that was fixed by wrapping a paper towel around it!) Admittedly it didn't take him as long to fix though!
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Apologies for the formatting! Not quite sure why it appears as it does above. Not exactly as I intended but I hope you get the idea! ;)
 

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Apologies for the formatting! Not quite sure why it appears as it does above. Not exactly as I intended but I hope you get the idea! ;)
You needed 4 cans of paint total?

I'm planning to respray my 17"s, I've got a can of primer, a can of silver and a can of lacquer. So I'll need a bit more than those?
 

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Maybe I was over generous but my rims are 19" and were in quite a bad way before I started. I also didn't have the tyres removed but masked up well and used plenty of newspaper to keep the overspray off. I gave each wheel at least two coats of primer, maybe more on some of the poorer ones. I used one and a bit cans of primer so maybe 750ml in total and that included the grill too.

For the satin silver, I bought four 250ml cans (from ebay) costing about £10 and used three in total on the wheels and started the fourth for the grill. Each wheel had at least two coats of paint.

I sprayed on a very warm day after leaving each wheel in the sun to warm up prior to painting. I wiped them down with white spirits to remove as much dust as possible before starting.

I think multiple thin coats of both primer and paint is better than trying to cover the whole area in one go and leave plenty of time between coats for the paint to fully dry!

Good luck and take your time, the finish is all in the preparation..... or so I've been told! :)
 

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Hmm I've got a 400ml can of primer, lacquer and main colour...

I never used any lacquer either as with my paint having a satin finish I never saw the need.
I want that silly shiny plastic look for some reason so I've got high shine gloss, no doubt I'll change my mind after they are on the car. Likewise I've already changed from Anthracite to metallic silver...

Can afford to take my time here as I had originally bought some replacement rims but the forum has convinced me to stay with my original Speedline ones, the replacement rims have serviceable tyres to use for a week or two.
 

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Hmm I've got a 400ml can of primer, lacquer and main colour...



I want that silly shiny plastic look for some reason so I've got high shine gloss, no doubt I'll change my mind after they are on the car. Likewise I've already changed from Anthracite to metallic silver...

Can afford to take my time here as I had originally bought some replacement rims but the forum has convinced me to stay with my original Speedline ones, the replacement rims have serviceable tyres to use for a week or two.
Oh well done... great job :)
 

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Damn front brake nipples are hard to find for the stock 156 brakes these days.

Most of the eBay ones are the correct head but are too long to fit into the calliper and jut out some way.

They are M8x1.25mm and 26mm in length, most of the eBay sellers will sell the longer one which sticks out. I imagine it'll still function but will get more ingress of road [email protected]

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The size itself is a weird one as most modern cars will use bigger bleed nipples, indeed the rear callipers use a bigger size compared to the fronts on mine as the rears were a later facelift addition.
 

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Apparently bleeding nipples is a common problem for runners, it's not happened to me yet thankfully. Friday is my day in the office (we have a rota). I'm knackered so decided not to run, I went on my bike instead. Not a bad thing. I'd definitely have driven today if I could!

Awkward segue? Sorry about that... :ROFLMAO:

Anyhow. I tried a few things to get the bolt out and have ended up drilling it. I'm anxiously awaiting a helicoil kit in the post, and some extra bolts to replace the two corroded ones. I keep telling myself, if worst comes to worst I can fix it by replacing the cylinder head. Argh! The thought is simultaneously a relief, and awful!

Do I need to be particularly fussy if it comes to this? Will any 1.6 t spark head do the job? I'm just curious at this point but I'd be interested to know, if anyone knows.

It may turn out that this experience has saved me from doing something a thousand times worse refitting the variator. I was really surprised when I removed it from the camshaft because it wasn't that tight. I've since realised it was silly of me to rely on the timing lock to do take it off, I'm lucky I didn't damage anything. Given the relative looseness of the variator before I removed it I wonder if it might have been part of the reason the timing was out. Anyway, I took out the camshaft and refitted the variator. I had real trouble holding it firmly enough and just managed to torque it up to 100Nm. It is threadlocked, that will have to do.

Haven't heard any horror stories about variators coming off have we?
 
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Just done my first DYI home powder coating of engine parts whilst doing a full rebuild and mods to my 3.2 Busso, 1 coat of base silver, three coats of translucent red to get the shade i wanted and then 1 coat of Ultra Gloss clear. Looking forward to doing the rest of the parts... there is alot to do ....lol
Impressive!
 

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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.
I have Michelin Pilot Sport 4 on my GT V6: grip like a train on tracks.
 

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Helicoil kit came early. Very glad to get it in. A bit scruffy and not as deep as the original thread but as long as the bolt will tighten to 13Nm, which isn't a lot, it will do.

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The drilling produced a horrendous amount of metal dust. I managed to mostly control it by taping plastic sheets over everything but the hole. It was very upsetting to see the small amount of dust that did escape in the bearing shell and the oil pooled around it. I've cleaned up loads of it with rags and the vacuum cleaner. Will give it another quick once over before I refit the camshaft.

No more work today though. The kids are home now, I've got a migraine, and I don't have replacement bolts yet. Tried the Alfa dealer, didn't get much of an answer, so ordered the best fit I could find on eBay. Titanium, would you believe? They should be here by Thursday.
 

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No more work today though. The kids are home now, I've got a migraine, and I don't have replacement bolts yet. Tried the Alfa dealer, didn't get much of an answer, so ordered the best fit I could find on eBay. Titanium, would you believe? They should be here by Thursday.
Good luck getting the rest of it done! I've still got maybe two weeks to fit in around work before my family descends upon me. The Alfa will definitely get done, it's whether I can fit in servicing my Shopping Cart also...
 

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Good luck getting the rest of it done! I've still got maybe two weeks to fit in around work before my family descends upon me. The Alfa will definitely get done, it's whether I can fit in servicing my Shopping Cart also...
Thanks, same to you!

I got my bumper off... Can you guess how? 😂
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Looking at the state of the old radiator it definitely did need replacing.
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And here's the saddest picture of my car you'll ever see... :(

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New radiator's fitted now, filled up with coolant so I'll see if there are any leaks before I finish the cambelt job. New air filter too, and everything I removed to do it is back on the car apart from the bumper. Will do that tomorrow, I have some fresh bumper screws to replace the ones that were rusty on the bottom. Will be using plenty of Vaseline...! :D
 
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