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Lawso 04-25-2017 12:40 PM

1750 project!
 
Hi all, I've been searching the forum for a few weeks now just trying to gather information and inspiration for a project I've just bought. It's a 1969 1750 GTV, it's been sat in a garage near me for nearly 30 years!!! And is in a sorry looking state. It's had 3 previous owners, has covered 68000 miles but has little history, only a few old receipts and mot's from the 1980's. It was painted red at quite an early stage of its life but was originally silver. It's going to need all the usual panels replaced; sills, A +B pillar repairs, rear quarter panel, rear + front panels, front wings, sure you get the picture. I'm an ex motor mechanic so I hope to do all mechanical work myself, body work I'm unsure, I've had some huge figures mentioned from proffesionals but after seeing some self restored projects on this forum I'm tempted to undertake it myself.? There is obviously a HUGE amount of info and more importantly advice available on here and I hope to make the most of it. That's it for now. Thanks.

Giugiaro 05-11-2017 08:49 PM

Good luck!

Lawso 02-28-2018 10:54 AM

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A few pics of my project car.
First few as we got it out the garage it had sat in for 30+ years

PSk 02-28-2018 12:17 PM

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Pete

Lawso 02-28-2018 12:20 PM

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I've not really done anything to it yet, its full of spares from a 2000gtv that came with it. The photos flatter it to be honest, I'll get some detailed pics eventually.

Lawso 02-28-2018 12:28 PM

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Few more:

Lawso 02-28-2018 12:33 PM

There will be long periods between posts due to work, kids life etc!!! Oh and other cars!! I did manage to get the engine running the other day but until I get my garage organised properly that will be all for now. Then I'll get it up on stands, empty it of all the junk and properly assess it!

alfa2go 02-28-2018 03:05 PM

For a UK car thats not terrible! Some guys have very little metal to work with... Best of luck with the resto, and you are right, there is some great info on this forum. You also have some of the best specialists in your part of the world with Alfaholics, Classic Alfa, EB Spares, Highwood, Ian Ellis....

Lawso 07-15-2018 05:57 AM

Strip down begins
 
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Had a couple of hours spare yesterday so I removed all the carpets and seating from my car. Generally it's what I expected, floor pans are quite solid but patched here and there, sills rotted out, boot (trunk) floor totally rotted out, how it supported the spare wheel is beyond me!

Lawso 07-15-2018 06:03 AM

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More rusty pictures!

Lawso 07-15-2018 06:07 AM

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One thing that concerns me is the axle strap area, the area in this picture (rectangular section with the rectangular hole) feels very weak, I've not seen this panel from the usual suppliers so i guess I'll need to fabricate it from scratch.

1750GT 07-15-2018 07:10 AM

As a first restoration project ....you are about to undertake a massive one. But at least nowadays, almost every significant body panel and repair panel is available to you. These will save you hundreds of hours in fabrication time. I would suggest you take thousands of photos of every major teardown component that you remove from the car. The wiring, interior and mechanicals especially....it will be years before you get to the reassembly stage....those photos will be invaluable at that point. In my case 10 years has already passed and I am almost now ready to pop the engine back in. In any case..good luck with this project.

NigelR 07-16-2018 09:28 AM

I hope you have deep pockets or are very good with bodywork. This will be very expensive to repair if you don't do it yourself. I know from experience.........

onboroALFA 07-16-2018 11:47 AM

Hello, I am living in Japan and has been owning 1969 Sr.1 1750GTV RHD, same one as yours, for 30 years. I saw your pictures and guess it is not easy, but I think it is worth to make an effort because nowaday Sr.1 1750GTV with normal condition is very rare. I wish the success of your project.
My 1750GTV had slept in my friend's barn for 10 years because I was quite busy for my job and family, and from 2007 to 2010 I also repaired my 1750GTV by myself in order to drive again. In my case body panels and engine didn't have serious issues fortunately. But for other repairs there might be some helpful information. http://onboroalfa.blogspot.com/?m=1
Good luck!!!
Takeshi

Lawso 07-16-2018 12:20 PM

I must admit to being a bit daunted but that is soon overcome with enthusiasm and excitement about starting this project! I'm hugely inspired by some of the restorations taken on by people on here who have no real motor trade experience at all so I think to myself "if they can do it so can I". I'm an ex motor mechanic by trade so I'm handy with tools etc, I can weld pretty good but I ain't ever done bodywork, one day it WILL be finished, hopefully sooner than later. Two weeks holiday start in two days so hopefully it will be completely stripped in that time. I'll post more pics along the way.


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