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Hello All - I'm going to start the slow and hopefully steady log of my 76 GT project. Bought the car a few months ago from southern Oregon. My goal is to update and modernize it - sorry, purists, but it won't be a restore-to-original. As much as possible, i'm going to envision what an Alfetta might be like if it was built today, but still as a "somewhat" lightweight, minimal-frills sports GT. I admire all those that undertake full restorations, and have looked in awe at your threads/discussions. That's not me - i've owned two of these beauties in the past, and have always thought "what if?" Well, what-if is now.

So, lots of good and bad on this car - first the good. It's a California '76 and the rust is very minimal - even in the typical places. The PO bought it as a teen (parents owned body shop) and owned it for 17 years, and kept it indoors, driving it minimally, and not at all while on an extended tour of duty in the Service. He fixed the bad stuff and sprayed the entire car in primer. The mileage says 87k, and based on what I know, it could be real (no turnover). So, it is a great place to start. It has A/C (non-working now), which was a requirement for me and Mrs.D. And, it has a new clutch, T/O and Clutch MC. And the door panels - front and back - are those cool (and heavy) pressed-box style pieces, and in very good shape.

Now the bad - most everything mechanical. Gas in the oil. Toasted radiator. Non-existent syncros. But that's all OK, as i'm planning to re-build almost everything my way. Update engine and transaxle. New A/C (prob. Vintage Air). And will most likely seriously update the interior. Seats are now upholstered in designer duct tape. Dash is more cracks than flat. And finally, there has been a lot of creative wire-cutting and vacuum-hose plugging. Previous Owners just cut out the CA Smog stuff and plugged (or didn't plug) the vacuum hoses.

And the suspension - having read the bb considerably, and having consulted one of my "transaxle guru's" Brian Shorey, i decided to find an early GTV6 and cannibalize the suspension. And I found the suspension attached to an '84 GTV6 that Ian Lomax (another source of wisdom) wanted to sell. So, I have lots of great starting points for this project.

My goal is to paint it black (sorry, again) and make it as clean as possible - in lines, form and function. There's pics below that show something like my vision. I love the simplicity of line of the Alfetta, which is why I didn't start with a GTV6.

I'm getting into this with enough knowledge and skills to handle the basics, and enough humility to ask LOTS of questions. At this point, i've yanked out most of the easy stuff. Now "this is where the fun begins." Thanks in advance for all your help, and I'll try to keep this alive and frequently updated over the next few years. Let the journey begin...

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And the donor car - my shop in the background with the Alfetta inside. And then all three Alfa's happily ensconced in the shop for the Oregon winter to come... You can see that i've started stripping stuff off the Alfetta already...
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And finally, some of my visions of the future... imagine the Alfetta lines instead of the GTV6 bulges and bumpers, and you get the idea...
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Welcome. I like your plans.
I recently sold my 1975 GT (RHD), so I’m sure I’ll shed a little tear every time you provide an update. Interested to see that Alfa had already moved from in-floor fuel tank and under-hood battery locations (which my car had) as early as 76.
 

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Welcome. I like your plans.
I recently sold my 1975 GT (RHD), so I’m sure I’ll shed a little tear every time you provide an update. Interested to see that Alfa had already moved from in-floor fuel tank and under-hood battery locations (which my car had) as early as 76.
All the Alfetta's had tanks in the trunk in the US. Pinto law, no gas tanks behind the rear axle.
 

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Please don't go bumperless.
The Euro bumpers might have too much of a vintage look for what you are trying to accomplish.
The Zender bumpers (mocked up on my Alfetta over the Euro bumpers) have a more modern look.
If I put the Zenders on my GTV6, I will cut off the kickup on the rear of the front bumper; looks goofy.
The 15" wheels make the car look more modern than my older 14" wheels. Sixteens can work too, but I think 17" are too much.

