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Antonio
post 20th June 2017 22:23
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Hi forum! Lets post another chapter whistle.gif

Before introducing you on the respray chapter, at that time I went to the scraper and buyed some good things for it rolleyes.gif

Ph3 Steering Wheel




Ph3 Junior gear knob, needs to be refurbished but to find a good one is almost impossible no3.gif



And ph3 rear wing. Ours had the one made by Zender, wich I didn't like to be fair, so we thought to change to this one, a lot prettier IMHO






Well, as I said on last post, next task was to repair body panels various damages. First we though only of doing front and rear ends, but in the end we decided to do a full respray job..First dent I repaired was one of the hardest, wich I "improved" a bit just when we bought the car. Before using filler, I had 4-5 hours of noob panel beating to straighten it as much as possible. Before using filler we had to fill little cuts that the metal panel had because the dent done..





We managed to take out the Zender rear wing, it was glued with the same paste used to fit windshield, so it was hard to cut it..




When I cleaned the remaining glue, I took proper measurements and drilled the tailgate, to be able to fit the new wing.




One the largest repair was the work done onto the front bumper, it was full of bumps, scuffs, deformed plastic, the inner plastic frame was loose, lots of filler...




The whole black trim was sanded right to the plastic, on the low side it was sanded down to the plastic in many places, but without going crazy.



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post 9th July 2017 23:16
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One more, let's go again with bodywork smile.gif

At last, I managed to achieve a good result with the worst dents on the bodywork, a few of them needed to be retried more than one time, beating the panel again, but that's learning process..









Side skirts had lots of paint peelling and some broken and deformed fixings






Rear bumper ready to be primered




Front bumper already primered, this one gave me lots of troubles to reach a good finish, because had lots of hits, stone chips, paint peeling on closed areas and the plastic was deformed on some places, but at last it was ready to be painted




Front grill primered




Plastic parts with minor details revised and ready to be reprimered and then painted




The rest of the bodywork also ready, sanded it from P600 wet, P800 wet and then P1200 wet, looking for the best finish whistle.gif






I will talk post pics of the final step tomorrow, meanwhile I leave one gift..




Cheers!
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post 10th July 2017 19:19
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Good stuff. Keep the chapters coming. We want volumes!


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post 10th July 2017 21:44
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QUOTE(Ganz @ 10th July 2017 21:19) *
Good stuff. Keep the chapters coming. We want volumes!

There are many things left to post, so don't worry..I am posting more frequent updates because I'm starting the "restoration" project of my Facelift 146 Ti and I want to have enough time to post the recent updates on the new one.

As promised, I will post the pics of the final stage of the respray job

First, small parts were painted separately, like bumpers, front grille, mirrors covers, skirts...
















The 146 finally inside the cabin, masked and with all reparations coated with a darker tone, remember that reds have bad covering ability




And.. painted




It sat inside the cabin for one night, then I threw out all the masking and took it at the sun for further inspection. It was my first time painting a whole car, so there were some bad things here and there...the bonnet had to be repainted again as some silicones appeared..








The silicones on the bonnet



Bonnet already resprayed, this time I achieved to shot nicely the clear coat coolio.gif




Then...started to assembly it back







Later I will post more content due to pics limit per post...cheers!

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Looking good! Nice job thumbsup.gif


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Here again whistle.gif

Buyed some parts needed, like A/C drier filter, cabin filter, new thermostat, oil, petrol and air filters





Front brake calipers from my spare Fiat bravo JTD, they have pads with more friction surface, so it's a improvement




And painted them metallic gold, after cleaning all grime and rust..




Ph3 Junior gear knob reupholstered




Refitted back all the boot liners and upholsthery, after cleaning them with Apc, brushes, vacuum...






Cleaned the compartment under the windshield, had lots of dirt




Then started to change the thermostat, luckily this Boxers have a plug on the block where you can empty all the coolant fluid. don't have to mess with hoses to only empty part of the circuit,as happens with JTD/TS..then had to dissasemble the inlet manifold, it's easy




Here it is, sadly had to break the OEM clamps, this means that never had it changed, not bad..



Old vs New



And fitted, with VAG clamps with are more reliable IMHO compared to conventional screw type



Manifold fitted, but with one goody



Front calipers fitted and an used wheel arch liner, because the one on the car was broken on the top side and didn't manage to repair it properly..




Before fitting side skirts had to pull out one dent on right side member, here applied with brush sealer, then painted painted it black to suit with the stone chip protector




I think it's long enough, next week I will post more!

Cheers!

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post 27th July 2017 20:19
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Hi everybody, I'm back on the keyboard, so let's give a bump to the thread!


All filters were changed, the cabin and petrol filters were OEM, wich supports the fact of it being maintained at the dealer in his first ownership (I'm the 2nd owner), with sealed book..






On the exterior, I've rewraped with matte black the part between doors








Then, was time to move on and work on the interior, to bring it back shining

This how it was






Removed front seats to work better






First, I took a vacuum,brushed all the carpet to remove as many dirt and sh*t as possible




Then I took the Tornador and started to Really take out the dirt ohmy.gif






Finishing rolleyes.gif






Rear vent was full of dirt




The liquid extracted by the vacuum unsure.gif







As the Tornador made clouds of APC and dust, all the dashboard and doors became really dirty mad.gif




After taking out all dust, I attacked hard the trim, spraying APC all over, brushing and using MFs all around..




Then finished





That's all for now, some day I will post one of lasts chapters of "Bringing back to life a 146" history!

Cheers!


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What paint did you use for the black bumpers? How do think they will fare in terms of wear and tear?


