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All I can say is that that is what was on mine. Here's an earlier photo of mine showing the upper piece that was broken off early on during the teardown phase the project.
Thanks for the confirmation, Rossano. Mine were missing when I bought the car and I assumed the longer version was for the stepnose dash. I bought a set of the shorter version but, unfortunately, this means I need to start the search again.

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Finally got to the completion of the pedal box assembly. I started out with quite a mess.

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Bead blast everything clean, re-zinc plated the zinc (courtesy yours truly), repainted the pedals and installed all new rubber pads.

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...new rubber stop plugs for the support were acquired from Cicognani..

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...very happy to get this assembly installed.....finally...

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Looks great!
I'm curious what you use to do the zinc plating?
I had tried the Caswell kit with very little success.
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Looks great!
I'm curious what you use to do the zinc plating?
I had tried the Caswell kit with very little success.
There is a ton of DIY info out there on zinc plating. Look on Youtube for videos.

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Looks great!
I'm curious what you use to do the zinc plating?
I had tried the Caswell kit with very little success.
Yes I'm using the CASWELL kit. At first I too was not having great success, but after a bunch of trial and error tests....I have it working very nicely. The sequence that I found to work best (in addition to the basic CASWELL instructions) is the following;

1. glass bead blasting the parts just prior to plating...followed immediately by.....
2. a 3-4 second pre-dip in a dilute sulphuric acid bath....followed immediately by a distilled water rinse....then
3. into the plating bath (temperature at min 80 deg F)....for 8-20 minutes (time depends on part size..)...followed immediately by a distilled water rinse....then
4. dip into the Chromating solution of choice (Black, Blue or Yellow Dichromate) for 4-5 minutes...
5. followed immediately by a distilled water rinse....and heated drying.

Sufficient use of the Brightener solution was also something that I had to experiment with....taking care to calculate the correct plating voltage is also important. Plating is definitely a task that just cannot be rushed that's for sure.

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Sounds like I need to persevere!
Thanks for the tips ...
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Snookered again! It seems every new phase of this project has been frought with delays...

Take a look a the carpet that I picked up just before christmas. The spacing of the slots for the petals is not only too wide (at 2.75-3.25"....s/b 2.25").......

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...they're also not parallel to each other.......this makes it impossible for the pedals to move freely as the rubber grommets provide way too much resistance to the motion of the petal.


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The supplier (CA) says they've never had any issues with any of these before. How is that possible? I always thought that the petal boxes were pretty much unchanged from the 1966 -1969's? Thankfully they were quite willing to take back the full carpet set.....but I now need to resource a correct carpet set. Has anyone else encountered a similar issue with the fit of these carpet sets?

Problem 2......the dashboard I was so excited about previously does not accomodate the throttle and start lever assembly......and instead of a black color...it's a dark gray. Here too CA was amenable to taking it back......so this is a caution for those contemplating buying these 2 major products from CA. They don't really fit the 1969 US model GTV correctly.

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I've had the occasion where I've run into the same situation and wonder why I'm the only one, at least that's basically what they're telling me, who has had but thought there must be others who have had an issue with the product. They do take it back though. I really wish they would have detailed and accurate images of the specific product. Who wants a grey dash when black is the original? Are your original carpets grey? Doesn't look like it meets up the the tunnel very well either but that may just be the photo. A little frustrating.

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Problem 2......the dashboard I was so excited about previously does not accomodate the throttle and start lever assembly......and instead of a black color...it's a dark gray.
I had noticed the lack of the hand throttle mount on CAs dashboards. Bertelsbeck carries the correct dashboard with hand throttle mounts and two holes for the blinkers. I'm not sure what the shipping would be, though.

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I had noticed the lack of the hand throttle mount on CAs dashboards. Bertelsbeck carries the correct dashboard with hand throttle mounts and two holes for the blinkers. I'm not sure what the shipping would be, though.
I'll look into them thank you. Shipping from the Europe has not been an issue for me (about the same as from the US for large items such as these). My only other fall back would be to have mine repaired at Just Dashes (no longer a cheap solution though).

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Second problem to resolve is the carpet. The ones I'm seeing from other Euro vendors...are more or less the same as what I currently from from CA. World upholstery's seems to be correct....but before I commit to buying, i'd like to know if anyone with a 1969 US model GT or Spider has bought the WU carpet kit and is happy with the fit?

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Is WU's molded?


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No...it is segmented.

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I would love to hear from someone who's actually fitted a WUH set on a 69 GTV before committing myself (again) to a purchase.

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These photos shows quite clearly the differences between the pre 1969 (left photo) and a 1969 US 1750 GTV (right photo...courtesy Vytas). I sent these to Classic Alfa to put to bed once and for all that yes....there is a difference in this particular carpet section for the 1969 model year. Most likely it would be attributed to a difference in the pedal box configuration itself.
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