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Screwed in a new front O2 sensor. Thankfully it's the front one according to Multiecuscan as I don't have a spare few days to access the rear bank :ROFLMAO: The rear bank in the engine is the front bank (as in number 1) according to the sensor numbers I believe! Was easy although amusingly there seems to be a ready made loop on the AC compressor for a cable tie, the old sensor hung from the same spot...

Was a good excuse to take it for a joy ride after resetting the error, and cleaned it too...

Will really miss the car when it eventually goes but at least I can say I've owned one of the all time great engines for years.
 

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Screwed in a new front O2 sensor. Thankfully it's the front one according to Multiecuscan as I don't have a spare few days to access the rear bank :ROFLMAO: The rear bank in the engine is the front bank according to the sensor numbers I believe! Was easy although amusingly there seems to be a ready made loop on the AC compressor for a cable tie, the old sensor hung from the same spot...

Was a good excuse to take it for a joy ride after resetting the error, and cleaned it too...

Will really miss the car when it eventually goes but at least I can say I've owned one of the all time great engines for years.
I have a O2 sensor to replace on my 1.8 TS ready for its next MOT. I've been putting it off as I imagine they can be a pain to remove. Did yours come out ok? Plusgas or similar required?
 

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I have a O2 sensor to replace on my 1.8 TS ready for its next MOT. I've been putting it off as I imagine they can be a pain to remove. Did yours come out ok? Plusgas or similar required?
Mine came out in minutes. Mostly because I had new stainless manifolds fitted about a thousand miles ago. It didn't have time to weld itself on!
 

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Today I fitted an aluminium undertray from totallyalfa. Primary goal was to protect the underside from the salt/grit/elements over winter, with the secondary goal to be a reduction in road noise (specifically what sounds like wind coming up the A-pillars when at motorway speeds).
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The item as delivered was well packed, and covered in a protective plastic. Seems nicely made, with gaps for cooling. Got under the car, and was surprised at how clean and rust free it was. It was over a year since I last rust-treated and undersealed it, so am happy to see it is holding up to the elements:
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And with that, the tray has been fitted. It was relatively easy, and took about an hour to do. I quite like the bare aluminium look:

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One thing I will note, is that the edges of the tray are very sharp. So sharp I could feel it dig in through my rubber workshop gloves. Once fitted I actually went around with a metal file and filed down the worst areas, so whoever next has to take the thing off does not bloody their hands.

The hardest part was attaching the rear bolts, simply because the threaded holes have not been used for so long they accumulated quite a bit of dirt. Had to spend a bit of time with WD 40 and a small brush cleaning them out before I could put the bolts in.

Then went for a spin to see how it works. It has definitely helped with the air noise at motorway speeds. The wind noise is not 100% gone, but it is much quieter, and makes for nicer cruising at high speed.

One thing I noticed is that it has quietened the noise even when stopped at lights. With the window down it seems to subdue some of the secondary noises of the engine and ancillaries. So quieter, yet you hear more of the exhaust and engine rumble. It sounds more refined.

Some surprising things did show up:

1. I feel more of the engine vibration in my hands. When at idle you can feel the engine through the steering wheel, whereas I didn't feel that before. I guess it has made things a bit stiffer down there, so more vibration gets transmitted.

2. The car ran cooler at motorway speeds. I was expecting no change in oil temperature, or possibly an increase due to the fact less of the engine bay is open to cold air. However I found when cruising at high revs and motorway speeds, the oil temp stayed at 2 bars, whereas normally it would rise to 3 quite quickly. I will have to wait and see whether it runs hotter in stop-and-go traffic, but seeing as the car was designed to have an undertray, I presume the engineers knew the ventilation would be acceptable to keep temperature within parameters.

3. I do hear a bit of metallic flexing when going over bumps or round corners. Only really noticeable with the windows down and you trying to listen to it. I guess in some limited way the metal undertray may also be acting like a lower stiffening bar.

Beyond that, all seems fine. I did however find out the hard way that I can't go over certain speed bumps (the ones that are just raised in the middle, with the wheels fitting either side) the way I used to. The undertray scrapes if I go too fast. After the second scrape I realised I have to go about 15mph over them, in order to avoid impact. Sometimes it scrapes the tarmac on the uneven and badly tarmac'ed roads round my area, so it makes me drive slower on those roads.


Will really miss the car when it eventually goes but at least I can say I've owned one of the all time great engines for years.
Same here. Had mine since 2017. I will miss this car. I am in fact due to leave the UK in about a month, and where I am going, RHD cars are banned from being imported. At the moment I am trying to get the paperwork sorted so I can at least take the car for 3-6 months as part of an European tour, and to have something over there until I buy a LHD daily. However with the lockdowns starting in the EU again, I may well not be able to take the car at all, meaning I would have to put the GT up for sale in a few weeks time.

So I find myself in the odd situation of still fixing up/improving the car, buying parts, and planning for further work next year (including a full respray) , and planning this European tour with it. Yet in the back of my mind I am aware I may well not even have the car by Christmas, and all the work/effort I am putting in, and parts I install, will not result in any extra money when it is being sold. It is an odd feeling.

Mine came out in minutes. Mostly because I had new stainless manifolds fitted about a thousand miles ago. It didn't have time to weld itself on!
Those manifolds look nice! Where did you get them from?
 

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Today I fitted an aluminium undertray from totallyalfa. Primary goal was to protect the underside from the salt/grit/elements over winter, with the secondary goal to be a reduction in road noise (specifically what sounds like wind coming up the A-pillars when at motorway speeds).

The item as delivered was well packed, and covered in a protective plastic. Seems nicely made, with gaps for cooling. Got under the car, and was surprised at how clean and rust free it was. It was over a year since I last rust-treated and undersealed it, so am happy to see it is holding up to the elements:


And with that, the tray has been fitted. It was relatively easy, and took about an hour to do. I quite like the bare aluminium look:



One thing I will note, is that the edges of the tray are very sharp. So sharp I could feel it dig in through my rubber workshop gloves. Once fitted I actually went around with a metal file and filed down the worst areas, so whoever next has to take the thing off does not bloody their hands.

The hardest part was attaching the rear bolts, simply because the threaded holes have not been used for so long they accumulated quite a bit of dirt. Had to spend a bit of time with WD 40 and a small brush cleaning them out before I could put the bolts in.

Then went for a spin to see how it works. It has definitely helped with the air noise at motorway speeds. The wind noise is not 100% gone, but it is much quieter, and makes for nicer cruising at high speed.

One thing I noticed is that it has quietened the noise even when stopped at lights. With the window down it seems to subdue some of the secondary noises of the engine and ancillaries. So quieter, yet you hear more of the exhaust and engine rumble. It sounds more refined.

Some surprising things did show up:

1. I feel more of the engine vibration in my hands. When at idle you can feel the engine through the steering wheel, whereas I didn't feel that before. I guess it has made things a bit stiffer down there, so more vibration gets transmitted.

2. The car ran cooler at motorway speeds. I was expecting no change in oil temperature, or possibly an increase due to the fact less of the engine bay is open to cold air. However I found when cruising at high revs and motorway speeds, the oil temp stayed at 2 bars, whereas normally it would rise to 3 quite quickly. I will have to wait and see whether it runs hotter in stop-and-go traffic, but seeing as the car was designed to have an undertray, I presume the engineers knew the ventilation would be acceptable to keep temperature within parameters.

3. I do hear a bit of metallic flexing when going over bumps or round corners. Only really noticeable with the windows down and you trying to listen to it. I guess in some limited way the metal undertray may also be acting like a lower stiffening bar.

Beyond that, all seems fine. I did however find out the hard way that I can't go over certain speed bumps (the ones that are just raised in the middle, with the wheels fitting either side) the way I used to. The undertray scrapes if I go too fast. After the second scrape I realised I have to go about 15mph over them, in order to avoid impact. Sometimes it scrapes the tarmac on the uneven and badly tarmac'ed roads round my area, so it makes me drive slower on those roads.




Same here. Had mine since 2017. I will miss this car. I am in fact due to leave the UK in about a month, and where I am going, RHD cars are banned from being imported. At the moment I am trying to get the paperwork sorted so I can at least take the car for 3-6 months as part of an European tour, and to have something over there until I buy a LHD daily. However with the lockdowns starting in the EU again, I may well not be able to take the car at all, meaning I would have to put the GT up for sale in a few weeks time.

So I find myself in the odd situation of still fixing up/improving the car, buying parts, and planning for further work next year (including a full respray) , and planning this European tour with it. Yet in the back of my mind I am aware I may well not even have the car by Christmas, and all the work/effort I am putting in, and parts I install, will not result in any extra money when it is being sold. It is an odd feeling.



Those manifolds look nice! Where did you get them from?
Interesting undertray observations. I guess the GT is no stiffer than the 156, I'm fairly sure my car flexes all over the place as other cars I have access simply feels more planted and solid...

Half toyed with fitting one but my car is a fair weather queen now and sits in a garage most of the time. So the merit of one is limited especially as the car will likely not get wet other than when it's being washed from now on. Which made installing the Quaife mildly silly as I doubt I'll ever exploit it's potential in the dry...

I don't notice wind or other noise on the motorway because even before but now especially with stainless manifolds, Supersprint backbox, an opened up induction system (deleted resonator and no snorkel). Anything above about 2k rpm means that exhaust and engine is all you hear o_O

The manifolds are from Totally Alfa https://www.totallyalfa.com/shop/exhaust/alfa-romeo-gtv-spider-v6-cf3-decat-exhaust-manifolds/



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There's whispers that they are someone's copy cat/clone of a well known fabricator but my specialist laughed it off and said everyone is copying someone when it comes down to it. My only small gripe with them is there's a slight exhaust "zing" at 3k rpm, worse when cold but still a very subtle buzz when warm. It's less than other opened up Busso I've heard, some of the YouTube ones sound like BMW E46 M3 which is too much for me!

