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Old 19-05-2018   #391
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Re: Broom Yellow HLX

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Whereabouts on the car was that piece of plastic originally from?
Not my car. I think it was from someone who blew his engine up earlier.

Time to update my Blyton board...

Modified Bravo HLX - 1:24.8 (dry and sunny)
Standard Alfa 145 Cloverleaf with sticky tyres and stuff removed from the boot and door cards - 1:26.9 (dry and sunny)
Standard Punto HGT with Uniroyal Rainsport 3 tyres - 1:29.6 (damp-ish dank and cool)
Standard Bravo HLX with Toyo T1R tyres and EBC brake pads - 1:41.3 (dry and sunny)

Trap speeds at the end of the straight.

Alfa 145 Cloverleaf - 84mph (camera 91mph indicated)
Modified Fiat Bravo - 83mph (camera 90mph indicated)
Fiat Punto HGT - 82mph (camera 85 indicated)
Standard Fiat Punto HLX - 81mph (camera 85mph indicated)

It's not going to take much for the 145 to beat the Bravo but who knows what direction I'll have to take next?
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I see! That's a relief!

When you say stuff removed from doorcards, do you mean you've emptied the door pockets, or taken the doorcards off?
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I see! That's a relief!

When you say stuff removed from doorcards, do you mean you've emptied the door pockets, or taken the doorcards off?
Emergency hammer/knife/torch, bag of cable ties, 46p in change (put in the charity bucket), tie down bungee rope and spare bulbs.

The Bravo was as stripped out as possible when she did the 1:24 laps. With similar weight reduction my 145 should be quicker.
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Surely the Alfa is too good to be stripped out like that?
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Surely the Alfa is too good to be stripped out like that?
On the surface but the sills have been repaired to an "MOT" standard and there is rust in other places. All the rubber bushes up front need replacing and so on.

I doubt she'll get through the next MOT without some radical work.
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That's such a shame.

Can't you run it as a rolling restoration project?
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That's such a shame.

Can't you run it as a rolling restoration project?
At the moment I can't afford projects. I have a family wagon now (MG ZT) so I could give the 145 some tlc or get her more track ready.
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I see! It's a bummer that the Alfa is living on borrowed time. I find it sad when a car with a bit of character and flair goes to the scrapper. I can cheerfully watch no end of fords, vauxhalls, nissans and hondas meet undignified deaths on the banger track, yet I find meself wishing Italian and to a certain extent French cars could be saved.
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She could be my permanent track day car. :-)

If I can find a nice cheap 156 V6 or do the JTD manifold turbo conversion. I fancied building her up to a Twinspark Cup standards but that's ten thousand at least.
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The 1:26.9 wasn't the best lap but it doesn't effect the board.
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Re: Broom Yellow HLX

Members Motors (Non-Fiat) thread for the 145 and ZT ??

I should post something for my 2005 Rover 75, off the road at the moment waiting for some minor attention.
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Members Motors (Non-Fiat) thread for the 145 and ZT ??

I should post something for my 2005 Rover 75, off the road at the moment waiting for some minor attention.
It's a direct comparison to how the Bravo performed so kind of tenuous but there is relevance. The Alfa is Tipo chassis with some potential bolt on parts bun upgrades for Bravo/Brava/Marea if anyone wants a source for parts and are having difficulty (as I did) finding Bravo specific items.
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