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Hi, I bought two Alfa Spiders about one year ago. I drive one on a regular basis and I restore the other one during my spare time. With three young children, I can tell you that the project is going slowwww ! With two Spiders I can drive one now and take my time to restore the other as I want.

The goal is to rebuild a complete car, learn, have fun and one day drive the car I was dreaming about when I was sixteen. It's not my first project. I've been working on cars as an hobby for 20 years, but I never did a complete tear-down project.

Here is the project:

A 86 Spider I bought $1200 in the USA in May 2008.

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The body is not too bad, but there is some rust: spare wheel well, rocker panels, left floor pan and some minor spots elsewhere. The interior is bad, dirty, large cracks on dash, etc.

Mechanically, the car has 60K miles, engine has good compression but oil in coolant liquid. The car was not running when I bought it but the engine started before I removed it from the car. Nothing electric is working ! I don't care about that for now... I already rebuilt the gearbox and it is in my other Spider... the test is done, I know I can rebuild an Alfa gearbox with success ! Over 12K miles without any problem !

First step was to remove the interior:

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That's the easy part... removing and taking notes of everything. I have now over 300 part numbers with notes.

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It tooks about three days to remove all the interior and the engine with gearbox.

More to come...

Dominic
 

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Floor pan and spare wheel well

The left floor pan was rusty and I decided to replace the complete pan. Samething with the spare tire well. I will use POR-15 to protect the floor and the tire well

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Engine bay after some cleaning...

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Underside I removed the undercoating with propane torch and a paint scraper. Not a fun job... thanks to the lift and thanks to my buddy ! The beer is better after that tough !

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And the work goes on !

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Whew! You have been busy.
 

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Great job so far, you are ambitious :cool:
 

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Dolly

Here is the dolly I made for the project.

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I would like to paint the interior this weekend and install an "insulator mat". All interior parts hided by the carpet will be painted by myself with POR-15 black. The car will be professionally painted black (solid black)... I know I know I know... painting my white Spider in black could increase the cost of my decals ;)

I know the guy who will paint the car. My plan is to have the paint done in two steps. First step: engine bay, trunk, interior (not carpeted), windshield frame, etc. In that way, I would do the interior, the drivetrain, etc, without the fear of scratching the new paint...

I'm there... after one year... in French we have a slogan : "Lentement mais surement"... translated in English it could be Slowly but surely :)

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Insulator mat

I did not have a lot of time in the last days... but I'm almost done with the insulator mat. I bought it at a local audio shop. The guy told me that his product is as good as Dynamat... I have no idea if it's true or not, but I had no problem installing it. I used a hard wood roller and it was pretty easy to do. It will take 40 square feets. I bought 30 sqf the first time... now I have 10 more sqf to install !

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87 Silver Quad Spider (summer daily driver)
86 Black Graduate (restoration project)
 

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Undercoating

The Spider will leave for the paint next week. I finished the undercoating last night. The painter will put a coat of chassis black urethane paint over the undercoating. The rest of the car will be Jet Black AR-913.

I use 9 spray cans for the entire underbody... what a pain for the finger !!!

Here is some pictures:

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Looking good!

Too late for your sore finger now but consider something like this next time.
Thanks !
A good one Eric... as you said it's too late for me, but I'm sure somebody would save his fingers with that !!!
 

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Some more pictures of the progress

Hi everyone !

I'm still waiting for the car. My Alfa is still at the paint shop but I continue to work on other parts when I have time.

I rebuilt the trailing arms, the T-Bar and the rear axle. Here is some pictures:

First, the trailing arms... before !
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I had to removed the old bushings... not too bad, but it needs to be patient ! I drilled to old rubber and used a metal saw to cut the sleeve of the old bushing.
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Here is the result without the new bushings... sandblasted and painted.


The fun continue !
 

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Rear axle

I decided to completely rebuilt the rear axle since I have it in hands. I have the tools for that and I already did that job a few times in the past... more than 10 years ago though and on Ford and Jeep axles only.

I dismantled the brake parts, shafts, axle tubes and everything was sandblasted and painted before rebuilding.
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I've made a kind of tool to hold the flange when I had to tighten the pinion nut.
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While I replaced the bearings, I had to adjust the pinion and crown wheel alignment. That's a bit different than other differential I was familiar with.
I obtained a good pattern and 0.015 inch of backlash. I'm a bit over specs, but I can live with that for a street car with less than 100HP at the wheels !
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Next... handbrake and shafts.
 

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Rear axle... completed !

I've put new bearings on shafts, new brake pads and here is the final result (less one caliper that I did not finished yet)

Advice... when pressing the bearing stopper ring... heat it A LOT before !

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New seals and Voila !

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And the T-Bar...
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Next step... front suspension...
 

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Hey Dominic:

Looking great! Well...other than that slow black paint you are planning to put over that fast white paint!:D:D:D Keep the photos coming!! When you coming down to start on my SS? :D:D:D

Best Regards,
John M
 

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Dominic,


I recently joined the Alfa BB and was browsing thru the threads when I saw your restauration project..

Wow.. great job so far and from the details you have shown. I have no doubt the final product will be great!

I have a 1987 Black Alfa Spider Graduate that I have now owned for over 20 years.

I live in Montreal and perhaps when your done... you could work on mine!

Just joking.. enjoy the project and keep the pictures coming.

Let me know how the paint job turns out.
 

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Thanks guys, I will let you know as soon as I have something new. For now I'm working on the head gasket on my 87 Quad. I will be back on the 86 project maybe the next weekend.

The 86 Spider is supposed to be back from body shop in few weeks. The guy who paints my car is doing that in his spare time and it seems that he doesn't have much spare time !!! Not a real problem for me tough.

Gabrial, glad to hear from a fellow Alfisti in Quebec ! I live in Trois-Rivieres (one hour drive).

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Good to hear from you.

I just reactivated the plates yesterday and took the car out of storage and a spin yesterday.

Let me know when you get the car back from the paint shop.

Maybe I can take a drive out on a weekend and see your work in progress!
 

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Gabrial, you're welcome... I will let you know as soon as I get the car back from the paint shop.
 

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Bonjour Daniel,

I was wondering if you could assist.

Would you have a spare functioning Speedometer sender unit, since you have two spiders?

My speedometer recently stoped functioning.
I tested the cable and it does turn.

I am not sure if it is the Speedometer sender that is faulty or the Speedometer itself.

If you would allow me to do a test with your unit on site.... It would help me finish trouble shooting the problem.

If you know someone in the area that has a speedometer sender or speedometer for sale... let me know. I have an 1987 Alfa Spider Graduate.

Thanks
 
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