You are right, it doesn't require an Alfa specialist to restore an Alfa but why would you take your Alfa to someone who isn't? The first time we replaced the rockers in a Spider (a pretty common practice) it took weeks - now it takes hours. I sure wouldn't want to pay someone to sit and ponder how to approach the job, let alone trust them to accurately estimate the price.... Alfisti seem to really put these cars on a pedestal in that they insist only an Alfa Romeo "specialist" could properly restore one of these mass-produced sports cars. Call me naive, but I'm not buying it...
A word to the wise ... yes, it is true that the car seat will fit in the backseat, but your wife may soon tire of how difficult it is to deal with strollers, car seats, diaper bags, and the other paraphernalia that babies require with a GTV; and then there's cleaning up baby burps and drippy bottles off of the new upholstery.Wonderful news and a beautiful car. I have to stay congrats, not for the car being home but the amazing addition you will be having soon. The car seat will fit in the back, please post some pics of the seat with beautiful driver to be in it.
Happy days ahead!! GL with everything.
Probably best to start a new thread with these questions. But I'll a least ask some follow up questions:...
Now, anyone have recommendations on how to deal with swirled clear coat, a stuck wing window, and a noisy brake booster?
So, you don't know how to fix these things yourself? I could say more but I won't. . .". . . Most egregious was an inability to truly drive the car due to a rubbing driveshaft. . ."
"Now, anyone have recommendations on how to deal with swirled clear coat, a stuck wing window, and a noisy brake booster?
I'm sure Daron can appreciate it too. No doubt it was worth the expense to get you out of his hair.It saddens me that it got to the point it did but ultimately Daron went through great expense to make it right. I can appreciate that.
Yes, just some small scratches in the clear coat, I contacted a detailer and we'll see.Probably best to start a new thread with these questions. But I'll a least ask some follow up questions:
When you say swirl, do yo mean there are scratches in the clearcoat? Depending on how deep, you might be able to have them polished out.
When you say the quarter window is stuck, do you mean that when you turn the knob it tries but resists opening? If so the weatherseal is probably stuck to the glass. I would try washing it with hot, soapy water and maybe get inbetween with a thin putty knife. If the knob gear feels like it is jammed, you'll need to remove the door card and remove the gear mechanism. Not really that hard.
You'll need to describe the noise...
So, you don't know how to fix these things yourself? I could say more but I won't. . .
I'm sure Daron can appreciate it too. No doubt it was worth the expense to get you out of his hair.
And I don't know how many times I have to make the point that this was NOT a restoration. It was carburetors, interior, brakes, and electrical quoted at 4 months and $15000 which ballooned to 3 years and over $25,000. Prior to Daron taking the project, the motor and transmission were done, the body was done, the glass was done, etc.Sigh. A point I've made at several points in this very long thread is that if you embark on lengthy and complex repair work like restoring an Alfa Romeo, you will be better served if you pay close attention to the work being done. The unvarnished truth is that nobody is going to care as much about your car as you do. This makes it imperative---at least in my opinion---for you to be prepared keep in constant (weekely, even daily at some points) communication with the shop as work progresses. I'm not going to waste time explaining why. If you don't get it, then you don't get it.
A little over 10 years ago another Afabb member embarked on an extensive restoration of his Super. The key to his success is that he stayed in regular contact with the shop doing the work. Here's his link: