Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas
How good is the fit of the seal on the perimeter of the splash guards to the body on your cars? I believe the rear of the front wheel well splashguard is a somewhat important part of corrosion control?
I took mine off last spring and so I got a good look at how they were originally fitted. My Super is very original and the splash guard area had obviously never been touched. The fit of the flash guard was much closer than yours, I'm afraid, and was held in place with sheet-metal screws. As I recall, there was no evidence of sealant on the rubber gasket nor was there any evidence of moisture, dirt, or rust in this critical area. So the flush fit was obviously critical. When I put it back on, I used some additional sheet-metal screws just to be on the safe side. The fit was again uniformly flush, however.
Taking the splash guard off was a pretty interesting experience in itself because I found myself looking at an inner panel that had been sealed for 45 years. The inner fender had been painted body color and so I was surprised at how my compounding efforts had restored the 45 year old outsides to very closely match the original color that I found in the sealed panel. This is a testament to the quality of Alfa's single-stage enamel paint.
Re: Inside plastic door sheets. I abandoned trying to attach these with any kind of glue which I found messy and gave me less confidence that it would actually keep water out of my car. Instead, I switched to using duct-tape to seal the plastic sheet edges to the door sheet-metal. This is remarkably easy to do, is waterproof, and and can easily be removed when you need to do so.
Jim . . . '72 Super 1300, '70, 1750GTV, 2nd series,
'62, Lancia Flaminia Zagato3c, 2nd series
Last edited by 180OUT; 03-08-2018 at 12:18 PM.