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Oh dear flaky rust... I left a small pile on the road a few days ago when I scraped out my inner wheel arch!

The nearside "leg" or tower, whatever you call it in the engine bay of mine is totally gone. I pulled off the rustiest bit and slapped rust converter over it...

One benefit of the V6 engine is I never really need to do the coolant, since the cambelt and water pump interval is less than that of most coolant changes, so it's done whenever belt and pump are o_O
 

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So this was last week, but I got the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5's fitter. It turns out one of my rims need some mending, because it's warped by the great quality potholes, here in Hungary. The tires are awesome, they grip so much, they give away the issues that was in the rear axle so well. The car basically wants to turn by itself from the rear, so onto the new rear suspension set! Any good brands you guys would recommend?

The lower turbo hose has popped as well, it's gonna be an easy fix. It's the kind of fix that takes more to lift up the car than to change the hose.

I'm also gearing up to get the cambelt change done. I'll take a few holidays and I'll have around 6 days to get the job done, and if I can't I'll hand back my man license. :D
 

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Has anyone else suffered with a rattling high level brake light in the back of their GT? Mine has rattled off an on for an age and it's taken until, now for a willing volunteer to sit in the back whist the car is moving, to establish the cause!
It turns out that the high level brake light is rattling against the boot/rear hatch glass but only sometimes. I guess this is determined from when the boot is slammed shut, if it makes contact or not. It's one of those noises that once you have heard it...you can't un-hear it!
Still four screws removed from underneath the plastic trim covers each side of the light and a bit of self adhesive draft excluder strip later...and jobs a good 'un!
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So this was last week, but I got the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5's fitter. It turns out one of my rims need some mending, because it's warped by the great quality potholes, here in Hungary. The tires are awesome, they grip so much, they give away the issues that was in the rear axle so well. The car basically wants to turn by itself from the rear, so onto the new rear suspension set! Any good brands you guys would recommend?

The lower turbo hose has popped as well, it's gonna be an easy fix. It's the kind of fix that takes more to lift up the car than to change the hose.

I'm also gearing up to get the cambelt change done. I'll take a few holidays and I'll have around 6 days to get the job done, and if I can't I'll hand back my man license. :D
That's a bummer with the wheel buckle. I've got to admit, I've been wondering about my front wheels, I've noticed a bit of judder when I'm just rolling along, it goes away after you get up to about 30. Might just need rebalancing or something, I hope!

Good luck with the cambelt and turbo hose. Is yours a diesel?

Still four screws removed from underneath the plastic trim covers each side of the light and a bit of self adhesive draft excluder strip later...and jobs a good 'un!
That's a great fix!
 

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Oh dear flaky rust... I left a small pile on the road a few days ago when I scraped out my inner wheel arch!

The nearside "leg" or tower, whatever you call it in the engine bay of mine is totally gone. I pulled off the rustiest bit and slapped rust converter over it...

One benefit of the V6 engine is I never really need to do the coolant, since the cambelt and water pump interval is less than that of most coolant changes, so it's done whenever belt and pump are o_O
Yes indeed. It was just on the bumper mounts, as you said, and although I managed to drill through the bolt to get it off I couldn't seem to get through the fixing behind so that corner will be attached with a big cable tie I think. But the other 12 bolts all came out intact. I've retained the ones that least damaged, and replaced five. Smeared the threads with Vaseline before they went in. The car looks less forlorn with the bumper back on. :)

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However, today is not a success story entirely... I really thought I was going to have it running again, there's probably only a couple of hours work left to do. The bolts I've been waiting for arrived so I eagerly refitted the inlet camshaft, set the timing, got the bearing shell out ready to fit and realised I've lost a camshaft seal. I looked all over the house, no idea what I did with it. I'm so annoyed with myself.

I called a couple of local parts places, both had the small one but not the big one, which is the one I need. Parrs said they can get one tomorrow so I'll be popping in at lunch time to collect it.

"You'll probably find the other one right after you've fitted it," they said. I wouldn't be surprised!
 

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Drove it home. Picked up a 2009 147 1.9 Ducati Corse, 44000 miles. My first diesel. Impressed with it.
Congrats!

I’ve always wondered what the diesels are like, for me part of the point of getting an Alfa was that it was petrol, but I’m aware that people really like them, and the diesel 147s are more powerful.
 
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That's a bummer with the wheel buckle. I've got to admit, I've been wondering about my front wheels, I've noticed a bit of judder when I'm just rolling along, it goes away after you get up to about 30. Might just need rebalancing or something, I hope!

Good luck with the cambelt and turbo hose. Is yours a diesel?

Yeah, it's a 1.9 JTD with 150 HP. Later models got an update map, to 170, but if you take it to your local chip tuner they'll get 180-190 HP out of it easily. That's why one of my long dream was to put on a front mounted intercooler and chip it to 200+ HP, so I could add a Veloce badge to it as it will be the second fastest compared to the stock GTs, with the V6 busso leading of course.

