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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:22:01 AM »
I wouldn't leave it unsecured as it's just as likely to sieze closed, best to wire it open just in case.  Get back under it when you have the time and check - I freed mine up and within a couple of days it had seized again.

Did it seize closed again with the spring removed?  I had assumed the exhaust gas pressure would keep it blown open.  Mine is still open at the moment, but obviously I don't know if any pressure effects cause it to close at all during normal driving.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:05:52 PM »
Finally got around to driving the 124 today with the exhaust spring removed, no wire or anything else in place.
Tbh, I'm not really aware of any difference (and my wife didn't notice).  I'm assuming the exhaust gases are simply keeping the flap pinned open all the time, which must be better than it seizing and remaining closed.  I don't believe it's moving around - there were certainly no noises or rattles to indicate that, but I wouldn't expect to hear them anyway.  It's certainly not obtrusive on start up:  well, no more than usual anyway...

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »
A bit OT, but here's the loudest car in the garage:

Abarth 124 / Re: Colour match touch up paint.
« on: April 21, 2018, 11:02:03 PM »
I got a touch up kit from Paints4u, not expensive.  My Costa Brava Red actually cross-matched with an Alfa colour, but it matches fine for small chips.  Comes with a bottle of clear as well.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 20, 2018, 11:39:36 PM »
It's still sitting in the garage - I've been changing the Cobra's front discs and water pump and doing discs and pads on the M135i so haven't got around to running the Abarth yet.  On idle, it's the third loudest car in the garage, so shouldn't be getting any tickets any time soon.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 Matte Bonnet Issues
« on: April 18, 2018, 11:33:39 PM »
My red car has the vinyl wrap bonnet.  There is a thin strip of what looks like gloss black tape covering the join between the matt vinyl and the gloss red.  It's not lifting anywhere so far - had the car 16 months, but it lives in a garage and hasn't spent too much time outdoors.  We did have it treated on delivery but I can't remember what with.  Is it actually lifting or just a white deposit?  If it's a deposit, maybe a bit of diluted isopropyl alcohol would clean it off.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 17, 2018, 11:04:28 PM »
It's not difficult!  Lie under car, reach forwards with pointed pliers and twist spring around till it pops off at the flap arm end, then unhook from exhaust bracket.  The flap sits pushed forwards OK (i.e. open), and as the exhaust gases will try to push it open I don't see why it should close again.  Haven't started it up yet so I don't know if it will be noticeably noisier.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 16, 2018, 05:00:44 PM »
Just been under to have a look at mine - it has a hefty dose of graphite grease on it already, I wonder if this is from the first service last December?
It turns but is very stiff.  I have given it a soak with Plus Gas.  It's worth noting that  WD40 is NOT a penetrating oil or release agent, it's just a water deterrent spray (hence the 'WD').  That has freed it off a fair bit, but I have also removed the spring and just left it open.  The exhaust thrust will help hold it open so I see no reason why it would close again.  This way, when it goes for service I can act innocent and say it must have fallen off.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 15, 2018, 11:30:24 PM »
Presumably it's just a 'style' thing then, affecting only the sound of the exhaust.  Is it not there to modify back pressure under low throttle opening conditions?  If not, 'wired open' it will be...  I'll have a closer look at it in the week.  As there's a spring holding it closed, removing the spring may be a good starting point.  For warranty/service time, you could always claim it must have fallen off.
I doubt enclosing it would make a lot of difference.  Metal that gets very hot corrodes easily, and both 304 and 316 stainless steel still rust, just a little less readily.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:02:43 AM »
Thanks, that's very clear.  The end of the shaft (with the arrow pointing to it) is oriented downwards in the 124 so should be easy to get to.  I might try some Ceratec ceramic brake grease on it first, but will probably wire it open as suggested.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:54:06 PM »
I've had a quick look at this - what does it actually do, and how does it work?  I can't see any cables or power going to it.  What moves on it - there seems to be a domed 'button' facing downwards, is this what should turn?
Surely any problems with this so soon should be covered by warranty?

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:16:58 PM »
Thanks, I'll give it a go.  If I can get some anti-seize on there it might help.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:04:12 AM »
Anybody got a photo of this valve, or can describe where it is?  Sounds like a spray of something or other now before it sticks wouldn't be a bad idea.

Abarth 124 / Re: New Abarth Spider 124 GT
« on: March 26, 2018, 08:50:41 AM »
So, assuming we ever get a summer. You are out on a cheeky drive along the coast road and the sun comes out. Where do you put the carbon top?

My point exactly.
Around 15 years ago I was on a classic car tour in Europe in a Healey 3000 I had just finished restoring.  It was a Sebring replica, with a very rare fibreglass hardtop.  We were blasting up the Gotthard Pass on a glorious, beautiful sunny day in fabulous surroundings.  I came very, very close to unbolting the top and chucking it in a field.
Good job I didn't, though - two days later it was bucketing down in Italy...

Abarth 124 / Re: New Abarth Spider 124 GT
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:10:03 PM »
How does that differ significantly from simply putting the hood up?

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