Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
Shell is at VCM, who appear to have 3 guys assigned to it. As I told them, this is a good idea, as it means I'll be cutting them a series of astonishing checks before my future ex-wife can lay claim to the funds.
They've had the shell sand-blasted, removing all of the rust that the previous soda-blast didn't touch. No surprises from the sand-blast, just making it all a bit cleaner so they can weld stuff back in place. The soda-blast did a great job of removing the paint without damaging the underlying steel, so it's worth taking this approach - just expensive. Just trading money for time.
Erik's floor boards are fitting up OK. He supplied four floor boards as though we were going to remove the upper cross piece and replace the original boards entirely. As the cross-brace structure is fine, and I don't want to risk letting the body distort, we've cut the boards into two pieces and are welding them onto the flanges left behind by the original boards. Minor issues with making sure the stiffening ribs don't interfere, but everything is solvable.
I dropped off a pile of chrome at ABC Plating in Sparks, NV today. I'm still missing a few pieces, but I also left him 2 rear bumpers and 2 1/2 front bumper sets. One of the front bumper sets is European, which don't have the over-riders and are made from noticeably thinner steel. I hope to use those if they clean up, and to have one of the rear bumpers converted to non-over-rider. It's a cleaner look, and I'll have a chromed-up set of USA bumpers if some FO has purity issues. Skip, the owner, quoted $3,300 for the whole stack, including restoration and chroming. Based upon the work I saw there, I'm expecting good things. Small shop with the owner actually working on things! I'll end up with some extra bits that I hope I don't need, but I learned years ago it's better to have extras than have to make a special run for a single item.
I still need one lower long chrome strip below the doors, and one air-inlet surround. Maybe someone would like to trade for freshly restored and chromed fog/turn lights or similar?
Venolia says new pistons will ship today or tomorrow, but that's news for my other thread.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...