On Thursday last week, myself and ra burd took the scenic route up to Callander for some superb posh pie action. About 10 mins into the trip we passed by a pretty Alfa at the side of the road, and I thought to myself “hmm, never owned one of them”.
Anyway, the trip passed without incident, and we returned home much as we left.
Fast forward 3 days, and we were back on the same road, this time en route to collect the Alfa Romeo 156 1.8 Twin Spark that I had spotted earlier. It had appeared on Gumtree at a most enticing price, so it would have been rude not to.
I had to buy it as it seemed in good order and the price was far to good to refuse! Even ra Burd was heard to remark “that interior is nice”. and it was, bar the guff and mank contained therein.
It was immediately pressed into service as I followed the 306 to a shopping experience that allowed procurement of essential Alfa 156 cleaning products amongst other things.
That done, it was time to head back to the ranch for a good check over the latest purchase.
I Made a video of it, outlining what the plans are – you can view it on the tubes of You here – Fu’Gutty Cars Alfa 156 intro
Externally, things are positive!
Initial inspections suggest that the bodywork is in remarkably good condition – with only 2 bumper scuffs (1 front, 1 rear) and a stonechip on the bonnet as areas of concern. Certainly with a small amount of paint, and some elbow grease she should come up lovely
Internally – Those of you with a nervous disposition – please look away now!
It took approx. 2hrs to get the interior and boot into a condition that meant you could sit in it without twitching. To get an idea of how bad it was, the pic below shows what was removed from the passenger seat and door card..
Cleaning done it was time to make a list of the faults to sort.
First up was the interior:
Rev counter disconnected (as explained in the video) and binnacle cover missing. These will need swapped out.
Driver’s window control button missing – needs replaced
Lower dash Trim panel (hides the fuses) is missing – needs replaced
Aftermarket Stereo fitted – surround is missing.
Boot – Trim panels need re attaching properly.
Other than that, the interior is in great condition- even moreso when you consider the mess it was in.
Externally, the bodywork is in great condition for a 2002 car – only points to note are:
Stonechip and rust on the leading edge of the bonnet
Faded Alfa badge on the Grille
Parking scuff on RHS of front bumper
Parking scuff on LHS of rear bumper
Light scratching to bootlid.
Both front door push buttons sticky.
I reckon most of it can be attended to easily, and for minimal outlay.
On the mechanical front:
Oil service for the 1.8 Twin spark
New air filter
Coolant service and thermostat (car appears to be running cool – only warms up when stationary, a common known fault)
Identify cause of front end rattle – likely lower arms as the 156 appears to make a habit of eating them.
Thankfully the alloys are shod in matching tyres with good tread depth, so that is one expense avoided!
I’ll be ordering up parts this week so expect updates to follow tout suite..