My 3.0 conversion has been with me since Summer 2014, bought it when I bought my house and lived with no furniture or nice things for awhile as it was too good an opportunity to pass. It's been through thick and thin but I'm due to be a Dad again, will likely move house again also so needs must maybe... I've chucked a fair bit at mine this year when the sensible option would be to sell on, I'll definitely have mine this Xmas anyway.
 

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Then went for a spin to see how it works. It has definitely helped with the air noise at motorway speeds. The wind noise is not 100% gone, but it is much quieter, and makes for nicer cruising at high speed.
That's an interesting find. I've been eying something similar but for the JTD engine. I currently have the OEM one on, but if it helps with the wind noise I'll might get the aluminum one. Especially if it also makes the car stiffer. I don't like like how the OEM one sags a lot anyways.
 

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I have no RSJs lying around, and this would also need to be done for two cars.
Quickest thing will be to look on eBay/ Gumtree / FBMarketplace for somebody looking to offload some old paving slabs. They will crack when you drive on them but they will still work. Mine are just sitting directly on the grass.
 

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Quickest thing will be to look on eBay/ Gumtree / FBMarketplace for somebody looking to offload some old paving slabs. They will crack when you drive on them but they will still work. Mine are just sitting directly on the grass.

I ended up just digging up the grass and spraying some herbicide on what little grass was left, so its gonna die off quite quickly.
 

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Bought the car cover that @RyderGaming recommended.

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Cost about £50 in the UK and the size is slightly too big for the car but that's fine since it's a garage cover.

Seems far better than just a random sheet.

Now I can polish and keep the car clean without feeling it's wasted as crud won't drop onto it when parked up!
 

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Bought the car cover that @RyderGaming recommended.

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Cost about £50 in the UK and the size is slightly too big for the car but that's fine since it's a garage cover.

Seems far better than just a random sheet.

Now I can polish and keep the car clean without feeling it's wasted as crud won't drop onto it when parked up!

That's awesome! I got another one for our Focus, but I accidentally got the basic version from the same manufacturer. I was wondering why it costed 23 GBP less, but I assumed it was some sort of black friday shenanigans.
 

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Bought one of those for the Honda, paid extra in case I need it for other cars.

Reads the engine codes but again, has nowhere near the same amount of functionality as Multiecuscan so kinda pointless for the Alfa...

What I did is I got a cheap bluetooth scanner and I rely on an app to do the reading. I'm using AlfaOBD for the GT and Torque for everything else - but nothing have needed it so far. It can't do stuff like turning off airbag lights (which is an issue for me) but it resets the MCSF and removes limp home nicely, so I can continue to overboost to my likings. :ROFLMAO:
 

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Hah I tried to be a dirty eBay auction sniper...

Was a set of GTA teledials up in Scotland and the auction was only £100 with minutes to go, shot up to £317 which was too much for me as I don't think they're correct rims on non GTA cars. Would have gone to high £200s.

Bet others here were watching it too :geek:
 

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it would already be on the car but the delivery driver and I were discussing the approaching lightning when it arrived. The car has been on stands for 10 weeks, I can wait another day or 2.

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Aw yes, finally! What kind of specs it has? I think the original is a GT1749V. Let me know how it feels :)
 

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Nevermind, it should be the GT1756V, according to their website. I'm wondering if this turbo fits the CF3 engine as well.
The specs are here: Autolusso Hybrid turbo CF4 147 & GT

No idea about CF3 suitability, that’s a question for Wayne at AL.

It’s the same unit as standard but beefed up internals. The turbine outlet is machined to add about 6mm internal diameter. I put it on the cat today. It still has the old stage 2 map from when I blew the standard turbo up. It is really smoky when cold but wow, the torque. I only took it around the block, I didn’t fancy a long walk home.

I put a decat downpipe on too…after I dropped it on my face. The hybrid whistles which is quite endearing.

I’ll post again when Iget the new ECU maps and load the clutch-burner map
 

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Does anyone else find the heating controls maddening?
There's an auto button that I'd gladly put a hammer through if it would disengage auto for ever.
I can't actually get Auto to turn off no matter how many times I hit the button and that means it changes the air direction, fan speed and recirculation on its own.
Any ideas on how to take back control gladly received.
 

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Does anyone else find the heating controls maddening?
There's an auto button that I'd gladly put a hammer through if it would disengage auto for ever.
I can't actually get Auto to turn off no matter how many times I hit the button and that means it changes the air direction, fan speed and recirculation on its own.
Any ideas on how to take back control gladly received.
In what car?

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I've got a phase 1.5 (facelift interior, original exterior) 156.

The heater controls are frankly rubbish, you tell the car a temperature, whether you want AC and whether to recirculate.

Rest of it, the car decides itself in a very bad and round-about way.

I had an original 156 before and it's heater controls were a bit better, plus I really preferred the original phase 1 dials even with the dodgy carbon fibre effect of my old car. The facelift just has nicer speedo and rev counter dials...
 
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