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Dull thread for idiots, plus various motoring antics. - an Italian arrival

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10 minutes ago, Dave_Q said:

@Aston Martin and FFS are Fiat Fwends IRL I think, maybe he can confirm if the Y10 lives? My guess is yes.

He still has a Y10 that hasn't moved in years. I assume it's the same one.

Wait, he might have 2? 🤔

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10 hours ago, Aston Martin said:

He still has a Y10 that hasn't moved in years. I assume it's the same one.

Wait, he might have 2? 🤔

There could be hope for it yet!

It was looking like this, last I knew of it after some scrote bent the door back and it was replaced with the white one. Look familiar?

1989 Lancia Y10 GT (Only one left taxed!!)

 

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59 minutes ago, philibusmo said:

There could be hope for it yet!

It was looking like this, last I knew of it after some scrote bent the door back and it was replaced with the white one. Look familiar?

1989 Lancia Y10 GT (Only one left taxed!!)

 

As my name suggests I like em lol. I'm after a y10, or prisma. If anyone can get intouch if it's for sale. Thanks Matt. 

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I miss being furloughed, where is the time going? It's basically August already and I have made precisely zero progress on the Fiesta and am making slow progress on the Alfa Romeo.

I've been nipping about in the Golf and now that it's issues are resolved it's a jolly nice thing to blat about in, fast, comfortable and all the switchgear just feels right. So obviously I'm toying with the idea of selling it, anyone interested?

The Alfa Romeo is being kept for the time being, obviously this is a car where all the switchgear feels almost right, but is quite obviously a bit wrong. I found it's entirely possible to increase the cruise control speed with your left knee if you're not too careful for example.

I've managed to have the time to complete one task on it. The temperature gauge was showing it wasn't getting hot, which I think was also causing it to continually dump all of its boost to avoid killing a cold engine, so I have changed the thermostat.

It's buried down here, on the passenger side of the engine behind various kerjiggers including the inlet pipe. You can just see the green plug for the temp sensor from above.

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It wasn't as bad as it looks to change, two bolts and a rubber seal hold it in place and 4 hose clamps which are easy with the correct pliers. Of course I didn't have my trusty washing up bowl in the right place so coolant poured all over the drive.

It looks a complicated old beast this 20v JTDM lump. (Battery removed for thermostat change purposes)

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I then went to jack it, but the trusty jack that has lifted so many cars on this drive was having none of it. It got it about 2 inches off the ground and then would lift no more. I knew this was a heavy old Hector but I wasn't expecting a 1.5 tonne jack to be so useless when presented with it considering it would lift a 2004 Transit.

I got it up just enough to wedge an axle stand under the drivers subframe mount and it seemed pretty stable so I had a gander underneath. I'd heard about these things rotting out their front subframes and i think I caught this one just in time, all of this could do with a damn good clean up and some paint.

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Gr17 photography skills right there, nice and blurry. 

I went under here to do an oil change but found the sump plug seized solid, as seems to be the norm at the moment. With fuck all space to move and the light fading I left it for the weekend, and then I spotted this. YIKES

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On the other side there are two bolts holding the subframe in place, on the passenger side there is one. I don't know how or where the head of the second bolt went, but I'm very displeased that it's not there.

Plan is to clean up the top and weld a nut to it before taking the remains out, then slapping in a new bolt.

Additionally the aux belt is squealing so a new one, along with a tensioner and idler is on order along with a new drivers side upper wish bone to cure a clonk from that corner.

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that engine looks identical to the one in my Croma, but with everything multiplied by 1.25. I hope your intake manifold is OK!!!! It looks a flippin nightmare to fiddle with.

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7 hours ago, bunglebus said:

That looks deliberate, has someone already had a go at getting a seized bolt out? Good luck removing it (seriously)

I have a feeling it will be a right old war, hopefully the hear of migging on a new bolt head will be enough to break the corrosion that has seized it in place. Even if I just have a new head welded onto the bolt, thats got to be better than nothing for the time being, not that I think the subframe is in any danger of falling off, more that i'm not sure how an MOT tester will feel about it in October. Plus i'd prefer the peace of mind that it's held on by all the bolts it was designed to be held on with.

Unfortunately I also expect I'll have to dig out the inlet manifold at some point. The swirl flaps are meant to be a nuisance on these, along with basically everything else.

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8 hours ago, philibusmo said:

I have a feeling it will be a right old war, hopefully the hear of migging on a new bolt head will be enough to break the corrosion that has seized it in place. Even if I just have a new head welded onto the bolt, thats got to be better than nothing for the time being, not that I think the subframe is in any danger of falling off, more that i'm not sure how an MOT tester will feel about it in October. Plus i'd prefer the peace of mind that it's held on by all the bolts it was designed to be held on with.

Unfortunately I also expect I'll have to dig out the inlet manifold at some point. The swirl flaps are meant to be a nuisance on these, along with basically everything else.

You know I’m never that sure that these swirl flap issues aren’t over-hyped problems spread on owner’s forums. The smaller 1.9 engine is meant to have ‘omfg will explode’ swirl flaps, but when I took mine to my usual mechanic for his opinion (30 odd years in the game) he said he’d never seen one fail on that engine and hadn’t heard of it being a particular issue with it. This was almost echoed by a well known Alfa specialist I took it to, who, in not so many words, basically said it’s put about on Alfa forums by another well known Alfa specialist to generate work. The flaps can stick and give problems, but in the 15 + years they’d been out, he’d only seen one failure and it was clogged with shite from an equally choked EGR valve.

* I accept no responsibility for your grenading flaps 

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