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Alfa Romeo GT1300 - Surgery Starts! by TwistedMethodDan Alfa Romeo GT1300 - Surgery Starts! by TwistedMethodDan
I've never actually upload any pictures of my cars on here - just my art. 
Not quite arty (until the last stage where I have a little creative plan for the paintwork and visual style of the car) but a project nonetheless - I'm starting what I keep thinking compares to open-heart surgery on my car, with the square hole where the bonnet was removed, sheets around the car (actually to protect the windows from projections from my DIY project behind it - I'm not fussed about the paintwork as it's getting a proper respray anyway), vital fluids drained away and tools surrounding it ready for work. 

This was taken a week ago, the engine is still in place but mostly ready to come out - just a couple more puzzling things to figure out how to undo first. Then comes the fun of head gasket replacement, new synchros in the gearbox and replacing the clutch. 
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I have a 2001 147 Eco myself, though its not as classy as your GT :P Good luck with your project! :la:
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TwistedMethodDan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Ha less classy maybe, but still a good-looking car and more reliable I'm sure! 
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someoneabletofindana Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yeah, it still has alot of chrome :D And its running pretty good for having driven almost 185k km by now^^
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prestonthecarartist Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Cool alfa! This is really nice, and good luck with it!
can't wait to see more pics!
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TwistedMethodDan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - and I'll need the luck haha :)
I do have a bunch of pictures taken after we first took it back home and gave it a good wash - though I'd rather be patient with what I put on deviantart and wait til the finished product is ready!
It's not a full restoration - hell, I'm 3 and practically pennliess, I can't afford that - plus after waiting 15 months to actually start work, I don't want it to take too long - but it will do all the important stuff - main engine mechanics will be overhauled (previous owner overhauled the brakes, tires etc not too long ago), a proper respray is needed (the closer you look, the worse the paint gets) - meaning grind back down to bare metal, sort out all dents (there are a few...), put rust prevention treatment on (thankfully a preventative measure as opposed to a remedial one - my car is a very rare 'mostly rustless' example!) then apply a nice coat of paint, in the original colour. Initially I wanted it red, but they're all red... This colour has grown on me, and is fairly rare too. The wheels will get a quick respray too. 
All in all, a 'half restoration' which will cost me in the area of €2-3000 (that's nothing for what it is - paint alone usually costs that) , parts included simply due to knowing the right people :) The paint guy said I'd get priority and my car would be entirely done in about a week - a nice offer, most likely due to the amount of Messerschmitts we bring to him to get painted when we do those up! 
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prestonthecarartist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
awesome about your car being pretty solid to begin with! My advice is to do what is needed to have a presentable, reliable driver, and enjoy it! :D
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TwistedMethodDan Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exactly! I've taken the engine out now, which was no simple feat (there is literally zero margin for clearance - the back of the car has to be kjacked up to a certain angle, and the engine and gearbox assembly tilted, lifted, dropped, shifted constantly to squeeze it through the gap... so after all that aggro, though it will cost more, i'm of the opinion that i'd be better off changing whatever genuinely needs replacing, for peace of mind and to hopefully not have to do it again for a very long time. 
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prestonthecarartist Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I know how that goes... last summer we shoehorned a ford 289 into a sunbeam tiger at the shop. The back was jacked up to gain clearance, took about three of us to steady and guide it in.

I agree on your philosophy there, replace what needs it, or will need it. I'm overhauling the brakes on my '51 Chevy right now, and although there might be one or two things that really need replaced, I'm going through it all so that I don't have  to go back into it for a long time.

also, happy Easter to you and yours!
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RobertoJK Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Wonderful car!! :D
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TwistedMethodDan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! It feels rather daunting starting such major work on a car that did actually work... though the problems were known when we bought it, and in the long run it woudl be unwise *not* to sort them out sooner rather than later. I just hope it doesn't drag on for too long! 
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