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 My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 2016] 
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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
I'm baaaaack!! :mrgreen:

Over the past month, I've been squeezing in a little 'car time' around family, house, work, and leisure.

It's been nearly 18 months since my last update, and I've only started slowly. And I now realise working in little steps with little expectation, rather than do nothing at all, can be the way forward!

So what's left to do? Heaps, some of which are new plans hatched in the last year:

*pull engine: replace leaking 'rear main seal' and fit new 'front main seal' whilst I'm there; take off heads and arrange some minor porting from a specialist; replace stock pistons/sleeves with new higher-compression versions suited to the Potenziata motor (never done anything like this before, so could be interesting!)
*research and plan for aftermarket fuel injection; only worth it if I also upgrade cams (again) to aftermarket high performance street cams from Alfar7 (alfaBB member, Richard Jemison, RJR Racing)
*strip, clean, refit transaxle and rear suspension and upgrade rear brakes to ventilated discs
*suspension upgrade: when I can afford it, full kit from RS Racing including coilovers, ARBs
*fit front brakes; have wheels refurbished and buy tyres
*interior electrical upgrades: add voltage gauge, engine oil temp gauge, wideband AFR meter
*fit stereo
*have seats/door trims retrimmed
*refit interior; arrange tinted windows; arrange inspection/regas of aircon + upgrade condenser
*exterior: complete modifications/refurbishment of body kit; acquire Evoluzione-style bumpers; arrange professional respray; cut and polish

Nothing to it really! Errr, expect maybe another few years of time and $$$. :lol:

Firstly, this is the new home for the car. A nice big garage, with workshop space at the back. It's still amazing how you fill such a space with so much stuff, and still be wanting!

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The first step was giving the car a wash! Not being drivable, it had to be hand-washed in situ, and not power-washed outside, but it wasn't really dirty, just quite dusty.

Pre-wash:

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Post-wash:

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Where to start?! I could have started at any number of stages, but for something new, I thought I'd work on the boot. This means I can fit the battery into its new location, and ultimately have electrics back sooner rather than later, which will help ensure everything electrical is working as expected.

At once I encountered an issue: the springs didn't hold the boot lid open properly! Hence, a box at-hand proved helpful. Mind you, once I change to the carbon fibre lid, the existing springs should be fine without increasing tension.

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Having a look around, seeing what needs cleaning and attention. Second issue, which I discovered a little while back but paid no attention at the time: I think my fuel capacity is down! I don't think the tank is meant to be this shape:

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So another job will be to drain the tank, and replace it.

Various hoses and attachments in the boot, some to comply with emissions, which scavenge the fuel vapour from the engine back to the fuel tank...I think! Remember, there is a fuel vapour canister behind the front bumper, and hoses from there come to the boot.

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Peeling back the trim on the left-side of the boot, hid an aftermarket electric telescopic antenna. Functionally ok, but it didn't feature the original cool 'Alfa Romeo' trim piece. To be replaced.

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To remove the boot lid, first the wiring for the number plate lights needed pulling-back. It threaded through the lid and hollow hinge arm.

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The boot lid simply unbolted from the hinges, and the hinges unbolted from inside. I haven't decided whether to paint them black.

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Removed the rear light clusters. The ground wire is notoriously poor, and over time, people have had the wire overheat and show signs of burning/melting along the light cluster 'circuit’; and having the brake lights dim/pulse when the indicators flash on/off is pretty normal! The wire is relatively thing and long, terminating in the common ground point at the rear door sills; hence, the wire is about a metre long. Not surprisingly, this will be upgraded with a thicker and shorter wire.

With the lights, boot rubber, and number plate trim all removed, years of grime were revealed.

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After the internal trims were removed, the boot wasn't too bad for its age! Plenty of cleaning was still required.

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On either side were small box cavities, and I wondered why there was dirt inside. On the outside, pieces of self-adhesive foam covered openings but the seals were poor; there was also a missing grommet for another hole on the right side. Over the years, water spraying from the tyres made its way inside. The foam was removed, and the cavities washed out. I will fit proper grommets.

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After some work, the boot scrubbed up alright. Some areas had paint/undercoat rubbed off exposing bare metal, and scant surface rust. These need sanding back and painting.

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One modification I had planned on, was fitting a boot solenoid. But alas, a previous owner had already fitted one! Strangely, it was no longer wired-up, but I will integrate with two features:
1. remote release using the aftermarket alarm key fob
2. change the standard boot badge to a funky press-button switch version from the 159 Sportwagon (series II/III); pressing the badge will unlock the boot, and it will be wired-up to only function when the alarm is disabled 8)

I bench tested the solenoid, and it still works fine (it's hardly rocket science: just an electrical coil creating a magnetic field when current passes through it). The issue with its fitment was the crude attachment: holes drilled into the panel for two self-tapping screws; I will improve on that! But first, removed for cleaning.

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That's it for now. Whilst not a great deal of progress, it's a start, and I'll continue chipping away.

See you next month. :)

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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
Shiney is back in the room :D :D :D
Do you need to keep all the emissions crap, our uk cars don't have any.
Tank is dented.....quite badly


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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
Cheers. Unsure about the emissions stuff: I don't know who would check (where I live in Australia, there is no annual checks like MOT). Generally, when cars are bought and sold, a 'roadworthy' is required, but there's no emissions testing!

From a safety point of view, I don't know what can be safely removed without creating unwanted vacuums and fumes. Any idea? I might check the manuals to compare.

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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
Nice seeing you back shiny!

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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
Hi Shiny
I would like to say a big thank you for all the work you have put into this thread. Its a very useful resource for all of us soldering on with our 75,s. Your detailed account of how to remove the dashboard was a big help to me as I have had to take my dash out to repair extensive rust. One of the brackets retaining the heater casing and blower fan had come away from the bulkhead due to the extent of the corrosion ! I hope this thread and website will be kept online for at least another year as thats about how long it will take me to finish the repairs due to my limited spare time and I will need this thread to be sure I get everything back together without forgetting a screw or two, or the odd connection. I will then refit the sagging head lining.


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Post Re: My 1989 75 3.0 V6 fast-street project [updated 10 Jun 20
No worries, Crank, glad it's been helpful.

Unfortunately I've run out of time to regularly continue the project, but it does still exist, and I continue to have aspirations to complete it. Only a few months ago, I bought a complete high quality (possiby as genuine as you can get) Evoluzione bodykit to eventually fit, still as-new, never previously fitted, so that's exciting.

Anyway, keep going, and hopefully I can keep going myself!

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