Hey guys, I thought I'd start a blog-esque build thread on my 1985 Green cloverleaf Alfasud Ti, since most of the time I have no idea with what I'm doing so i'm hoping that if needed veteran alfa enthusiasts can guide me through
How it happened
I had been looking for a new daily driver for under $600 (AUD) via online classifieds as my 180SX had not been running for months and I needed something in the meantime whilst I saved to get that sent to a workshop. All of a sudden an Alfa Romeo Alfasud popped up on the classifieds I was going through (just been added), Now I really had no idea or knew what it was but for some reason It had me interested...
I read through the ad description diligently with the only cons being that there were no front brake pads and that the paint was severely faded, the sud was located about an hour away from the city.
When I finally got to the sud late that night the owners said that it had been sitting around for a few months since they were unable to drive it due to the missing front brake pads, Pretty much all I did was do a general look over and made sure that he the engine was in good work order, Pretty sure the sound of the 1.5ltr boxer engine won me over.
$650 + $120(tow) later I had my first Alfa sitting in my driveway.
This time I had a more thorough look and found that there was some rust on the boot and also some rust on the inner guards of the engine bay. I also found that the drivers side door latch was broken so it would not close shut and that the passenger side window mechanism was broken/missing so the window could not go up or down.
The following weekend I set to tackle the front brakes... little did I know that this would end up costing 4 times the price of what the sud cost me. first time ever seeing inboard brakes!
eventually I sent the sud into a specialized alfa workshop to have the whole brake system overhauled. The sud would have been there for about 2 months and just about every brake component from the discs to the handbrake cable were replaced or reconditioned. The thing is with the money spent on the sud I could have had my 180SX fixed lol, but for some reason I kept pressing on.
I tried contacting the WA alfa romeo owners club in regards to how much an alfasud was worth but my query was ignored, I can't even find another sud in the (national) classifieds to make a price comparison :O
Once I got my sud back from the workshop I had to drive it around with a Zip tie holding the drivers side door shut and some tape to hold up the passenger window on the passenger door, needless to say it's a very fun car to drive, quite quirky.
I have now since have replaced the spark plugs and made sure everything in the engine bay was in proper working order. I find it pretty refreshing to not have to worry about an ECU or injectors ect… However I urgently need to sort out the rust issue and acquire some new doors.
I don't have any experience with rust repair or welding other than the basic OXY. So i'm still working out on how I should approach repairing the rust. I'm Looking forward to respraying the car and bringing some life back into it.
All in all I gotta say I'm happy that I have stumbled upon this little sud it has opened up my eyes to euro cars I'm already wanting to own more alfa's especially the GTV