Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Modbury (Adelaide)
I read it and what is evident is knowledge is key before starting a restoration. The less knowledge you have the more your repairer needs to have, it's a balancing act.
There are gaps in peoples knowledge, even the Alfa factory workers only worked in specialized areas so I think it unlikely one individual may have possessed all the knowledge to be able to have built all the car in the Alfa Romeo factory in the 60's and given the opportunity. (although it's possible for one individual to be highly skilled in most of these skills as a designer, welder, coach builder, panel beater, painter and mechanic and trimmer).
It's the poor condition of the 1900 body prior to any work starting that was the initial reason for the restoration for the 1900. I would hazard a guess to say that the restoration of the 1900 body would have a level of difficulty on par with the 3500 GT Maserati but much greater than that for a GTA. I'm not a panel beater or coach builder so I would not know if the nose on your 1900 was savable by a panel beater or if it needed to be remade by a coach builder from the start. Unlike the 1900 the 105's coupes don't have this lack of availability of panels. These are some body issues that will face owners of 1900 cars that may need specialist skills.
If I can use the 105 cars as an example: Over the last 50 plus years vast amounts of knowledge has been worked out for the mechanical side of the 105 car. Then we have in the last 5 years where the bodies repairs are getting close to factory standards. In the last 12 months the interior and colours are finally being worked out, thanks to knowledge extracted out of factory documents which is great.
But you also need to know other things that can be easily over looked in a restoration like the fasteners for the cars were made by the Lobo company, does you car have them? I think I can comfortably say no one has ever written a book about restoring any 105's to factory correct specifications, that is because factory correct restorations of 105's is a recent phenomena.
I'm not sure about other Alfa Romeo models like the 1900 etc if any one has written a book on a restoration of a 1900, but if they did, the repair of the panels and new manufacture of panels by hand would be a major part of it.
Last edited by Steve105; 08-23-2019 at 03:08 PM.