AO Gold Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
916 GTV/Spider owners please take note!
Hi guys, just a friendly "Head's Up" as regards our beloved cars.
I drive my p1 Spider 1998 Twinspark 150 bhp as a daily driver, Summer,Winter,Spring & summer. I do live on the Atlantic coast and the sea is visible from my home. (Salt air notorious for destroying cars)
So, i visited a guy several people had recommended as a welder, it was his home and he told me to reverse around back and get it on a lift to have a good look below. Really decent chap and when i reversed my jaw dropped not at another Alfa but he had the place choc-a-bloc with old bikes polished to within an inch of their lives .....not paint polished but metal polished, frame and engines both, beautiful.
Anyways, just as well i work for myself as he spent a good hr below poking andcutting rot & rust from the floorpan and rear chassis support .... Concluded that it would be easier to weld in new pans both sides and it starting to encroach into the sills in his opinion. Asked him why it was so bad and he pointed out obviously that it was a Spider but! he did say one very important thing and that was ........my car was not waxoiled as i had thought,but it was the underbody protectatant put on by Alfa that has cracked .72and become a rust trap!!!
So! the heads Up is ...... get that factory applied under body protection off your bloomin cars and get them waxoiled before metal cancer takes hold!