I'm really enjoying the diesel. 400 nm torque all the time. In my opinion torque is arguably more important than HP while daily driving, because it makes overtaking that much easier. I know it doesn't have the same sound as the JTS/Busso, but I love the turbo noise and how even the slightest touch of the throttle at or above 2000 RPM moves you in your seat. I don't really mind the diesel sound it has, and mine doesn't (or barely) smoke - when the turbo hose is not snapped - because I only fuel it with Shell V-Power Diesel, and every now and then I run the car at 4500 RPM for 10-20 miles.
 

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Another pair of cheap and easy fixes for me last night...they are my favourite!

The reversing light has never worked on my car from when I acquired it. I had checked out the rear bumper end when that was replaced last year so knew that the problem was more than likely at the gearbox end.

I managed to access the reversing 'switch' at the gearbox without too much trouble, even keeping the battery and tray in situ. It seems the previous owner had experienced the same problem judging by the amount of black insulation tape around where the wires enter the plug!

This was all removed and a good dose of electrical contact spray was aimed into both the plug and socket. After letting this all dry, I reconnected everything 'hey presto' another easy fix. I will ensure that I make the connection more water tight now that I have it working again! (I set my mobile phone to record and propped it up at the rear of the car while I put it in reverse, otherwise unless it's dark you can't see the reversing light at all.)

Another issue for me had been the screen washer pump, it worked for the MOT but has only worked intermittently since. All that was needed here was a clean up of the pump terminals blades as they had gone slightly rusty. I managed to this again without too much trouble, simply moving the coolant expansion bottle to one side to get to the washer pump. A quick file and some contact spray later and all was good here too!

My next job is the drivers door strap, that won't take me long to do...and then the ARB bushes...that I have been putting off for ages! :)
 

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Stainless manifold and Quaife finally fitted. Didn't even cost the earth from my local specialist after I supplied the parts.

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I don't drive hard enough and try to avoid using the Alfa in the rain now so I'll probably never notice the Quaife's difference 👼

The stainless manifold just makes everything LOUDER, still retained the sound of my Supersprint backbox although a bit of a zing has appeared at about 3k rpm. Will see if it flattens out with use, apparently it's something that may come with a stainless manifold...

Will probably get a few videos of it at some point!
 

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Would be great to hear it!

Picked up the seal at lunch today. The one I got before only cost three or four quid, this one was a tenner, but I'm just glad I could finish the job. The helicoil worked, the bolt is at ever such a slight angle and needed a washer because it felt like it might not like it if I put it in any further. But it's all torqued down to 13Nm, so everything is now as it should be.

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Took me a few attempts to get the timing right. All done now. I used a Gates kit. This is what I should have been doing a week ago, instead of drilling holes!

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Have taken it out for a couple of test drives. I think it sounds better and pulls better earlier on. Which quite possibly makes sense, as I did find the timing on the old belt was a bit off. There are white marks on the sprockets which suggest to me someone did the job without the locking kit. It's crazy to think all this time I've been driving it, the engine has not been at its best. I enjoyed a quick blast up the dual carriageway :D

I think the vibration I mentioned before is when the air con is on. Not sure what to do about it. Probably nothing. But in any case I'm definitely having a break from doing anything more on the car until at least after I'm back from holiday in a couple of weeks time.

Except perhaps I might see if I can get someone to polish the car for me. It really needs it!
 

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Going of on the high of easily changing the brake bulb on my brother-in-law's Clio II I decided that I'm gonna change the broken side bulb on the GT. Of course the one I got way back from eBay (led bulbs) were not the correct fit, because it should be a H6W (BAX9s) but I guess it was something else, and so the bulb wouldn't fit correctly and eventually I broke the bulb in half. I seem to remember ordering bad bulbs then getting the correct ones, so I assume these were the bad one.

Also, I found out I parked the car into the tall grass.

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Hi sir! Would you be interested in some weed for your engine bay?
 

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While we're on the subject of the bizarre, perhaps on a slight tangent, a few years ago our council resurfaced our road with this new soft asphalt, apparently quite cheaply, it just went straight on top of the old road surface. We were all quite skeptical at the time but it's held up extremely well, potholes have become a thing of the past. I think it's because it's soft enough to flex and reform itself.

Because it's so soft, whenever I use axle stands they tend to sink in a bit. I've had it where I've taken the wheel off, put the car on the stand, and when I've come to put the wheel back on it won't fit anymore. Having been on the stand for over a week it went in quite a bit further this time. Almost an inch! I'm going to be keeping an eye on that spot for the next few weeks. I think it might gradually disappear.

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Replaced the outer tie rod end. It's pretty straightforward - unless the nut securing it is stuck shut!
Couple of minutes with a blowtorch and a hammer combo - hey presto it's off!

