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Maybe replace the rubber hoses e.t.c. to something more durable silicone perhaps? That's what my old Saab had.
I specify Goodridge brake hoses https://goodridge.com/uk/performance/cars/ and suspect their other products are just as good.  Otherwise Aeroquip. 

Check the hoses at the bottom of the radiator.  I've had OEM ones fail spectacularly.
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Photos & Videos / Re: not a 105 for a change
« Last post by four90s on Today at 01:37:06 PM »
Great work Colin.
Love the non-conductive welding.

Steve
Adelaide

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The Rain-X I used to fix wiper sensor issues was the water repellent product applied to the outside of the windscreen.

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Thanks for the feedback GTVeloce.  I've  now be considering using FIAT 500 front discs.  The outer diameter will need to be machined down by 7mm and a 8mm spacer between the disc and the hub will give me the right height.  Still have to measure the internal diameter to see if that will fit or not but may also need a slight adjustment as will the wheel studs.  Anyway this option will look more professional and won't have me worrying that the disc will fall off.
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Hey, welcome to the forum, and good to hear of another 164 being resurrected! Honestly it's really not a difficult job to do, no special tools are required (other than a 41mm socket to rotate crank over with) and as long as you take your time and take heaps of reference pictures you will be fine.

Few tips I've learnt over the few years:
-Disconnect transmission mount on passenger side and remove mount (and top engine torque mount), then let the gearbox rest on the subframe. It will tilt the motor over slightly and give you heaps more room to work on the timing belt.
-Remove chrome intake pipes, plenum and valve covers to line up camshafts. There are notches in the cams that align to markings on the cam caps as well as the lower crank pulley has a mark showing where top dead center is. As long as these three are lined up you will have no issues with timing.
-Definitely either rebuild the hydraulic tensioner with new seals (it may not be leaking yet, but it will, trust me) or block off the oil supply to it, essentially converting it to a mechanical tensioner. I just rebuilt my motor and have blocked off the oil feed to it due to rebuild kits getting hard to find.
-Removing drivers side suspension strut is essential in gaining sufficient access.

Also replace all the other hoses while your there. Thermostat should also be replaced.

If you need any other help, just chuck us a PM and I'll be happy to help out. I'm no mechanic but I know my way around the 164 pretty good haha.

Good luck!, Andrew
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116 Series (Alfetta Sedan/GT/GTV & Giulietta Sedan) / Re: Alfa 75 front discs
« Last post by GTVeloce on July 06, 2020, 10:25:24 PM »
When I bought my GTV it had 75 ventilated discs that had been drilled to suit 4x98. The PO had achieved a RWC with this mod albeit in Shepparton...

I was never a huge fan and have changed hubs to 5x98. With 4x98 the screws holding disc to hub don't line up so the only thing holding the disc on is the wheel and therefore the wheel nuts. That said, I drove it for a couple of years with no issues in that guise.
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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: New 164 owner. Some timing belt questions.
« Last post by mrman on July 06, 2020, 09:32:09 PM »
Hi mrman
Find link to e-manuals available for purchase on line (select the one applicable). There are various posts on this forum that should be useful on how to change timing belt. FYI I have attached a link to a post/ thread Page 4 .
https://www.emanualonline.com/Cars/Alfa-Romeo/164.htm
Link to forum post page 4.
https://www.alfaclubvic.org.au/forum/index.php?topic=14544.45
Thanks for the quick response! Much appreciated.
Just had a read through that forum thread. Seems straightforward enough. Do those manuals have any info that I cant find on here or on other forums? I dont want to waste my $30 hahaha. Of course its nice to have a manual anyway.


I've no idea what tensioner is on there now. Assuming its the original one, would it be better to switch to a mechanical one or rebuild the original one? I have read that the temperature sensitive mechanical ones can be just as bad.

Also, will i need any special tools? i remember reading about a tool to undo something to do with the power steering pump. cant quite remember. not sure if i need to add any tools to my shopping list.


so as of now im going to be ordering

new belt
waterpump
tensioner rebuild kit (maybe)
valve cover gaskets
tensioner bearing

anything else i should get?
will probably get everything from arese spares as they are very close to my work so i can pick up the parts



thanks again for helping me out. would be so lost without this forum
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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / Re: New 164 owner. Some timing belt questions.
« Last post by bonno on July 06, 2020, 09:08:10 PM »
Hi mrman
Find link to e-manuals available for purchase on line (select the one applicable). There are various posts on this forum that should be useful on how to change timing belt. FYI I have attached a link to a post/ thread Page 4 .
https://www.emanualonline.com/Cars/Alfa-Romeo/164.htm
Link to forum post page 4.
https://www.alfaclubvic.org.au/forum/index.php?topic=14544.45

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160 Series (90, 75, 164 Sedans) / New 164 owner. Some timing belt questions.
« Last post by mrman on July 06, 2020, 07:19:16 PM »
Hi all, recently bought my first alfa (my first car in fact), a 1990 164 12v. Want to get my timing belt done ASAP as I really want to avoid bending all my valves!!. Looking to do it myself if possible. I know its a rather difficult job but I should be alright (i hope) as ive done a few big projects in the past (rebuilding motorbike engines). Can someone please point me in the direction of the best guide/service manual for this job? And i know its a long shot but is there anyone in sydney who would be willing to lend me a hand? (im in kuringgai but would definitely be willing to come to you) That would be really super helpful. And please let me know if im being stupid and its a much harder job than I'm imagining. Thanks in advance!! 
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Buy/Swap/Sell [Announce ONLY] / Alfa 105 stepnose Wanted
« Last post by 105 Montreal on July 06, 2020, 06:06:25 PM »
Looking for another project, if anyone has 1 they want to sell.
Msg me with what you have. Joe 0414195836
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