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I purchased the Alfa based on the photos and phone conversation.

During the years stored in the garage, the body has acquired a good number of dings and upper dents due to movement of objects in the garage.

It will need an external paint job and body work to fix the dings. I am going to keep what interior and engine compartment original.
Dings are a lot easier to fix than rust! Beautiful car!

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74 Spiders are the best of both worlds and the one to hve imho, congrats!

The passenger seat is 15 miles an hour faster than the drivers seat.

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by the way, the other thing I found on mine was that the cylinder head was critically loose... I am presuming from the gasket drying out and creeping a bit... I started to check it and after taking up a near full turn on the first two bolts said " woweezowee" and started over backing each one off individually in sequence, cleaning the threads and re torquing each before moving on to the next. that way the head was never completely loose and its been fine since. i'm equally certain that if I hadn't done that , the gasket would have failed in one fashion or another in short order. also by the way... what did you pay for that car ?
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74 Spiders are the best of both worlds
gigem75,

Can you explain what you mean by that?

I'm not familiar with that year.

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gigem75,

Can you explain what you mean by that?

I'm not familiar with that year.

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Great buy !!! looks in fantstic condition...
The early S2 cars (71-76) are going up in price {in Europe and Australia anyway} so they are becoming quite collectable ....'74 is 2 litre LSD etc, so maybe the poster means very collectable S2, with the later drivetrain...just a guess.

Not sure how a '74 differs from 72,73, 75 or 76 though.
70 or 71 1750 maybe....

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All the above. In 74 you got stainless bumpers and modern trim levels but the marketing dept hadn't yet gotten hold of it to add useless weight. The 2l spica was the pinnical of development for the nord, a factory exhaust as good as headers. 74 was probably the quickest or really close to it. These are just opinions, I'm not trying to change anyones mind..

The passenger seat is 15 miles an hour faster than the drivers seat.

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2017 Giulia Q4
74 GTV restored daily driver
71 Berlina in 2L restored driver
the ones that got away:
1959 750 series Giulietta Spider Veloce
1962 Giulietta Spider normale
1965 Giulia Sprint normale
1972 GTV
1974 GTV
1974 GTV
1977 Spider
1974 Spider
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All the above. In 74 you got stainless bumpers and modern trim levels but the marketing dept hadn't yet gotten hold of it to add useless weight. The 2l spica was the pinnical of development for the nord, a factory exhaust as good as headers. 74 was probably the quickest or really close to it. These are just opinions, I'm not trying to change anyones mind..
:-) but I do like the non plastic '71 window winders !

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:-) but I do like the non plastic '71 window winders !
My U.S. '74 has chrome metal winders, but things get ugly with my '87.
Plastic certainly takes over at that point.
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This is what I received from Marco at Alfa Romeo on my Alfa Spider.
So, my Alfa arrived in the US in June 1975, but was not sold until May 1976. It also took 7 months from manufacturer date to being sent to USA.
Englewood Cliffs was the USA importer of Alfa. All matches the history and present colors.

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Starting "Driver" restoration

I have begun a "Driver" Restoration of my Spider.

Removing all trim to get ready for an exterior repaint.
Original paint is Rosso.
The trunk, engine compartment (passenger side and rear firewall), jambs, and door hinge areas are in excellent condtion.
I have removed the rubber side trim.

Pulled the motor this past Friday.
I will be converting to a Euro Intake system with 40DCOE27s.
I will also be putting some hotter cams, like I did for my Duetto.

I had to change the upper studs on the head for the Euro intake manifold.

Next to complete removal of all trim for exterior body preps.

I will be documenting my progress.
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Fun project! As far as the conversion goes, will you replace the SPICA accelerator linkage with a euro unit, right? And I'm hoping you'll leave the side fender rub strips off the car. Those were a dealer install and not what the designer had in mind... And while you're at it, you could always loose the rectangular side markers... I think they call this project creep...

It's interesting, the differences in driver experience between the two - not better or worse, just different.

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is that the original factory roof on the duetto
if so cool
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Yes, the SPICA accelarator linkage is out and I have the Euro unit to put in.

I removed the side fender strips and they will never return.

I will keep the sidemarkers, just in case I decide to go back to full original in the future.

I will keep the rear bumpers original USA, but will convert the fronts to Euro. I have the Driver side, but will be looking for the Passenger side.

Yes, I have the original factory hardtop for the Duetto. It came with it when I bought it in Ohio. It is in excellent condition and works great.
Great visibility even with the hardtop on!

More removal of engine compartment stuff this weekend. I look forward to it.

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Watching this thread with keen interest. I picked up a non-running 74 back in August. It has cleaned up very well, planning on working on mechanical over the winter. Mine was originally Blue and have been painted silver (not very well at that). If it turns into a decent driver, I may decide to repaint back to original.

Curious, what is the difference between US versus Euro Spica linkage? I'm hoping to resurrect my spica with a good bench cleaning. Also curious about the Euro front bumpers... do they not have the big clumps of rubber?

Have my eye on a beat up (mostly body & interior) but running 82 as a potential parts car. It has new tires and nice looking rims which would help justify the cost.

Thanks for posting pictures and updates!
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US version Spica uses cable operated system on the intake side. As you press on the pedal you PULL the away from the intake.

Euro version Carbs uses a mechanical linkage on the intake side. As you press the pedal, the linkage PUSHes towards the carbs.

I have the Carb style pedal / throttle assembly.

I have all the Euro components, including carbs to make the transition.

The big rubber blocks are found on the USA cars. Front and Rear.

In the process of looking into a rear Euro bumper and what it takes to install.

I did not want to mess with a Spica system which has been sitting for over 20 years with the same gas in it. So, I have removed all the components and stashed them away. I do not like to get rid of any of my Alfa parts.
I also like having the ability to adjust the mixture for any changes I make to to engine. I plan to put in hotter cams, but keep the head / block original. I will install a wide range AFR system to fine tune to the 2.0 L motor.
I replaced the cams for my Duetto, changed jets per the AFR and it greatly improved my moving from a stop and acceleration in general.

Have to finish removing the rest of the trim to get a good estimate on what needs to be done for paint / body work.
Then I will start on all the other stuff.... brakes, suspension, electrical, seals, clutch/pressure plate, etc.

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