What was it's original colour?
There's a step nose getting rebuilt on another forum where he had the exact same issue re colour and ended up going a slightly different shade of white to the original colour.
Three options for your consideration, I have always been partial to the mustard since aged 9 when I used to walk past a Giulia Super in that colour on the way to school,
So either Mustard w/black interior, or the dark grey / white / with dark red interior...
And something to further inspire you towards completion.....
The rotisserie commences.
I've decided to use the steering arm and rear trunion pickups, I don’t trust my front cross member (I see cracks). There’s no way I’d hang anything off the bumper mounts. My welding has improved a bit and I have good penetration although I’m still using too much material so have to work out my speeds. I’ve sorted an E2 bottle of BOC Argoshield light which I will try out when I weld the next bits. A dirty great hammer proved it works
ID of the rotisserie is 1800mm, plenty wide for a Duetto at 1600mm (or Coupe/Super?). I’m going to put a segment brace about 450mm up with mounts for the steering are pickups from 720mm. I’ve taken a guess at the centre of gravity/midline being the bottom off the scallop on the door (about the widest point). Hopefully this should be around 900mm or the centre of the ring.
The rings are supposed to be 40x40x3mm RHS galv (although they feel too light). I bought some 38x76 & 40x40 (x1.6)RHS galv for everything else.
(note to self, don't weld on a proplyene table with an oil soaked towel)
Pretty chuffed.. it actually rolls !!
Last edited by craig_m5; 08-26-2012 at 06:53 AM.
yeah ordinarily like on an original car i'd agree but this was a bitsa car before i even got it and he tried his arse off to make it look like a 60's morris.. so i have to reverse some of the damage too (ie the cooper S bumper, morris bonnet, clubman handles.. its a mess and im finally getting around to it so might as well do something difffernet and custom rather than continue to be leave it in tryhard spec
Hopefully Craig won't mind his thread turning into an Alfa circle jerk.
I bought the Giulia (it's actually originally a 1300ti /no super) thinking it would be a great weekend family car. *this may prove to be horribly misguided.
Free road tax, it has a modified 2.0 litre twin spark engine with EFI so gets 40mpg, and has a similar P:W ratio as my old Z and can do 130mph + in relative comfort. Insurance is about 100 pounds a year on a classic policy.
The car has been developed as the personal car of an alfa romeo restoration specialist for the past 10 years and also used to belong to Richard Banks from Alfaholics so it is in great shape and the handling/brakes are suitably uprated and fine tuned.
The best part is it's in a fine shade of hearing aid beige.
Can't wait to pick it up just in time to leave it parked up in the garage over winter.
to keep things on track, the bloke also restored a Duetto once...
Took this and a bag of kiln dried sand to the Duetto this morning.
Shed will need sweeping out later
Messy, wet, sandy in my jocks
Although absolutely no dust.
Hit it with some phosphoric acid rust converter stuff afterwards..
That's the finished metal.
That black under seal is stuck on well, not sure how I'm gonna get that off
I think I might do the whole car myself this way
And yes, someone has been in here a welding before me.
Tin worm has take a big bite out of the front of that wing
Last edited by craig_m5; 11-30-2013 at 06:20 AM.
Taking a month or three in between jobs (contracts) as the last one immobilised my brain (office365). Have decided to concentrate some time on the Duetto and have finally completed the rotisserie, yay!
It's only been (nearly) four years
Need to drain the fuel tank before I roll it over
Changed the boat rollers for some HD castors with bearings..
.. And immediately the centre of gravity declares it's 10-20cm top heavy, it tried to roll straight upside down its own
Can spin it easily, will post up some pics.. Very cool if i do say so myself. No excuse not to actually work on the car now
Last edited by craig_m5; 05-19-2014 at 01:42 AM.
Having followed this thread keenly one wonders exactly what those two previous owners have been up to.
Hopefully washing and storing the car away from the beach, in a garage if possible. Apparently it was bought new in France by the original owner and brought back here. Must have been re sprayed at some stage
[pedant] it's not a Duetto, it's a 1300 Junior spider[/pedant]
It's been on the market for two years or so and I can only think of one reason why it's not sold at that price... Tiiinnnrooooofrusty!
Last edited by craig_m5; 06-06-2014 at 08:37 AM.
C'mon Craig...an even more delicious Petrolicious story on the Duetto!
I love that Santa pic.. Black looks pretty groovy too, makes the chrome pop, although it kinda loses the scallops and curves a bit. I'd have a red interior.
Been busy with the GT. Junior.
And I think I just lost my license so.... May devolve and find a new hobby/partner/job/life