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I bought my car about a year ago, and have enjoyed driving it over the past year, gone to a few events and went on the Alfaholics track day.

After a few hundred miles of driving the body started to show signs of some issues, I knew when I bought it that the previous restoration had not been done to a particularly good standard, and despite having a inspection on the car which said that it was in the class of a drivable rolling restoration it seems that the car was held together mostly with filler and sealant.

The car is now off the road undergoing restoration at a local multi marque classic car restorer close to where I live who has a very good local reputation, he isn't cheap, but the quality of his work is outstanding.

Luckily, most of the mechanicals were replaced with new or refurbished parts, so there will be next to no parts bill for the rebuild, the cost is purely in getting the shell where it needs to be and respraying it, then putting it back together with a few cosmetic improvements (new door cards, etc.).

I'll throw up photos here as I receive them from the restorer.

This is how she started out.
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Week 1 - Stripping down the car, stripping paint at joints to explore the level of the problem, ready for paint stripping off.
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Wow! No wonder it was "reasonably priced"....... Will there actually be anything left from the original shell? Looks like the doors, bonnet and boot are usable......

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Wow! No wonder it was "reasonably priced"....... Will there actually be anything left from the original shell? Looks like the doors, bonnet and boot are usable......
Nah, plenty of the panels are salvageable, mainly because they aren't attached to the car...

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If you are going this far it worth inspecting the sills properly. A lot of them have been repaired poorly as it takes a lot of work to repair properly
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If you are going this far it worth inspecting the sills properly. A lot of them have been repaired poorly as it takes a lot of work to repair properly
That's one of the first things to be sorted.
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It's been some months since I started this journey, and quite a lot has happened in the intervening period, but the car has been chipped away at, slowly and surely. Here are some pics of the transition over the past 3 months, from stripping, to repairing, and finally to a point where it starts look like a car again.

Over the next month there will be final repairs to the front cross member area, front ARB mountings and the doors will be reskinned before the shell goes off to a local specialist in electrostatic coatings for the whole shell to go through an anti corrosion process followed by ecoating of epoxy primer at the end of March.

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