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Hi. I’m new to the group. I’ve recently developed (rekindled) a fascination with Spiders, and have spent hours (days) researching options, what’s available out there, and various aspects of what too be on the lookout for with older Spiders.

While I would love one from the 60’s, my meager budget puts my target on 70’s & 80’s versions that have some rather significant repairs needed. The idea is to get a project car to work on and restore, but be able to get it drivable to enjoy while going through the restoration process.

There are a few cars out there that I am being drawn to, but I am torn between choosing a car that appears to have a relatively solid body, but an engine that doesn’t run; to cars with engines that run, but have some significant body work needed (appearing to have been in accident).

So, I’m hoping to tap into the knowledge and experience in this community for some guidance. What’s the bigger headache/greater expense. Engine rebuild or body work?

I am pretty mechanically inclined, but never dappled into body work. Not that I’m averse to learning body work, but not sure what all is potentially involved with body work.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions and advice.

Brad P.
 

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I would prefer older, for my own personal appetite for nostalgia, and my assumption that these will be more “bare bones” than something from the later 80’s/90’s.

My gut agrees with the comments about engine over body. I guess I needed some confirmation of this. Rust issues aside, (I know what to look for there), I wasn’t sure how challenging it is to replace panels. There is a specific car I’m looking at that reportedly has a running engine, and appears to have been well maintained, but has damage that my ignorance worries me. (See pics.) Everything else On the exterior looks great, interior is really well cared for, engine looks clean, etc.

Loaded question....How bad/expensive does this look?
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It would be worth pulling out if it were a '33 8C2300 Monza. Or perhaps if Brad had owned it for awhile and had already done the drive train, suspension, interior, .... before it got rear-ended. But given that he's starting from scratch, why take over someone else's headache? There are lots of mid-70's spiders out there.
You’re hitting right on my dilemma. Every part of this car appears solid, except this obvious accident damage, which I can’t fix. It’s a little disheartening to write it off as a parts car, but I don’t want to go down a black hole of frustration either.

Other cars that have good bodies (save the need to repaint at some point), have unknown mechanicals.

You mentioned there are lots of mid-70’s Spiders out there. Perhaps I’ve not found a good online source to find these. Everything I’ve been able to find have already been restored and are priced as such. Is there a good site to find Spiders that are in need of some tlc to bring them back to life? I’ve been through dozens of sites, and have come across about 8 cars that fit kinda fit the“project car” criteria. Many I’ve seen are too restored, or too far gone, or too far away to really consider. I’m in Ohio, and most of what I’m seeing is on the other side of the country. The ones I’m actually considering are 3-4 states away. Is there anything in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, etc?
 

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You’re hitting right on my dilemma. Every part of this car appears solid, except this obvious accident damage, which I can’t fix. It’s a little disheartening to write it off as a parts car, but I don’t want to go down a black hole of frustration either.

Other cars that have good bodies (save the need to repaint at some point), have unknown mechanicals.

You mentioned there are lots of mid-70’s Spiders out there. Perhaps I’ve not found a good online source to find these. Everything I’ve been able to find have already been restored and are priced as such. Is there a good site to find Spiders that are in need of some tlc to bring them back to life? I’ve been through dozens of sites, and have come across about 8 cars that fit kinda fit the“project car” criteria. Many I’ve seen are too restored, or too far gone.
I've seen good body men/women do amazing things but it is an art and takes a long time to learn. I wouldn't dismiss that as a parts car but I'd suggest you talk to an experienced body man and get an estimate for a professional repair. Then double or triple that amount...
Eric - Are you in Mebane, NC???? Is there a way to private chat? The car I’m referencing is in Mebane!
 

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Less than a week, and a wealth of info and feedback from all of you. I’ve been on other owner forums for other makes, and none have been this active. Keep the sage advice coming. I’m sure I’ll continue to have questions throughout the process, and eventually during a restoration once I get a car in my garage. Much appreciated!!!!
 

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Hello all. About a month ago, I started this thread as an Aspiring Alfa Romeo Owner, seeking advice as I began my quest. Today, I get to drop the “aspiring.” I am no a proud owner of an ‘82 Series 2 Spider in Signal Red.

I just wanted to give a quicks thanks to those of you who shared your advice to my original request for advice, and the numerous threads I’ve read on this site. I feel very comfortable in my knowledge & understanding of these cars, in large part due to this site.

I’m sure you’ll have to answer my questions on how to fix things now.

Cheers mates!

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I thought an 82 was a series 3? The details fade in my memory. The pictures certainly show a lot of S3 features.
I think I have technically seen it listed as a Series 2a. I’m curious, as I’m still absorbing knowledge, what features are you seeing that makes you say S3?

The guy I bought from had this one, and a black one he used as a parts car. Both were manufactured in ‘82. Mine in April, the parts car later in ‘82 (I can’t recall the month). The other car was clearly Series 3. It had the foam spoiler, Square block letter badges, chunky triangular front bumper piece. So, I think mine falls in the murky time period. I prefer the S2 look. Pre-spoiler with the script Alfa Romeo on the rear, which this car has.
 
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