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post #1 of 72 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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1957 750B Sprint Full Restoration

Hello everyone,
I thought some of you may like to share my journey as I restore my 1957 Sprint normale.

I bought it about 4 months ago from an old-fashioned car restoration workshop near where I live. I had been talking to the owner- a great bloke called David Cooper- who said "I've got an old Alfa round the back that is a wreck- take any parts you want from it". I went round and found the Sprint. It was in pretty bad condition- almost overgrown with brambles, no doors or bonnet, and had been sitting outside for about 15 years (see top photo). David had bought it as a parts car when he restored Nick Mason's (of Pink Floyd) Sprint, but as this was a 101 he didn't use too many parts. The car is unusual in that it had been converted to RHD by Ruddspeed. As far as I can make out, it was originally delivered in Milan in '57 (thanks to the Archivio) but then imported and re-registered in the UK in '58 (it has a '58 Bedford plate). I assume this is when the conversion was carried out. The car also has unusual rear seats- with a large front bolster like the one shown in the Nada book but with a more styled back. They were original- when I took them out the Bertone three digit number was chalked on the back.

I started to take parts from the car, but was amazed at how solid the body of the car was given its age and exposure to the elements. Eventually, I came up with the daft idea of restoring it and bought it from David for 50.
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I travelled over there about once a week and have now stripped everything off of the car. The engine was not original- someone had put in a 61 Giulietta TI engine which was totally wrecked. Today we put in angle- iron stringers across the doors, bolted some 4X2 across those for stability and removed the last major component- the rear axle.

The plan for the car now is to have it blasted with plastic media, then brought back to my garage so that I can assess the damage. It will need a lot of welding- major repairs to the crossmembers, new floors, new sills, major welding around the trailing arm mounts, rear valence and boot floor. The good news is that this is not my first resto and (more importantly) I have an excellent bodyshop almost next door whose owner is a good friend. And I am not in a rush.

In the mean time I am restoring the parts I have taken off and slowly replacing the missing or irretrievably damaged bits. I have already got hold of an engine, two doors, a fuel tank, boot lid, and various trim bits.
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Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that my 1966 Duetto had to go to finance it (and to placate the wife!!)

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2 week turn-a-round flip based on the photos above IMO




Are you kidding. That project should keep you out of the bars. On second thought, it might get you in them

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Attaboy! What a lovely project. Makes mine appear nothing in comparison. Let me know what you are short of as I have some Sprint parts surplus.
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you're one brave man, kudos to you for bringing her back! Will she be RHD, or will you bring her back to the original LHD? Keep posting pics!

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Lionel,

Many thanks- I may be in touch. I will see what falls off when the blasting has been done!

Peter,

She is staying RHD. She ill never be concours, so she may as well be unique. Also, the Ruddspeed bulkhead casting is too beautiful to leave out!

Stuart,

I'll be in touch!!

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Lionel,

Many thanks- I may be in touch. I will see what falls off when the blasting has been done!

Peter,

She is staying RHD. She ill never be concours, so she may as well be unique. Also, the Ruddspeed bulkhead casting is too beautiful to leave out!

Stuart,

I'll be in touch!!

John

John,

I do also can provide you with the wiring loom. www.classicwiring.com

Have fun with the car restoration.

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Good Luck!

Great restoration project!

Best regards from Madeira.

P.S. - I note under the original "ROSSO ALFA" are onde ORANGE colour! The same in my Giulietta Sprint 1956, under the "rosso alfa" ( red ) are one ORANGE colour! ( ? )
This orange colour are for protection? or else?

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Out of all the resto projects beeing done by bb members, this one has to be the most.. I don't even know what to say!!!!!!!!!!!...

But it sounds a fantastic project... and one "to keep you off bars"... or to drive you into them on a definite basis".

Good luck and keep everyone posted of further developments.

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Now that's ambitious!

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This is going to be a looooooong thread if it gets regular updates... and I look forward to them!

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I know it looks bad... (well, it is bad!!) but I have already restored lots of the parts. The steering box, for example (before & after!!)
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Good Luck!

Great restoration project!

Best regards from Madeira.

P.S. - I note under the original "ROSSO ALFA" are onde ORANGE colour! The same in my Giulietta Sprint 1956, under the "rosso alfa" ( red ) are one ORANGE colour! ( ? )
This orange colour are for protection? or else?

?

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Marco,
there are about ten colours on the car in layers an inch thick! From behind immovable objects (lubrication plate etc) I think the original colour may have been light blue, but there is also grey, red and obviously this lovely orange colour. I can't believe anyone ever painted this car orange, so I think it was probably an undercoat!
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I know it looks bad... (well, it is bad!!) but I have already restored lots of the parts. The steering box, for example (before & after!!)

Some may regard the bottom photo as an over-restored piece lacking the patina of the original steering box as shown in the top photo. I wish to differentiate myself from those "some."

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