right, to add to the already enormous grin i have about the 75, the package i got was actually like this.
The car itself, as mentioned before came off the road in 2002, for a new clutch, whilst on the ramp the propshaft support bearing was found to be tired, so the final shaft dropped off, bearing removed, new one ordered, and thats where the owner sold it to the garage rather than see it through. the buisness owner, which was an italian car based garage, is an absoloute alfa.fiat.lancia nut, like most of us, so amongst other things gathered some more bits n bobs to one day return it to the road.
one thing and another, it didn't happen, and so it was pushed to the corner of the workshop and left there for the last 10 years!
so i came along and bought the following.
the 75 itself, with new clutch fitted and new prop bearing supplied, so shaft and bearing need doing, no biggie.
mice had munched the battery top, several pipes, the entire foam and paper of the air filter, and some wire insulation, and thankfully once theyd nibbled through certain bits of insulation, they had enough of a surprise to bog off and leave well alone, it does look rather comical under the hood to see the evidence of their appetite!
nothing too far gone, nothing that shouldn't be easily sorted, and then i can try some fresh fuel and a big battery and see if she'll fire up.
she turns over now, and was apparently in perfect working order other than the clutch problem, so i'm not expecting to have to do much initially to get a driveable car, fingers crossed!
the rear arches have rusted from the damp and crap trapped between the metalwork and the bodykit, but not beyond the lines of the bodykit itself, just the final lip by the feel of it, BUT, i have two full brand new arch repair sections to reinstate this to perfect again, so no worries there, and the rest of the car really does look remarkably straight and solid, just a few minor blemishes have pushed the paint off on the nearside doors, but no big issue, i'll be painting the whole thing anyway hopefully.
but i also got with the deal, an immaculate spare boot lid and spolier, and both front doors, similalrly immaculate (god they're light too!) complete with glass too, 80% of the body trim mouldings as spares, a spare front grill, some electrical bits n bobs, a brand new set of powerflex bushes which look as though they will renew all the back end, and then the best bit...
a mint Veloce Front Bumper, a mint Veloce Back Bumper, and matching front arch spats!!! i couldn't believe my luck!!!
its has left me very torn though, i am really undecided about the use of them, because the picture of the Gunmetal 75 above, really floats my boat, i think it looks awesome even with standard bumpers, just sitting low on the right wheels, and in the right colour, i think thats gorgeous, but then a 75 Veloce looks awesome too, i love them,
but if i use the bumpers to Velocify the 75, i won't be able to do this...
pretty awesome prospect i reckon, and proof that AHM's version bumper definitely started life as a 75 model, not the 33 one i was toiling over, but what i haven't yet worked out is wether AHM uses a subtly reshaped wing that meets the full width of the 75 bumper, or has he reduced the width of the bumpe rto sit nicely against the original bodylines of the 33 arch/wing?
trouble is, making the arch's work with the 33 side skirts, or do i try to get hold of and modify some 75 ones, and then if i use arch's at the back too, will i have to also graft on the 75 veloce rear bumper, which i think is huge for a 33!
either way, over christmas and in the new year, i'll put the feelers out for some more 75 veloce bodykit bits (Rodger???) so i may have enough bits to do both,
what an exciting thought that is!!!!