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QUOTE(Antonio @ 27th July 2017 21:19) *
Hi everybody, I'm back on the keyboard, so let's give a bump to the thread!


All filters were changed, the cabin and petrol filters were OEM, wich supports the fact of it being maintained at the dealer in his first ownership (I'm the 2nd owner), with sealed book..






On the exterior, I've rewraped with matte black the part between doors








Then, was time to move on and work on the interior, to bring it back shining

This how it was






Removed front seats to work better






First, I took a vacuum,brushed all the carpet to remove as many dirt and sh*t as possible




Then I took the Tornador and started to Really take out the dirt ohmy.gif






Finishing rolleyes.gif






Rear vent was full of dirt




The liquid extracted by the vacuum unsure.gif







As the Tornador made clouds of APC and dust, all the dashboard and doors became really dirty mad.gif




After taking out all dust, I attacked hard the trim, spraying APC all over, brushing and using MFs all around..




Then finished





That's all for now, some day I will post one of lasts chapters of "Bringing back to life a 146" history!

Cheers!


I don't have much of a legacy to leave other than my "Red Devil" thread blush.gif Future Alfa owners will appreciate it! Look at the other Alfa forums..!?


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post 28th July 2017 19:29
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@Ganz, why are you quoting/doubling all this stuff, isn't better just to reply?

@Antonio, you are the man! this 1.7 16v will live forever!
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Quedo impecable! wink.gif

Terrific restoration, enjoy your brand new 146.


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QUOTE(Ganz @ 28th July 2017 01:14) *
What paint did you use for the black bumpers? How do think they will fare in terms of wear and tear?

Hey Ganz! What did you drink when you wrote this? laugh.gif Please remove the quotes you did, it's a mess

About the bumpers, it's body paint with matting agent added, so I think It should work pretty well. Until now, it does smile.gif

QUOTE(niaugi @ 28th July 2017 21:29) *
@Ganz, why are you quoting/doubling all this stuff, isn't better just to reply?

@Antonio, you are the man! this 1.7 16v will live forever!

Thanks Sir niaugi, hope your boxers work well!

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Quedo impecable! wink.gif

Terrific restoration, enjoy your brand new 146.

Gracias!! Yes, we did a good work!

Later I will post more content, bye!
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So let's go!!

After cleaning almost the whole interior, only the seats were pending of a good clean. When I applied the Tornador the first time confirmed it blink.gif





Then to give the final touch, refurbished the steering wheel, with nice finish whistle.gif








Also fitted new mats, wich I don't have pics at the moment..

Finally we did a new attempt at soldering the Aircon condenser, this time a nice job was done, so fitted a new drier filter and until now is working like a charm






From this time, started to use it regularly and enjoyed this time, but one b*stard f*ucked the bodywork few months after respraying rant.gif rant.gif Scratched from rear door to front wing





I tried to "fix" it but I will talk about it onto the next and last chapter blush.gif . As a bonus, its first wash since respraying biggrin.gif





Cheers everybody!

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Hey Antonio-

the quality of this is jaw dropping!

I'm SO jealous! your post is truly something to aspire too!

A couple of carpet questions; did you say 'new mats'?? Are such things (genuine mats) still available?? And if so- where did you source them..???

Also- I see an array of brushes there on the floor when you were cleaning the carpet- what else did you use to get that result; it looks new! Was there any kind of cleaning spray, which is not shown in your picture..??

Finally; did you source a NEW parcel shelf?? Where did you find such a thing..?



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QUOTE(Antonio @ 3rd August 2017 17:14) *


That looks brand new, what did you do to it?




It's amazing how some individuals simply don't give a rant.gif about other people belongings and work no3.gif

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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 4th August 2017 23:01) *
Hey Antonio-

the quality of this is jaw dropping!

I'm SO jealous! your post is truly something to aspire too!

A couple of carpet questions; did you say 'new mats'?? Are such things (genuine mats) still available?? And if so- where did you source them..???

Also- I see an array of brushes there on the floor when you were cleaning the carpet- what else did you use to get that result; it looks new! Was there any kind of cleaning spray, which is not shown in your picture..??

Finally; did you source a NEW parcel shelf?? Where did you find such a thing..?
JimP

There aren't genuine mats available, but I buyed some set, especially made for the 146 with AR logos, rear single mat instead of two...To clean the carpet I used a Tornador Gun, some APC (All Purpose Cleaner) 1:5 diluted and then liquid vacuum to take out all the muck and liquid.

About the parcel shelf I don't understand what you're trying to refere... blush.gif



QUOTE(aero_mati @ 30th July 2017 03:06) *
That looks brand new, what did you do to it?

I used a kit made for refurbishing leather steering wheels, it only works on leather with color loss and/or slight leather damage. It can be sourced at leather specialists or Car Detailing stores.
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Great to see a 146 being saved and restored. Great work drink.gif How do you guys get time to be able to do all this in less than a year??


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QUOTE(Ganz @ 6th August 2017 02:17) *
Great to see a 146 being saved and restored. Great work drink.gif How do you guys get time to be able to do all this in less than a year??


I think long evenings spent in garage contribute greatly to this task wink.gif
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QUOTE(shpuncik @ 6th August 2017 10:33) *
I think long evenings spent in garage contribute greatly to this task wink.gif

When I did all the works on this car I was studying, so almost had all afternoons to work on it. Now I have a full-time job that makes really difficult to have a chance to work on my beloved Alfas..but when I have the chance, I take every minute to work on it. It's passion, isn't it? smile.gif
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