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Update time!
With my Blue Spider all but finished, I am turning my attention to Red again.

Earlier this year she was removed from Storage...


She is now in my garage next to Blue awaiting space to start in earnest.
I would post a picture, but she is piled high with boxes and parts, and its embarrassing...

Anyway, since my last posts, I have added a bunch of tools to the workshop...
I can share if anyone is interested?
 

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Ok, as this is a restoration thread and we all know the tools maketh the car...0:)

Here is what I have "collected", and in some cases, brought back to functionality...
Maybe its just me, but somehow there is a symmetry to restoring a tool to restore a another tool or vehicle!
So, that said, here is my Craigslist and other finds that will aid my progress..

Kwicklift ramp...


7.5hp 80g tank [email protected] Speedaire Compressor..
getting it home, and into position was "fun"..:wink2:


Non running 4X6 V/H metal Bandsaw... Before...


After..


Birthday gifts from my awesome GF!


Eastwood TIG and Plasma Cutter...


And for the next year, a Powdercoating System..


Non functional(read cheap) DeeBlast 30" Media Cabinet..
There was about 100lb of solid, moisture laden media in the hopper... it was FULL to the grill!:surprise:


Emptied, cleaned, wheeled, painted, new Gun, gloves, feed, lighting, and after this pic, a bigger window, and extraction system installed..


30" HF Brake/shear/slip roll... Before...


After..
 

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Shrinker/Stretcher set..


This was a piece of flat 18g steel I bent at 90 and shrunk and stretched the bend to test...


CL free oven for Powdercoating....


And some of the things I have done...


Added an optional Soda Blasting capability to the cabinet..


Quick test subject!


Work in progress and recent acquisitions include...

HF 20g parts washer that will have a wheels, a sump pump and filter...



Shoptask 1720 Lathe/Mill Combo..


Beadroller... which looked like this(Cheap!)...


But with the Mill and Lathe, is in process of being converted into a stiffer, stronger beast powered by a motor...
Teaser.


I think I am ready to start stripping Red, finish the rotissarie and move fwd with the restoration!

Anything else I need?
 

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Seriously jealous. You must have a huge shed for all those tools!!

Well done mate.
Pete
 

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Just a 2 car, 20' x 20' garage Pete... and I have both Spiders in that garage currently!
I just have to be creative with my space and equipment. Most is on wheels, and moved around to suit what I am doing.
The plan is, to get the Blue to its new owner, and then I need to move everything to the ramp side of the garage, and redo the floor there. Then I need to build a rolling table for the Brake/sheer/roller combo unit, as it is on my bench at the moment. That table will have the combo unit at one end, and probably a Belt grinder on the other. I also plan to build trailer hitch receivers into the top/side to attach various tools dependent on what I need to do.

LOL, Skip... what do you need to do?
 

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Let's get some Spider owners together for coffee this weekend. Wait, espresso.
 

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Started putting my thoughts, and a parts list together.

Paint of course will be a huge chunk of the budget, and that bought me to a question...

What is the "Correct" finish for the underside of the car?
 

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Started putting my thoughts, and a parts list together.

Paint of course will be a huge chunk of the budget, and that bought me to a question...

What is the "Correct" finish for the underside of the car?
I can't answer that question, but I will offer that we watched this car for many years before we ended up with it. The guy at the Exxon station that kept our Alfas passing smog owned it; his brother owned the station.

When we first saw the car it was Alfa red, which is orange to me. He didn't like it and painted it this beautiful metallic candy apple red, which I loved. But, at some point he decided that ruined the originality of it being a 1974 so he repainted it the Alfa red/orange again. In these processes, I don't know if he may have changed the color on the underside.
 

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Great info Cheryl, and thanks!

I knew the car had been painted more than once, as I could see from a chip, but did not know the story...

So, armed with this info, and having the car sitting in my garage now, I popped out there, and slapped a piece of 220g on my DA sander to see!
And there it is, like rings on a tree...
I took like 5 pics, and only this one really shows the story, as I used an additional light....
From center out looking at the softer blended area on the right..

1/ bare metal
2/ Original OEM black primer electrocoat?
3/ Original White sealer?
4/ Original Alfa(orangy) red?
5/ Base coat for metallic red you describe Cheryl?
6/ Clearcoat with Candy.
7/ Black sealer/primer?
8/ Final red single stage..



That was fun!:smile2:
 

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So, it is Sunday, Funday!

And because I was in the mood for some testing...

Gently DA'd off the whole of that area with 120 grit, slow but nice finish...


Then tried 80 grit, but I think the 80 grit I have is junk, or it just does not work as well, so I tried a 4" grinder with a 60g flap wheel.
Worked well, but left some marks that I was not happy with on fwd section... finished with 120g on DA...



 

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Looks good! No matter how you slice it, it's just plain hard work, but worth it.
 

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Thanks Gigem!
To recap and regroup..
Been planning this resto for years.. and collecting parts!

This car will need metalwork in:
Front under valance has a couple of rough spots, but I have an OEM panel.
Picture somewhere!

Floors, but I have very good OEM floors from a parted '81 Spider.


Front drivers..


Rear drivers..


Front pass side...


Rear passengers..


Rockers. have some bubbles, so will delve into that.

Drain channel behind driver, but I have panel from 77 spider.


Rear taillight panel, rear lower valance, and maybe trunk floor sandwich.. Have OEM tail light panel, need lower.



OEM tail light panel.



Spare wheel well has a small rust spot next to drain hole.


One area that I know is tweaked, is the rear LH fender. Talking to Cheryl, seems the car was rear ended sometime.
The crack in the paint on the wheelarch was the first clue..


Looking at it today, sans paint, its more obvious..
There is a slight bulge in the shoulder, and wheelarch....


And looking at the wheelarch return flange, I see a tweak there too.


Maybe the car will need a pull on a rack...

So, I broke down my plan into steps, some of which I am not ready for yet, but when I get a spare hour or 2, like today, I will just hit the paint a section at a time.
I was taught to deal with each panel "section" in turn, so thats kinda what I plan to do.

Living in SoCal, I am not too worried about flash rust for now, but can someone suggest an primer for protecting stages that paint shops are not gonna freak out over?
 
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