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Old 09-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #26
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Definitely a labor of love. Jason I see you've busy. My project not so much, a little stall.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:06 PM   #27
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Thanks for saving that.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:20 PM   #28
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You sir are a braver man than I. Best of luck!
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #29
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I'm going to continue to post photos of the most rusted areas. I was concerned when I first got it, but as I peeled back the layers I found that surprisingly there is actually plenty of good metal left. New body panels - floor pans/butt cheeks, inner/outer wheel wells, etc., are all available, so there will be lots of new sheet metal going in. A lot of what's there can be saved. It doesn't help that the red lacquer paint oxidized to a rust brown color. :( - it makes it look much worse than it is. Also, I'm not going to mess around with fenders/hood and front doors. Those will just be replaced.

Still, there's no delusion here that this won't be a long haul. I wouldn't do this for any car though, and if it all goes to hell at least I'll have learned how to weld by then!

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Old 09-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #30
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Subscribed for 145 love. Miss mine a lot, love that you got one with such amazing history!
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:52 PM   #31
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #32
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Great to finally see a thread on this car, after talking to you for eight months about this thing! Glad I helped convince you to stay on your pursuit until you brought it home! This is absolutely a car that deserves a restoration if there ever was one!
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #33
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That is a neat piece of history, glad to see it get some love.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:01 PM   #34
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This is the most rediculous and awesome restoration ever. Only bugeyed Alfas that rusty get restored.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:18 PM   #35
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Only bugeyed Alfas that rusty get restored.
Ahem.

http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=235436

Not to threadjack, so I'll keep this short - I'll have a significant update next week.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:14 AM   #36
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awesome stuff there. I glad you are restoring this.

since you will be welding a lot, I love my hobart 140

please show more of the suspension stuff and the racing parts

and since you will have a lot of rust to deal with... try molasses rust removal - look it up on youtube stuff works great and can be pretty cheap compared to conventional ways
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:27 PM   #37
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That welder gets great reviews and I was actually leaning toward that or the Millermatic 140. The Hobart more affordable though, and 90% of my welding will be sheet metal so ...

I need to get some better pics of the suspension, but here are some photos of the center console gauges (ambient temp., volt, oil temp), the roll bar, and the 25mm+ front sway bar:




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Old 09-27-2013, 09:29 PM   #38
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Here's the water tank/shower in the trunk:





Lots more to come ...
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:49 PM   #39
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Old 09-28-2013, 12:27 AM   #40
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Old 10-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #41
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This is too cool. I adore vintage race restos.
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:30 PM   #42
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Some updates:
I picked up this little spot blaster from Harbor Freight. It's cheap, but does the trick pretty well. I'll be using it to restore smaller rusted parts off the car. Here I'm starting with the roll bar that had some pretty bad rust at the base. You can see that this little blaster does a good job. I'm just using a little compressor here as well. Hope to find a vintage monster cast iron made in USA compressor at some point:



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Old 10-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #43
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Also, I continued the stripping of the interior - removing the foam that was glued to the roof. You can see that there is a lot of good metal underneath:





Under the foam was some of that thin black sound deadening matting. It's glued on there pretty good, so I have to figure out how that's going to come off. Suggestions? I'll have to be careful with a heat gun - don't want to warp anything.
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:23 PM   #44
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to get that stuff off use a small torch, scraper knife and lots of goof off or acetone. The heat gun will take an eternity.
heat up a small area until you see it bubble then imiedeatly start to scrape it off - 3-4 square inches at a time

see page one of my "resto" http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=262585
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:40 PM   #45
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Awesome thread, good luck.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:53 PM   #46
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to get that stuff off use a small torch, scraper knife and lots of goof off or acetone. The heat gun will take an eternity.
heat up a small area until you see it bubble then imiedeatly start to scrape it off - 3-4 square inches at a time

see page one of my "resto" http://forums.turbobricks.com/showthread.php?t=262585
Wow! Nice work. That's definitely an inspiration for what I'm aiming for. I'll have a heck of a lot more rust repair on my hands than you had with that wagon. But hopefully after a while I'll get good at it with all the practice and it'll go faster! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:31 AM   #47
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Some more progress to report. I finished stripping the paint from the fuel tank bay. Then I sand blasted with the spot blaster to get all the rust out of there. I highly recommend this Harbor Freight spot blaster for small jobs like this where you need to work in close quarters and blast rust out of tight corners. It worked well. Here are some pics of the prime/paint and fuel tank install. This is an early tank with the smaller fuel sender, but I'll use it for now. Eventually I'll probably swap back to the correct later tank with the larger sender. In many ways, this was really a practice run at some of the body work that lies ahead.



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Old 10-22-2013, 12:33 AM   #48
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Looks much nicer now, and it's really an inspiration to see what this car could look like if all goes well. Here's a pic with the trunk mat in place. Looks so much better than before.



Just gotta keep chippin' away.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:09 AM   #49
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Bravo sir! Slow and steady is still progress!
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #50
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Awesome, good to see you right at it! Get the darn garage cleaned out already and put out in there!, haha!
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