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With a certain degree of shame, mixed with a renewed enthusiasm, I present our Barn Alfa. 1974 GTV, 66,000 original miles. Parked by the previous owner since 1988, made it over to our barn 8 years ago. It was to be a father-son project with my then 15 year-old. He lost enthusiasm quickly, so the car has stayed firmly in "Jackstand Queen" status every since.

I want to get it running and road worthy for my wife's 50th birthday on December 27th.
 

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It might be appropriate to post the car in the "injured Alfa" thread as a proper penance.
 

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Wahoo!

Excellent, enjoy the work ahead. She will look great someday and bring a smile to your face with every drive.
Ahhh, but, what is your definition of "running and roadworthy"? The only way to do that by 27 December (of this year) for a car that's been sitting since 1988 is to have a slot next week on an automotive reality show where a crew of pros jump on it armed with a few thousand dollars worth of all the right spare parts! :)
 

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Well, I've had all these parts on the shelf for that 8 years. Now I just need to remember what they all are. :001_huh:
 

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I started working on the rear brakes this evening. The calipers are just dusty and need cleaning. We had red caliper paint for these, but 8 years later I'm not really liking the idea. The rear rotors' set screws wouldn't come loose without some persuasion. I was surprised by the handbrake drum and shoe arrangement. I didn't see that in either of Braden's books that I purchased.
 

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December 27th for your wife's 50th birthday? That might actually be doable as you did not specify what year, and you replace the current wife with one aged in her mid to early 40's.
 

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It looks like the color is "Beige Cava" -- which I find to be an exceptionally good looking color for this model.

Congrats on re-starting the resto!
 

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Interesting fuel can in the first picture. Is that some kind of pit stop refueler?

I'm guessing your wife shows horses. Been there, done that, hauled the feed for old carrot breath. A man's hobbies should kick him in the billfold, not the knees. You've made a wise choice. Good luck and have fun!
 

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Interesting fuel can in the first picture. Is that some kind of pit stop refueler?

I'm guessing your wife shows horses. Been there, done that, hauled the feed for old carrot breath. A man's hobbies should kick him in the billfold, not the knees. You've made a wise choice. Good luck and have fun!
Yes, its a dump can for a racecar.

What's the most efficient way to turn money into crap...a horse.

We have a big barn, and dressage facility. There is a reason for my screen name.
 

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I told my wife her horsecrap production plant was too expensive to run so I was going to outsource horsecrap production to China!
She did English riding, hunter/jumper mainly.
 

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December 27th for your wife's 50th birthday? That might actually be doable as you did not specify what year, and you replace the current wife with one aged in her mid to early 40's.
That could all be arranged. :shifty:
 

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I had a wife that didn't like flying in small airplanes. One has to confront these sorts of decisions and do what is necessary. On the other hand, you could tell the current one that she doesn't look a day over 47, thereby getting the 3 years you need to do the job right, spare you a LOT of money, and perhaps get a really nice night out of it.
 

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You are clearly wise beyond your years...or have lived a lively life. ;)

Through one of the threads here I found a wealth of reference information. Man, nothing beats shop manuals and parts references.

I'll need to pace myself when it comes to printing, I'll burn out the printer. I still like paper, it's really hard to write notes on a computer with a Sharpie.
 

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When we purchased the car, it had sat since 1988 and the tires had dry rotted badly. We were barely able to pull it on to the trailer as the tires were losing air as fast as we could put it in.

So the car needs new tires before I move it from the storage barn into the working shop. However, the wheels were in bad shape. Rusty, crappy looking wheels.

So I restored them this last weekend, in anticipation of buying some tires.
 

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Elbow grease, Rust Kutter, and an 8 year old paint bomb. :laugh:

Kidding aside, it was a bit of trial and error.

My original intent was to treat the wheels for rust, scuffing them and then use my cans of Eastwood Argent Silver that had stood on the shelf waiting for use.

I cleaned the wheels well with soapy water and rinsed

Sprayed them with Rust Kutter ( Rust Kutter/Rust Prevention & Control|Sanco Industries )

The Rust Kutter raised the paint, so I finished it off with some spray on paint remover. I removed the paint that came off.

I resprayed it with Rust Kutter.

Rinsed the Rust Kutter and then sprayed them again because I was not completely pleased with the results.

Ran out of time and left them unrinsed and quit.

A week later I came back to find that the Rust Kutter had lifted all the remaining paint. Everything was dry

Using synthetic wool I scrapped all the easily removal detritus from the wheels.

Then used a brass brush and a sanding buff on a drill motor, I removed the rest of the crap.

I vacuumed out the wheels and scraped out the remaining material where the rim and wheel hub meet.

I used a paint prep product to finish cleaning the wheels, sometimes I use acetone, sometimes brake clean, sometimes metal prep.

I sprayed three coats of metal etching primer, in a light color to go with the silver. Light coats.

I finished with three coats of Eastwood Silver Argent. I only needed one can, I still have three extras.
Eastwood Silver/Argent Rally Wheel Paint

I had planned to "clear" the wheels, but it makes it harder to touch them up in the future, so I'm still contemplating that decision. I've got 2 cans of clear on the shelf.

The caps were just some chrome polish and elbow grease.
 

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I took tomorrow off. The goal is to get the rear axle back in by the end of the weekend. I need to pull the lower control arms and work them over, R&R the third member, get the brakes back together and a bunch of little jobs to do. Let alone dust off all the parts and figure out what I've got.

I think I'm seeing a bit of gear oil leakage on the lower diff inspection plate. So I may need to reseal that.
 

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This is where I'm starting from, although I have removed the rotors.
 

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