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Hi there,

If you like the 1900 cars, maybe you follow my adventure inside the Touring world.

For now, a customer call me and tell me he just bought a coupe from Austria. The car is restored but need some works.

We make an appointment and I'll go to see the car. He opens the door...
Luckily nothing scares me anymore. But what I have in front of me cannot be described.
I will try :
I have the impression that someone, or several people, have worked hard to do the worst of a car. I have never seen such horror in bodywork. No surface is spared, and sometimes they did it several times on the same place. There is nonsense !

It looks like nothing, bathroom seals really everywhere (to believe that the car must have been turned underwater), a large quantity of parts are glued (why use screws after all) and every part of the coachwork is distorted, welded anyway, a horror !!

I asked if he had bought the car blindfolded and if he was aware of the condition.

He replied that she was indeed not very pretty...

I tell him that we can do the job, we just have to change, restore, redo, rebuilt everything.
He accepts, so here is our winter project (initially a "restored" car )

please don't cry, the car will be saved !!

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Why??? How??? I’m lost for words...
 

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Today some work on this nice car.

I didn't find any assembly errors.
It reassures me about the quality of the work ... :giggle:
Look at the pictures and pay attention

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It’s obvious the customer knows nothing about GTVs or cars in general for that matter. It’s then safe to assume that he knows nothing about restoring them, otherwise, he would have walked away and not purchased this car.
Yes, this car appears to need everything. It would cost more to repair, restore, rebuild everything than to just buy a proper example from the start (at least that’s so in the US where a decent example is up for auction on BaT on a regular basis). This restoration only makes sense if it’s an owner project/hobby, GTVs are rare and expensive wherever the car is located, the car has some other intrinsic or sentimental value to the customer or the estimated cost of restoration services are extremely affordable.
I hope the customer has his eyes wide open and was provided a realistic assessment and estimate to properly redo everything. His initial decision doesn’t give me much confidence that he does.
 

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owner is a newbie in the Alfa world and he bought the car just from pictures ... In fact, special award for the seller !

Now the owner, a very nice person, wants to make it new.
His decision (another restored car on the streets soon), our work.
Follow the work on this post :)

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Wow Chris the owner has certainly bought a poxy car but, at least, he found the right people to do a great job to bring it back.Was that bolt really like that in the steering arm???
If so, I think that is criminal .:mad:
 

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All pictures are real and the bolt was exact like that.

incompetence and above all they are real morons who worked on this car !! :(
 

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Morons or six-year-olds.
I've seen some bodged examples but THAT one wins the prize in every category; body, mechanical and electrical.
Tim's right. "One of everything!"
Remarkable.
 

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Today a little work to "lighten" the car.

The car looks much better now !! :)

Look the intermediate rocker...

Next step sandblasting.

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Nice details of a correct wiring harness...


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to hold all their installation, they even put a shelf !!

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he's obviously got more money than sense.
(well till its finished, then he'll have no money and no sense;))
 

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After dismantling the engine I worked on the rear axle.
Front pulley is full of signs, also at 180° from TDC...

I found the rear crankshaft seal in great shape ! Use a screwdriver if you don't have the correct tool to put it on the engine...:)

Even there, the parts that support the brake calipers were massacred !
Also here, for the nuts and place of the rear wheel bearings, use a grinder in place of the correct tool...

This car is a poem !
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I agree with Pete although I would use more adjectives.:poop:
 
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I made an offer for the work, the customer says yes. Why not ?
We made cars much more damaged than this one.
 
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