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06-25-2019 04:31 AM
Tom Frasca Nice Job! at least when your done you will know what you have and in the process preserved a Spica era car. I do not know if you have looked at my thread , Similar work but not necessary to remove engine,...keep it going!!
06-24-2019 09:05 PM
autobroker Keep up the good work. I wish you were here in So Cal. I'd send you my project car - I like the work you do!
05-08-2019 09:03 AM
RPHIL40342 I'm local in Michigan and have plenty of spares...please feel free to get in touch if you need any parts etc...
05-08-2019 07:19 AM
Opiwan88
Top and interior

I also choose to go with a company by the name of Convertible Top Guys. They had a good selection of colors.

I haven't put the top on yet so I cant give any reviews on that product. They did send extra material so I used it to recover the header bow.

The seat covers did not fit tight, but they are good enough for me. The headrests were way too small to fit the 1979 headrests. I am sourcing an upholsterer to fix the headrest covers. I am learning that there are so many differences between the generations and US vs Euro spec Spiders that you need to expect to improvise. But they did have the matching seat material that you can buy as a roll per yard. I purchased enough to recover my door skins and additional interior trim to match. I have enough to also cover some speaker mounts for the kick panels, a speaker box for behind the seats and a shifter boot, so they all match.
05-08-2019 07:01 AM
Opiwan88
Fender quarters

Since I am on a budget, and for those that might also be doing work on a budget, I will share this.

I purchased $40 worth of stock sheet metal from my local welder. Rough cut it and hand bent it to fit my Spider. Welded it into the patch areas leaving the ends square. Then used a projector to project the side image of a Spider on the side of my Spider. Used rotate and scaling on the computer to line up the door gaps and body lines, and then traced the fender lines. Then cut the square ends off. Much cheaper than the replacement panels.
04-22-2019 08:40 AM
Tom Frasca I feel your pain...

https://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spi...-nonsense.html
04-22-2019 05:26 AM
Opiwan88
Warm weather equals progress

I just might get her finished for summer.
04-24-2017 09:07 PM
Alfaboutvegas Glad the feedback didn't deter you in the progress! Looking good! Man, with all that rust you showed back in, when was it , 2010?, I was wondering how to get through that.
Gotta say, I admire your perseverance.
If you need any parts, I just dismantled a 78 without the rust. I'll donate to your project if you pick-up the shipping.

Hope it comes along quickly, the roads are waiting for your Spider!
04-24-2017 08:27 PM
goats Fantastic!! And the car progress is pretty good too! Do keep this thread updated as you get through the ups and downs of Resto -- I admire your perspective and determination, please bottle some up and send to me!!
04-24-2017 06:48 PM
gigem75 Great progress, thanks for sharing!
Add another garage bay in that new house and POR, press on regardless
04-24-2017 01:55 PM
Opiwan88 Many years and much life happened, but the project did not end. Here are few photo updates. The negative feedback did prevent me from visiting the forums, but did not prevent me from making progress :-). It could be many more years before I am done, who knows. We have two children now, two dogs, the wife is an ER nurse, we are looking at having a new house built and who knows what else life will throw at us. For now, the Alfa keeps me sane and provides me with a little escape.
06-02-2011 08:36 AM
Opiwan88 The undercoating seems to be in great condition in all areas. The floor boards are good, most of the trunk is good and the subframes, rails and front suspension mounts look good, so far. Still need to do more exploration. Previous accident damage(removing some filler) will tell me more but most of the rust seems to be located to collateral damage from the accidents, a popped seam here, cracked undercoating there that let the elements in. I will be going at this in stages, first stage is the replace the rockers, get the structure back, then I can feel safer putting it up on stands or rotisserie.
06-02-2011 12:59 AM
rafael Pete: correct, once the rockers have been replaced the car will be again a rigid car.
Opiwan88: how are the attachment points of the trailing arms of the rear suspension?
05-31-2011 06:51 PM
PSk Guys,

Once the rockers and chassis rails are replaced then this rust we are looking at will be a non-issue. In the end whether the car is this bad or just has a couple of holes in the chassis rail ... rip out and replace them is the most likely process, thus condition does not matter too much.

I'm also one of those people that has been restoring a car that I probably should not have. In fact my wife has many times requested (begged) me to just go and buy another car, but that is not what it is about for me. Restoring my car to concours condition is a personal challenge and giving me a great deal of satisfaction (inbetween the frustration).

Money and time don't really matter ... restorations should be all about the heart IMO.
Pete
05-31-2011 05:54 PM
Opiwan88
Bracing for sure.

Yup, I'm on the bracing before anymore cutting. I figured the outer beauty panels wouldn't be much for support, and since I could see inside to nearly the inner sill and the doors still open and close, I would be fine. hehe. I will pick up bracing when I visit the blacksmith to approve the sill rough draft and price.
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