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I just picked up this one today:



It's a factory 514 Rosso red car with one very old repaint; you could say it has patina. Good news is the outer body has no apparent rust and the floors so far aren't terrible, though there are a few holes that need to be patched. The previous owner, not really an Alfa guy, put a new vinyl top on it but the fit is kinda so-so. The interior is OK; I think it was reupholstered at one time with a very heavy leather-grain vinyl that you'd might find on a school bus! It looks tidy and professionally done and also very old. It has a full set of rubber mats in decent shape.







I have my work cut out for me. It's been sitting for so long the brakes are stuck, and the front suspension is really bad! I intend to do much of the work myself at the Ft. Lewis Auto Hobby shop; I don't think I'd tackle this without a lift. It runs ok but I may need a new SPICA pump.
 

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Yes Gordy I do! I'll have to rejoin the NWARC too. I used to attend the meetings regularly when I had my last Spider. And thanks Davo for identifying the wheels. They do have "Made in England" cast into them but I couldn't find the brand. I'm not wild about them and will probably sell them along with the aftermarket steering wheel. They do look good on your GTV though; they clean up nice. I found a nice stock wood rim steering wheel locally. I can't wait to get started.
 

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My progress so far..

Front suspension mostly done


New gas tank and all new lines


Pressed out sway bar bushings. It wasn't easy.


All new brake lines. Scored an NOS proportioning valve cheap on the bay


Still have to fix the floor rust


On the lift. Thank dog I don't have to lay on my back to work on this
 

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Yes, those are the 100+ Made in England wheels. They were probably stuck on there by a dealer or distributor prior to Alfa offering their own turbina wheels in 1974. I can't use them since I lowered the car and the front tires rubbed; I think the offset is different. So I went to black steelies for now.

Too bad, they are remarkably light. I'll offer them for sale if anyone's interested. No center caps.
 

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Pulled the dash and heater box today. This is a job I was dreading.





Mouse nest in the heater box. This has caused all sorts of corrosion and rot.


The blower motor. Seized so solid I can't even turn the fan by hand. Years of mouse piss raining down from above did this.




Mouse piss ruined the heater core too.


This is not from my colonoscopy. It's one of the fresh air ducts going from the air intake plenum at the base of the windshield to the dash vents. Now a mouse Habitrail.



That crap was in the cowl vent too.


I'm a little worried that I'll never get it back together.
 

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The steel frame on the heater core is totally rusted away, and the flaps on the heater box aren't much better. I couldn't even move the fresh air vents on the dash because of the rust. All done by mice. The only thing not shot is the heater valve, because no one tried to force it when it got stuck. Someone did try to force the flaps and bent them.

Now that I have the dash out, can anyone recommend a good crack filler?
 

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Motor mount change:

I took both mounts out at the same time which was a mistake. The engine shifted to one side and I had to wrestle it back into position to get the mounts in place.


Right side was a royal pain. How DID they run those nuts down on the assembly line? It took spinning the nut with the blade of a screwdriver plus turning the wrench a hair at a time because that's all the space you have in there.


New fan. The old one was eggshell-brittle and the blades snapped off in my fingers.



The radiator is at a local shop getting cleaned and pressure tested.
 

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New trans mount. The old one came out easy; the new one was a motherfletcher to get in.



I scored a vintage Audiovox radio identical to the one that was in my first Alfa that I bought in '88.



I pulled that one out and tossed it in a dumpster when I was in the Navy; I felt bad doing so but I wanted a cassette player. I felt worse when I first listened to said cassette player; it sounded like crap!

Restored wheel and vintage YOM license plate:





New exhaust system.

 
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