"getting it out once undone is impossible without removing the power steering hose bracket so you can push the hoses to the side. Even then it only just wiggles through"
With our stock 89 Milano/75 (granted, not a 156), I can remove the filter up through the rhs without messing with any hoses. I do use the smaller 24V 164 filter to give more room. I also have to loosen it from below with a metal strap wrench before accessing it from above. I do have to remember to tilt it upright as I pull it up to avoid pouring oil out of it.
89 Milano (wife's daily driver since 1989, Shankle Sport)
91 164S (my daily driver since 1994)
94 164LS (~Q) (trip Alfa since 2000)
72 Morgan 27 (water time since 1976)
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6
Last edited by Del; 06-20-2016 at 11:21 AM.