Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Dallas Texas, USA
Stephen's Restoration - Initial Pics/Disassembly
Well, I've done it. After 26 years working overseas, I've retired, returned to the States, and have undertaken the restoration of a 1969 Alfa 1750 GTV. It is a North American version with the SPICA injection unit; and it is all complete except for what the rust goblin has eaten away. Everyone except one friend wants to have me committed or to at least see a psychiatrist. One person thought I should be declared mentally incompetent.
I have been reading as many posts as I'm able to learn about these cars, and have come to two conclusions - first, rust loves Italian steel, and second, PO's are nearly as bad as the rust. Interestingly, while overseas I was actually looking to restore an S1 E-Type which rusts from the inside out. When I could not find one, a "friend" put me onto this GTV....more about that later. Anyway, since you cannot really be a gearhead if you haven't owned an Alfa (thank you, Jeremy Clarkson, so bloody much), I bought this car to undertake a full restoration, which will be catalogued here (unless my relatives have me committed first).
My story will develop, but I understand that this forum requires copious photos and I don't wish for anyone to be bored with text. But I do have some questions you more experienced folks can probably answer.
1. I don't want to be upside down financially in this car, but I intend to do things properly. That means originality is a priority. The time spent on engine/gearbox/body will not count in the cost.
2. Originality, however, is not my religion. I've already seen where certain hidden improvements can be made. But surely I haven't seen them all.....what do you suggest?
3. The PO who had this car was a moron, as will become evident. And that's being gentle. I'm trying to reconstruct why this car went off the road (it was found in a field in Texas) in the first place. Any hints as to what to look for?
4. What do you think a fully, properly restored 1750 is worth at the end of the day? See question #1.
There will be many more questions, but let's get started....