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Hi all

This is my first post and I am located in Sydney Australia.

Just purchased a lovely 1985 Alfa 90 2.5V6 yesterday. The old gal is great condition and has an extensive history of work completed. Mechanicals are excellent (that V6 engine is something else!!!)

A couple of questions if may:
Are the Alfa 90 brake pads and front and rear shocks the same as Alfetta and the Alfa 75?

Are the tappets/valve lifters adjustable on the V6 engine and are they the Shim style adjusters?

I am getting the alternator charge warning light coming on now and then, but the alternator itself seems to be ok - registering 13.5v according to the multimeter. What could be the cause?

thanks in advance for your advice.
 

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Welcome to the forum Kas(??). Unfortunately for you(and us!) the 90 is a little bit disregarded on this forum as they never made it to the US. At least we got them here in Australia.

The brake pads and shockers are the same, as are almost all the mechanicals to the 2.5 litre 75. The brake pad part number is DB116 for most brands.

The tappets are adjustable. The exhaust side has an adjustable pushrod that are adjustable when you take the cam covers off, but the inlets are buckets and shims which you need to pull the camshaft out to adjust. On my car only the exhaust needed adjusting so hopefully that's all you'll have to do. If you're worried about the clatter, it's not uncommon. I had my exhaust lobes and followers re-ground for only AUD130 (didn't have to worry about inlet shims) and it fixed a lot of the noise.

Enjoy your Alfa,
Scott
 

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Thanks Scott

Looking forward to enjoying the old girl. Its a lot of fun to drive and that v6 is something...sounds very similar to an old Bimmer straight 6, even down to the valve clatter!! Considering what I paid for it and the condition it is in, it offers a lot of bang for your bucks.

By the way, do those fix it additives (ie Nulon) help with the tappets?

Does the v6 take 6.5Litres of oil and are the RYCO oil filters ok for these?

Also, in Aus (preferably Sydney), do you where I can good second hand and new parts for when I need them?

thanks for your help
Ellis
 

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Hi Ellis,
Was this the tidy-looking charcoal grey one that was on eBay recently? It looked like a great deal.

You shouldn't be getting a lot of clatter out of it - my 1987 V6 2.5 (in a 75) is hardly mint, but it runs pretty quiet. I'd look at giving the heads the once-over if you saved a bit on the purchase price - worth it for the peace of mind and the power gain. Also gives you a chance to swap the timing belts, which is mandatory if you have the slightest doubt about when they were last done (every 100 000 is the usual figure given, but I've heard 50 000 said as well).

The advice I've always had about oil filters is that the Alfa originals are the best bet due to the pressure regulator being somewhat idiosyncratic. Turin Imports are usually a great resource for these kind of bits - based in SA but they freight overnight for $10-20 depending on what you're getting. I've bought ignition leads, badges, dash mats, rubber mounts, a dizzy cap, etc etc etc from them and they've always been brilliant.

http://www.turinimports.com.au/

There's also a place in Victoria called Milano Spares specialising in the 80s V6 Alfas which will ship stuff as well. Not always as good to deal with but they often have stuff nobody else has, and they are very reasonably priced as well.

http://www.milano.com.au/

If you need an Alfa-specialised mechanic I know a good guy in Sydenham who always did the right thing by me (and didn't mind me fixing things myself, even gave me an aneroid pressure sensor off a parts car once!). He used to own a 90, and is in the process of converting his 75 to a biturbo (using Maserati turbines no less!). Mind you I think the expected completion date is about 2039, he runs a busy shop.

(I don't work for these businesses; nor do I have a financial interest in recommending them.)
 

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Hey Ellis: Congrats on the 90. I'm back in Sydney now, spent too many years working on these things, if you're ever stuck just give me a shout I'll be glad to help. As for cheap spares, if you can find them in Oz let me know. I'm working on some old overseas contacts to see if I can get stuff brought in so I don't have to pay some of the ridiculous prices we're being asked to pay here. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't. Anyway, have fun with the new toy.

Regards, Rick.
 

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Thanks Matt and Rick

Matt, its not the one that was on ebay. Didn't see that one - how much did the one ebay sell for out of curiosity and what was it like (eg mileage, condition, was it registered etc). I have really no idea what these things are worth. Just saw this thing, loved it and paid the man what he was asking for it. Thought I got a bargain given its condition etc.

Will certainly keep you guys posted, and will try the links you suggested for spares. Rick, can you possibly PM with your ph details. I might commission you to do a service on it for me if thats ok.

Thanks,
E
 

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I'm a bit suspicious of additives. Although using a thicker oil will quieten them down a bit. A bit of clatter isn't anything to worry about, in fact the local Alfa mechanic likes it:confused: And yes it does take 6.7 litres of oil (only 5.6L w/o filter):eek: I use Ryco filters on mine, the part numbr is Z89A for oil and Z200 (I think) for the fuel filter. The Ryco part is slightly larger than the Autotechnic (sp?) one that was on my 75 when I got it, but I'm not sure about the OEM Alfa part. The Ryco fits well but it's a little trickier to get it in and around the AC compressor. On the plus side that probably means there's more filter area.

I will recommend Turin Imports as well. They are cheap, and post really fast. I ordered a synchro ring one Thursday at 4.30pm and it was at my house (interstate) by 10.30 the next morning.
 

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That one on ebay was certainly a beauty. I wouldn't mind a set of those rims.

Just came back from a drive, you the ones where you go out to get some bread and don't come back for an hour. Took it for a run on the M4 expressway just to see what she is like on the highway. Very impressed how smoothly and quietly it cruises. Such an enjoyable car to drive.

Thanks for your input.
 
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