Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
If I had to speculate, and if knowing would help me attain my goal, I would first believe that in the late 70s and early 80's, undercoating was probably focused toward the body, and not so much the suspension. After that I would think that the SPICA and other components on the passenger side may have had various leaks that coated the suspension on that side with a protective layer of chemicals that the drivers side spring pan did not benefit from. I would also imagine that body shops back then, or even now, aren't entirely thorough, so they probably missed some collateral damage in the back end, stress fractures that could have opened up some seams, or cracked the paint and undercoating allowing the elements to penetrate areas other than the visible damage, like the spare tire pan. These types of thoughts should allow me to find the stuff that needs care.
This car was given to me by the original owner. I have always wanted to fix it up for him but life happens and he discovered other things that needed his care. He also got rid of his 54 Chevy Suburban, former school bus even, lol. I have always enjoyed extending the life of stuff, giving things the ability to be useful, and stay around for another 10-20 years, when you take care of them, maybe more.
A fair warning, I will most likely not be keeping this Spider stock or original. I can say I won't be doing anything crazy either, like some posts I have seen here. Not that crazy is bad, they are all unique and owner specific. I just feel like I can add some little changes that will make it more "My Alfa". I would like to stay with a roadster feel to the car, not really sure of the details yet.
If this needs to be moved out of restoration since I am not going original, I will understand.