Went for a Germany made Meyle as I couldn't find anything better (TRW).

Other side is on for Saturday - I hope it get's easier than this one :)
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I have had problems with (regular) misfires on cilinder 3 (and sometimes 4) on my 2.0 JTS GT (2008). The garage I normally go to couldn't really find something but suspected the injectors.
So I figured to try and change them myself. Biggest problem was to remove the air-inlet (the big black plastic box). After I managed to loosen the bolt underneath it was pretty easy to remove the box and subsequently fairly easy to remove the injectors.
So now I hope the misfires are in the past, but I can't clear the faultcodes yet because it seems my WiFi OBD dongle stopped working. Which is strange because it has been working perfectly for some two years at least.
I tried another dongle (bluetooth) which doesn't connect to the ECU as well.
However the mechanic didn't complain about the OBD port so I am in the dark as to why I can't connect to mT ECU using the dongles.

That's pretty much it. BTW it took me about two hours to change the injectors.
 

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Driven it!

Okay, six miles up the M1 wasn't the most exciting part of the journey... But generally it drives great, sounds great, timing is clearly better. Radiator is great, no leaks. It may have taken more time to do the work than I expected but was definitely worth it.

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Started the day with the intention of rust treating the two rear arches and installing the rear callipers...

Unfortunately the f**king brake pipe sheered off because all the bolts were all a bit too rounded off to get proper purchase!

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Had nothing to plug the pipe with so I had to reconnect the calliper and limp it back into my garage with the handbrake as the only means of stopping the car.

Bought a brake line repair kit, which is mostly just a crimping device... Means the weekend is off for installing the brakes :mad:

On inspecting the removed hose I'm not entirely convinced brake hoses need replacing other than the metal bits corroding. The rubber tubing itself is pretty solid for something approaching 20 years on the road.

A bit of rust up there too but the suspension tower is still intact.


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Started rubbing down one alloy as that was the only one that came off the car.
 

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Bit of a story to tell:
Bought an Alfa GT 3.2 V6 (2005 reg) some 5 years ago without consulting my better half so I didn't have it long.
Circumstances changed and a few months ago I started looking for another one and found my previous purchase back up for sale by the person I sold it to!
Bought it back and took it to Dan at AutoLusso in Penrith for a check on the condition.
Sills needed replacing, new clutch and slave cylinder required, stainless steel downpipes put onto the car along with a new battery and timing checked which was slightly out.
Also purchased some engine covers from Dan and cleaned them up, repsprayed them and Dan/Ben installed them when they had the engine out of the car and the pictures are below.
Great job from Dan and Ben at Autolusso as usual and the car is great.
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Bought two replacement sills from Poland (ebay) and whilst the profile on these is not exactly what is required thay are close enough to be workable and a lot cheaper than the OEM panels
John Black Vehicle Body Repairers in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway had the car for 10 days to replace the sills and they look and are amazing.
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Bit of a story to tell:
Bought an Alfa GT 3.2 V6 (2005 reg) some 5 years ago without consulting my better half so I didn't have it long.
Circumstances changed and a few months ago I started looking for another one and found my previous purchase back up for sale by the person I sold it to!
Bought it back and took it to Dan at AutoLusso in Penrith for a check on the condition.
Sills needed replacing, new clutch and slave cylinder required, stainless steel downpipes put onto the car along with a new battery and timing checked which was slightly out.
Also purchased some engine covers from Dan and cleaned them up, repsprayed them and Dan/Ben installed them when they had the engine out of the car and the pictures are below.
Great job from Dan and Ben at Autolusso as usual and the car is great.
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Bought two replacement sills from Poland (ebay) and whilst the profile on these is not exactly what is required thay are close enough to be workable and a lot cheaper than the OEM panels
John Black Vehicle Body Repairers in Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway had the car for 10 days to replace the sills and they look and are amazing.
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The black on the engine covers looks great. I really like it. Sills look perfect too, you'd never know they'd been changed. Smashing car, you must be very pleased with it!
 

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Started the day with the intention of rust treating the two rear arches and installing the rear callipers...

Unfortunately the f**king brake pipe sheered off because all the bolts were all a bit too rounded off to get proper purchase!

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Had nothing to plug the pipe with so I had to reconnect the calliper and limp it back into my garage with the handbrake as the only means of stopping the car.

Bought a brake line repair kit, which is mostly just a crimping device... Means the weekend is off for installing the brakes :mad:

On inspecting the removed hose I'm not entirely convinced brake hoses need replacing other than the metal bits corroding. The rubber tubing itself is pretty solid for something approaching 20 years on the road.

A bit of rust up there too but the suspension tower is still intact.


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Started rubbing down one alloy as that was the only one that came off the car.
Yikes. I feel your pain! Corrosion is such a nuisance, so many otherwise simple jobs turn into a nightmare because of it.
 
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