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Old 10-12-2011   #1
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Thumbs up Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

Eh yes, about that title...

I think I've lost my marbles at this stage

Earlier today I got this

Its a work of art

However...

Looks like the previous owner grazed a skip

All part of the fun of restoring this car

The interior is just something else

It needs a damned good clean!

This piece of equipment is keeping me busy

First job:

Thats better

Theres so many quirks about this car, like how to open the boot for example...

In the glove box

I've saved the best 2 for last

Having these calipers means one thing:

Music under the bonnet

I'm absolutely delighted, it's a car I've always wanted

Now, where am I going to park this...!
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

One word: evolution
Luxury and cheap beauty, right ? Btw, purchase price ?
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

That's V6 is teh pure sex. I think Alfa need shooting for switching to the GM derived unit .
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

Quote Originally Posted by maverick1508 View Post
One word: evolution
Luxury and cheap beauty, right ? Btw, purchase price ?
It sure is! I haven't purchased such an expensive car in ages, it now holds the number 2 spot as the 2nd most expensive car I've bought next to the E34, it was €500 with some test

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That's V6 is teh pure sex. I think Alfa need shooting for switching to the GM derived unit .
I couldn't stop listening to that engine, I'd start it up and leave it ticking over, its just a joy to listen to neither of the German luxobarges sound as good!!! I'm sure there was some reason behind using those engines but alas, some punishment is needed for using those engines instead of these

So just a few more pics

One of the spare wheel

My E34 is the only other car I bought that comes with 5 alloy wheels, this is a huge bonus!

And this is perfection for the day

Funny, the van has bits of Alfa 145, 146, 147 and 156 in it but no 166 bits

Keep watching, I'm going to give it a damned good clean when I have the time!
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

very nice mal, seems everyone is getting alfa's recently
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

First time ive seen one of these on the road was today and it was red and it was nice!
Hope you have plenty of t-cut for that little scuff
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

I was looking for a 166 3.2 myself. Got reasonably close to buying one but then the reality of 20mpg hit home. Right now, I can't afford that given the mileage I do!

Perhaps one for the future. Would want to get the facelift, but before they went to GM for the engines...
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very nice mal, seems everyone is getting alfa's recently
Many many moons ago my dad had a white Alfa Romeo Giulietta in 1992. It had no exhaust and was a cut and shut job done by... Nevermind Point is that all I remember of that car was how much of a hoot it was, both in the sound department and how it handled (RWD trans axle with inboard discs) And then there was the engine! since that car was sold in 1993 I wanted to get an Alfa for myself
Now I have one

No matter how many bits of different Alfa Romeos I put into my van its still a Fiat at the end of the day

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First time ive seen one of these on the road was today and it was red and it was nice!
Hope you have plenty of t-cut for that little scuff
There was a red one for sale for €100 extra a bit nearer to me, looked stunning! I do have to keep costs down, the car stands me about €200 tis still on donedeal, a red 2.5 in Dublin

Don't worry many cars have come here in worse conditions and come out gleaming

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I was looking for a 166 3.2 myself. Got reasonably close to buying one but then the reality of 20mpg hit home. Right now, I can't afford that given the mileage I do!

Perhaps one for the future. Would want to get the facelift, but before they went to GM for the engines...
It would make an interesting weekend car I don't think these got those gm units. I will say this much, the facelift models are probably better for night driving, the lights are almost useless! If only the 2.4JTD was available in rhd

Which leads me onto the "I need bits for the car"
  • 6000k HID kit (the lights are CRAP! )
  • Heater matrix (not looking foreward to this )
  • Clutch
  • Belts
  • Water pump
The last 3 I'm planning to do... With the engine and box out of the car that way I can clean up the engine bay and engine easily. Also far simpler to do those with the engine out

A bold statement: As much as I worship my E34, this is a better car hands down (even if it is a bit tatty) and my E34 is my dream car... Yes, it may be FWD but you just have to sit in it to understand why, the BMW just doesn't have the character of the 166. I'm torn between 2 cars

Now to start gathering the bits...
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

Those V6's take LPG quite well aparantly.
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

Nice one Mal it looks a cracker! is it 3.0 or 2.5? You ginna prioritise the Alfa repair? Your right that interior is class - I could happilly live it there
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Nice one Mal it looks a cracker! is it 3.0 or 2.5? You ginna prioritise the Alfa repair? Your right that interior is class - I could happilly live it there
Its a 2.5 I intend to use it someday in the future with classic insurance (3 years away when I'm old enough ) along with the E34. Expensive, but worth it

So begins the gathering of parts

I got these the other day...


At £40 I think that's quite alright
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

So I wasted no time in installing those plugs earlier today

Quite the experience if I may add...!

First, working area


Parking in a familiar manner...

Oily...


That needs cleaning

Onto this


Creating an unholy mess for the maf (no puns intended). That needs replacing

Aprés the pipe removal...


Now, the fun part. 3 of the plugs are under the plenum


These were fiddly to remove...


But eventually


Yaaay! Er, theres a few bolts missing here...


Must press on. Out with the old


Compare...


Yep, a service was needed

Now the light was beating me. Gave the tb a clean


And cleaned the plenum up a bit...


Then cleaned up the pencil coils aswell...


Refit was reverse of removal, er in the dark

And a test drive was compulsory

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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

Twas chilly out earlier, now it's freezing!!!

That didn't stop me cleaning out the car

Just shocking


It doesn't look any better from any other angle!


Then there was the boot...


Misery to clean that!

That was brown water. Shudder....


Tee anyone?


This car is also chipped


Ohhh the best for last, a mini field


Sadly this is the last pic for now, phone died and my hands froze!!! Got the boot half sorted and the kit assembled once more


I'll get some pictures in daylight!!!
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Re: Mals small, economical Alfa Romeo...

OOOO how many more cars do you want

now get them pipes polished up and them engines are Secs
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many spuds in the drivers footwell/field?
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