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Old 16-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #1
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So after reading all the many great threads on here I thought I'd start my own thread detailing the restoration of my GTV 3.0 V6 24v

Firstly some poor pictures of the car before I started, these are the sellers pictures annoyingly I didn't get chance to take any myself as the clutch was on its way out when buying it so it went straight to my friend garage to be fixed and have MOT









Whilst in there I took the opportunity to start the detailing task to correct the horrific paintwork.

The paintwork was a real challenge, whilst the car was only one previous owner the previous owner didn't really make much effort on the cleaning and in fact there was loads of scratches where they let the kids next door use a scouring pad to clean the car !! 14 years worth of tar, fallout and swirl marks were present !!

The following pics are the result of three solid days, involving the use of copious amounts of tar remover, numerous clay bars, several cutting pads and lots of elbow grease. Plus the dent man spending several hours beforehand getting rid of all the supermarket door dinks!

I think the pictures speak for themselves...









I also refurbed the Brembo calipers whilst the wheels were off being powder coated.



The wheels were sent off to be powdercoated.

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So I got he car back and this is how she looked then after a good clean

Not the best light for pictures but you get the idea:













I then set about adding Xenon HID bulb Kit (4300k to keep it close to OEM colour), BMC CDA Air Filter, Raggazon stainless straight through exhaust, chrome door lock pins, clear side indicators, new front and rear Alfa badges, stereo changed to Kenwood MP3 player with dash surround sprayed sliver to match, new car mats.

My next task is to clean up the interior and treat the leather, the leather seats are in fantastic condition and only need a deep clean really.

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I then set about cleaning the interior, again no before a but here is the interior finally cleaned and leather treated...







I also couldn't resist buying a personalised plate for it which was then fitted.


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Next I moved on to trying to improve the crap standard sound system.

I initially fitted a Kenwood head unit with the surround painted (Audi aluminium silver colour) to match.



However whilst the head unit was great it didn't have any iPod connection. So I changed this for an Alpine unit which I'm really pleased with.



I also took the opportunity to swap out the poor original front speakers and opted for the FLI Underground model recommended on here.



Note this included the speaker wire adapters too. The speakers dropped straight in but I did have to cut the side clips off the front speaker cover with a Dremel to get them back on as these speakers are fractionally wider.
The sound is notably better than the original speakers with more bass.

I do however now need to Dynamat the doors which is a job for the summer I think.

I also ditched the crappy aftermarket aerial and sourced a good used genuine Alfa one. Makes the world of difference and the aerial mast is not stupidly tall like the aftermarket ones are !


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Old 16-08-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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Next project was the engine bay which had clearly never been cleaned in 14 years !!

So first up the chrome inlets were sent off to Marque Chroming in Coventry to be re-Chromed, at the princely sum of £138.00 !!!

These are the intakes back from the chromers










So whilst the intakes were off the engine I stripped the peripherals and the fuel lines were painted silver.



I'm trying to clean / Dremel the cam covers as best I can as I don't want to remove these. They cleaned up reasonably well on the edges. Note I cheated by only cleaning up the areas of cover that are exposed and hence visible.

New Autolusso silicone intake fitted, and linked to my BMC CDA kit in situ.

The Plenum and Coil Pack covers have been painted in wrinkle red VHT paint.





I ended up re doing the plenum chamber as I wasn't happy with the finish. So here's the end result.

BEFORE



AFTER


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Small change this time but the original gearKnob was pretty poor so it was changed for a shiny new OEM gear knob

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So on to next major project the CUP Kit.

Sourced a complete CUP kit from various sources.



CUP kit fitted albeit front splitter not bolted into place yet hence gaps !









Kit being painted
















And fitted...












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So that's the cosmetics sorted and now on to the expensive mechanicals that needed doing

So cambelt changed with new water pump, new bolts, seals and gaskets, thermostat valve, coolant and beached header tank fitted.



On to front corners, suspension swapped for Koni adjustables with Eibach springs, brake fluid changed, Goodrich Braided Brake Hoses fitted and new brake piping installed. New discs and pads all round.



Picture part way through so disks and pads not done yet !!!

To rear corners old suspension will be swapped out shortly



And will have new doglegs powdercoated black with power flex bushes. New spring pans powdercoated black with powerflex bushes.

New bump stops and 'flower pots' fitted. Braided brake hoses installed etc.

Here's a pic part way through whilst we waited for the new spring pans to arrive.





This is the state of the old spring pans



I also want to tackle the rear anti roll bar, to sand it down and paint it black to tidy up rear end.

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The Razzagon backbox whilst sounded great didn't sound as good as the Wizard system I've heard so full system purchased and has landed at the garage now so will hopefully be fitted this week.

For those who've never heard the Wizard system here's a link !

http://youtu.be/qZNneQDo9SA

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Rear suspension installed now. To recap it's had:
New powdercoated Springpans with powerflex bushes.
New rear dogleg suspension arms again powdercoated and powerflex bushes
Koni adjustable rear dampers with Eibach springs
New 'flower pot' suspension cups with new bump stops.





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Just need new handbrake cables and rear disks n pads then that's the rear completed.

Followed by Wizard Exhaust fitted and MOT after which I get her back after six very long months.

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