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More people are using the Sunpro (now Bosch) oil pressure sender, selling for about $15. Use a 22 ohm resister in line to correct the reading to pretty close at cruise rpm, ~3000 rpm. Have them in both 164.

I just go to the hardware store and buy a generic HEPA furnace filter, remove the frame, cut it to size and install that. Works fine, and saves money from the OEM.

The stock radio stays on even with the ignition turned off until you remove the key. One thing I discovered is that if the car isn't going to be driven for a while, several weeks, the way to keep the battery charged is to remove just the radio fuse (no stations lost). Simple and works as that is the only normal ignition off drain in these cars.

Out of curiosity, what oil was your uncle using in the car? Not going to recommend one, as that is your choice from many, with or without high levels of zddp additives. Lots of opinions about that subject. Just don't exceed the zddp level of ~1200-1400 ppm, as higher than that range is said by researchers to be somewhat corrosive, etc. Maybe read this: 540ratblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/motor-oil-wear-test-ranking/

I might also suggest you use the hand brake every time you park the car, even on the level. Continual use will help keeping it from freezing up due to inactivity. I've used it every time in every Alfa since when I bought the cars and have never had a problem with it either wearing or freezing. My opinion of course, lol. The parking brake in my 190k miles 91S is original and works just fine yet.

Basically speaking in general, inactivity can degrade/ruin these cars.
 

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Yeah thats the plan with the Bosch I ordered, I have resistors at home I should have the right one for it. I read the post here talking about needing to replace the OEM one often. Forget that, close enough is fine on the dash.

I got the cabin filter for like $8 and I had to order a bunch of other stuff for my other cars so was no big deal.

Thats how the ignition operates in most GM cars made after 1992. You'd figure key out it wouldn't be a problem. Anyway somewhere along the line the radio in mine stopped working and clearly my uncle didn't care (despite putting an aftermarket Sony radio in anyway?) . Will need to hunt this one down, hope the harness isn't cut. Haven't decided what I will do there, but nothing more than a new head unit and some speakers. Not putting amplifiers or anything like that in here.

I'm not sure what oil he was using, I will check with the Alfa shop he used when I get the service records they have. I was going to see what they use or maybe use Mobil 1, which the 5w-30 is about 900ppm. I buy that stuff by the case as the truck and Camaro take it. Race car uses Redline straight 50.

And yeah I always use the hand brake, I actually broke it in my Camaro last year, that was a fun job to fix.
 

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Remember that the 164 radio wiring is straight Chrysler, with basically just two multiwire plugs to deal with. Plenty of adapter connector kits out there for the Chrysler wiring. Also realize that the stock radio has pretty good specs, better than you can probably hear. the speakers make the difference, not the radio.
 

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Remember that the 164 radio wiring is straight Chrysler, with basically just two multiwire plugs to deal with. Plenty of adapter connector kits out there for the Chrysler wiring. Also realize that the stock radio has pretty good specs, better than you can probably hear. the speakers make the difference, not the radio.
In a former life I was a car stereo and alarm installer for about 4 years or so. You're right about factory radios, even on old cars they can be far better than sticking a low end aftermarket radio in there. In terms of new cars the Harman/Kardon system in mine and my wifes Benzes are excellent, the Boston Acoustics system in my Camaro was great too, until the rear speakers blew for no reason (I don't even play it loud! those days are over).

However my uncle seems to have put in some sort of Sony Xplod radio thats got to be at least 10-15 years old and doesn't power up. It has a proper dash kit, so my hope is on the install someone used the proper harness plugs as well. Funny enough I actually have a Chrysler harness kit already sitting in the basement that would have worked on this car. I guess we will find out. The radio is junk either way (my old store used to sell them - awful) so once I get it working I will replace it with an Alpine or Clarion or something, and some new speakers as well.

My main problem now is I found out my dad got rid of our large collection of capacitors, resistors, etc. So now, with no radio shack in existence, I need to source a 22ohm 1/2w resistor for the oil pressure sender.

Oh and one of thing that is somehow long gone. The stupid little nuts that hold the license plate on!
 

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When you get the resistor attach a long orange streamer to it. I bought a 12 pack of them on Amazon figuring I'd get around to installing one at some point. Fast forward a year or two and I have absolutely no idea where I put them, I just know that I have a dozen of them somewhere.
 

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When you get the resistor attach a long orange streamer to it. I bought a 12 pack of them on Amazon figuring I'd get around to installing one at some point. Fast forward a year or two and I have absolutely no idea where I put them, I just know that I have a dozen of them somewhere.
Ha I know that feeling, I've been tearing up the house looking for a box of CR2032 batteries I bought for our home alarm sensors. I replaced a bunch and then put the box in a "very safe place" because the batteries crap out every year. No idea where that place is.
 

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The Alfa 164 radios were the same as the radios Chrysler (Mopar) used from 1989 to the mid 1990's on Chrysler New Yorkers, Dodge Dynasties, and their Minivans, and even on Jeep Grand Cherokees. If you make a visit and search around your local Pick-N-Pull or other self serve wrecking yard, you can even score a Chrysler radio that plays both cassette tapes and CDs. Some of the Chrysler radios from that era even came with a built in graphic equalizer. In order to fit the Chrysler radios into the Alfa console, you have to trim a little off the right side edge of the Chrysler radios, since their faceplates were a bit wider. All the Chrysler radios were Japanese made and have pretty good quality. The weak links in the Alfa 164 sound systems are the poor speakers in the doors and rear deck area. The cardboard/fabric in the speakers has perished by now, so you easily can upgrade your sound system immensely with all new speakers.
 

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The Alfa 164 radios were the same as the radios Chrysler (Mopar) used from 1989 to the mid 1990's on Chrysler New Yorkers, Dodge Dynasties, and their Minivans, and even on Jeep Grand Cherokees. If you make a visit and search around your local Pick-N-Pull or other self serve wrecking yard, you can even score a Chrysler radio that plays both cassette tapes and CDs. Some of the Chrysler radios from that era even came with a built in graphic equalizer. In order to fit the Chrysler radios into the Alfa console, you have to trim a little off the right side edge of the Chrysler radios, since their faceplates were a bit wider. All the Chrysler radios were Japanese made and have pretty good quality. The weak links in the Alfa 164 sound systems are the poor speakers in the doors and rear deck area. The cardboard/fabric in the speakers has perished by now, so you easily can upgrade your sound system immensely with all new speakers.
Thanks, I will likely stick with an aftermarket radio so I can have Bluetooth hands free on it, as well as Satellite radio. I'd like to take the family on road trips in the car once its up and running, and i hate regular radio, and the kid stations work well to calm the girls down. Nice to have it all in one unit instead of an external speaker and external satellite receiver. Of course new speakers too (I'm taking apart the interior anyway, may as well).

IIRC I know Alpine made some of those 1.5 DIN OEM radios. Eclipse was the OEM later on I don't remember the year but they may have made the Alfa radio. Delphi made the ones for GM.

My older daughter (who is only 2 right now) is obsessed with cars, so this will be a fun car to take her to european car shows and the like. The younger one is only 3 months so who knows what she likes, lol.
 
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