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Mechanic nearby has had an Alfa 166 sat at the side of his place for a good while now, I noticed a nice hole in the rear sill and suspected it's death warrant had been signed.

 

Called in, sure enough, owner gave up on it and never came back, been sat there a year and a half.  

 

After a positive reception I called back with a fresh battery, a few litres of fuel and some £20 notes.  I then drove it home  :?

 

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It's a 2000 3.0 V6 Super.  And is mostly broken.

 

I'm not going lie, it's probably not going to see the road again, but it's been a pleasure just for the engine note.

 

The sills are shot.  The exhaust is blowing.  The nav/climate screen isn't working.  The bodywork is shoddy.  The engine is smokey when cold.  But it's an Alfa.  A devastatingly sexy Alfa.  And I'm glad to have been able to step in to save it from immediate bridging.  Hopefully it'll at least help another live on.

 

Here it is power-hosed and looking much better than it actually is.

 

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The truth......

 

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Mechanic nearby has had an Alfa 166 sat at the side of his place for a good while now, I noticed a nice hole in the rear sill and suspected it's death warrant had been signed.

 

Called in, sure enough, owner gave up on it and never came back, been sat there a year and a half.

 

After a positive reception I called back with a fresh battery, a few litres of fuel and some £20 notes. I then drove it home :?

 

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It's a 2000 3.0 V6 Super. And is mostly broken.

 

I'm not going lie, it's probably not going to see the road again, but it's been a pleasure just for the engine note.

 

The sills are shot. The exhaust is blowing. The nav/climate screen isn't working. The bodywork is shoddy. The engine is smokey when cold. But it's an Alfa. A devastatingly sexy Alfa. And I'm glad to have been able to step in to save it from immediate bridging. Hopefully it'll at least help another live on.

 

Here it is power-hosed and looking much better than it actually is.

 

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The truth......

 

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Those seats look lovely, if it does end up heading to frag I would be interested in one depending on price and location.

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Mechanic nearby has had an Alfa 166 sat at the side of his place for a good while now, I noticed a nice hole in the rear sill and suspected it's death warrant had been signed.

 

Called in, sure enough, owner gave up on it and never came back, been sat there a year and a half.  

 

After a positive reception I called back with a fresh battery, a few litres of fuel and some £20 notes.  I then drove it home  :?

 

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It's a 2000 3.0 V6 Super.  And is mostly broken.

 

I'm not going lie, it's probably not going to see the road again, but it's been a pleasure just for the engine note.

 

The sills are shot.  The exhaust is blowing.  The nav/climate screen isn't working.  The bodywork is shoddy.  The engine is smokey when cold.  But it's an Alfa.  A devastatingly sexy Alfa.  And I'm glad to have been able to step in to save it from immediate bridging.  Hopefully it'll at least help another live on.

 

Here it is power-hosed and looking much better than it actually is.

 

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The truth......

 

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I do like the look of those, perhaps not yours but well done. The leather interior would make a nice office set of chairs.

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Had a grand evening last night at Scotoshite Skunk Worx.

 

Here we have a veg-powered W124 giving a jump start to a BMW 335i.

 

My 75 wafted there and back through the January gloamin' splendidly which reminded me how much I like these cars. The chairs are incredibly comfortable and 25 miles felt like just a couple. My usual short journeys are really not doing it justice.

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Mechanic nearby has had an Alfa 166 sat at the side of his place for a good while now, I noticed a nice hole in the rear sill and suspected it's death warrant had been signed.

 

Called in, sure enough, owner gave up on it and never came back, been sat there a year and a half.

 

After a positive reception I called back with a fresh battery, a few litres of fuel and some £20 notes. I then drove it home :?

 

QVsEuPYoRHq4vPRSTFo3Qw.jpg

 

fullsizeoutput_1223.jpeg

 

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It's a 2000 3.0 V6 Super. And is mostly broken.

 

I'm not going lie, it's probably not going to see the road again, but it's been a pleasure just for the engine note.

 

The sills are shot. The exhaust is blowing. The nav/climate screen isn't working. The bodywork is shoddy. The engine is smokey when cold. But it's an Alfa. A devastatingly sexy Alfa. And I'm glad to have been able to step in to save it from immediate bridging. Hopefully it'll at least help another live on.

 

Here it is power-hosed and looking much better than it actually is.

 

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The truth......

 

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Great (temporary) save...

 

I would...

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Yeah Mazda did a Comprex 626 diesel with a supercharger and apparently it was awful.

Not awful, just a bit underpowered and thirsty. Okay that doesn't sound good.

It's probably smoother to drive than the equivalent turbo diesels of the era.

I wish I'd gone for the one that was for sale up here about a year ago, just to try it out.

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Things to do today (already done)

 

Part one: Buy slightly dented car door for a 2010 Nissan Micra. Haven't got a Micra,  haven't even got a Nissan. So why buy it? Because it was £1, that's why.

 

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Part two:

 

Extract Focus ST out of PoP without wrecking clutch, and without fire. Especially without fire.

 

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Didn't even need the Royal Vectra to tow it out, it started straight up and drove.

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That Alfa is nice. I'd probably still try to save it, depending on the state of chassis rot and after scanning the codes for the various blinky lights. Any signs of bottom end knock would be a killer though.

 

The big V6 petrol engine does equal atrocious taxes over here, and combined with through-the-roof fuel prices it just wouldn't make any financial sense to drive it.

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I went to view a car with Father and Brother Fumbler. Lovely.

 

 

Brother Fumbler's gone out of his mind and has bought said car, an P38 Range Rover HSE. God rest his soul.

 

 

The good news is only the sunroof is the major thing not working and the bill of death hasn't graced us with its presence.....................................yet. There's still time.

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So I was in the boozer on Friday night and met a chap I've never seen before called "Slippery"

He's got a garage that he's closing down because he's going blind.

Everything must go coz the lease is up soon.

Amongst the cars he mentioned was a '76 Cadillac, an '82 Buick Park Avenue and a Fiat 600 all at 1000 euros each.

 

If I had a sensible head, I'd be saying "don't be daft, never buy a car from a bloke in a pub"

 

I haven't got a sensible head.

 

I'm viewing the cars on Monday.

 

Slippery drove home despite being half blind and a bit pissed...

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Got up too early today. This was the time I left the house.

 

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But it was worth it.

 

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After a brief catch up with skattrd I then headed off to ACA in King's Lynn. Despite being a non-turbo auto it's surprisingly quick, and the furnace of a heater was very welcome today after the chilly standing around at the auction.

 

Not home yet. Just having a break before hitting the M25.

 

Mmm, pillarless.

 

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I've sold my Allegro to the guy who runs the garage next to my lockup. He's better placed to get it fixed up and back on the road having a proper garage with ramps and stuff, time and unlike me some sort of talent as a mechanic and fabricator.. Look forward to seeing it fixed up.

 

What he's giving me for it is just what I paid him to fix my Z4 so I'm £0 up. 

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Oil, air filters and wiper blades changed on both cars with a new oil filter on the Golf.

 

Lady Grumpius hit a pheasant the other night.  Her car was covered in feathers but no damage.  Went up to the car this morning and...

 

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Lodged against the radiator.  No damage to the radiator by the looks of it.  Gloves and black bag deployed.

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