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Hi All,

To introduce myself my name is John.
Following are a few pics of my GT Veloce an August 1966 manufacture and Perth (Australia) delivery. Original colours Alfa Rosso/Skai Nero Fumo

So far I have stripped the body and had it blasted. Clearly the car has had a hard life and under the shiny paint and massive amounts of filler are all manner of issues in the usual places. Nothing unexpected but it will need the usual, time and money! The body will require new sills, floors, door skins, boot floor, rear wings and front clip......

Everything needs doing so I will be needing heaps of advice.

Cheers
John
 

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Hi John and welcome to the BB. Look, you have one just like mine!! ;-)

I gather from your user name you're in Freo, and at some point I see your car was in Bassendean. Who is doing your bodywork?

PM me if you're interested in having a yarn.

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Hi John,
Welcome.
I once had a GT Veloce manufactured July 1966 and delivered to Perth (Australia). Original colours Alfa Rosso/Skai Nero Fumo.

The Skai Nero Fumo referers to the seats and door cards, so your red carpet could be original, do you still have it?
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Hi Steve,
Interesting coincidence. I guess there is chance that the carpets in my car might be original. However the car has had at least one extensive renovation which included multiple trim and mechanical changes. The former included leathering the seats and front door cards. The headlining was also replaced (wrong material, deleting the rear raised section) and the dash top was replaced in fibreglass. Essentially its a mess! I have retained a few bits of carpet which makes lying on the concrete workshop floor marginally more comfortable.
Cheers
John

PS are you by change the same Steve who sold me a 1600 block?
 

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Hi John,
The factory leather seats can be identified by the seven pleats on the front and eight on the back.
Your back left fender may be salvageable? I had to change the nose cone on my 67GTV, but to do that needed a good front bumper bar to get the gaps right, also had to change the under nose support panel.
Correct I sold you a 1600 block I had advertised on Alfabb.
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The original carpets for the 1600 GT/GTV models have two distinctive seams crossing the central tunnel, aft of the gear stick, to help the stiff carpet smoothly conform to the narrowing tunnel. Hard to get right any other way. You will see that in pics across the BB here, and it will be obvious both when they're there, and when they're not.
If you don't see those two seams, it ain't original, or original pattern, from the factory. There is also a carpet 'cylinder' around the gear stick, below the vinyl gaiter, and sewn to it, which fans out under the tunnel piece. I'm no originality fanatic, but if you are, look for those.
With all your other internal mods, it's no surprise the carpets were done in a simpler pattern.
When I got my 65 GT's carpets redone in original pattern back in 1980-something, the poor backyard carpent guys who quoted me without looking too hard almost cried when I picked the car up...they said "can we please have some more money?...there were eleven pieces of carpet in that car...".
They did a great job, so I gave them the dough.
P.s. - my car looks like that under some of the paint, still... I don't care...
 

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Engine corrosion

The below photos are of a 75 TS block that was to be installed in my GTV. (I am now building a 1600 instead). The block is from an engine I purchased from an unmentionable well know source in Melbourne described as having a single stripped head stud thread. Yes right. It has three broken studs and one repaired stud and lots of corrosion.

Question is - what to do with is? Save it for the next project or fill it with concrete and use as a boat anchor.

Thoughts?
 

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The below photos are of a 75 TS block that was to be installed in my GTV. (I am now building a 1600 instead). The block is from an engine I purchased from an unmentionable well know source in Melbourne described as having a single stripped head stud thread. Yes right. It has three broken studs and one repaired stud and lots of corrosion.

Question is - what to do with is? Save it for the next project or fill it with concrete and use as a boat anchor.

Thoughts?
Might make a good coffee table !
 

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I would say that block is scrap. :(

I would have a word with the sellers, and see if you could get some compo or at least a credit note if/when you buy something new from them.
 

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i've seen worse, the important part is the chamfer the O ring sits on. you can save this with some devcon and some careful lapping.

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Hi All,
Nothing unexpected but it will need the usual, time and money! The body will require new sills, floors, door skins, boot floor, rear wings and front clip......
Everything needs doing so I will be needing heaps of advice.
Cheers John
I don't think boot floors are made for the Stepnose Veloce or Sprint cars which have 15" tyres.
Steve
 

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Geez, this brings back memories......Congrats & Good Luck.

I agree with Ian, here’s pictures of my TS block which was salvageable. For added comfort we utilised a special sealant when setting the barrels, plus I porcelain coated the inner block for longevity.

PS. I’d suggest having the studs removed by professionals!
 

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Tell me more about this porcelain finish on the inside of your block.. pics/links ??
 

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Thanks Sketchl,
As Italcarlos points out the chamfers are fine. So perhaps it is salvageable.

Who did the work on your block - removing studs etc is way way beyond my pay scale.

In the end anything is fixable but not necessarily economic (a bit like my entire project 😂). 75 engines are getting hard to find unless you want to buy the whole car! Perhaps I will let it sit on the shelf for a few years for my next (Giulia Super) project
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Sorry but you’ll need to google as I had it professionally done by a local specialist race engine coater/builder, who also Teflon and ceramic coated my pistons.
Happy to google - do you know what it was called or who did it?

Simply googling “porcelain coatings” is just going to go wrong very quickly :grin2:
 

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The engine block and head work including stud replacement, crank machining, head shaving, valve and guide work, balancing,.......etc was done by https://balmainengineering.com.au/ in Sydney.

As for the engine coater, he’s one of those old school chaps who works for a race team and does this on the side with no web links or willingness to share his know how, unfortunately! Plus I utilise Evans waterless coolant to eliminate any further corrosion.
 
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