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Engine seized

Another twist in the tale of our restoration project. Sadly the engine has seized after the first start attempt. It did start briefly but was running a bit rough and then died. After that no luck. We've checked all the usual culprits including the battery and starter motor. No problems there. We then tried turning the engine with the spark plugs out and it's completely stuck. Luckily the work on the engine is still under warranty, so it's back to the workshop. We're very curious as to the exact cause. Will report back once we know more.
 

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Bugger. Just as well you have a warranty to fall back on. I assume you had oil in it (easily overlooked sometimes) and that it had been pre-oiled before startup.
Hope you don`t have the same luck with the Ti Jannes.
 

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Bugger. Just as well you have a warranty to fall back on. I assume you had oil in it (easily overlooked sometimes) and that it had been pre-oiled before startup.
Hope you don`t have the same luck with the Ti Jannes.
Thanks Richard. Yes, it has oil and was run and tuned in the workshop. It did however stand for a good 6 months or so thereafter and we didn’t turn it by hand at all during that period.
What do you mean by pre-oiling before start-up?
 

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Turning over on the starter with the ignition inoperative to ensure oil pressure to bearings etc. Seeing that it was standing for so long I would personally have removed the sump and cam cover and checked the bearing caps by removing and oiling them, and checked that the cams were still immersed in oil.
 

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That sounds like good advice. It may well turn out to be a bearing that grabbed or piston ring that got stuck without adequate lubrication. Hopefully others can learn from our experience.
 

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Thank you VeloceRosso for documenting your restoration and sharing such an interesting journey. Sorry to learn about your engine problem while you appear on the home straight. I hope this latest problem is resolved quickly without headache and soon represents another challenge you have overcome.

Thanks for the motivation and for providing valuable firsthand knowledge and generating many learned comment from members over what is a stunning restoration process and result thus far.

Your comprehensive thread and those like it from seasoned Alfa Romeo restorers are an invaluable aid and an inspiration for those of us who aim to do the same. Well done, I look forward to posts of you crossing the finish line.
 

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Thank you VeloceRosso for documenting your restoration and sharing such an interesting journey. Sorry to learn about your engine problem while you appear on the home straight. I hope this latest problem is resolved quickly without headache and soon represents another challenge you have overcome.

Thanks for the motivation and for providing valuable firsthand knowledge and generating many learned comment from members over what is a stunning restoration process and result thus far.

Your comprehensive thread and those like it from seasoned Alfa Romeo restorers are an invaluable aid and an inspiration for those of us who aim to do the same. Well done, I look forward to posts of you crossing the finish line.
Thank you for the kind words paladin105. Your first post too. A warm welcome to the BB. Sounds like you have a project of your own. Would love to hear about it! This is the best place to search for information or ask questions if you don't already find the answers.
 

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Hi VeloceRosso

Many thanks for your welcome. Not yet settled on my project at all just yet, but actively planning and researching what to expect and what it will take to get wonderful results like yours. What is clear to me from your thread and others like it is, I'll need lots of patience and dedication including a solid budget to get the specialist work done right. Unobtainium parts also presents a challenge for early 105 vehicles, not withstanding the fact that sources do exist worldwide for many parts such is the large enthusiasm and wide following for early, rare 105 cars like yours.

I'm building a home garage/workshop in the first half 2019 as part of my preparations and meanwhile learning from ALFABB which I agree, is an extraordinarily rich and diverse source of information and practical guidance making restoration dreams possible for lovers of Alfa Romeo vehicles.

The owners/administrators should be commended for their services including all the highly experienced contributors/members who share their knowledge and experiences with newcomers like me and veterans alike. I hope to reach out to you and this helpful community and ask a question or two when the time comes. Thanks again.:smile2:
 

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First start

I'm very happy to report that the car is back with us and the seized engine problem has been solved! Apparently a small screw/bolt had been found on top of one of the pistons when the head was removed... perhaps sucked in through the carbs? I'm still not sure how exactly it caused the engine to seize - luckily there was no damage done to the internals. Unfortunatley I don't know what the %&##* screw looked like and exactly where it may have come from.

Here is a video of the first start up at home! She sounds a bit rough, almost like there is too much valve play - new thicker shims should solve the problem.

 

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Headlight ring fitment

My dad has done some superb detailed work to be able to secure the headlight rings in place once again.
 

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Nice that you have your Dad to help you with things like this! Great job.
Yes, it's indeed a real privilege to have him around and still in good health too. I learn so much from him. I just wish we could spend more time together.
 

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Wiper mechanism

Back in South Africa for a couple of weeks. It’s been yet another 12 months since I’ve last been with the car. In the meantime my dad has managed to do a few very important things, mostly making sure all electrical connections are functional.

I’ll be posting a few photos over the next couple of days to show the progress.

Wiper mechanism now installed and functional. Needed to replace the wiper motor with a different (bigger) model.
 

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This is an excellent find. Does it have 10537 on the plate?
If so its pretty rare, RHD 105.37 cars ..
Production numbers are 1407 + 380 CKD cars. This being in South Africa must be one of the 380.

I have one for sale at the moment and only 20 RHD cars have been found to survive,
Sprint GT/GTV - Classic Alfa Romeo Registry
There are now 41 RHD 105.37 cars listed on the registry
 

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There are now 41 RHD 105.37 cars listed on the registry
Cheers Steve. I hadn’t checked this register in such a long time.

I know of 2 more 105.37’s in New Zealand. I’ll see if I can contact the owners via our AROC of NZ and get them to submit the info to the register.
 

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Headliner

We’re now in the process of repairing the headliner. The first attempt at a new installation was not up to standard so we’ve decided to redo it ourselves. After my dad carefully removed the installed headliner we realised we may be able to refit the same one. We needed to replace the panel above the rear seats though. Here are some photos of the process:
 

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Headliner

Some before and after shots:
 

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