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    Vanya Stanisavljevic
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    Esprit SE 1991; Alfa Romeo 166 3.2 V6 2005, Alfa Romeo GTV 2.0T 1997
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    Stockholm, Sweden

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  1. Lidls finest. Got the job done. Just needed Cobalt coated bits and some oil.
  2. I'm personally a massive fan of zinc plating and love the finish as it's an indicator of whether the car is driven in the wet or salt. If the zinc is still there, it's a good sign. Many Swedish Esprits I have seen the factory plating still present and correct on the links etc. For my SE rear suspension now I intend to do the same, even moreso because it juxtaposes well with parts that have yet to be done (did the front suspension years ago - still looking amazing!). They're a massively satisfying indicator of "progress" I think the gold standard (no pun intended) is what @CHAN
  3. Hmmm damn google photos. Doesn't seem to be an option to make the pics public. Lets see, does this link work:
  4. Wow, has it really been this long since I've done anything on the car? There have been some distractions along the way, but I assure you the car is still very much in my possession and my main passion in terms of car life. After 9 years of ownership I decided to tackle the rear lower link pins. Oh what a pig of a job.... Given how seized on everything was, the only way to get the lower link off was with the angle grinder, something my brother promptly took care of: Removing the rear wheel bearing (check this setup out!) Ok now the lower link p
  5. This sounds quite interesting Dave, I might be interested in this! My Esprit currently has NOS original coilovers in the front, and new original bushes all around throughout the front suspension. The rear is running adjustable SPAX dampers with original length and spec springs. I haven't gotten round to changing the bushes in the rear suspension yet - many are damaged (like the lower wishbone to chassis which are shot). The gap between the left hand side wheel and wheel arch, and the right side, differs by an inch or so. Even at the front. Rear suspension is up this winter - gonna ha
  6. Hey everyone, I've not been as active on here as I'd like to be, and I must admit the same applies to my Esprit which saw now upgrades or overhauls this past year - just a few miles. Last night I was in the garage doing some odd jobs on my Alfa when a guy shows up and says "I dunno if you've noticed but something's happened to your car". I assume vandalism, but no, he is worried that my suspension has collapsed as the car is leaning towards the driver's side. I explain to him that this is an Esprit flaw. "Has it been crashed?" he asks. "No" I reply. "Oh, so you've had it si
  7. Good points, the both of them - the car around the Busso V6 rusts away if it isn't Dinitrol treated (my current 166 is and is rust-free. Beggars belief). As for Evora NA, every time I sit in that interior I fall in love with it. I can't wait. I've heard this about the 156. I've only briefly driven the 156 2,5 sportwagon and found it to be quite nimble, especially compared to the 166, which, lets face it, is more of a riviera cruiser.
  8. Man I was born in the wrong decade. Some of the stuff on your lists is awesome - Meraks, 456's.... Here's my, relatively speaking, pedestrian history... Ford Focus 2006 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE 1991 (still got it) Lotus Esprit V8 1996 Lotus Elan SE 1991 Jaguar XKR 2002 Jaguar XK8 1997 Maserati 4200 2004 Peugeot RCZ 2012 Toyota GT86 2012 Fiat Brava 1997 (best 50 quid car I've ever had) Ford Focus 2006 (wifeys current beater) Alfa Romeo 166 2005 (current beater 300 000 miles and counting) Itches to scratch (once th
  9. I've read some weird rumours along the lines of "The MC20 was meant to be sold as a Dino while the Roma was meant to become the Alfieri" - I can kind of see it. This car has nothing whatsoever to do with Maserati, except maybe that crazy track car they put out a long while back. Is "Carbon Fibre + Alcantara Delete" an option at this point? It looks cool, I can't fault the exterior other than it doesn't really have its own identity. The interior looks like any modern supercar interior. Dunno if this will sell?
  10. I dunno man, there's just something about the brand. I personally love them - I also know of a guy who has a car collection that is beyond epic and he really loves the GranTurismo; and many out there feel the same. Merak, Quattroporte IV Evoluzione, 3200, 4200 Cambiocorsa, GranTurismo, Ghibli - all awesome cars. I was particularly floored by the quality of my old 4200 - so incredibly well put together throughout. Sadly parts prices and the expensive Cambiocorsa box saw me part ways with it. If nothing else Maserati is a good stopgap between Alfa Romeo and Ferrari.
  11. Philippines Joke. Czech Republic.
  12. Got myself a new daily driver. I've done a lot of stupid stuff for laughs but this takes the cake. The odometer reads 479 000km. It has no rust to speak of. The only possible explanation is sorcery or black magic. (Had a new crate engine installed at 279 000 km or so, but still on the original gearbox.)
  13. Hi all! So sometimes my Facebook feed churns out stuff that I actually find interesting and relevant - as opposed to pictures of someone's latest spawn, vacation, targeted product ads or charged political diatribe debating the merits of liberal democracy. Some dudes in (I assume China) going by the names Mechanic Steve and Mechanic Chris put up these fascinating videos of wrecked cars that they erm..."rectify" by pulling the panels straight, cutting out sections, grafting on new ones, repainting etc. They seem to do it all. Here's a case in point: As an engineer, I can
  14. 355, 360, 430, Maserati 4200, Maserati GranSport - I think there was even a Land Rover that had more serious issues with this leading to catastrophic engine failure. I had a hard time visualising how you'd get suck back pressure to ingest catalyst remnants too, but when I chatted with the head mechanic at the official Maserati/Ferrari dealer I used back when I had the Mas he said he'd seen a GranSport with this issue with dust from the cat substrate on top of the valves. My Maserati obviously also had this issue with the pre-cats breaking up; however the PO had driven the car like this for yea
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