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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: 164 'Restoration'
« Last post by V AR 164 on Today at 06:36:43 PM »
Hey stu,

No I have not come across any springs, I would like to purchase a set from Australia due to cheaper shipping, and also I do not want to spend that much money haha. Also I'm debating on whether or not to lower it due to the oil pan being quite low in these cars and I don't fancy cracking it  :-\

Here's a small video on my exhaust:

Cheers, Andrew.
160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: 164 'Restoration'
« Last post by stustustu123 on Today at 03:18:49 PM »
Meant to ask - did you come across any lowering springs for your car? I saw a set of SPAX springs (30mm lower) on eBay (located in UK) for 193GBP plus 65GBP postage to Aus. You'll probably find it hard to get a used set in Aus as I haven't seen any local ones for sale that I recall. I have a set the same but have plans for them (so am unable to sell!).Link to eBay.

Yeah upload a soundclip if you get a chance, love a good 12v sound.  8)
Nice work Baz! great to hear.
Victoria / Re: Healey Factory Visit
« Last post by colcol on Today at 10:58:30 AM »
Still a few spots left for the Healey Factory visit next Wednesday, they don't just restore Austin Healeys, but any 50's-60's-70's Sports cars, the last time we visited they were restoring a 105 after an accident, there will be 4 guides taking a group around to highlight different aspects of the restoration process.
It is quite easy to get to as it is away from the traffic gridlock of the city, it is in Mitcham, just off the Eastlink freeway, phone or text your name to Colin, 0407 090 826 or email   ......see you there, Colin.
Buy/Swap/Sell [Announce ONLY] / Re: FS:Alfa 75 V6 3 Litre
« Last post by Alfamania on Today at 08:51:22 AM »
Still for sale...

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Just an update, Ben was fortunate. All it needed was a yearly EOL Calibration.  All sorted, $120. 

I don't think the original quote was in any of a malicious nature, just unfamiliarity with the system and they wanted
to get him on the road the best way they new how.

160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: 164 'Restoration'
« Last post by V AR 164 on February 13, 2016, 11:49:12 PM »
Cheers stu, I definitely agree with you haha.

Just got back from a trip down to the Mornington peninsula and back, great to test out the new system.

Right off the bat it is significantly louder than the stock system. It indeed has a great burble too it at idle and around 2k. But I find it most fun to shift it into 2nd and 3rd and rev it out to around 5k, where it kinda sounds like an old Ferrari v12. But most importantly there is no 'rasp' to it, something I do not like at all.

(I must also add, the Burnley tunnels do help make some sweet sweet noises! At legal speeds of course!)

Also I will record a small sound clip and post it tomorrow if anyone is interested.

Cheers, Andrew.
Well. Prior to swapping out the voltage regulator, some research (youtube) gave a method of testing the regulator function at the battery.

Voltage was measured with engine and ign off, at idle, at 2000rpm with and without electrical load. I also tested a 1989 535 BMW as a benchmark.
 I was hoping to see a significant voltage drop when under load indicative of a buggered voltage regulator.

First a test for AC current returned 29 for both cars. Dont know what the unit of measure is but the dial on th 830b multimeter was on 200 ACV. Concluded from this the Rectifier diodes are ok.

For the voltage test
                  A-R     BMW
ign on          12.7      -       0 rpm with headlights on
 At idle        13.9      13.7                   headlights on
At idle         13.7                               headlights on cabin fan at 4.
At 2000rpm  13.5      13.4                         headlights on cabin fan 4 radiator fans on stage 1?.BMW fan not on.
When the Alfa was turned off the voltage spiked to 14V.

So the Alfa was at about 100 deg on the gauge, The transmission fault warning light was on and the Alternators voltage regulator appears to be good.
Am going to test for earths on the positive and negative sides of the battery between the Alternator and the battery next (youtube again).
I dont have 100% faith in the accuracy of the temp gauge, or that the radiator fans are switching on at the correct temp or that stage 2 is kicking in. The engine is giving off a lot of heat subjectively when the fan kicks in (at too high a temp?)
Would welcome the voice of experience from others on this.
Update a day later.

Have done some more web reading and will be taking the regulator off in situ as the brushes if they are still original, are overdue for replacement. If they are original the 210,000k means they are probably worn to stubs. The voltage 13.5V could be a little higher as measured and the 120A rating of the alternator, with the 300W*2 or 50amp draw of the twin fans (not certain of this figure). May cause the electrical continuity of the brushes to break down..
thx Bobulon, hopefully there is a happier 156 at the end of this thread.
Buy/Swap/Sell [Announce ONLY] / WTB Thermo Fan Motor
« Last post by The Count on February 13, 2016, 05:22:03 PM »
Looking for a thermo fan motor for my 1985 90 (2.5 litre). I believe that a fan motor from either a 90 or a 75 will do the job. needs to be in good running order.
PM is you have one!
I am in awe of your commitment to fault finding. I think I would have just started hitting things, and people, at some early point in your process  ;D
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