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Gordon, that´s a beauty!
The Giuliettas are still among the most beautiful cars ever, and highly motivating to do body work on. The Spiders are extremely elegant and the transition from the c-pillars over the boot (inside the rear fins) on the Sprints makes me happy every time I look at it.

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Now, what is my bid for an original piece of nose art; shall we open the bidding at...$$$$$$$!

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I bought mine years ago from Keith Goring, at Alfa's Unlimited. I think I paid around $2500 for it over time. As a factory piece, it has been copied a few times in whole and in part, by the talented panel beaters at McCabe Automotive Restorations in Mundelein Illinois, for other damaged Spiders. They had tried current reproductions and decided the effort required to make those fit correctly was offset by copying my real one that does fit.
I bought it for my own car just-in-case something horrid ever happens. Meanwhile it IS nice wall art and has helped others that need restoration.


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welding together the fender parts

It is important to have the same gaps all along the edges that should be welded or else the efforts to get perfect shape through stretching or shrinking is disturbed by bumps or flats resulting from local excess material or locally too large gaps. Therefore, the trimming of edges and trial fitting is very important. The station buck is great here since it holds the different parts in place while marking the edges for cutting/filing but also when welding them together. The first figure shows how the outer and upper fender parts have been tacked together for final welding, but lifted from the station buck to avoid setting it to fire. The other figures show final welded fender and after hammering flat and grinding the welds. I used a MIG-welder throughout but a TIG would give less need for grinding welds.
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Is this not simply fantastic?!

Don should book tours through his shop!

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Yes it is. Also that it was made from a relatively few sections, preventing deformation over time. NICE hammer welds! I know a very few individuals that can do this nice work!


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I know a great many Alfisti are very knowledgeable regarding repairing, restoring and maintaining their cars. But this seems to be an other-worldly level of skill.

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Is this not simply fantastic?!

Don should book tours through his shop!
Coffee´s ready! You are all welcome to visit if you like. I know a story or two about fishing too.

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I know a great many Alfisti are very knowledgeable regarding repairing, restoring and maintaining their cars. But this seems to be an other-worldly level of skill.
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Thank you, but to be honest quite many can do this with some patience/stubbornness and the real craftsmen do it better and faster than me. I hope though I inspire others to trust their own abilities and I also hope am not too other-worldly since that might scare my wife (aghhhh, you have two of those?!?).

I have attached a picture on an apprentice work from a Danish craftsman (sorry, forgot his name). The six-way junction is made from a single piece of copper sheet. Pretty amazing! The item is on display at Diesel House in Copenhagen - an excellent engine museum where you, for instance, can see what used to be the worlds largest engine for 30 odd years being started. After the museum I can recommend the Stroget street and "en lille en". Copenhagen and the Danish are indeed very nice.

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Makes it sound so easy but we know that a lo of time was required, even just to make the wooden buck. Most skillful and impressive!!!

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