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where can I find the VIN#?

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It will be on the registration documents.

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Yeah, I'll find out later.

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Or you can look at the firewall on the left, behind the carbs..
Just to thre right of the air duct going thru the firewall.

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If the engine that is in the car is the one that your Grandma installed I'd leave it in myself.

If you intend to sell it then sure put the correct engine in. Please note not just any old 1600cc Alfa engine will do, ie. one from a 105 series GTV would devalue the car considerably and you might as well leave the car as it was.

But by the sounds of it the most expensive part of the car is okay, ie. the body. If that is the case you have saved yourself a considerable fortune. Whatever you do resist the temptation to paint her but instead just carefully clean and bring the current paint back to life. Why?, as once you remove the paint it will get crazy expensive again, no matter how good it appears to currently looks.

Otherwise this will be a reasonably easy restoration assuming that the car is 100% complete. I'd concentrate on making it 100% mechanically sound and safe (replace all rubber fuel and brake lines as a must) and enjoy the driving and club meetings
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Thank you GTD. I'll write it down somewhere whenever I get to my grandma's place.
I'll might make a new thread later.

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Without good pics, your replies will be few. If you cannot do the work yourself, the monies spent for outsourced labor are seldom recovered.
As GTD wrote, without a photos, a more well-defined scope of work, and the answer to who will restore the car, we can't give you a budget. We can tell you that it will come out to more than you plan at the outset.

Yes, I know the photos are coming.

What do you mean by "restore"? Just getting it running and back on the road, or ready to win first prize in a concours? The $ difference between these is significant. And will you do the work yourself, or have a professional do it? The answer to that question will have a big impact on the budget too.

I understand that the paint and body are OK and "all it really needs is the interior and mechanical stuff". But "mechanical stuff" isn't a very precise scope of work. I predict that once you get into it, you will find that more areas need attention than you had first thought. For example, any car that has sat for many years is going to need all of its rubber parts replaced - these decay with time, as well as mileage. At a minimum you should plan on replacing the giubo and going through the braking and fuel systems.

If you want to get a start on a budget, go to the websites of some of the Alfa parts suppliers (Centerline and Re-Originals here in the US, Classic Alfa and Alfaholics in the UK) and start noting the prices of carpet kits, door panels, upholstery, etc.

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nobody yet has mentioned the tiny possibility of rust which could be a big game changer
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nobody yet has mentioned the tiny possibility of rust which could be a big game changer
Rust? On an old Alfa? How likely is that?

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I have restored a number of Giulietta cars and they are not much different than your Giulia. The cost of painting and body work is the greatest restoration expense. The cost is determined by the condition and level of restoration. I restored a 1957 Spider more than forty years ago and maybe should have purchased a restored car instead.
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Alfajay,

What I mean by restoring is making it run on the road, and I'll try to restore it with help of a professional because I don't know many things about cars. Plus, what do you expect someone, that's under the age of 18, would restore the car all by himself only using YouTube? Also, thank you for giving me another site other than centerline alfa, and inform me about the rubber in the car along with the flex disc.



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All the Alfisti celebrate when young folk get infected with the Alfa virus. Unfortunately, there is no cure... Fortunately, there is no cure!

You seem to have a genuine passion for the car. Restore it to whatever level you want and can at this time of your life. Get it back on the road, take care of it and don't ever sell it unless there is no other alternative. If that day should ever come, sell it here on the BB.

I saw my first Alfa in the autumn of 1965; a 1959 Super Spider (Giulietta Veloce). It was white with a red interior. That car was sold to a guy who wanted it for his daughter; who knows where it ended up?

Keep us posted regarding your progress; everyone on the BB will help and encourage all that we can.

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What I mean by restoring is making it run on the road, and I'll try to restore it with help of a professional because I don't know many things about cars. Plus, what do you expect someone, that's under the age of 18, would restore the car all by himself only using YouTube? Also, thank you for giving me another site other than centerline alfa, and inform me about the rubber in the car along with the flex disc.



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I bought my first Alfa when I was 18, or under 18?, and started it's restoration (still going ) and then another (it's restoration was finished and it was raced for many years ) and then another (recently) ...

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Figure on $125,000 for a quality job.

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