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Old 15-04-2009   #1
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BravoBeastie

After having this car for over a year now, ive just realised she has never had a proper Members Motors thread... so im going to give a run down with links to other threads with what has happened since i became the new owner of this well known, and well loved car.

this is going to be the main thread for updates on work being done, because ive finally got off my arse and decided to do something about the state of the car.

so...

on the 1st of December 2007 i traveled to stoke to take ownership of BravoBeastie... with a gone headgasket she was towed home by the AA.. and the work would start!
https://www.fiatforum.com/members-mo...stie-tina.html



so off she went to the local garage to have her headgasket done. https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...ie-update.html

3 days later... https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...t-problem.html one of her drive shafts came out. 2 weeks later over the xmas period and she was fixed... new drive shaft and new engine mounts and she was back to normal.

a bit later i fitted some HIDS https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...vobeastie.html



but with bravobeastie... nothing ever goes smoothly! a self tapping screw while fitting the HIDS made its way into the cam pully and made the belt slip.. off to the garage she went for more valves
https://www.fiatforum.com/leisure-lo...shes-home.html

but once again... nothing ever goes smoothly!

when i got her back she didnt feel well... she had no power up to 3k and then she was fine.. few compression tests later...

https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...-terminal.html

new engine time for the bravo!

ran her for a while before i sourced a new engine, and over a day me and 2 male friends got her up and running again!



https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...ne-update.html



everything was fine for a while... she got new wheels.. and i purchased HGT leather, so i got that fitted and decided to give the interior a retrim.

https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...ing-bravo.html





eventually the back seats went back in... and disaster struck.



driving down a bypass, the bonnet flips up and smashes the windscreen and sunroof, totals the bonnet and dents the buggery out of my roof



https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...op-crying.html



a few days later, in the pouring rain the windscreen gets replaced



and shortly after that a new sunroof



because of all this... my headlining and trimmed bits have never made it back into the car.. but im working on it!

i bought a new bonnet... that was the wrong colour! so i ratted it



currently it says 'show and shine' and its got a lovely spattering of rust

i bought a new bonnet off ebay... https://www.fiatforum.com/leisure-lo...ebay-item.html

but that was buggered...

then THIS happens!



https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...ar-cursed.html

my wheel falls off get that all fixed and sorted... and i decide i fancy a change. dont have any photos of the wheels atm... cos i havent been bothered to photograph the car in sooooo long... but i bought some Alfa Teledials

https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...w-rimzzzz.html

and that pretty much covers it!!

right now im working on the damaged bonnet to see if i can get it to look at least slightly respectable untill i have enough money to get a new one and get it sorted properly...

then i aim to sort the roof, and refit all the trimmed bits. idealy she needs a full respray.. shes got pretty tatty over the years.. but then she is 9yrs old now

so..... if you've got this far.. you clearly have no life.

updates in a bit about what ive done with the bonnet!
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Re: BravoBeastie

yes i have no life - i'm at home with no job

Will keep my eye on this thread, should be an interesting read.

Good luck with the car, i really miss my bravo
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also... my dad bought me a new head unit the other day cos i dont like easter eggs

its only a cheapo Tevion one from lidl or something but i really like it!! its got a USB bit, an SD card bit, and an Aux in so i can plug my ipod into it which my other HU didnt do... also my amp is working properly again so all my speakers work and both my subs im well chuffed haha.. been half broken for monnnnnnnths
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Quote Originally Posted by sammiboo View Post
yes i have no life - i'm at home with no job

Will keep my eye on this thread, should be an interesting read.

Good luck with the car, i really miss my bravo
im gonna finish uni soon, and i can imagine its gonna be a while till i get a job so ill have plenty of time to work on the bravo, which is why i decided to get off my bum and do something!

right now im working on making the ebay damaged bonnet half decent.. not going too bad so far.. but then like everything with this car... its never gonna be smooth sailing
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well done on actually keeping it,

with that luck i'd have sold it and tried my luck with another car lol

fingers crossed you dont have any more problems with it

oh, what engine is it?
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Re: BravoBeastie

Quote Originally Posted by kayl0rz View Post
also... my dad bought me a new head unit the other day cos i dont like easter eggs

its only a cheapo Tevion one from lidl or something but i really like it!! its got a USB bit, an SD card bit, and an Aux in so i can plug my ipod into it which my other HU didnt do... also my amp is working properly again so all my speakers work and both my subs im well chuffed haha.. been half broken for monnnnnnnths
I have one like that in the Sei, for the money they sure come do fully loaded

Keep us updated, now that things are moving forward again
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You've sure had you're fair share of problems lol i bet the bonnet flying up was well scary. Good to see you kept the car regardless of all the problems you have had
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Re: BravoBeastie

bravobeastie!,


to be honest seems youve had it ages! not just a year, come to think about it ive only known you a year! :P

Yet to see the teledials too


now i see the trainers "irony" pic
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talk about bad luck... interesting reading, will keep an eye on this thread... good luck with the bonnet!
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About time lol. What a car..... Thats usually an Alfa 156 trait with the bonnet rising up and smashing your roof and now you've put 156 wheels on it (how ironic lol).
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Im still keeping an eye out for a bonnet kay
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you've only had BB a year?! It's certainly been eventful hasn't it lmao.

Lookin forward to seein it this year Kay keep it up!
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Re: BravoBeastie

so...

ebay bonnet!



looks nice enough from a distance... however its pretty messed up tbh... quite a few stone chips that has started to rust, and the ding in the side... and the fact the top corners had bent over!





so i gave the bonnet a clay, then a polish, then i had a cup of teeeea





with some mole grips, we manged to bend the corners back... but the paint was all cracked.. so after touching up some stone chips and the paint on the ding... gave the corners a quick spray and refitted the bonnet!



its only temp untill i can get a mint bonnet in the right colour, or a new one and get it sprayed.

little taster of whats coming next!

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