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Please don't go bumperless.
Tom, thanks for your thoughts... really appreciate any and all suggestions! I have yet to find a bumper solution that I like... I am leaning toward bumper-less, especially in front... May stay with the Euro in back. Where I live, I’m exempt from any safety or smog checks, so I’m free to use an off-the-shelf solution, nothing at all, or something custom-fabricated. I can’t imagine that Giugiaro included bumpers in his original sketches, but would be cool to see his vision before the safety-people had their way. One thing for sure... the USA bumpers are NOT going back on!
 

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Sounds like fun, vintage air is a very good idea. Black looks great on the alfetta ( I have a black 79 Mille miglia ). I suggest retaining the chrome window trim, it really helps show the body lines with a dark color
 

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Drop a TwinSpark from a European 75 in it if you can find one.
They're a direct fit as the motor mounts, exhaust and driveshaft all line up.
I drove Alfetta GTs for years and years and thoroughly enjoyed them.
They're cool looking, fun to drive, relatively easy to work on and aren't hard on your wallet.
Good luck with your project.
 

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Thanks, all! Keep them coming! Alfavulcan - you are so right! The chrome strips really help break up the black. 1978alfa - would love to do that, but i need to find one and afford one! Not sure I can do that on my "allowance". But i will keep an eye out.

All - i'll be (frequently, probably) including posts called "Battlefield Lessons" to share some experiences and learnings, for those - like me - who are undertaking this as relative newbies. Stay tuned.
 

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Updates from the front...

Much of the engine ancillaries and most of the interior have been removed... still am not finding any significant rust, even under the drivers seat. The insulating stuff didn’t come out without a fight, so all of that will need replacing. Stuff in the engine bay has come out much easier than expected... again, a testament to the lack of rust/rot. Have found some long-abandoned mouse condo’s, however!
Next step is taking out the wiring harness...

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Battlefield Lessons - Trust No Nut!

I'm going to start with an obvious-to-many lesson. Make a can of Rust Releaser (available from WD-40 and others) your best friend. Every nut and bolt - especially nuts that are screwed onto a welded thread - should be sprayed. Then, after waiting 10-15 minutes, carefully start unscrewing. When (not if) you inevitably break off a welded thread, take a pic of where it was. I broke off one of the threaded rods that attached the HVAC unit to the chassis. I'll need to weld a replacement back on, as the unit is too heavy to be held on with just three nuts.
 

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Name This Part - Please!

It's a new game that will, undoubtedly, be played again in this process! Can someone tell me what this is, as well as what it should be doing? Clearly, there is a fuse holder here, and the black wires on the left attach to the wiring harness. The silver, sheathed wire goes out to the engine compartment and down the firewall somewhere... to ground? This part is located under the dash on the passenger side - the two relays below it are for the A/C. Any help here?
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That fuse holder appears to be for the old AGC type glass tube fuse. I cannot say if that style fuse ever was used anywhere on the Alfettas, though. Maybe part of an aftermarket alarm or immobilizer?
 

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^ ^ Yep that is the Cat overheat warning light trigger ...wires in top right should go to the Cat.
 

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Thanks! Makes sense as the braided line goes down the firewall and disappears below. And it’s on the same mounting plate as the A/C relays, so it was added as a US/California extra. Why would it be fused? Does the dash light go on when the fuse blows? One way or the other, it’s a goner... no need for a cat here in central Oregon!
 

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Thanks! Makes sense as the braided line goes down the firewall and disappears below. And it’s on the same mounting plate as the A/C relays, so it was added as a US/California extra. Why would it be fused? Does the dash light go on when the fuse blows? One way or the other, it’s a goner... no need for a cat here in central Oregon!
"Goner" is the key word here...... LOL.

BTW, 76 huh?
Need taillamp? I have a NOS one. Can't remember which side.
 

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I've been contemplating what to do with the front bumper for the better part of a year. I shortened the mounts and sucked in the rear bumper, but it could still use some fettling.

I think I'll try cutting down and sucking in the front bumper (currently driving bumperless) or make a much more diminutive aluminum copy and mounting it. Given the lines on the GTV6, something needs to unify the front end.
 
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