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What's the (true) story?

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Been a member on here for a while,watching from afar so to speak.

I have been a lover of ALFAS and in particular alfasuds. I've owned and run a few in the early 90's,my first being an early 1.2 4speed that I gave 10 for as an MOT failure. I then had a 1.5 super on a V reg and of all the suds I have had that one was the sweetest handling. It also had a peach of a twin carb motor. I eventually scraped that one for the usual body woes,but I kept that engine for my next one,another 1.5 but a series three four door.
I converted that one to Ti spec with the lights and body trim and fitted the twin carbed engine.It also had the black and green interior from the sprint fitted. I ran that one for a while.
Then I came across a 1.5 grCL with a blown/seized engine. I bought the car from a guy in surrey nr Guildford,and had it trailered home. I sourced a 1.5 bottom and used the heads off the GCL finding out the lack of oil issue was down to the N/S cam seal having let go.
I ran that car off an on for a few years picking up a 1.7ltr motor with the solid lifters from a firm in Southampton, only needing a pair of head gaskets to be truly reliable. I think I gave 250 for that engine with a bust water pump and no carbs and that was around 1996.
I continued to use it as my main ride,then eventually the second car until It ran out of tax and test in MAR 2001. I actually drove it into storage. Alas that garage was damp and the car suffered the 5 yrs it was in there.
In the meantime I acquired another 1.5 a Ti this time,literally snatching it from the jaws of the baler. I gave the yard owner 200 for it in 1999 and applied for the log book which I received.
The initial plan for this car was to use it as parts car for the GCL. It transpired the TI was in far better condition,corrosion wise than what I already had. I stripped the car once it was in storage (dry this time)and it's still there to this day only needing a pair of rear wheel arches and a repair to the rear valance.
The GCL is now in the garage at my residence.

What my question to the forum is,is this. What is and is not available for the Alfa Romeo alfasud and it's variants? Panels I know have always been hard work,trim also. But I'm more concerned with mechanical items. I've heard(and read) that certain engine parts such as bearing shell are NLA. Is this the case? What about pistons,cam belts and tensioners? How about wheel bearings F+R. Suspension bushes and spring pans and their bearings.

I'm getting to the point where I could start making a move on having a nice sud again but the parts supply issue is a real problem.

Any guidance.
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Well Happy Spares

If it's any help I've not had many problems getting parts..just replaced cambelts, water pump, plug leads, discs& pads, track rod ends as well as windscreen with little difficulty. I did have a hard time finding fog lights but got then eventually. There's some good breakers around with lots of spares too. Hope that helps!
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I think between us all on here we have plenty of spares so i'm sure if you let us know what you need we will be able to source them for you!
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Spring pan bearings are available they are the same on the 164 !
Think I saw a link on here somewhere to a company that makes new fibreglass panels too.
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I'm a little bit reassured,but to be fair i have more than enough between the two cars to follow my plans. I've taught myself how to weld over the years and turn spanners for a living (can be a hindrance) so once a few other obstacles have been removed,i think i will make a genuine effort to start.
I'm N london based and have only seen two suds on the road 3 times in the last 8yrs!
Incidentally where's the best place to get engine parts such as shells and gaskets? 1.5ltr stuff seems to be fairly easy to source,but the 1.7 items seem much thinner on the ground,or am i just not looking in the right places?

I'm hoping to start something in the spring. I will indeed ask here first when the time comes for anything i require.

Thanks for the responses.
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There are of course a few specialists in Sud parts - John Christopher at Justsuds in Chorley, Lancashire, Mr Sud and the confusingly named ( ) alfasud-parts........A quick google is your friend....
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There is also the company in Germany who have a reasonable amount of sud parts and are good at shipping to UK - "Alfa-Service.com"
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I was aware of the uk based specialists,but not the German outfit. Will do some thorough investigating to see what's what.

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Bob Wright at Alfa Panels can do you GRP panels for the Sud I think.
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