RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/5/19 12:20 a.m.

Too much rain to keep working on the Rover tonight and the El Camino is currently out of reach.

So I found the time to replace the Alfa Spider's sagging engine mounts.

Not too bad to do, but best to be done before putting the rebuilt Dellorto's back on.

That got me fired up to finally, after YEARS, get on the nose repair.

I bought a nearly perfect used nose clip a few years ago but was a bit intimidated about chopping off the old and grafting on the replacement.

Decided the old nose was so ugly that even if this goes poorly it will still be an improvement.

Sort of laid the replacement over the old as best I could then cut forward of the line I drew.

Easier to take more off than to put too much taken off back on.

Worked my way back slowly until I got a pretty close fit.

Obviously I am not using the factory seams, that takes a factory repair part which is lots of $$$.

No matter how much reasonable effort I make this car is never going to be cherry due to the old accident damage that is just too much for a perfect restoration.

I want to drive it fairly soon, and avoid it turning into ANOTHER frame-up build.

I've reached the point of having to decide how I need to proceed with the welding.

I have TIG and MIG as well as Gas.

With the strong curves I am dealing with I cannot simply lap the metal as I might with a flat panel.

I do have a tool to create a series "Stepped" tabs along the seam edge.

Thinking I will do that along the edge, use Cleco's to hold the patch panel in place, and then mark my final edge for butt welding.

Good plan, or making a mistake?

Uncertainty is why I stopped for the night.

I do have some goodies for it once I have it running decently.

Currently on Dellorto 40's and hotter than stock cams, with headers and no cat.

Will be adding yellow performance springs, a roll-bar, and Maroon paint to go with the 6" wide gold Enkei basket weave wheels.

That's probably enough intro for tonight.

MazdaFace
MazdaFace Dork
9/5/19 1:54 a.m.

Brilliant

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
9/5/19 6:19 a.m.

Have fun with the car!  You may want to consider a frame stiffener, BTW, the higher rate springs are pretty darned stiff (I'm guessing north of 1000lb/in, Ward & Deane springs used to be 1200lb for the front, and they were yellow).  

What kind of budget (which is the sneaky way to ask if you are doing this anywhere near a Challenge budget)?

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/5/19 9:35 a.m.

Budget is whatever I can spare when I can spare it.

Time as well as money.

No interest in a "Challenge" build because:

1. I need this car to become my daily driver so cannot trash it/blow it up!

2. The event will not be local to me, so very expensive to attend.

3. I find the rules a bit complex as most of the cars are clearly way over the stated $$$, but remain compliant with off-sets.

4. I'm not putting in an LS so would not stand a chance of winning.

It will still see spirited driving and may make it around a couple of tracks, just not the full chat of serious racing.

Frame stiffeners may happen if I can find a drawing to make my own.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia HalfDork
9/5/19 2:05 p.m.

Are there any good Alfa Spider websites / blogs ?

I was offered a 1974 ( I think) Spider that has 1998 tags on it , so it sat at least that long , 

Old lady car and garaged at least since 1998,

If I get it I would like to get it started but do know know anything about them !

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/5/19 2:21 p.m.

74's are HIGHLY sought after and go for pretty big money if they are not rusty.

Rust and ignorant mechanics are the No. 1 killers of Alfa's.

'74 and earlier have stainless steel bumpers that do not protrude from the body very much.

After '74 they got ugly oversized heavy rubber and steel bumpers.

Earlier cars are twin Weber/Dellorto, later are mechanical FI.

As I recall '74 is one year only as they still have the nice bumpers but also have the FI.

Try the Alfa BB, lots of members word-wide and tens of thousands of post under a dozen or more topics.

A little overly PC as they are so sensitive to casual U.S. language.

I decided to modify my car after giving up on finding a '74 or earlier in decent condition at a sane price.

The later FI (SPICA) cars can often be found pretty cheap, later BOSCH Spiders tend to be more expensive but not as good in my opinion.

NOHOME
NOHOME MegaDork
9/5/19 2:48 p.m.

Not sure why you are concerned, you got this one way or the other. Your plan to use the flange tool will work just fine.

 

I myself like a good butt-weld. I would use a scribe and make a mark on the old panel, then I would use a snip to cut  the old tin just a hair long in front of that mark. Then I would fit the panel again and see if it all still lines up nice, then trim right up to the scribe mark and Butt-weld that sucker in place. If you can do this with the TIG, so much the better as far as metal finishing it is concerned.

 

Pete

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
9/5/19 2:52 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

alfabb.com  Not just Spiders, but there are Spider specific boards over there.  I used to post there all the time, but have not.

In reply to RichardSIA:

You don't have to do an LS swap to be competitive in the Challenge- BTDT.  But all of the other reasons make sense.  If you don't already have the springs for your car, you will find the same springs for a LOT less money at circle track stores- as both the front and rear springs are actually the same dimensions as commonly used circle track springs....

And where are you?  Quite a few of the national AROC chapters host motorsports events- autocrosses and track days.  Some even do really awesome time trials.

