Tidy buckets

I’ve been tidying up the headlights over the last couple of evenings. I’m glad I had a few spares as there were bent buckets, cross-threaded screws, missing seals etc so I had my trusty parts manual to show me what bits I should have. Always bear in mind my car is to be a daily driver to work and not a show queen so if my black paint is not the right ‘sheen’ for originality I’m not too concerned. It’ll be a helluva lot better that it was. It is nice have some early Carellos with the cursive script. Hard to find for a RHD but they are out there as others seem to be finding stashes quite recently...

Sills are done!

The sills are now repaired and in place which is quite a milestone. Its nice to know they are painted and sealed better than when they left the factory so that should give a few more years of life to the car. The dogleg panels in front of the rear wheels and the lower part of the front guard behind the front wheels have also been replaced. In the end we had to replace all of the lower panels except the back panel which was nearly perfect surprisingly. From what I have seen and been told it looks like the door gaps will be quite good which is pleasing. Next time I visit should be to check to fit of the front grille, and getting all the holes drilled that are needed for lights, grille, rocker SS spears etc. Bodywork has to be on the home straight...

Last of the Metalwork?? Hopefully…...

I found a new least-favourite job to do with restoring the body of my car. Drilling out the outer sill spotwelds. Make sure you have sharp spotweld bit, nothing worse than fighting away with a blunt one! I was a bit scared as to what lurked beneath given the dodgy metal repair to the rocker that the PO had done. Pretty sure he wasnt a trade qualified welder… The good news is the middle sills are actually quite good. A bit of repair required at the front but nothing too nasty. We will have to replace the dogleg panels at the front of the rear wheels and the bottom of the front guards behind the front wheels. Thanks Alfa Romeo for only painting the outside to look pretty and not the rearside of the panels! Its nice to see the sills nearly done on one side. The repro outer sills are nice but not perfect. Where they fold near the bottom edge of the door doesnt have a consistent radius to it so it will be hard to get a perfect looking bottom door gap. It might be better once the SS sill trim is on. The boys at Impact Panelworks are doing a great job and I think the final result will be worth it. I’m looking forward to seeing the doors all hung. Turns out the doors, boot and bonnet were by far the best bits of the car with the least dodgy repairs. Ah...

Paint Stripping Update 2...

Well a small update on how I am progressing. I am doing the odd trip to the shop just to strip some of the fiddley areas of the car. I am now confident the engine bay is pretty much done, I cant wait to put a rebuild engine into a clean bay, just have a look at the earlier posts to see what a difference it will be! . . Found this stamped in the groove at the top edge of the boot/trunk space. 10528 is the Tipo number for a RHD Giulia Super. . . . . . . I also figured I might as well do the tray under with windscreen cowl even if it isnt seen, nice to know it is clean. . . . . . . . . . . Last but not least, I am pleased to announce my NOS battery tray has finally arrived from Germany after a 3 month wait. Apparently Aussie Customs is making packages from Germany go by sea since November. That at an $9 surcharge on items over 450grams being sent to the US are my current postal gripes! These metal trays that are found on the early 105 series coupes and sedans are not reproduced by the usual suspects,...

Paint Stripping Update...

Well its still slowly, slowly over here on the Super. It is progressing but I’m having a bit of trouble finding time to get over to the shop to finish the stripping. Still cheaper for me to do it this way so I shouldnt complain! I’m also still waiting of some metal from Europe – lower right repair panel and a NOS battery tray. Its the early one with the metal side guard that they dont reproduce, yet. The rear panel looks pretty good. A bit of damage around the bumper mounting holes and a touch of rust to repair but the lower edge is perfect which is nice to find. I also had a win finally getting the last of the hinges and door latches off the B-pillars. Hopefully next visit will be just getting some of the last fiddly bits stripped and then its all in the hands of the pros! Sorry for the phone photo quality but in the last pic you can see my car staring at a beauty that just arrived for some minor repairs....

What Lurks Beneath

I spent another couple of hours stripping panels yesterday. The good news is the rear right quarter is looking great. There was a layer of bog down the bottom but it was just covering dents and creases with no penetrating holes. The panelbeater was able to pull/beat it back to the correct shape so now it is straight with a very minimal film of filler to get it perfect. The bad news is the right rear quarter has some nasty rust/repairs at the bottom. The bog was thick here, I’ll have to post a pic of the brick of bog that I removed. There is no saving this bit of metal so I have ordered a patch panel from Highwood Alfa. It’s great that these patches are now available for the sedan and not just the coupe and a good price. Adrian has also filled in my aerial hole and cut the rust out of the A...

Nose Job

The front end is coming along nicely. The engine bay has been stripped to bare metal and primed, the front left corner repaired, and the lower valance replaced with a replacement panel from Germany. Most repair panels seem to originate there. Check out the old lower panel! I remember when I first bought the car and was cleaning it up a bit, I found a butter knife caked in dried body filler behind it! Things are progressing well, I am moving around to the back for a while and hopefully not too many nasty surprised under the...

At the Body Shop Part 2...

I did a few stints at the body shop in the last week or so.   I am doing the dumb grunt work of stripping the paint. They are cleaning it up after I do a section and giving it a coat of epoxy primer. I’ll be happy when I see the end of the engine bay though! They were able to save my front right guard as well. They got the metal back into the correct shape, and gave it a quick prime which is where it is at in the photo. More work on the guard still to come. It does make it easy to get into the hard corners of the engine bay with the front panel missing. Once the engine bay is primed. Impact Panelworks will attached my replacement front lower panel and check measurements. The car may require a bit of a stretch on the shop’s new rack to make it straight...

At the Body Shop Part 1...

The door openings on the body have been stripped and so far the news is good with minimal tinworm. They have the front panel off at the moment and the front crossmember although it is filthy in the photo is in great condition. I was a bit worried due to their tendancy to rust but I think all the grease and grime kept it protected from water! I will snap a pic of the old lower panel later so you can see what a real bodgy bog job looks...