Shiny Bits

I just received a few parts that I had been seeking for a while. These parts are NOS (new old stock) which in itself is pretty amazing considering they have been sitting on a shelf somewhere for 45 years. The side indicator spears and front indictors are Carello. These spears were unique to the early Supers, Ti and Ti Super. Altissimo also made indicators for the Giulia Sedans. From the factory, headlights were either Carello, Siem, or...

Time to get serious

Well the car arrived at the body shop yesterday. A bit scary as I know there is dodginess under the paint, its just a question of how much…   The aim is as much metal as possible while reducing its body filler content percentage! I guess I may just have to find a balance. This is a daily driver and its previous life has ensured it will never be a trailer queen without mortgaging the...

Doors, Boot and Bonnet Stripped...

I figure if I am going to the effort of repainting my car I should do it right, so back to bare metal it goes. This car is many shades of white, with a blue roof and silver rockers to boot. The engine bay is pretty much grease and  primer down one side where the brake fluid and battery acid have done wonders.  I researched a few different methods to remove the paint and have gone with soda-blasting for the doors, boot and bonnet. This is because soda-blasting does not generate heat and warp the panels. I am pretty happy with the results. The body shop then got their sanders to finish them off before they primed them. All rust will be cut out and replaced with metal. No...

Bad clutch means bare-metal respray and full engine rebuild!...

My clutch has progressively been getting worse. To the point where it is very difficult to drive without crunching gears so it was time to replace it. The easiest way it to remove the entire engine and gearbox as it is difficult to just drop the gearbox out. Since Iwas taking the engine out I thought it would be a bright idea to rebuild a few other bits. Next thing I know I have committed to a rather large restoration project! It is a bit daunting, and I am scared what I will find under the paint on the sills and front right guard. It has had a hit on the front right at one stage, and was badly repaired so I will replace the front corner. I have a reproduction lower valance and may need to replace the upper radiator support too. Pulling the engine was actually pretty easy once I found all the nuts under 40 years of crap. Gotta be on of the filthiest engines Ive seen! One thing that nearly got me was that the chain I had on the hoist hook was a touch too long and I nearly didnt clear the front radiator support because I hit the limit of the hoist! It is definitely a good tip to have the rear of the car up high. This is the original engine and at one point I did consider putting a 2L in but I am going to aim for original for this car now. It does have a 1750 head on it though but I will be putting a 1600 back on it. My father in law is a retired mechanic who is doing the bottom end rebuild for me. It was nice giving him a box...

Daily Driver

The Super (Giuseppe) is my daily driver to get to and from work. It performs remarkably well in modern traffic conditions for a 44 year old car. Many people comment to me on how ‘zippy’ it is. I explain to them how advanced the italians were as it has a lightweight alloy engine, twin webers, twin overhead cams, four wheel disc brakes and a five speed gearbox! Then I ask them to remember what a 1960’s Ford or Holden drove like and they get my point… My first maintenance was to replace the front windscreen wich was badly scratched, and  the windscreen and rear window rubbers as they were shot and leaking. You could push the windscreen in and out! Made it easy to remove. The PO also had painted the roof with a sky blue colour because he felt it made the car look ‘more european’, not to my taste. There were also some stress fractures in the A pillars. I thought I would address all these issues at once, so out came the glass, the roof was stripped to bare metal and repair welding was...

Buying my Giulia Super...

Well, I spotted a Super on ebay about 50km away from where I live that was listed for $500 starting price. My heart started beating faster as I tried to think of a way to mention it in passing to my wife, who was busy lugging around my 6 month old son… She agreed to come down and check it out with me, and at first sight I was taken and my wife really liked the look of it too! She really does have great taste as they are often considered an acquired taste even among Alfisti. I struck a deal with the seller and bang it was ours!  It has had a hard live after spending 25+ years in Nimbin. Aussies will know that town is pretty infamous for a particular type of grass… Anyway I went and visited the PO down there a couple of months ago and he told me he used it as a ‘work ute’ to carry building supplies up the side of the mountain he now lives on! He also swapped parts onto it from any giulia models he could get his hands on. It was a bitza but its our...

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