January to April 2016

3 modern classics

2016 has so far been a very busy year at Alfashop. As Norfolk’s longest established Alfa Romeo and Fiat Independent Specialist we have been kept busy, both with planned repair work and the odd unexpected break down. The year started off with an influx of Alfa GTV’s at one point we counter 7 here on one day!
The 3.0 V6 is now becoming quite collectable, with very few registered in the UK. We are finding that our customers both through the workshop and via mail order are wanting high quality repairs as well as top quality parts. This is something that we at Alfashop can meet.
Lets not forget Twin Spark models, as the V6 rises in collect ability and value, the Twin Spark will follow suit.
The 916 range, both GTV and Spider are classic cars in the making.

We have carried out major engine over haul on both a Twin Spark GTV and a Spider so far this year. We had to carry out a repair on the GTV that had blown its head gasket in a major way. One of the small rubber oil cooler hoses had split, causing a loss of water.

The Spider engine work was a planned job. The car had been using a great deal of oil. This engine work involved a set of piston rings, big end shells and valve stem oil seals.

We are still working on the 1969 GT Veloce. This car will very soon be making its way to the body restorers.
At the point in writing this blog we are working on a 1983 Alfa Sud Sprint Green Cloverleaf. This has brought back fond memories for many of our customers, whose love affair with Alfa started with these cars.

A new procedure we have used in 2016 is headlamp refurbishments. Cars with plastic headlamp lenses suffer as the lens becomes cloudy and can affect the headlamp performance, this  can cause a car to fail an MOT.
Our refurbishment polishes the lens making them look almost like new and improve the headlamp performance at night. All at a fraction of the cost of headlamp replacements.

Headlight lens cleaning beforeHeadlight lens cleaning after

Remember we work on all Alfa Romeo cars, Alfa Sud. Sprint, 105 series, 33, 75, 145, 146, 147, 155, 90, 156, 164, 166, GT, GTV, Spider, 159, Brera, MiTo, Giulietta and GTA.

We also specialise in Fiat, 500, Punto, Bravo, Panda, Coupe and Barchetta.

Abarth is another model that we also cover.

On the parts side we have had some new products come into range.

MiTo tailgate wiring harnesses, these compliment the Fiat 500, Punto and Alfa Romeo Giulietta harnesses we have been selling for the last year or so.

We have also sourced and put into stock Alfa Romeo Busso V6 bottom crank pulleys. These are becoming very hard to obtain.

Also new to range is SKF cam belt kits and cambelt and water pump kits. We are running these beside the Dayco cam belt kits we have sold for many years.

We are also in the process of having Alfa Romeo GTA style clutch flywheels manufactured. These have not been supplied by Alfa Romeo for the last year. We use these flywheels for our solid flywheel conversion on GTV and Spider 3.0 V6 cars that we introduced many years ago.

Service items are constantly been brought upto date. The latest Giulietta diesel’s (Euro 5) have a different fuel filter. The Giulietta 1750TBI 2013 onwards used a different oil filter. Both of which we stock.
We also stock the Multi Air units for the Alfa Romeo MiTo, Giulietta, Fiat 500 and Abarth models. The Multi Air Units are common failures on these vehicles. The warning signs are the vehicle miss firing, lack of performance and with some vehicles alarming ‘engine’ noise. The parts needed are the Multi Air unit, gasket, rocker cover gasket, spark plug seals and a multi air filter. We would also suggest an oil and filter change at the same time.

Please do not forget about Alfashop when it comes to wiper blades. We offer wiper blades for all the Alfa Romeo and Fiat range at very competitive prices. The most important bit of information I can add here is that ours fit!

We have just received another batch of air intake pipes for the Alfa Romeo GTV / Spider V6 range and also the inlet manifold rubbers for V6 3.0 and 3.2 engine cars.

We have also just put into stock Alfa Romeo 147, 156  and GT rear top suspension strut mounts.

Top rear strut mounts

Please remember that our part sales are offerd with FREE OF CHARGE CARRIAGE to our retail customers (Mainland UK).

On Sunday April the 17th 2016 4 of the Alfashop team attended the AROC Spring Alfa Day at the Beaulieu Motor Museum some 235 miles from Norwich. The event was very well attended with a reported 900 tickets sold in advance. The weather in the week leading upto the event was very poor indeed. We drove down on the Saturday through wind and rain. Getting up on the Sunday morning we were greeted with a heavy frost and blue skies. We met many customers and friends both old and new. There were many stunning Alfa’s on display and the Museum was well worth a visit.

Alfashop Stand Beaulieu

Alfashop Stand Beaulieu

We are hoping to attend more outside events this year. If you see us at any of these shows please pop over and say hello. We normally have our ‘Alfashop Gazebo’.

NEW TO RANGE PRODUCTS AT ALFASHOP

In January 2015 we were appointed the Supersprint distributor for Alfa Romeo and Fiat in the UK. Supersprint is a premier manufacture of performance exhausts.

http://www.supersprint.com/ww-en/home-europa.aspx

We have just managed to put back into stock here at Alfashop GTV 3.0 V6 air intake pipes, 3.0 and 3.2 V6 intake manifold rubbers and  GTV TS air intake pipes.

These have been on short supply for a number of months and are now unavailable from Alfa Romeo.

We have also recently received wiring harness repair kits for the Giulietta and Fiat 500. If you have either of these vehicles and your boot lock, rear wiper, heated rear screen or rear lights fail this could well be the culprit.

Also new to range for Alfashop are Powerflex performance exhaust mounts for the Alfa 147 and 156.

We are constantly looking for new quality products to complement our range.supersprint_section_02 V6 INLET MAINIFOLD RUBBERS supersprint repair harness GTV V6 AIR INTAKE GTV TS AIR INTAKE

 

 

What to expect from Alfashop

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cambelt change

Why choose Alfashop for your Alfa Romeo and Fiat servicing and repairs in Norwich,Norfolk? We have a fully equipped workshop and can offer servicing second to none.  All cars will have a fresh seat cover and floor mat fitted. We strive to be the best at what we do. We will listen to your concerns about your Alfa Romeo or Fiat, carry out a road test if needed and then inspect the car. We will then contact you to explain what we have found and discuss the repair and pricing before carrying out any work. Vehicles will then be road tested and then quality checked. We can carry out work even if your car is still under the manufactures warranty. We carry out servicing, repairs including brakes, clutches, suspension, air conditioning, diagnostics, batteries, exhausts, we can take care of MOT’s and wheel alignments. We can carry out pre purchase inspections with a written report. Our comprehensively stocked parts department means we can carry out most jobs the same day. We also have our own covered recovery vehicle for collections of vehicles (by appointment). Established in 1982 means we can cater for cars from the 105 series all the way through to MiTo and Giulietta including Diesels, Petrol, including the new Multiair and Twinair. The Alfashop Team are all passionate about Alfa Romeo and Fiats and between us have owned most models from the mid 60′s onwards. We are also very lucky that the Alfashop Team have worked together for many years. Our senior mechanic Paul has worked at Alfashop since 1986. We can carry out work even if your car is still under the manufactures warranty. We have customers that bring their Alfa Romeo or Fiat to us from all over the Country and one or two come over from Europe. So if you require any work carried out on your Alfa Romeo or Fiat or fancy popping in so we can discuss your requirements over a coffee please feel free to do so, you will always find a warm welcome. You can also telephone Alfashop on 01603 426277 or use our contact form on this website.