Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Brisbane, Australia
I had a good pock around, especially underneath, sills, spare wheel area and under the radiator support. The section where the wiper arms mechanism go seems OK, if rust is present it’ll be minor I dare say (unless it’s just the tip of an iceberg). Sills have rust (looks far worst in the photo’s due to the Fertan) , but outer only, in 3 places, it all appears to be fairly rust free otherwise, and quite straight.
Rotisserie or not to rotisserie? Only if I really really have to and will try to avoid at all cost. I’ve made quite high and sturdy stands to support the chassis for other cars, so that will be my preference as long as I don’t need to do much welding underneath. A rotisserie would be absolutely awesome I could imagine, but I would have to make a frame, for a very low truss type garage, and the restoration would become endless. I reckon most of you know that
I need to get the carpet out to check the floors. Wow!! I’ve never worked on a car that has screws securing the carpet. And so many pieces too. It’s a different car that’s for sure. I’m use to Japanese and Australian cars, although have owned 4 FIATs also which were refurbished at different stages. Though compared to the Alfa these were quite conventional designs.
However, I do want the freshened up look as I can’t leave it as it is, even though it’s so original and rat rod-ish . I have some savings which should cover the majority of the costs involved, and am able to do most of the work myself (well as much as possible anyway). I’ll re-use what I can without going for the concourse look, but I do indent to keep this quite standard. Anything rubber has to go it seems. I’ve seen some fantastic restorations on this forum, one has been going for a decade (mind you it’s just incredible) and I know how easily time gets away. I had a FIAT 124CC for 20yrs, tried the full resto thing but the money/time just wasn’t there. I didn’t go so far with the other cars and they were on the road in 6 months, car after car whilst the 124 just sat there, occasionally soaking the much needed funds.