Re: Alfasud Wide body kit
Actually, no mods to the steel body are required. The front wings, bumpers and rear spoiler just bolt on. The rear quarter is glued with sikaflex - with 2 bolts being added on some cars (one at each end) to further secure. The sill panel is again glued and secured to the rear quarter and front wing by fasteners. Arches would only need to be cut if you were fitting wide alloys.
From my experience, as well looking stylish, the fibreglass kit serves to provide an extra layer of protection from the elements and in theory the kitted areas of the car should therefore remain in sound condition. As for the rest, ultimately it comes down to the usual factors; initial quality of steel, rustproofing, storage, dry/wet use, preventative measures such as inner winner wing liners, early bodywork repairs, etc.etc.
I know italian cars have a bad reputation for rusting but lets face it you don't see that many old cars on the roads these days irrespective of make. Though, I appreciate that rust isn't necessarily the only reason for this and there are other factors such as stricter laws, parts availability, lower octane fuel, technology advances, fashion, consumerism, profits, etc.
Last edited by alfffa; 29-06-07 at 09:27.