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I bought mine from high wood Alfa wasn’t cheap still in the box been too lazy to fit them the quality look nice enough
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What do you want to know about the car other than the alledged bank job
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Bump

Keen to clear the garage. $250?
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Make it safe and road registered stop the rust and enjoy the drive
Harley riders enjoy the attention Ducati riders enjoy the ride
It's not what you look like it's how you feel
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Almost time to start again then...  ;)
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You'll be back on the road in no time Matt. Once she's driveable you'll be more relaxed about taking your time, and you'll be able to have some fun along the way. I'd be interested to see a pic of her now you've given her a polish.
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Beautiful work that!
On a more humble note I bought some clay and detailing liquid, and that buffer Andrew recommended. I skipped the cutting stage because I have quite a bit of primer showing through the roof paint, but I did a fairly thorough polish. The clay was weird but I got the hang of it pretty quickly, and the polishing brought a pretty decent shine up. I washed it again and I might wax it tomorrow if my wallet can stand more punishment. I'd give the result about 7 out of 10 - a solid improvement on the 2 out of 10 it started with. Also gave a few things a clean in the interior. Currently apart from a couple of surface rust spots, the only proper rust I can find is the panel behind the wheel, a 3 inch section at the base of the driver's window, and what I suspect might be a similar problem just starting in the behind-wheel panel on the other side.
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I'm looking for a replacement seat release for my 3 door 147. This is the handle to release the left seat so you can get in the back seat.
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Then I crashed the car and taught myself a whole new set of skills how to shape a panel and weld it together like patchwork.
I wish I had these skills 40 yrs ago

 
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If you want to rescue an old ALFA there are few things you will need. Time, tools and paitence to repeat things that don't go to plan
By not paying professionals I save money to buy tools and my holidays are short and close to home so I have time to teach myself how to do things. 
My GTV6 is 35 yrs old I have used it as a daily driver for twenty it was roadworthy but worn out and it was tatty and faded and had developed rust so I rebuilt the engine the transaxle and also the brakes and suspension. I have owned and worked on Alfas for 40yrs so my mechanical skills are well practiced what I did not have were the skills to panel beat, remove rust properly and paint. I took the car off the road for six weeks and set about preparing the car for fresh paint. A certain amount of trepidation went with this because once you start to sand back a car theres no going back so I picked a faded panel and sanded and painted it. The job was not as good as a professional job but I was happy enough with it to continue to sand back the entire car with trim off and windows out. The majority of the time is removing trim and welding in patch panels and then applying body filler and sanding and sanding and masking and priming and sanding then painting then carefull sanding and buffing then replacing the dash,carpet,seats, trim and finally glass
I'm working class in a one income household I simply cant afford for other people to work on my cars what I can afford is to be autodidactic.
It's not so much a world of pain but a journey of discovering and learning it will cost money for paint parts and tools to restore a car but most of all it will be your time .
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