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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 04-28-2008, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Car restorations for the rest of us....

There sure are a lot of very pretty, very polished Alfas on this site. Some of you guys have done a great job keeping your older Alfa running, and looking good while doing it.

The car, not you.

Well, when I first came across this site, I have to admit I found it a little discouraging. Some of those pictures make it look like the cars are never driven. The undercarriages even look polished, powdercoated, NOS, etc... Pristine.

Not mine. And it never will be. I'll post pictures of mine as I get it road legal and road worthy. Sure, I'll fix some of the cosmetics, but I like the nice "patina" my car has. And I'm sure there's others on this site that feel the same way. After all, its just a car...

Here's a few to start you off with...



I'm sure that handbrake cable belongs there, hanging down like that. Who needs a handbrake anyways? I brake with my feet.
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I did get it running the other day, though. Previous owner did some mods to the engine over the years. Cams, "performance" air filters... gotta love that hot engine compartment air.



I changed the plugs and wires, drained out all the old gas, had the gas tank coated, changed the fuel lines, filters, and pump. Now it fires right up. Gotta love that old Spica.
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And this is what the car looked like when I picked it up... or rescued it.




Those tires weren't flat. They were relaxing....

And yes, the one seat in it smells like cat piss.
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And this is why I'm replacing the exhaust system...



The car would start, but wouldn't rev. Until I punched a hole in the rusty front muffler.
All the mufflers were rusted and full of squirrel nests and acorns.
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Ok, guess what's wrong with this picture....



I was wondering why the battery voltage remained at 12.5 when the car was running.

And not only am I missing a wire, my horns don't play music like the do in the wiring diagram! Dangit!

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My Alfa has a set of WIA Performance 14x6 rims. After calling all around, no one carries 205/60r14 tires. Not even 195/65r14. Looks like its time for Tire Rack.

Looks like my Pres Bush "We'll spend our way out of a recession!" tax relief check will be quickly spent. Just doing my part to save the US economy.

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A new exhaust, huh. So duct tape just would not do, eh. I thought you were watching the meter on this project.

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A new exhaust, huh. So duct tape just would not do, eh. I thought you were watching the meter on this project.
Well, I have to use my Millermatic on something....
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A little hammering, a little grinding, the pipes fit together nicely.


I need to get a CO2/Argon bottle. This flux core wire sure leaves a bunch of spatter...


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Got all four calipers out and replaced all the seals. Also looks like I need new brake lines as the ones in these now are cracked...

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What sort of motorcycle is that I see at the edge of the last photo? Just wait until your Alfa is all complete and you'll have a tough decision to make every time the weather is nice - ride the bike or drive the Alfa? I've got a GTV and a moto myself (Suzuki Katana) and it's always a tough call - but great to have such a luxury!
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Kinda tight quarters in there with the bike and everything. I mean, how do you freakin' stretch out without hittin' your head on the bike muffler.

Loud pipes save lives.

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Well, I'm more of a motorcycle guy than a car guy. Been vintage bike racing for years now, but ride more modern stuff on the street & dirt.

There's actually 5 motorcycles in this picture...
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Brake pads, hoses, a caliper spring kits should be here tomorrow. Going to take the rotors off to get them resurfaced. Tires should be here soon, and we'll take it for a ride around the neighborhood and find all the other problems...
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