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Take heart! This is typical of these cars, now made at least 45 years ago. Regardless of climate, boxed sections had no oxidation protection. Remember, the structural design is an early unit body. Condensation will take it's toll. Fortunately,with todays body shop equipment, structural members and panels can be fabricated without too much difficulty. I have posted pictures of the dreaded trunk floor area unrepaired, and restored on an earlier post. The structural repair, particularly the inner sills, is critical to a sound restoration. Again, remember when these cars were built, the planned life of the vehicle was 3 to 5 years, NOT half a century!
Many panels can be bought, both here in the US and there in the UK, but many top specialists that do this type of work, prefer to fabricate their own, both for easy fit, and often increasing the gauge of the panel stock.


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Coraggio Alan

even in a very rusted car some crucial structural parts could be in good condition.
When I removed the rockers and saw the condition of the external metal sheet I thought of having to replace everything.



So I made the mistake of not removing also the outer stiffener (19) when I took the shell to blast. Afther sandblasting, when I removed them I found that the outer sill (20) was almost intact, whit still hes old black paint here and there and juts a bit of superficial rust (yep Raymond, it seems they used some kind of oxidation protection). Unfortunately, during sandblasting the stiffener did a shield to the sand and so now I'm cleaning the sill by hand Anyway the part is saved. be sure It's just a drop in the sea, but a crucial drop since the outer sill is directly welded to the firewall pilar

I made a video documenting the tedious work (soon...)

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As promised here is the videoclip documenting the work of rust removal (by hand ) from the outer sills:

> Risanamento ossatura sottoporta (Sills rust removal)

Then the above picture needs to be updated: part n 20 is now OK

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Restoration is moving forward. We won the war against rust, as you can see in this videoclip and related pics. They documents the work after sandblasting: panels were cleaned by hand in order to eliminate any residual outbreak of rust so that they look like a mirror



> Clip #4: Lamierati a specchio

Metal work can finally begin

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Well, after a long stop due to workshop renovation we went back to work.

We began by repairing the engine bulkhead. Here is the videoclip:

> Blog Post > Fiato alle Trombe



I also built from scratch the right side Vent Box



and I 'm actually working on the left side one

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Hi Alejandro
It will be a shame to hide the vent box inside the bodywork - it looks like a work of art!
My car is almost ready for the road.
Everything is complete apart from the interior trim and the hood - she has been with a specialist for nearly 3 weeks having this work done.
Una giornata in futuro, speriamo che guidaremo la bella macchina a l'Italia!
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Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing and taking the time to make the video.


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Alan you say the right thing. Precisely for this reason I have built another one and sent it to the MOMA. It will be exhibited alongside the Cisitalia

Thanks Gordon. I promise that tomorrow will sweat another 2 gallons to finish the left vent box video

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Again, Bravo Alejandro! I applaud the artistry of your work.
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...and here is the 'How I made' video:

> Vent Boxes from Scratch



A crucial issue here is the angle between the two pieces.



If the angle is incorrect you may have problems with the duct.
Fortunately, a rusty but structurally intact model put me away from this error



There are however other types of errors in the left vent box, which I will try to repair

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Bravo!!

nice work Alejandro...PM sent.

I will be at Padova again this year... will you attend?
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Hi HUD

Just replied to your message

Yes sure, I will again this year in Padova.
Will be nice to see you there

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[UPDATE]
My project is at a turning point.
Having started doing things myself I have now decided to entrust the sheet metal work to a professional with extensive experience, in a word one of the best you can find here. Same for the engine rebuild, carbs etc.

Last week I rented a truck and brought myself the car to his workshop in Nord Italy. Here is a videoclip: look at his portfolio, at his equipment and tell me if that does not look like a hospital rather than a workshop

Blog post: La tana del Mago [The magician's Lair]


Now, the good: it will be faster and the car will be restored to the highest standards.
The bad: I ll spend many, many more money than expected, and I will not be able to take part directly in the work (and this saddens me a bit)

Yet I think it will be worth.

ps. Notice the Giulietta shown in the video is not mine but my friend's. At the video shooting time mine was yet to come and queued.

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Alejandro,

Nice seen videos of your car restoration, video takes the progress and the process to a whole new meaning. Been able to watch such video work and work space is very inspiring, and I am sure it will help to take the metal work process to a new level of understanding. Love the shop, videos and the progress by way of video presentation. "BTW" it is your fault that I spent $1,000 in a new camera with video capabilities.

I look forward to the opportunity of increasing restoration work using video presentation. Thank you for sharing....

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Alejandro,
In todays world, many of those that perform restorations must specialize. Lionel is the master of wiring looms. It is difficult for a single individual to learn all of the skills required and to perform them flawlessly.
Some of us must be content earning the money to pay others to do wonderfully what we might do not so well. None of us that love these cars have any problem with these issues.
I am sure you will be able to visit your project and offer input periodically. As such, you will be involved.
Lionel,
I find my photographic and written commentaries with my customers of utmost value. They know what is being done with their project, both visually and with the written word and are encouraged to add input. I like satisfied customers!


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