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post #16 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-16-2018, 04:03 PM
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Given you are in the UK, I would have the car dipped and all paint/rust then primed. There are a few places in the Uk that do this for classic cars. Will make the resto faster and cleaner as you will be able to see exactly what is gone

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Good luck, look forward to seeing your progress.
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Best of luck. If you are in no rush and are prepared to learn as you go, you could end up with a nice car. I started down the path of restoring a similar basket case 1750 but the costs rapidly spiralled out of control, even though I thought I had a pretty realistic budget. But then I was not doing any of the work myself. I ended up doing what all people recommend to folks like me, pay for one that's already in good shape.

I suggest you join AROC UK and also get onto the Alfaowner forum in the "Classic Alfas" section (if you haven't already). Alfabb has the best technical advice for classic Alfas, but the UK forums may allow you to meet some folks in your area that would be willing to give you a bit of physical help and assistance. Get to some Alfa meets as well, always good for picking up tips and tricks and inspecting other cars.
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post #19 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-22-2018, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice so far, wise words about buying one already done, but I'll take my time and just tinker away.
Stripped a bit more this weekend, gearbox out, engine out, grill removed, more trim removed. One thing that has struck me is how much more awkward this car is to work on compared to my usual old Fords, VW's that I'm used to rebuilding, it's like they were built for small hands and fingers! Didn't find a lucky penny, but found a half penny, does that mean I'll only get half the luck?? Hope not!!
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Food for thought. Have you decided what you will do in terms of modifications, if any? It's worth bearing in mind that you have a Series 1 1750, which is generally viewed as one of the most desirable versions of the 105. Keeping it close to original spec will maximize its future value if that interests you at all.
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NigelR, to be honest I'm not sure yet, I do like to make my cars original as possible,my Alfa has no real paper work though, just a few old mots and bill of sale to its second owner,also to get top value I'd think it would need to be restored by an Alfa specialist, which I'm not. That said I intend to do the job properly and I love the look of a standard 1750 s1 but right now I just want a solid, shiny, nice to drive car. So a long way to go before that😩 Oh... and I change my mind weekly about how I want it to end up!!😬
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In terms of future potential value, that doesn't interest me too much but I guess I'm going to spend a few £££ so it would be nice to know it's going to be worth somewhere near what I spend if I had to sell it.
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So I would suggest keeping it original spec rather than putting on big wheels and modding it heavily, unless you want to take it on track a lot. You can always do that later if you want. These cars are great fun to drive in original spec.

Things that most people would consider (without major mods) would be electronic ingnition, suspension uprating (there are various handling kits) and a sports exhaust. There's lots of threads on here about the kind of mods people do.
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Just a little update for anyone interested, the car is pretty much stripped out now, I only have fuel/brake lines, floor mounted pedals, steering column/box (steering wheel puller arriving today) and the rear axle, actually the rear axle is pretty much out with only one trailing arm bolt seized into the bush sleeve so that’s keeping it connected to the car!! I’ll try some heat first then just cut the bolt if it comes to it. It’s all taken longer than expected with a few hours here and there but never a good full day on it,(kids on holidays so that has to take priority)
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Thought I would say hello as I started stripping my 1750 Mark 1 yesterday. I'm not a million miles away from you in West Yorkshire. One thing you might not realise is the Mark 1 has some unique bits and pieces so look after the bumpers, front lights and seats especially. They are special cars... which in turn makes the owners special too!

An earlier poster mentioned dipping the shell. There's quite a lot of debate about this as a technique, so do your research before plunging in. There's a couple of experienced soda blasters near me so I'm going to go down that route. Well, I am once I've stripped it.

Good luck with it!

PS, your garage is far too tidy!

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Did you ever think to make your car restored in Portugal ?

We have 2 down there, and I knew them when I sold them 2 1750 1st series.

Thery are perfectly aware about these cars.

The 2 Owners both have 1 each themselves.

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Ricksalfas, I intend to get it soda blasted, it’s a complete bare shell now, I’ve got the front wings and front panel to remove, rear wings, rear panel and boot floor to remove, then I’ll replace the inner and middle sills then send it to get blasted. Somehow I feel it looks in better condition the more I remove off it, I guess with all the rot chopped off it’s bound to! I’ve kept everything that I removed then bagged and labelled them, even if the part looked like scrap. I make an effort to clean the garage after every session, I never used to do this but it makes it so much more pleasant and easier every time I go back to work in there.
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