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Sure enough... Right /passenger side is even worse off than the driver's side... ...
I mean why be difficult when you can be a total bxxch...
I tried used both POR15 and Zinc "pre-primer" spray on the inner panels and neither have a chance of sticking to the surface during welding, so... I give in... Old school wins and cut and weld is still the only real way to deal with rust.
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It looks like you made the right decision, Samer!
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It looks like you made the right decision, Samer!
I don't know buddy... Could've just kept driving it into the ground... Naaaah, you're right Brian. I love the old girl too much to do that to it.

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They’re all rusty like that in the inside.. only those that have been fixed properly will be rust free and safe. You’re doing a great job, make sure to get inside every nook and cranny!

On the upside, I did the whole heart attack/divorce/redundancy thing too.. life gets better
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Thx for the reassurance folks. Amazing spider Craig ...

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Still far from done but a major milestone was crossed yesterday evening.
Background, I had commissioned two relatively "decent" old geezers from Syria to do the body work and ultimately paint the poor girl. Syria was under various levels of embargo and import restrictions for decades and boasted really world class craftsmen gifted in the art of "making things work again".
The painter worked out of a large unfrequented shop run by a couple of local jordanian loosers which I thought would be perfect for a long-term project like this one. When they ran out of tools and materials I would buy it, borrow it, source it and move along. What I didn't count on is that painter would fight with the shop owners and that the two dumb and dumber brain surgeons would ask me to "move the car" which I promptly did (using no less than a forklift... Another long story) , but they then decide to hold the drivetrain & suspension hostage unless I come out with a king's ransome of $300!
Well, three weeks later, my buddy Firas (where the spider resides now) managed to negotiate the "ransome" down to $70 and retrieve the rest of the car (I hope... I don't put it behind dumb & dumber to have "kept" some screws and nuts and bolts as souvenir).
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Just clear coat it ... 🙂
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Off to Budapest in the morning for a couple of weeks. Stopped by the (new) garage to check-up on her, and she now has a full coat of 2k epoxy primer... I like the rat-rod look of clear coat over bare metal, but I figure the old girl has seen enough rust to cover one lifetime and then some. Nero (AR 817) is what it'll be... Or Rosso Pompieri (AR122) ... Or is it Blu Pervinca (AR357)... Name:  DSC_1619.jpg
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Fantastic!

It’s amazing how a coat of epoxy primer changes things, you know you’re on the way back up now. It just gets better from here

Colour is subjective, personal.. but whatever the heck you do - PLEASE NOT RED!!


Look at the current colour Alfa colours, ask your GF/other half
I’m going AR Misano blue pearl (as found on the new Stelvio/Giulia QF)

No way I’m going back to Pininfarina red. There are more red Alfa’s now than left the factory

(Enjoy Budapest, beautiful city)
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Not red and not pearlescent Misano blue either. I am liking the period dark colors (blue, green, etc...) but she's most likely going to stay black.
Day two in Budapest... Nice and sterile... I'm too used to dust and filth

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The spider project pretty much skipped over August. I was busy discovering American muscle in Vienna (of all places) and the true shades of green in Slovenia, and the body guy decided to take a sabatical for as long as I am away...
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