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Introduction, GTV restoration and thank you!

Hello all.

Iíve been a visitor to this fantastic forum for a couple of years now and I think itís time I came out of the shadows and introduced myself.

First off, I would like to give a big THANKS for all the incredible information that has been posted. The inhabitants of this site and beautiful looking cars inspired me track down an Alfa of my own.

Taking the advice of many I sought the best condition car I could afford as rust and body repair would wind up costing more in the long run. Knowing I would not find a rust free GTV in the North East I searched the Internet for a California car and one was discovered in San Jose. Iíve now had the car for 2 years. During that time Iíve replace the wheels, tires and shocks.

Last month the car went in for a new paint job. I stripped it down and will be replacing/restoring the trim and interior. I removed the hideous sidelights and the dealer installed bump guard. Iíve never been a fan of the í72s bumpers either so I just acquired a set of 1969 front and rear bumpers.

I have a bunch of questions for you guys but I didnít feel it was right just to ask without an introduction.

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Drop off at shipping company in CA.
New wheels and tires
Lowered springs and new shocks
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Stripped. All set for the body shop.
Pulled gas tank and had it boiled out.
Ripped up carpet. Not rust... That underlayment is awful stuff!
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Removed radiator boiled it out too.
At the body shop. Down to bare steel. No surprises!
Removed front glass. It cracked now I have an excuse to use a rubber gasket with a new windshield.
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No more sidelights!

High build primer

Sanded and all set for color.
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Color!! Yes, I was tempted to paint it red.

Wet sanded with 1000 grit.
Clear coat feels great.
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Wow, great job, Alfiat!

Do you have any pictures that show details of the side spears? Any idea where to get them?
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Looks like you started off with a nice car. Sometimes that good cuz there are less surprises as you take it apart. Nice web site.
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Great job!! Are you painting it yourself? Also thanks for not
painting it Re-sell Red, I really like the green on GTV's, I plan
to paint mine that color. Post more pics of the finished car.

1971 GTV ongoing "restoration" project (Rice Conversion)
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1962 Guilietta Spider sold looong ago
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No, I donít have the proper equipment to paint it myself.

I hated the green color when I first saw the car but it has grown on me, even more so now that the paint is new.

Went down to see the car at the shop today. They are almost done with the wet sanding and polishing. Should have the car back in a few days. Then comes putting it all back together. Hope I remember how!
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Looks great, Alfiat!!

Jim

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Thanks Jim!
I owe you a couple of drinks with all the great info you've posted on this site and I've gladly used!! Your how-to on hinge restoration was fantastic. It worked out amazingly well and was quite easy.

Let me know if you do any events in the New York/Long Island area this summer.

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That's a great looking GTV. I must complement you on having the courage to restore a car that looked so good at the start. Keep up the good work and thanks for contributing the photos.

Bill / 1977 Alfa Romeo 4C2000 / 2012 BMW S1000RR / 1975 BMW R90/6
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Almost out of the paint shop

Beautiful sunny day here in the North East. Perfect time to check out the paint job in the sunlight. Don't judge the paint yet. The car is covered in dust.
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Sunny day progress...

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1) Trunk is now better looking then when new.
2) Front cowl with a good coat of primer. Hope it will never rust!
3) Spash guards also primed. Soon to be sprayed black.
4) Gas tank sprayed silver then clear.
5) Seats back from the upholstery shop.
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That's a good idea to clearcoat the gas tank. I think I'll copy that idea.

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