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So i'm 18 and waiting on the day i get my mugshot for my licence which allows me to drive without my mother's hand constantly on the handbreak. With the day comes a question... what will be my first car?
I first noticed it when i was in year 10 it was just sitting in the frontyard of a house that i walk by on my way home from school... it was the Alfa Romeo Alfetta 2.0 1979 ( i don't actually know if its the sports model because the car hasn't been registered for years) Anyways recently i talked to the owners and asked if they would be interested in selling it, just my luck they are :D however...

The car is in poor condition with rust in quiet a few area, due to it sitting there so long the fuel in the fuel line has gone gloggy and the battery is dead, the owner showed me the engine runs, but the fuel line will have to be cleaned. The car will end up costing me $300 - 400 and alot of man-power and time, everyone i know is telling me not to buy it.. but i just love the look of it and i just have to have it. It's just a boyhood dream which i think i have to fulfill i am after all 18 and if one thing i have on my hands.. is time.

So yeah i am basically hear for advice on restoring the car, i need to get the Haynes manual, which i saw on ebay i wasn't able to buy it so i'm spewing coz it went for only 10 USD! Also how can i tell if its a sports model? i have read a few threads on how the sports model is worth over $7000.
Also if i need any spare parts does anyone know any stores in Australia (melbourne preferablly) that they have found useful.

Thats about it for now, i'll update this thread with pictures when i get this car in 5 days time.. i'm PUMPED!! first car... i'm gonna put sweat,blood and tears into this thing! and its going to turn out MINT!

Thanks for all the advice
 

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The car is in poor condition with rust in quiet a few area, due to it sitting there so long the fuel in the fuel line has gone gloggy and the battery is dead, the owner showed me the engine runs, but the fuel line will have to be cleaned. The car will end up costing me $300 - 400 and alot of man-power and time, everyone i know is telling me not to buy it.. but i just love the look of it and i just have to have it. It's just a boyhood dream which i think i have to fulfill i am after all 18 and if one thing i have on my hands.. is time.
Well, don't know quite where to start, but it's great to see your enthusiasm for an Alfetta - I know the feeling. However, rust on these car can be not only unattractive - but downright dangerous. If shock mounts and underbody beams are swiss cheesed with rust, you really need to stay away from it. There is a ton of information on this site, and I suggest to you look into a few threads on restoration of Alfettas, there are several good ones out there showing that even the worst of the worst can be brought back to life - but it ain't gonna be easy or cheap. There's a lot more involved than just getting the car's engine running. Driveline's and the rear transaxle setup can be challenging even to experienced owners. Depending on how long it's been sitting and where, expect to replace everything! Get plenty of photos from every angle and post on this site before purchasing - many of us can point out major issues from the other side of the planet!:)
I'm not familiar with the "sport" model question, I'll leave that to your countrymen to answer - as we never received anything labeled as such on our shores.
Finally - just because you can afford to buy it - doesn't mean you should buy it! I've invested massive amounts of time and money into these cars over the years, and while I don't regret it - I'll certainly never see a profit should I decide to sell one. Just something to keep in mind...:)
 

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Thanks for the advice lads, yeah i will get you pictures soon, the alfa in the thread is FAR worse then the one i'm getting, the roof is the main rust point as you will see in a few days.

It's been sitting on top of concrete most of its days and well i had a quick look underneath and i didn't see any major rust spots but i'll double check and take some pictures for you guys to judge for your self. The breakdisks are covered in rust, thats a bit of a worry, the dashboard has cracks in it, and the boot has a small hole in it from rust and other areas covered in rust.

One thing i'm in real need of is a Handbook for one of these babys anyone know where i could get one?

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ebay is probably your best bet, or www.international-auto.com I wouldn't worry about rust on brakes as you can buy new rotors, the trunk might be worry-some but it seems like they all rust around/in the spare wheel well. One main thing is to make sure you replace all the rubber in the car fuel and suspension-wise as well as flushing all the fluids. It will get expensive, but it will be fun too!
 
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