Back to cmm

As for the injected cars- all Alfas post '69 came with SPICA for US versions.  And the pre-'74 Spiders have the SS bumpers.  If you can get the '74 Spider for a good price, you will enjoy it a LOT.  It's a great car, and has some significant value them.  The reality is that they are very simple cars- live axle, double A arm, and in spite of the DOHC, the engines are super easy to work on.  Can be very itimidating the first time, but once you get past that, they are great to work on, and very reliable.  My GTV has been super, duper reliable.  

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
9/5/19 4:52 p.m.

Try reinstalling the hood temporarily and see how it lines up with the other three sides.  Adjust the hood accordingly so the gaps are good.  If you can do that with the hood being somewhere near the middle of its adjustment, you're probably close enough.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia HalfDork
9/5/19 5:47 p.m.

Thanks for the Alfa info , I only saw a couple phone pics of it in a garage with a flat tire , and the guy "guessed" it was a 1974 ,  I will have to check it out more and find out what it really is ......

 

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/5/19 9:28 p.m.

I'm still in Yerington NV, about 60 miles from Reno.

Rumor has the 95A track under new ownership and planning to hold road races next year, but no solid contact info.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
9/25/19 12:10 a.m.

The local road-race/dirt oval/drag-strip "95A" track complex is having a roundy-rounder race Saturday night.

Thinking I will attend in an effort to get good contact info, confirm that the road course will be re-opening, ask about a part time job....

It would be GREAT to have a local road course!

cdeforrest
cdeforrest Reader
9/25/19 12:40 a.m.

Bumpers aside, when did the actual sheet metal on spiders change? Fat chance of simply taking the ugly DOT 75+ bumpers off and finding a hottie Duetto behind those glasses?

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
12/23/19 12:35 a.m.

Once the holidays are over I have to find a <Groan> JOB!

Being out behind the back-end of nowhere, sixty miles from the nearest anything, decent jobs are a bit hard to find locally.

There are supposed to be some local jobs opening up with a couple of new companies that moved in recently. 

But they are both behind schedule, so the job I had hoped to get in Oct. is now a possibility around the end of Feb.

It looks like no matter what I end up with it's going to be a longer commute than I would like, at least for the start of the new year.

This means the Alfa is moving up in priority.

My C30 gets about 10 mpg, the Rover 101 12-14 mpg.

Alfa should do around twenty if I keep my foot out of it. 

Next immediate project is re-arranging the shop so that I can get to the Alfa readily and make it a runner again.

Once running I will tackle the bodywork.

Glad I have the cars on wheel dollies!

 

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
12/23/19 4:38 a.m.

For more motivation, I have gotten 30mpg from my GTV. Highway miles, of course. 

Alfaromeoguy
Alfaromeoguy HalfDork
12/23/19 5:06 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver :i run a homemade frame stiffener, weighs in at 8 pounds, and its stiffer that the  steel on, 1200 front springs and 180 rear springs, panhard bar, qa1 duel adjustable shocks, coil over in the rear, deleated rear sway bar. you can check out my  ecotec conversion here,

 

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
12/23/19 7:46 p.m.

My C30 truck starter/ring gear just died.

Have to pull the trans to fix it.

No room in the workshop until something else is running.

So upon clear thinking Mom's XJ6 is the simplest, just need to put the rear end and exhaust back in.

Then fix the truck, I'm sick of driving trucks  every day, so with the Jag out I will have plenty of room to work on the Alfa.

Frame stiffener, need a drawing, have welders, vertical mill, lathe.

RichardSIA
RichardSIA Reader
1/1/20 12:06 p.m.

I celebrated New Year's night by working on the Alfa.
Body patch panel at the right rear behind the wheel is ready to be welded back in place.
Seemed a good place to practice before doing the more visible nose job.
The more I look at this car the more I realize that some day it will revert to being just parts.
It's really a little to rough with old accident damage to get carried away with a careful restoration.
Since I'm almost 65 getting 10-15 years out of it will be good enough.
So it's to be a Tart, looks desirable on the outside, a bit worn and tarnished on the inside.
Going to try making it my B-Day gift to myself, so I have just five months to make it run, finish a paint job, and install the new top.

 

vwcorvette
vwcorvette UltraDork
1/1/20 12:35 p.m.
RichardSIA said:

I celebrated New Year's night by working on the Alfa.
Body patch panel at the right rear behind the wheel is ready to be welded back in place.
Seemed a good place to practice before doing the more visible nose job.
The more I look at this car the more I realize that some day it will revert to being just parts.
It's really a little to rough with old accident damage to get carried away with a careful restoration.
Since I'm almost 65 getting 10-15 years out of it will be good enough.
So it's to be a Tart, looks desirable on the outside, a bit worn and tarnished on the inside.
Going to try making it my B-Day gift to myself, so I have just five months to make it run, finish a paint job, and install the new top.

 

Get that little tart going!!!!

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