i'm looking at buying an 86 sprint. This will be my first alfa so fingers crossed. The owner says it has some electrical issues mainly the instruments not working properly. Does anyone know if this is major issue? is it able to be fixed relatively cheaply?
golfkiller, i aim to be like you. nothing would be more rewarding than to turn this thing into something killer. seeing as thought its summer and ive got nothing to do but earn money and learn how to fix it, im more than keen to get my hands dirty... now, anyone have a handbook on repairing sprint electrics?
I have found the sprint electrics to be not to bad to repair, mostly poor terminations, bad earths etc. As to a manual there are usually several Haynes manuals on eBay as any given time. The only problem is working out which of the 4 or 5 different diagrams in the book apply to your car! Also where in the world are you based?
thanks for that mo99, a little bit more peace of mind. I'm based in melbourne Australia, i guess the alfa club of victoria will be able to help me out as well... as long as i join...
so you'd recommend the haynes manuals? are they relatively easy for a complete novice like myself? im using this car as a stepping stone, a) coz i like it and b) coz i i want to know what im doing when i eventually get my giulia sprint.
I was a complete novice when it came to Sprint Electrics. As others have mentioned, its really a matter of cleaning up a lot of earth contacts and checking plugs and switches. Its not hard and sprints have a very simple instrument cluster removal process, fuses are really easy to clean and check. Poor earths are 90% of the problem. Clean them up and you will be laughing!
There is another change that the instrument panel might be borken or cracked at the rear because of wrong removal of the dashboard. i have seen it in couple of cases where the electritian or the owner just didnt know how to removw the panel and cracked the electrical wire panel at the back of the instrment . The had to make some wldings with wires to restore lines but the performance was pooor.
thanks heaps for the responses guys, and yes photos will definitely be up as soon as i get it... cannot wait. i don't think i've been this excited since i knew (and believed) of santa claus' existence and was getting my first bike on christmas day!
hehe thanks for all the help guys... unfortunately, i lost the auction. im so devastated. i was dead set on buying it, just waiting for the auction to hopefully have no bids so i could call him today and offer him a price.
should've just offered him something...
also, for you aussies out there, (particularly vics) if u buy an alfa unregistered and unroadworthy, to get it registered again, does just a roadworthy from a mechanic suffice? or does it have to go to the TAC or something for a FULL scrutineering?