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post #121 of 199 (permalink) Old 06-27-2015, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Okaaaay. A little late on the updates.

Started the fuel cell setup.

Cut the floor out to a square.









My friend, Coty doing some welding magic.




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Well done! Keep it up. Drive it over when you're finished....

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Well done! Keep it up. Drive it over when you're finished....
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post #124 of 199 (permalink) Old 07-05-2015, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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There's been talk of clearance issues. We're going to wing it until I know for sure. Also build a skid plate should work well.









Doing fuel cell setup, wanted to do something cool, but I won't spoil the surprised just yet. Take a guess what's going on, besides the obvious







Both quarters had rot. Cut out the rot, pulled the fenders, rebuilt inner side with brake tubing.

Pass side was worse. I had to rebuild the rocker and wheel well, also pulled and lined with brake tube. Good trick for the ride height I'll be running. If I jam a wheel, it's hitting smooth tubing and not cutting the tire all up.







This side really needed some loving care... Had to build it piece by piece.









Also shaved the antenna since it will no longer be needed.





Got tired of messing with the body work so I took on this fun little restoration of the rear light bar. Haven't decided what I'm going to do excatly, but Atleast it's apart for when I do.











That's about it for now unless you guys enjoying seeing pictures of body work.
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Keep the pics coming!

I'm always interested to see the details of restoration jobs. It's inspirational and educational. Good stuff.


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Yep, more pictures the better. Are you changing the way the flairs are mounted to tyre clearance? I've wondered for awhile how to go about it...

Message me if any of my pictures are down and you would like them. Send me the topic link and I'll reupload them properly.
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Yep, more pictures the better. Are you changing the way the flairs are mounted to tyre clearance? I've wondered for awhile how to go about it...
Sikaflex!

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If your wheel wells aren't all rotted out you can use a fender roller to roll the inside lip or push the fender out a little bit to create some clearance. I just cut away a lot of fender and plan on making new tabs for the flairs
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Interested in seeing what you do with the light bar. Did you cut it in half?
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Nice work! Now will you please turn that light bar into a functioning light bar w a strip of LEDs?? I've had one spare for that purpose but just haven't done it yet.
Then drive to MI immediately. Meeting of the Milanos.

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Great project! Pardon my ignorance, but is there a reason why you hare mounting the fuel cell so low?

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1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
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Great project! Pardon my ignorance, but is there a reason why you hare mounting the fuel cell so low?
It is my understanding that the fuel cell is mounted as low as possible in order to keep the car's center of gravity low. A lower center of gravity aids in less load shifts placed on rear wheels during acceleration and less load shifts placed on the front wheels during heavy braking. The more evenly loads are distributed between all four tires, the better grip the car will have.
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OK thanks for that.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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Yep, more pictures the better. Are you changing the way the flairs are mounted to tyre clearance? I've wondered for awhile how to go about it...
I didn't do the quarter panels to clearance the tires except for a little bit. It was rotted out so bad that I just cut it as far up as possible to get rid of any rust. I knew the original mounting tabs for the flairs wouldn't work anymore so we took that into consideration as well, so you'll just have to stay tuned into what I do about that



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Interested in seeing what you do with the light bar. Did you cut it in half?
The metal backing was so rotted out that I tried a couple things to slide it out and it wouldn't budge. This ended up being a very tedious thing. Very carefully I took a cutoff wheel and slit the metal all the way down a few minutes at a time so I wouldn't melt the light bar itself. The light bar is made to slide apart when it's brand new so I didn't cut the light, I just cut the metal strip carefully. It was about 2 hours worth of work just getting the rusty metal strip out. During this resto I plan on coming up with something that can't rust, plus I have to figure out some new mounting studs for it.



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Great project! Pardon my ignorance, but is there a reason why you hare mounting the fuel cell so low?
I didn't really think of the "low center of gravity" part until it was mentioned, just so happened to work out well since I overlooked that aspect. Basically I just wanted it to sit semi-flush in the trunk for a cleaner look. As stated, I thought about clearance issues too and I'll cut and reweld the cradle if it's a major clearance issue.



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Nice work! Now will you please turn that light bar into a functioning light bar w a strip of LEDs?? I've had one spare for that purpose but just haven't done it yet.
Then drive to MI immediately. Meeting of the Milanos.
Rob, my dear friend, you know I will think of something crafty to do! LED's have already been processed in my thoughts, just have to figure out how I'm going to do it excatly! The first major place in taking it is Ocean City car show in beginning of October to Atleast see if it'll make that trip. Hasn't been running in 2 years, gotta get it up and running and bugs worked out before I go crazy
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Your car and your plans for it are very similar to the black one my son and I are working on. We are making it a track/show car too. Ours has also sat for 2 or 3 years and needed sorting to get it running. It has a great history, having been serviced by the same Alfa mechanic all its life, so the engine and gearbox are in excellent condition. There is no rust to contend with in our case though.

Current Alfas
2010 159 ti 1750 TBI sedan (red).
2004 GT 3.2 V6 (Stromboli Grey).
2008 159 TI Sportwagon 2.4 JTDM (Stromboli Grey).
1987 75 3 litre (red). My first 75 and now my son's.
2000 156 2 litre Twin Spark, ( Cosmos Blu metallic), my daughter's car.
2000 156 Monza Twin Spark, (Cosmos Blue metallic), son’s girlfiend’s car.
1999 GTV 3 litre 24 valve V6, metallic black, (son’s new car).

Non Alfa
1988 Range Rover Classic Highline 3.9 V8

Past Alfas
1989 75 3 litre, written off by runaway van.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (black), now sold & living in Newcastle NSW.
1990 75 3 litre Potenziata (grey, sadly deceased due to fire).
1982 GTV 2 litre, red, (daughter's first Alfa)
2 x 1992 164s, (1 red, 1 grey).
2 x 1988 33s, (both red).
1985 GTV 2 litre, (white).
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