73 Spider Veloce resto - and so it begins! - Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums
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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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73 Spider Veloce resto - and so it begins!

Always had a thing for Alfa Spiders ever since a friend pulled up in his Uncle's brand new '82. Bought my first one in 1990 - an 88 Graduate that I still have. The more I learned about them, the more I wanted a series 2. Finally, end January I found one at a good price but needing TLC. So, here it is and so it begins! A few shots of how she (Nonna) came. Note the S3 nose (pointed out by another member which I didn't catch) and the later S2 bumpers...
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Engine bay and trunk...
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Always had a thing for Alfa Spiders ever since a friend pulled up in his Uncle's brand new '82. Bought my first one in 1990 - an 88 Graduate that I still have. The more I learned about them, the more I wanted a series 2. Finally, end January I found one at a good price but needing TLC. So, here it is and so it begins! A few shots of how she (Nonna) came. Note the S3 nose (pointed out by another member which I didn't catch) and the later S2 bumpers...
Oops! Bought first one in 2000, yeah, it's Monday!
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A lot of previous "work" done on this. Blue dash, door panels etc that would have been black originally along with carpeting instead of original rubber matting...
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Pulled up the rear shelf carpeting to see what nuggets were hiding under there...OSB!
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Not a total disaster, just fabricated the shelf, seems ok underneath...
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More carpet out, aaaand new floor pans it is!
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Some new bits awaiting their day.
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Off came the big bumpers to see what I was dealing with/how easy (or not) this was going to be. No lucky break this time!
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That looks like the car that was for sale in Calgary for a while. I'm sure it will be wonderful when you are done with it.

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That looks like the car that was for sale in Calgary for a while. I'm sure it will be wonderful when you are done with it.

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I am in Calgary so probably the same one as they don't come up often. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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As you probably know the 73/74 are suppose to to have the Stainless bumpers with the bumperettes. Which do stick out a little further then the 71/72 bumpers.

I don't think the 73/74 bumpers look bad. I actually think they have a little more charcter then the 71/72 bumpers. Alfa did a better job with the federal mandate on bumpers then all the other imports combined.

But I'm probably biased as my first Alfa was a 73 Spider.
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I just got 2 more. Now I have a Matta. I must be crazy.
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As you probably know the 73/74 are suppose to to have the Stainless bumpers with the bumperettes. Which do stick out a little further then the 71/72 bumpers.

I don't think the 73/74 bumpers look bad. I actually think they have a little more charcter then the 71/72 bumpers. Alfa did a better job with the federal mandate on bumpers then all the other imports combined.

But I'm probably biased as my first Alfa was a 73 Spider.
Hi Jim, yes, I understand the US spec versions had the bumperettes however haven't seen them on any of the replacement bumpers. That being said, it will end up being more of a Euro spec by the time I'm finished (rear side markers gone, front to round ones, license lights on bumper etc) so these bumpers will fit the look.
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The title of this thread is "73 Spider Veloce", but the car pictured is clearly a later model. I presume you know that. Backdating a big-bumper car to early 70's specs is a fine endeavor - you have my support. But if Calgary has safety or emissions inspections, your local officials may not offer the same encouragement.

So make sure you are building a car that can pass local inspections before putting too much into modifying it.

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Hi there Jay, or others I guess. What gives this car away as clearly a later model? Battery in the engine bay and an original SS rear bumper with rubber blocks (though painted over in black) would seem to coincide with 73. Apart from looking at the door jam tag or registration papers, where does it indicate later model. At some point in it's past it's had the correct front bumpers/sheet metal changed.

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