Originally Posted by crippsy
Sorry I don't know how to change the hood either - but here's a little of what I do know...I cracked my rear screen (96 spider lusso 2.0TS too) on a cold morning last autumn. It's currently being held together well but not too beautifully by a 10" strip of clear waterproof duck tape! I was a little too keen to drive with the roof off on a beautiful autumn morning - without realising the temperature implications on the rear screen of leaving the car outside overnight and it cracked as I folded the roof.
The hood was only a year old, so I was pretty p*ssed off with myself. Coburns near Swindon, sorry don't have the contact details with me but can find them if you need them (they're in the AROC handbook too), quoted around £300 inc VAT for a new screen fitted which includes taking the roof off the car and sewing/fitting it in a jig to ensure a snug, wind and waterproof fitting.
They need the car in for half a day to do this, which I think I will do once the financials sort themselves out after Xmas and New Year. I would guess that it's not a simple DIY job to do from this description! Good luck and let me know if you need any further details.
Well, got it sorted at last.
Sourced the screen from a local Italian car specialist - had no luck with scrapyards other than somebody wanting me to but a full hood assembly !! Contacted other hood companies but they were all on shutdown until February !!
Cost is ridiculous - £365 as it's an original Alfa part ( same price as the main dealer quoted me ) although it's made in China. Comes with a spare zip section for fitting on the inside of the hood as apparently the zips don't always pair up with the originals ( like the electrical layout this is something which Alfa seem to have changed every couple of months ). Luckily mine had the same zip fitting so this was something I didn't have to worry about.
To fit you basically have to have the hood mostly down and then take the area around the screen off. Unzip the top of it and then undo the ribbons that hold it at the sides. The bottom bit, which is attached to the car is held on with fasteners under the raised bit ( very technical I know, lol ) that go through reinforced holes in the bottom of the canvas. Once the old screen is out you put the new screen back in and do the process in reverse ( assuming the zip fits ). Hey presto, new rear screen which immediately fogs on the inside every time it gets cold ( so no change in visibility from the old screen ).
Now that everything's in full working order again I'm going to sell this one as my bank balance can't stand being bent over every time I need to repair something - any takers ? Only 72k on the clock in Alfa green on an R plate with all the usual Lusso refinements including full leather, multi-cd etc.