I have to thank everyone for their replies I need more good or bad are welcomed .
Finally one picture from last Sunday when I competed in a time trial event in a kart track in Kalamata where I live .
I finished 5th in my class the first three were racing cars I finished 5 seconds behind them not bad for a 35 year old machine.
I am full of appreciation for the work that you and your team have done to save what looked like a GTV well beyond saving. Well done.
What impresses me the most is that fact that you have now put on 50000km's and she is lapping it up. Many restored cars I fear are not as good as they look and thus they are not really driveable and thus get moved on to another owner quickly as the joy of ownership dwindles ...
Have you managed to find an original winged sump (so beautiful ) ... or are you going to wait until you find an original series 1 engine?
Again lovely car and I will be using the picture of the rear panel (during painting) to guide myself as I repair the shipping damage to my 1750 shell and its BRAND new rear panel .
Tipo 105.44 chassis number 1355369
I wanted to stop sending pictures but I just cannot hold myself.My 1750 was a dream come true i had since my youth so i feel very proud about it.
Here she is together with Nino`s all original GT 1600 Junior 3a serie at the parking area of the ancient theater of Epidavros....
I can't believe what you went through to make a car out the garbage that you originally purchased. It is truely a thing of beauty. You should be and sound very proud. You have given my wife and I hope as I am going to embark on a similar project. I will look at mine in a different light because of what I saw in your car turn into. Nice, nice job!!! Bill
Takis here the computer simulated final product of the picture. You can add text and put whatever picture you want. Note that the resolution is low to be able to attach the file since the BB accept only 100k images
I feel that it's proper to continue the saga of this 1750.
Takis took a really good care of this Italian beauty during his nearly 25-year ownership. He decided to part with her in February 2019, where I became the 9th owner and custodian. I'm originally from Greece, but currently reside in Cyprus, so the whole process turned out to be a bit tricky. Having sold my previously freshly restored 1977 Spider 2000 in order to raise the funds for the purchase of my lifelong dream car, I also had to handle the logistics of the journey from Kalamata to Athens and then to Cyprus by cargo ship, not to mention the countless parts Takis wanted to go with the car. This meant that plane tickets had to be bought, a fairly large van to rent, a shipping company to book a 20ft container and arrange transportation, plus the "recruitment" of two good friends, one from Cyprus and one from Athens, who would assist and participate in the adventure. Also, the notorious Greek paperwork and red tape had to be addressed. It was a very interesting experience, and we had the chance to drive through half of Greece and back in roughly 12 hours. The return was especially sweet, behind the wheel of the car I dreamt of owning since my teenage years.
(From right to left: Takis, Vasilis (RIP my friend) and myself)
The whole process was largely uneventful, and everything was completed in two days, loading the parts in the container, and leaving the car on the most trusted hands I have ever met, to arrange delivery to the port the following week, as I had to return to Cyprus. I took delivery of my gift 1 month later, and immediately registered it (as an historic vehicle with a FIVA identity card) as a -now- Cypriot vehicle. Minor niggles were quickly addressed, and my original intentions were to drive the wheels off of it, and then fully restore it (I was fully aware from the get-go that the original colour was not factory correct).
A few regularity rallies were entered to evaluate and test the overall mechanical condition of the Congolese, and everything turned out to be well-screwed and reliable. But then, Covid happened. During that period, my Greek friend suddenly passed away, and that prompted me to make the decision of an earlier than planned full restoration. I started in January 2021 with the initial plan to complete the whole work until the end of the year.
(We managed a 2nd category finish and 9th overall in that regularity, out of 98 participants)
The car was completely stripped, glass-bead blasted, and upon evaluation of the body condition, I realized that the required repairs exceeded by far my initial expectations. Luckilly, I had decided to do almost everything in-house (I own a restoration workshop), and my body repair tech is very experienced and skillfull. Every single panel, surface and part needed attention. Rust and -unfortunately- careless previous repairs had taken their toll through the years, demanding new panels and a lot of metal patches. Also, the chassis legs had cracked in some places from previous abuse (I tend to believe between owners 3-7), and had to be repaired and stiffened with 2mm gauge fabricated steel leg plates. Front floors were replaced, as well as jacking points and lower front fenders. Everything else was fabricated and replaced the rusted metal.
Every part and assembly was restored, along with many boxes of new parts, mostly suspension, brake and drivetrain components, not to mention exterior and interior parts. The dashboard, center and rear console, door cards and seats were reupholstered. Many rare parts were sourced, in order to keep originality at a high percentage. The only thing which didn't need complete rebuild is the engine, which is still the Alfetta unit, as it is still going strong with no signs of wear, and a healthy compression on all 4 cylinders. Webers were rebuilt, cams will be swapped with reprofiled original 00548 ones, and new stainless steel headers will complement the rest of the stainless exhaust system, installed 20 years ago. The LSD is also untouched, as it was set long ago from a specialist in Greece.
At this point, every part is waiting to be installed to the body, which is nearing completion. Some dolly shaping remains, plus a few last welding repairs. All in all, we spent 639 work hours so far, with an estimate of another 200 hours for assembly and final testing. We expect to send the body to be resprayed in a month's time, after we have prepared the underside and creases with seam paste, underseal and rust converter. We are hoping to have the 1750 back on the road on her former glory until April 2022.