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Car Damaged or Let the Restoration Begin!

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My 17 year old son rear ended someone while driving my LS on his way to school. He is fine and the other car had very little damage. It appears the Alfa took the brunt of the damage. It was heart breaking for me. I had them tow the car to my house and I just parked it with the cover on it. I could not look at it for a while. I called USAA and after initial comments that they may total the car, their estimator said it was fixable and have agreed to pay for the repairs.

I found a reputable European car body shop near my office and he actually has a 164L as a project car at his facility. That made me feel better as he can use that car for base measurements if needed. I have also engaged him to replace a damaged passenger door and to go ahead and paint the rest of the car. So let the restoration begin!

Now the search for parts. I gave him phone numbers for Jason at Alfissimo, De Fatta Brothers and APE. We will need chrome strips for the front and the right side, a fender, a hood as well as other trim items. Anyone have ideas on where to find such parts?

I also want to swap over to the European style head lights. I have followed Frank's postings and it appears there are none available at this time. If anyone has any ideas or has some, let me know.

The timing for the restoration was not what I was hoping for as my son is getting ready to attend Louisiana State University as a freshman this fall. However, after this happened, we received a very generous scholarship discount from LSU. I am very blessed in many ways. After the body work is done, on to the interior shop to have them replace my front seat covers and possibly repair the passenger side one as well. Hopefully by the end of the summer, the car should look brand new.

I will keep you updated on progress and send along any tips or suggestions on parts.

Cheers everyone.

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It might be cheaper to buy a parts car.

I purchased one for $750.

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Awww. Sorry to see that. Automatic emergency braking cannot come too soon. Don't know what caused this one, though.

The worst part to find will be that shiny trim strip on top of the front bumper. Years ago diFatta was able to get me new side strips for my LS, so might try them., or Jason (Alfissimo), both getting shipments from Italy. Luckily, the front bumper otherwise looks to be undamaged. Lucky for that.

Don't worry about the European headlights until the other work is finished. As compared to what Frank is using (Elmas?), most use Bosch, which are more available from Europe one way or the other. Sad to say, the exorbitant shipping costs from OZ kinda negate purchasing the Bosch being offered from there. However, they are available there as well. Those will be right hand drive (as will be the ones from GB), but they can be changed to left hand drive by rotating the internal cutoff shield. It's held tight by a screw in a slotted hole.
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Jeff, sorry to hear it. Glad no one was hurt. Post pictures when it's done. Cory
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I have all those parts. Really straight and rust free.

The question is how to get them to you.

I'm happy to wrench this weekend, it will be sunny for once.

My champagne colored LS was rear ended so the front is still perfect.

Again, I promise I'll be cheaper than all the others listed, but getting the parts to a shipper might be the most difficult part of this. I don't know shipping and am limping these days.

Call me at 503-267-2800 so we can hash this out.

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It appears that robvolz has been added to your list of blessings.

I wonder who's responsible for that?!

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I get to Tulsa frequently. Ever drink at the Cellar Dweller? My best friend owns that. His brother has the Crystal Pistol and Mom has Tucci's.

I will look you up next time I'm in town.
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Let me know when you'll be in town. I would enjoy a get together

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Update: the body shop has received authorization to fix the car as more damage was found once the hood was opened up. I am still looking for the front chrome strip if anyone has any leads on such item.

Body shop had sprayed the underside of the new hood and I swear it looked almost black in color. He assured me it is the dark blue factory color. I sure hope so.

Cheers everyone,

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Status update: all of the parts have been secured and it appears that the body work has been completed. They are preparing it for paint, which will probably be next week. Big thanks out to the suppliers including Jason, Di Fatta Brothers, Frank in Portland and even Vick Auto Sport. It has new European headlights, a new rear passenger door and a driver's mirror that has been well prepared so that it should not rust away like the old one.

Once paint is done, it's off to my mechanic to get the engine running. Then off to interior shop for some work on my drivers seat covering. It will cost some coin but it is still way less expensive than an a new Giulia.

Photos coming when it gets out of the body shop.

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Bummer!!!! Of course that dang chrome piece is going to be a *****. I do have things, front bumper etc... if needed. I have access to chrome piece in Italy. Headlights and more. Have insurance call me. I can help get you all you need.


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Also I can do the euro lights too. More items with me more discount I can provide.


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I had the same damage on my LS, no one would ship a hood so I ended up buying a parts unit....the parts unit comes in handy a lot....far beyond the needed replacement parts...small items..missing bolts, incorrect bolts, things like wiper motors, a relay, whatever if you can store one it will save hassle and money in the long run..
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Yup, once bent, esp back just ahead of the hinges at the "safety" locations, the laws in the US anyway will not allow the hood to be repaired, must be replaced. And if a reclamation/wrecking location won't ship a used hood (I spect they would if you paid through the nose for it), buying a parts car may be the only option if the hood cannot be transported privately.

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Also I can do the euro lights too. More items with me more discount I can provide.
Hi Jason. You already did and they look great! That should be a big improvement over the stock ones.

Thank you for all your help on this.

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