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Well not really needed yet but could not resist putting some nice new Michelin vintage tires on my Minilite wheels I set aside for this car.
Pirelli's ;) , they look very nice!

Doing a proper job!
 

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Engine Progress and Rear Seal question?

I made some progress with the engine. Feels great to see parts combine and leave my workbench.

Does my rear seal look like its not in far enough? I have a Corteco seal in a older gasket set I have and may swap it out. I put the slinger in behind the seal.

Engine kit is from Paul Spruell.

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The kit for the rear seat came from re-originals here in the US. The local upholstery shops are crazy $$ here in northern california although even with a kit recovering seats is a lot of work and your hands will know after you finish!

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The kit for the rear seat came from re-originals here in the US. The local upholstery shops are crazy $$ here in northern california although even with a kit recovering seats is a lot of work and your hands will know after you finish!

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Yeah, just about everything is crazy in California. I'm more interested in the dash repair they did for you. Can you share their information?
 

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I just got a price of $1750 for both front seats, rear seat, back rest and 4 door cards for my 1973 Berlina. Is that a good price?
 

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I bought a full set of seat covers from the UK.
A local upholsterer fitted them for $250. Total cost less the AUD1,000.
So it was considerably cheaper than your quote, but no door cards required, which may be the difference.
I also think I just got the basic service...I think missed out on any less-than-perfect foam getting any attention.
I'd ask a few questions about what you will get for the money. But if you like what you hear, the price is probably ok.
 

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Some little updates on my Barn Super

Engine looking better.. Still need to decide on a flywheel and probably will get the oil filter adapter to get rid of cartridge

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My iPhone lock screen

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Steering box redone with all the great posts on Alfa BB

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Control Arms ready... bushing where totally shot...

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LSD ready with new clutch plates, axle bearings, calipers redone, etc...

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Wiper Rack rebuilt. Its a Bosch Rack and Motor. All the grease was dried up. Would barely move. Motor would not self park. I took the motor apart and cleaned up the brushes/bushings. Reshaped self-parking brush and it works now. The hard plastic bushings are NLA as far as I could find so I found that 1st gen RX-7 bushing will work. They are being 3d printed by this guy on ebay. They worked for me. Probably wont last forever but how much rain action will this car see in it future :)


Never ending part cleaning and re-finishing continues

I made some dollies to use while the suspension is out. The bolt to the factory suspension points. They work really well.


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Here is a video of the rack working with those 3D printed bushings

 

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Wow! You're making great progress. And you had a lot more to do than mine that just sat around for 30 years, mostly in my garage. All you photos and trials brings back memories of my recent restoration. But it's never ending once she's up and running. When I am in the country I drive my 3-4 times a week. Something is always needing attention. I need to remove and grease my wiper motor, the one speed action made driving in the recent LA rains most exciting. Appreciate all your detail.
 

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Some Updates on the Super

Time moves on and slowly we do a little work here and there. I coach a comp soccer team for my 12 year old which consumes an amazing amount of time. But here is the latest!

Heater box was previously a home for elderly mice. Needed a new core, motor, control valve, hoses and a complete disinfect/rebuild. Found nice matching screen material from home depot (gutter screening) Classic Alfa supplied the Alfa bits
Hi! Nice work in your car. Any more pictures of the resto of the heater box. Doing mine these days, and need more info on how to replace the foam inside the heater as it was totally gone....
 

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Yep.. I replaced everything, core, valve, motor.. the mice killed it all ? ... I only have photos of the foam remains prior to rebuilding... use closed cell foam or it acts like a sponge... like most things Alfa try to understand how it works and you can likely make it a bit better than factory with modern materials
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Some Updates....

My passenger side rear door had holes at the bottom. All the other doors where okay. Also finished the tricky area right behind the rear door where I guess they all rust. I used Classic Alfa panels. Its a complicated area where 3 panels overlap in a tight area

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Wound up taking the door off to make it easier. Wish I learned to TIG... this metal is so thin... you have to run low heat and still try to penetrate and I am a amateur welder at best

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Front suspension is so many separate pieces! All new bushed and joints. Everything is toast on this car

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Here is one of my mistakes .. patching this tire well.. Should have replace the whole thing but I have so much time in the **** thing I am attached to it now.

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My Driver side jack post welds had popped of the vertical plane and allowed it to rise and hit the body. Pulled it down and re-attached. Put some reinforcement welds on the passenger side as well

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Car dropped off at American Strippers a few weeks ago. They are only doing the bottom, engine compartment and front fenders. They are on low-man power with COVID going on so will take a while. I took a week off and just patched small holes, and double checked everything before I drop it off. I welded in the new battery tray from Classic Alfa as well. My garage looks empty!

Borrowed my buddies trailer he uses for his excavator. Massive Overkill but it worked.

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I was dreading putting the new transom bushes back in after getting them out was a total pain in the butt. I used oem ones and put poly spacers in. After over focusing on getting the "clocking" correct I almost pressed one on backwards. This is a early transom bar so the marks are very small. Almost just a file mark. Where on my 74 GTV with the newer style the marks are quite pronounced.

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This is probably not safe... I stood out of the way

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Great work!

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