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post #61 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Here it is with the new wheels and tires. I will need to lower the car a little, perhaps new springs and torsion bars.










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post #62 of 75 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 11:32 AM
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The early Milanos came with quite long (18" free length) rear springs that give it a very high rear. An easy mod is to chop one coil off the rear springs: this lowers the rear about 1" and stiffens the springs by about 10%.

I did this on my old '87 Milano: it made the car look more level and didn't cause any problems.

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post #63 of 75 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Small update...new rear springs from Rob @Centerline installed







New torsion bars along with front suspension bits will be installed next week.

Here are a few pictures of the tear down and clean up process. You can see the front castor bushing has seen better days











New bushings all around and new Koni shocks on order.

I could use a recommendation for a good alignment shop in orange county.

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Looks great! And those look progressive, so they should ride nicely.

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Past: 71, 74 Spiders, 2x 74 Berlina, 74 GTV, 76 Alfetta GT, 88 Milano 3.0, 164LS
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Enjoyed looking through the thread. Nice work bringing her back to life. I'm in the process of a refresh on my 20+ year ownership of an '86 Graduate. Had the engine, transmission and rear end "re-sealed", ha! It doesn't leak today.
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post #66 of 75 (permalink) Old 04-05-2017, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got back the original parts from media blasting and then paint so the car can now go back together.











Thanks to Rob @ Centerline for helping me source the correct bushings and related parts.

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Dang! That looks Nice!

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Seriously, you might have the cleanest Milano in the country. At least the cleanest Milano suspension!

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Past: 71, 74 Spiders, 2x 74 Berlina, 74 GTV, 76 Alfetta GT, 88 Milano 3.0, 164LS
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It looks like your castor rod bars have the curved side facing out. This slightly diminishes the space for the tire at full lock. Flip the bar so the curved side faces the car body. If you've already had the car aligned don't worry about it.

Very nice indeed.

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It looks like your castor rod bars have the curved side facing out. This slightly diminishes the space for the tire at full lock. Flip the bar so the curved side faces the car body. If you've already had the car aligned don't worry about it.

Very nice indeed.

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Thanks for the heads up. I will double check and correct as necessary!

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So the headliner came out to be recovered, so with the recommendation of Rob at Centerline I covered the roof panel with Dynamat. FYI for those looking to do the same 12 square feet was the ideal amount

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When I took out my sagging headliner to recover it, I found that someone had stuffed a ton of fiberglass building insulation in various roof cavities. There was a bunch behind the rear seat too that I found when I replaced the shocks. Tore all of it out and didn't notice any real difference in heat in the cabin or in noise. I'm not really sure what the installer's intent was.

Are you trying to create a quieter cabin with the Dynamat?
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Maybe the PO was using an Ansa style rear muffler, which we found had an irritating drone right at cruising rpms, regardless of which gear it was in. We tried using marine industry sound absorbing sheet w/adhesive on it, stuck under the rear seats and under the carpet panel in the trunk, including spare well. Made little difference. We had to sell that Ansa to someone else and go back to stock. Much better.

Alfas of most models are pretty darn sensitive to which mufflers they have. It has been my experience through the years that aftermarket mufflers do not work as well for pleasant sounds as the stock ones do.

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I personally wouldn't bother putting Dynamat in the roof. I doubt It would make any difference and it is heavy. Our black 75 currently has no headlining, only the cardboard and I haven't noticed any noise. We replaced the original floor insulation with some foil and fibreglass backed high density foam matting that is used on water heaters. It works very well at a tenth of the cost of Dynamat and weighs next to nothing.

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post #75 of 75 (permalink) Old 04-28-2017, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Took some time today to re install the recovered headliner.








Pictures of the ride height after the new springs, torsion bars, and front suspension rebuild.















Next up will be rear suspension rebuild.

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