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post #706 of 1571 (permalink) Old 08-17-2013, 06:03 PM
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Any Updates?....
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Thanks for the details on the wiring!



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Any Updates?....
...there should be!...but I've been so busy with everything else that the car's taken a backseat so far this year. I have a few more details on the body to finalise.....

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post #709 of 1571 (permalink) Old 09-20-2013, 10:53 PM
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Wow, I just read all 48 pages! Fantastic work!! I was thinking about buying a GTV so this has been incredibly educational. Now I know exactly what I'd need to see before ever considering buying one.
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Paul....welcome to the Alfabb!. Buying a nice complete running car is definitely the most hassle free way to go. Problem I had when thinking about going that route is that I know some of the problem areas are on these cars and I know that I'd never find one that would have these fixed to my satisfaction...hence the restoration route for me. If you can I would look for a car that lived most of it's life in the sunny south west (like california). Good luck on your search....there seems to be many GTVs up for sale the past month on this BB as well.


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Thanks Rossano! I'm looking forward to your updates. My search might be a long one now that I've seen what you're doing to yours
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Hello to all and happy New year!....During the Christmas break I was able to steal some time and finally address one problem area on the bodywork that was bugging me for a long time...the fit on the hood. The original hood on the car was not in good condition and so I purchased a replacement from Anthony way back when. Now for some reason (to my chagrin) the forward contour on the hood did not match the nose panel contour, the resulting gap varied by over .100 inch from the center to the edge...it was visibly uneven and had to be addressed. One method to fix this would have been to MIG weld material onto the edge of the hood, however I had real concerns that there would be a lot of heat distortion on the skin of the hood. My experiences with the trunk lid repair is what made me shy away from this method. .

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Instead I opted to section the nose panel and adjust the pieces as required to get an even gap all around. Welding magnets come in real handy to hold things in place as tack welds are made.

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The gaps were all welded in using the MIG. I used the technique of placing copper strips on the inside so that the back-side welds end up looking nice and flat and neat....with no additional dressing required ...other than cleaning, primer and paint of course.

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It probably took me about 15 hours to finish this off.....since in addition to the welding, there is quite a bit of grinding and panel beating required to bring the contour back down or up (depending on the direction of the distortion). But all in all I was very happy about getting this sorted out once and for all.

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VERY nice work and more impressive is the resolve to get something like this right. I really have no excuses now - gotta get my trunk in shape!

Well done.

Somehow I thought your car was off to the body shop for paint already?

Would love to hear more about the panel beating. I found it quite hard to beat on MIG welds - were you using body hammers and dollys?

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....Somehow I thought your car was off to the body shop for paint already?

Would love to hear more about the panel beating. I found it quite hard to beat on MIG welds - were you using body hammers and dollys?
Well....I had hoped that it would have been as well. But after one bodyshop dropped by to quote on the car...they raised a bunch of issues that they felt would really add to my cost. Things like the door and hood gaps not being even. Hence I'm getting to these now ....

Yup just dolly and hammer. There are three supports that tie the upper panel to the lower...these keep things more or less at the correct contour relative to the hood contour. However in between these is where you tend to get some distortion and movement during welding. I'm really only able to get things to within 1/16"....the rest will have to be addressed with filler....I think this is reasonable.


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It probably took me about 15 hours to finish this off.....since in addition to the welding, there is quite a bit of grinding and panel beating required to bring the contour back down or up (depending on the direction of the distortion). But all in all I was very happy about getting this sorted out once and for all.
Your attention to detail is quite commendable.

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Your attention to detail is quite commendable.
Brad...having come this far and not correcting this would have bothered me forever. This gap is the most noticeable of all the panel gaps since it's probably the angle from which most photos of these cars are taken from.


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Very nice. You set the standard around here. John.
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Hi Rossano,
I just finished reading all of your work. I was the proud original owner of a 71 Green Spider for 12 years. Babies came and the car had to go. You know "why did I ever sell it" haunts me.
I have been searching for the right car. You have totally inspired me. Your workmanship, and knowledge base is unbelievable. You are a testament to personal ingenuity and craftsmanship. You are also a very gifted and interesting writer.
I look forward to your completion of this wonderful project.
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Very nice. You set the standard around here. John.
That's a tall order!....there are many folks more talented than I (on this BB) that have posted their work. They're the ones that inspire me to strive towards quality work....but thanks.

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Hi Rossano....I was the proud original owner of a 71 Green Spider for 12 years...I have been searching for the right car. You have totally inspired me. Your workmanship, and knowledge base is unbelievable. You are a testament to personal ingenuity and craftsmanship. You are also a very gifted and interesting writer. I look forward to your completion of this wonderful project. Thank you
I'm glad that I've inspired you! Now being an ex-Spider owner...were you going to go back to that possibly? The one big bonus with the Spiders is the availability of spares...and complete cars for that matter....they probably out number the GT's fourfold I would guess. Now, as for my writing .....hehe...I've never considered myself to be much of a writer...but I suppose in one way or another we're all becoming these aren't we?....I humbly accept the kudos.


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Hello Rossano, just read through the thread can't wait to see your project complete as I recently bought 1970 1750GTV in Blu Francia (currently in shop for suspension rebuild and complete check/tune up) and would like to see a properly restored car in this color. Meanwhile here are some pics of mine
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