Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Western Pennsylvania
No such thing as a small project....
Now that the weather is decent, I'm lining up my car projects. A couple of cars are nearly done, and next on the list is a refresh of my Celeste blue '69 Spider. Mechanically, the car runs and drives very well. Get this. It was an italian delivery car imported by an Alfa dealer. That explains the blue color which was not a US option. It has 65,000 documented miles on it and I have maintenance records showing an engine rebuild. The interior is almost entirely original but it is very, very tired, so almost everything will be rebuilt or replaced. Although the paint is excellent, the previous owner said it best by stating that the paint and body work guy that worked on the car was great at painting, maybe not so great at bodywork. So there are some things that MY paint and body guy need to fix that will require a respray. The car was hit on the passenger side at some point and the door is not hung correctly with horrible gaps. I'm also moving the mirrors to a location more suitable for actual use. Normally, I would consider a complete soda blast followed by whatever metal work is needed and then a complete respray, but there are just enough original bits on the car to make me not want to do that and I'm not planning on doing anything to the drivetrain except replacing the exhaust system. Plus, you know, way too much money. OK, enough talk.
So I'll be stripping the interior, refinishing the wheels, cleaning up the engine compartment, installing all the missing decals, installing new mirrors in the US locations as well as the missing Pininfarina badges, pulling the guages out to be cleaned and rechromed, probably replacing or refinishing the steering wheel, tearing down and powdercoating the top frame and many other bits. My interior guy will recover the seats and reinstall a new Hartz top after the bodywork and paint are done.
I'll continue to post here as progress is made. The goal is to have this car and my red one at the PVGP/AROC convention in July. Thanks for reading!
Alfa-current: '66 Duetto, '69 Spider
Past: '74 Spider, '76 spider, '80 GTV 6
Other-Current: 11 BMWs, Ram 1500
Other-past: 16 BMWs, MGs, Triumphs, other stuff that doesn't count.