Jul 11, 2006 update to the Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV project car

Racing Parts Are on the Way, and We Get Cleaning

After you remove the dash’s four mounting bolts and disconnect the wiring, it pulls out with ease.
A few brake line fittings and four bolts hold the pedal cluster in.
The engine bay is almost completely bare.

Once again we’re struck by how backwards this project has become. Since the prior owner had so much expensive and nice paint work done, we have to make the rest look at least as nice. This, of course, means that we need to disassemble much of the car to get it that way.

We’ve got a few cool parts on their way to us for our Alfa project.

For seating, we’ll be using one Nurburgring seat from GTS Classics. The passenger seat will actually be a good used black vinyl GTV seat that we sourced from Al Taylor Sports Cars.

Our car will see some track use, so we have a bolt-in race rollbar on the way from Autopower. The bar will feature a diagonal brace and a full harness bar for driver and passenger harness mounting.

Meanwhile, we need to start cleaning and painting the underside of the car while the drivetrain is out.

Once again we’re struck by how backwards this project has become. Since the prior owner had so much expensive and nice paint work done, we have to make the rest look at least as nice. This, of course, means that we need to disassemble most of the car to get it that way. We stripped out the engine compartment, the wiring and the dashboard this weekend. We are getting ready to move it to the body shop (or our other shop garage?) to get the engine bay painted. The dashboard came out pretty easily, and we’ll be trying an inexpensive way to fix the cracks to create a new not-quite-stock-but-cool texture for the dashpad.

Next up, we’ll pressure wash the engine compartment and undercarriage. We’ll be seam sealing and undercoating the underside of the floor pans, as they are still bare primer after being replaced under the previous owner’s watch. This project is so ass-backwards that it makes things challenging to say the least.

Meanwhile, we’ve sourced the parts that we need for our engine rebuild from International Auto Parts including high compression pistons, new bearings, gaskets and even a new set of performance cams. We’ll start working on the engine parallel to our work on the chassis so we minimize the total project’s time frame.

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