Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: New England, USA
feedback appreciated - Giulietta Sprint restoration (AR 1493.21711)
I am the proud new owner of a 1960 101 series Sprint coupe (#AR 1493.21711) and am at the beginning of the restoration process. I'm also new to Alfas so looking forward to getting feedback and suggestions from all the Alfisti here on the forum. This car was recently on eBay which some of you may have seen... I bought it and intend to restore it into a nice driver. I live in New England and purchased this car from a dealer in CT.
My car is a 1960 Giulietta Sprint Normale that was originally sold in Italy. It's unclear whether the original buyer was an Italian or perhaps an American serviceman stationed in Italy, but either way the car made it's way to the US pretty early in it's life. There's a 1964 sticker on the windshield from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach and a variety of registration docs from the '70s onward from VA and MD. There's also a sticker from the DC area chapter (Capital Chapter) of AROC which looks like it's been there for a long time. Reportedly this car was owned by an AROC member for 20+ years who used this car as a template for another Sprint he was restoring and intended to restore this car more fully but never got around to it.
The car is missing the original 1300 and 4-speed transmission... in it's place are a 1600 motor from GTV/Duetto (AR 00536.16757) with a 5-speed split case transmission. The carbs need some attention, the choke cable is loose, and at a minimum the engine probably needs a thorough tune up. I don't have a compression tester to test compression / leak down but the motor does run. Given my plan for this car is a fun driver rather than a concours restoration, I intend to keep this drivetrain as opposed to sourcing a series correct 1300 etc.
Much of the interior appears to be there with the car, but apart. A good bit of the exterior trim is missing so I'll need to source replacements there and what's there will need rechroming. There are a few other odds and ends missing like the passenger side wiper arm, but overall for a running restoration project and for what I paid for the car I feel like I'm not in bad shape.
As far as the restoration goes, I've never tacked a full restoration before and as I said I'm new to Alfas. My vintage car passion started by owning and worked on several air-cooled 911s, and I also own a 1958 Lancia Aurelia so I'm not a total stranger to Italian cars of this era. But given my skill level as a mechanic is oil change / brake job / basic assembly type stuff, plus I lack things like an engine lift / stand etc, my intention is to outsource a good chunk of the project. But I would like to try to tackle at least basics like some of the tear down, some of the reassembly, sourcing parts, etc.
I would welcome suggestions and feedback on how much I ought to try to handle myself here versus what to rely on others for. Bodywork / paint will certainly be handled by a shop that can do that.