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Well...after about a year-and-a-half, the time has come to continue the work that I started before the "house renovation" that began in the early part of 2005 (strangely enough it corresponds with the time that the work on the Alfa came to a halt...). Part of the "deal" with the wife was that I HAD to build a workshop:D . In return, she got a new kitchen... So, instead of posting a bunch of photos that I took as I went along, I decided to put them on www.flickr.com (see the link below) I will periodically add more photos and accompanying comments as I continue the restoration and post the "spicy ones" onto this forum.
 

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Impressive workshop and rotiserie :).

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I can't wait 'till I get a ride in it ;)... speaking of which, please get the Lancia fixed up and take me for a ride!!!

I've only had the opportunity to look at it ;)...

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Impressive workshop and rotiserie :).

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You are right about that Pete...it looked even better in person than in the photos!

Fabio I tried looking on Flickr for you pics but I couldn't figure out how to get to them? what the trick?
 

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Fabio I tried looking on Flickr for you pics but I couldn't figure out how to get to them? what the trick?
Worked for me. I just went to SuperFab's user profile and clicked on the link he has specified ... took me straight to his pictures.

Again nice work!
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Fabio, I had no idea as to the extent of the rust you had on your car. You must have been in the shop for a long time....I guess it makes my body repair look like a walk in the park by comparison!.....so now that you've done all the structural repairs...what's your next stage of work?
 

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I have to say that it was an emotional exercise (including the purchase), as most restorations can be...my dad had a Giulia in Italy, I like them and this one was available virtually around the corner from my parents house...plus I like cars that are different. You've probably heard the saying: "Chevys are like @#$holes, everybody has one". Except me...the Chevy, that is. That's why I have a Fulvia! When I started dismantling the car, it became apparent that there was a fair bit of work to do. I had seen acid stripped shells before and knew that this was the way to go...it had to be done. The acid stripping leaves behind bare steel only...no rust, rubber, plastic etc. I'm glad I did it that way...welding with a TIG means you need "clean" metal for good results. Besides, it was a challenge and I wanted to exercise my fabrication skills and see how far I could go with it. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next stages. To answer your question: I want to paint the underbody, trunk, interior and engine compartment myself (I think) and then get a professional to finish the exterior. My wife thinks I should paint it red. I'm warming up to the idea as the interior is grey/black which goes nicely with a red exterior as opposed to the original dark blue. After it is painted then comes the suspension, driveline and interior and...
 

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Every Alfa I've ever owned was initiated by an emotional decision as well, and my latest has been no different....nay, it started out to be a very, very up and down experience. However after things settled down it's been very satisfying to this point....so I can relate totally to your experience. Now with regard to your painting plan....were you going to use epoxy primer at all?
 

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Epoxy primer...yes. I have Sherwin Williams Etch primer ready to go and will get epoxy primer when ready. I'm going to follow the attached recipe that I found in Feb. 2007 issue of Automobilismo d'Epoca...
 

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Update...I've added comments to all of the repair photos on my Flickr site. If anyone wants to, they can look at the photos and read the accompanying comments.
 

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Epoxy primer...yes. I have Sherwin Williams Etch primer ready to go and will get epoxy primer when ready. I'm going to follow the attached recipe that I found in Feb. 2007 issue of Automobilismo d'Epoca...
Is there an English version of those instructions, please? :)

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I'll be working on the Super again...the 260Z is out of my shop at last!
 

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And there I had been thinking all along the rust on my Super was seriously bad, no outer rockers, rusted out doors, some rust in the floors, bootwell, rear panels etc etc, but yours was even worse. Strange how they can rust in so many different areas. At least yours looks like it is well on the way to recovery.

Progress on mine is somewhat halted by the need to direct funds to: yes a new kitchen, and in general, a total house restoration, but at least we don't live there, as have another house.

So it will be a while before the bodywork on my car can be finished. Still at least the interior is completed, ditto gearbox and I have managed to acquire most of the parts I will need to put it back together, engine and suspension aside.
 

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Great rotisserie! This is the first I've seen that combines a basic chassis trolley with the rotisserie. The beauty of it is that it will make transportation a snap - simply lower the body onto the trolley wheels, remove the rotisserie ends, and load it all on a truck. I may have to work this into my plans.
 

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I re-activated my Flickr photo sharing account - upgraded from a free account...now my repair photos are available for viewing once again. Those that are interested can view at their leisure. More to come...:D
 

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I'm still lurking. Project should get restarted soon. Daughter No.1 is going to start year 2 at university so my 'paint job dough' has taken a big hit! In the meantime, a 260Z has passed through my hands, the Fulvia continues to run and shop equipment has expanded to include a mill, band saw and a 10" lathe (to replace the 9"). I'm off to the convention concorso tomorrow to get re-inspired once again. For those that are interested, stay tuned...
 
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