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I recently bought a1969 GTV 1750 which recently was reconverted back to a single brake Circuit.

Can someone tell me the benefits of this system versus brake boosters?

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Congrats on your purchase!

The 1969 US version 1750 GTV never had a single brake system. US Regs said that all vehicles sold in the US starting with the 1968 model year must have a tandem brake system. Converting to a single circuit system is, IMO, a major step backward in the safety department.
 

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Congratulations on the find. Lets see some pictures. I posted to you topic in the brakes section.

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I will. I am about to start restoration. Just looking for a paint shop here in Michigan. Interior done, new Buttress seats etc waiting to go in.

Frustrating trying to find a decent painter who isn't trying to rip me off.

I also have a fully restored 1991 Spider Veloce
 

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I hope you are not equating paying a lot of money being ripped off and choosing your painter on the basis of paying the least or what you think a paint job should cost. If you are remember you do get what you pay for and these chaps are in business and entitled to make a profit. It is quality of work, which in painting equates to quality of materials and even more importantly the preparation method and time-that extremely important foundation of a quality paint job-that is the criteria you must judge your car painter on. Unfortunately time = money, and add on expensive materials and it means any good paint job done by a professional is going to cost. Most important thing in choosing is finding out what steps they are going to take on your job, what paint system, estimate of how long, what experience has the paint crew got and viewing some of their previous jobs-if you can see some done say 2 yrs prior. If they are used to restoration work so much the better as the insurance job shops usually need to take short cuts and get used to it for other work.

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I am more than prepared to pay good money for a great job. I understand the business but when someone is estimating me at around 18 - $20,000 and 12 to 15 months for my GTV I can only imagine that they don't want the job. My car is in great shape with only a couple of spots of surface rust. I have all the parts, replacement panels etc.

Thanks for your reply but I have done this before and know when someone is trying to take me for a ride.

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could you post me a good quality picture of the gearbox support area near the location of the master brake cilinder, and also let me know if you can actually find the correct cilinder. Also please read my topic, GTA rep building for the why of this question!
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Rik
 

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If your in southeast lower michigan, try larry smith at autometric. he does our benz repairs and paint work. all i can say is excellent.
 

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I agre with you regarding the estimate-obviously didn`t want the job but why don`t people like that just be up front and say no-too much hassle. There must be someone in your region who specialises in restoration work so are sympathetic to old cars. What about a local rod shop or a panel & paint shop specialising in European vehicles.

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I just got one thanks.

By the way I'm an Aussie if you can believe that!!!

Bad luck about The World Cup. We both blew it!
 

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I would agree that the brakes were probably converted for cost reasons. How was it done?
Is it just the vacuum booster that is missing or did they change out the master and rip out plumping? I am slowly restoring some boosters and if you need one I might be able to get it together. PM me...
 

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re brake

i have had a few you should have twin boosters. also in 68 there werent any alfas imported. my 68 duetto was actually bought in europe by a us serviceman and brought over. you would know if it has a km speedo
 

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i have had a few you should have twin boosters. also in 69 there werent any alfas imported. mine was actually bought in europe by a us serviceman and brought over. so yours might be a 68 or 70. is your speed o in miles or km?
I think I'm going to have to call you on that one. The 105.51 was first released in 69, there were no '70s imported. The US spec 69 gtvs had unique seats, floor mounted pedals (like the earlier cars), fuel injection (I think it was the first year for it here,) and the small tail lights like the earlier cars as well. In '71 the 2 brake boosters went away in favor of the hanging pedals, and single booster setup. The larger tail lights also appeared, as well as the car gaining about 2 inches on the back end (I think). There were only 640 of the 105.51s built according to Alfa Storico.

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Thanks. The PO converted it back to a single circuit system. I'm thinking of putting boosters back after I have the car painted. It goes to the panel shop today. Taking it back to AR727 Silver with black interior. I'm buzzed about it. I have new Buttress seats and the interior is ready to go. I will send pics when done. Now the decision is...what wheels to put on it?

I will PM you on Boosters.

Kiwi...sorry to remind you about the WCup. Hurts me too. I mean the Poms or the Yarpies...not much of a choice between them of who I can't stand more!
 
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