Hello everyone. I am restoring a ALFA GTC 1965. There are other owners who can give me some advice? By
Exactly a year ago, on 25 February, I brought back to Italy from England a red Alfa GTC, one of the 99 cars constructed in right hand drive (chassis number 105.29 AR*760005), whose bodywork was in apparently good condition, perfectly original with a functioning motor. However, as with so many cars of the period like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, without adequate factory rust protection, after 40 years of honourable service you are always going to find some nasty surprises. Once I got over the initial expense, the restoration was started last October. As the various layers of paint, filler and goodness knows what else were removed from the bodywork and chassis, we began to see a very different picture, the chief areas of difficulty being the sills under the doors, the wheel arches and the underside. The first important task to achieve on my GTC was to reconstruct the special reinforcing metalwork that Touring designed for this cabriolet. With the help of the spare parts manual, these parts were remade identically from fresh patterns and installed in their original positions. From there we proceeded to the wheel arches and the underside, now being renovated. Then we turned to the other little imperfections on the bodywork which we had to make good, owing to earlier clumsy repairs made by previous owners. Finally we turned to the interior of the car. You don't need me to tell you that keeping costs under control was rather important!
I just want to remind you, by the way, that all the GTC's painted in red came with a dark grey ('anthracite') interior, both for the seats and the other upholstery. Even the carpet should be in dark grey. The GTC was never supplied with leather seats or internal panels, only in vinyl. I'm out of the office until Friday, but once I return I can send you some photos of the car as it was at the time of purchase and how it is now, during the course of the restoration.
Pisa, December 7th 2008Welcome! There is a handfull of GTC owners here on the board and we are happy to help. Also, there is a wealth of information on restoring '60s Alfas in general. Where are you in the restoration process?
Pisa, December 15 2008Dear John,
the car was originally red.
But, during the rest,oring, I saw that on Ruoteclassiche, and I did the same: Blue sky 330.
And your restoring?
Pisa, December 15 2008Time to put my increasingly rusty Italian to some use, so apologies for any slight mistakes ...