View Poll Results: How ready is your car for the good weather?

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  • Just need to give it a clean and its ready to go.

    1 25.00%
  • It needs work, but it will be ready by summer.

    2 50.00%
  • Its being worked on, maybe ready next year.

    1 25.00%
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    Default Summertime driving

    Given that summer is finally on its way, its time to start thinking about getting your Alfas back on the road.
    The question is, how much work does it need before you can get out in it and enjoy?
    1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4: Dozeing in the garage.
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    Years...
    But I have another one at sight...
    Crister Borg
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    Alfa Romeo 156 2,5V6 sw -01; 155 q4 -93

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    Well, I've owned my Q4 for almost 20 years now, never stopped needing work, and I've never stopped messing with it.
    Keep on believing, you'll get there.
    1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4: Dozeing in the garage.
    2009 Audi A4 tdi: Everyday drive.

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    I am getting there slowly - we have a 20 month old little boy so I just grab a couple of hours here and there each week.

    Last year I got it back on the road in a very stripped out state. I spent Spring and Summer of 2016 welding up the rear end and neglected the do the front. It wasn't until I scratched the surface that I realised how much the front needed doing. Most of the rot is behind the front struts. The two skins just seem to rot inside out. I was only looking for suspension movement which was causing a knocking noise (I suspect this is the near side engine support.

    At the same time I thought the Brembos could do with a minor overhaul. In doing that I thought the front brake lines were probably past their best so out they came and made up some new ones in Kunifer. Whilst on the subject of brakes, I have taken out the compensator valve for the time being but have modified the pipe connections in such a way that it go be put back in if I feel it needs it.

    At the moment I am fitting some new (well, refurbished by me (derusted and painted) rear brake dust guards as mine had turned to dust. I found out the hard way that a Q4 has a different shape of guard. Pics to follow.............

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    Some of the welding looked hideous until I discovered a gas flow problem with the welder - it got a bit better after that!




    Saving the rear quarter panel:




    Replacing a snapped pipe connection:


    Front end - chasing rust:













    I also pulled out some more of the AC system. The pump and rad are long gone but the pipes remained.


    Front end welded:


    Unions to replace brake compensator:


    My temporary Mallory Park 10mm hose pipe joiner. Half an hour in to a track day and the low pressure side PS pipe split so had to find a solution to join two pipes.



    I finally swapped it out for a proper joiner:


    Lastly for today I went to fit the new refurbed rear brake dust guards but discovered they are a bit different on a Q4 :x :x :x



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    That wing is exactly where my offside one is rusting as well. Rubbing on the bumper.
    So how different are the brake guards? Mine are in a worse state than yours I think.

    Oh and loving the redneck fix on the pipe!!
    1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4: Dozeing in the garage.
    2009 Audi A4 tdi: Everyday drive.

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    No chance of mine being ready for this Summer

    wrinx
    My Q4 in the Garage

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    I'm hopeful at the moment that it'll see at least some of the summer and that the garage don't find anything majorly wrong with it, beyond the already substantial problems.
    1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4: Dozeing in the garage.
    2009 Audi A4 tdi: Everyday drive.

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