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79 Spider fresh from body shop

I recently got my spider back from the paint shop. It is close to authentic Euro look for the year. It is not perfect but that may be a good thing as I plan to drive it about 6k miles/year.
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Looks fantastic! Now get in some good autumn driving.

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Hi Bill:
It still has the 4.56 axle! The new engine is revving well and I may not need to install the 4.1. And I have bought a 12.2 mm camshaft from Richard Jemison, so it may need that 4.56 ratio.
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Beautiful!!

Just a thought: A pair of chromed or stainless steel wiper arms/brades will look great on her!!

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looks really nice Ed!!! When I lived in England, I had a red Euro spec 1979 lhd.....looked just like yours, except I had ugly wheels on her and no carello covers

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Fantastic Ed! Looks super nice.

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1978 AR Spider Veloce 2000....the first and still here...Bianco
1984 AR Spider Veloce............the second & gone to the parts bin....Rosso
1992 AR Spider Veloce............the third and still here...Bianco
1991 AR 164L........................the fourth and traded on the SS....Rosso
1965 AR Sprint Speciale..........the fifth...in boxes....sold....Bianco
1978 AR Spider Veloce 2000....the sixth gone to be a parts car...slow black
1967 AR Giulia Sprint GT.........the seventh with Gregg and sold......Rosso
1993 AR Spider Veloce............the eighth with Gregg and still here....Verde Inglese
1982 Ferrari 308 GTSi.............the first and still here....Azzurro
1999 Ferrari 355F1 Spider........the second and still here....TdF Blue[/SIZE]
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Wow! I like it a lot, of course, especially the fact that it is finished!

Bill / 1977 Alfa Romeo 4C2000 / 2012 BMW S1000RR / 1975 BMW R90/6
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Thanks. I still have some work to do on the interior. I have a reproduction console from IAP to install and I have to decide on dash restoration.
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That is soooooo CLEAN!!!
I especially like the shaved and replaced side markers and the fact it now has a proper Smile...
Very nice job.

Get out there and DRIVE !

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One of the prettiest Spiders I've ever seen. Congrats!

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'79 Spider

Ed,

Very nice. I have all the bits to do this for my '79, so I look forward to mine looking like your some day. May I ask how you mounted the earlier bumpers to your car? That is the only thing I need to solve.

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Man, that car looks tasty. Do you have any pics of the back? Did you do your own metal work?
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I did not do any body work unless you count putting dents in it before the body shop fixed it. I built the engine, rebuilt the suspension and did a host of other improvements, but I know my limitaions and I do not do body repairs, recover seats, fit convertable tops or replace windshields.

The rear bumper is easy. There are 4 mounting points. One on each side - there are a pair of large dimple in the fenders for the side mounts , you have to drill holes in them - watch out for the gas tank! and there are a pair of holes in the lower rear panel for the rear bolts.

The front bumpers were much more difficult as I used a Euro mounting bracket. I had to cut off the mounting plates for the bumper shocks and then cut away some more metal before the new bracket could be welded in place. I had help from a guy with cutting and welding equipment.

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I've seen your car before....

I saw two Spiders about 5 minutes apart heading SE on I-26 between the NC/SC border and Spartanburg SC. Both were running with their tops down and running strong 5 - 10 MPH over the posted 70 MPH limit. Way to represent guys!

One was a white Duetto with a bent front bumper. The guy had a video camera mounted behind the front seats.

The other was red with a '74ish front bumper and a '72 rear bumper. The license plate lights were located on the bumper like a '72 and not on the side of the plate like a '74. He had SC plates "ROMA".


Here is a post by me from the Alfa Spotting thread back in July. Understand that you went by my fairly quick. Do you know the guy in the Duetto?

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I never saw that post or thread. The Duetto was driven by Rob Wilds of Charleston. We were on our way to meet up with the Charlotte AROC guys for a ride in the mountains near Asheville. We had a good time but Rob's car broke down. On the mountain run I was in line behind Amedeo DeCarolis in his 164Q and in front of Mark Brummond in his Calloway twin turbo GTV6. I tried to keep them honest. That was before I took my spider to the body shop.
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