Just a few pictures of my renewed go at finishing this rebuild, but struggling, as I've l lost all my pictures I took of when is was stripping it, and being so long since I last tinkered with the car, cannot remember where things go and in what order, especially the dashboard.
7724029 Found it on the net, not sure if i can get it delivered to The Netherlands. Until now I have been looking at general webshops since it's just a plug for a tube, but have not found the correct size so far.
7569468 Found it on a website! But for Wholesale only.
It would be great if FCCUK organized a buy for members who are willing to invest money in all kinds of smaller perishable parts. E.g. the top strut mounting is hard to get, Febi can produce them but the order size has to be 500. For years I am collecting all kinds of parts, with a value in stock higher than a coupe itself. But it's the only way to keep coupes on the road the next decades. The Coupe enthousiast in The Netherlands who organized these kinds of remanufacture has quit unfortunately.
I remember reading some time ago at this time of the year that the AA had more call outs from Alfa owners due to dodgy wiring & electrical faults than any other make of car.
That could now be Mercedes. Spoke to a couple of RAC and AA chaps of late and asked them the most frequent marque of the car they are picking up both independently stated Mercs, sensor faults and responses to them require full lift and recovery. Roadside repair capability zilch.
I think if pushed I prefer the refinement and the purer driving pleasure of the GTV V6 (a mini 456GT) over the Coupe, better handling, build quality is better (makes the Coupe feel a tad budget) and road holding, no on/off power delivery less Marmite in the styling department (better soundtrack) than the Coupe too, but I will not be selling either.
Having a choice of Alfa’s and the Fiat coupe 20vt to use is nice. This week I used the Alfa 155 with 20vt in it on Monday, Alfa 156 Gta Tuesday and the coupe 20vt still since Wednesday so shows what I like driving. My Alfa Gtv 3.0 hasn’t been used for 2 months
For the 20VT there are two different pumps. Mine was build in 1997. As of 1998 the pump and pump housing was changed. I will reorder a new one, for the 1997 model the pumps are easily avaible. And now I have a 1998-2000 model in spare …
A brief follow up, I bit the bullet and bought one (not from the link on first post but identical)
Its a substantial bit of kit, lifts the Coupe with ease and is very quick to lift and descend provided you use an electric drill, the manual handle provided works well but is tiring and takes a lot of effort/turns. I have to drive the Coupe onto a couple of planks of wood to give me the clearance to get it under the car as it has lowered springs, a stand sprung car would likely not require the planks.
There is one issue which I anticipated and that is the Coupe weight distribution, being so front heavy, even with a 3/4 tank of fuel the car naturally wants to keep its nose down when being lifted. This is solved by getting someone to sit on the open boot lip whilst lifting then using the tallest axle stands you can get and placing under the front. Its a trade off I can live with and my other cars will not have this problem being a little more evenly balanced. Working on the rear subframe at present and the height is very much appreciated - VERY easy access.
Bang for buck I think for me it has been a good buy
I personally have never thought that I was driving an Alfa Romeo, but rather a Ferrari.
Yes, I can understand that. I worked with a guy back in the late 80's who ran a Ferrari as a daily driver (sales guy, company car and I forget the model) and I was a passenger on several occasions. The Coupe often reminds me of his Ferrari from the that epoch wrt fit, finish, foibles and character.