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Hi all - I'm normally a poster in the 916 Gtv and also the GT sections but things are about to change.....

I'm currently selling my V6 Gtv http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-and-916-spider/792946-cracking-gtv-v6-for-sale.html

Because, next week I am picking up a 1972 GTV 2000!

Total restoration required - the car is totally disassembled......

I'm wondering if there are any forum members with experience of these cars in and around Oxfordshire? Would be good to find a local mentor that can guide me through the process and share knowledge with me....

I'm near Brize Norton

All the best, Tom
 
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Are you doing it yourself? I know nothing so cannot help but interested how you will approach this.

One bit of advice, if you are not on the Alfa Bulletin Board (US based forum), get on there. There are a lot of restoration threads, some good videos and a lot of knowledgeable people.
 

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Hi - I plan on doing the bulk of the mechanical stuff myself, leaving some parts to safer hands than mine (professionals)

Car needs some welding and will need new paint - I can have a go at the welding but paint is a job for a pro. The welding might well be out of my league too. Will know more next weekend when I pick the car up...

Was really hoping to find a fellow local enthusiast with experience of these cars, to come and look at what I've bought and to give some pointers.

Very excited as I've lusted after the 105 series for a lifetime and now can restore one to my taste (& budget..)
 
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Best of luck. Regarding paint, you might want to avoid the Alfa specialists as they tend to be expensive and have a long waiting list. If you can find a good local paint shop that you trust you will get it done cheaper and quicker. However, the welding is key - if you can't do that to a really good standard yourself, you will need a 105 expert to do that.

You could always hire one of the Alfa specialists to do an inspection for you. I would imagine that would probably cost around £200 plus travel costs. Getting the bodywork really sound with these cars is vital, so really knowing what you have and what you need to do would be money well spent.
 

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Thanks Nigel - a contact of mine has recommended Nic Polestrone in Chippenham for paint and any welding that is out of my league. He's a one man band, very Alfa oriented and his work is second to none.

I'm going to drag the carcass past his place on the way home from collecting it - see what he reckons
 

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Hi Tom, good luck with your 105.
You will certainly need to be patient, I am in the final stages of what you are doing.
I bought a shell and turned it into a gtam wide body.
Very important to firstly make sure the chassis is straight, I suggest this along with any wielding is done professionally!
Probably the first name you will hear is Alfaholics who are excellent in my experience, they are not cheap and you will have to wait months but worth the wait.
All parts are available but not cheap depending on what you already have?
I've spent 15k on it so far and all in will cost me over 20k obviously depends on what you want.
Good luck let me know if you need any advice!
Once properly sorted they are great to drive and look amazing!
 

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Hi Tom, good luck with your 105.
You will certainly need to be patient, I am in the final stages of what you are doing.
I bought a shell and turned it into a gtam wide body.
Very important to firstly make sure the chassis is straight, I suggest this along with any wielding is done professionally!
Probably the first name you will hear is Alfaholics who are excellent in my experience, they are not cheap and you will have to wait months but worth the wait.
All parts are available but not cheap depending on what you already have?
I've spent 15k on it so far and all in will cost me over 20k obviously depends on what you want.
Good luck let me know if you need any advice!
Once properly sorted they are great to drive and look amazing!
I would love to see photos of your wide body 105 . I cheated and bought one with that already done but am interested to see what/how you did yours. I'll be fettling the suspension but steel bodywork is beyond my skills . I do weld but not anything lighter than cds 1.6mm tube:)
 

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No problem, here are two pictures, before and after. I will be adding lots more once the car is totally finished, I have left to do, differential and interior, both will be finished in two weeks with luck then all is complete. It has taken me about 18 months to get to this stage.
 

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Engine is upgraded 2.0L Nord, performance camshafts, mild increase I'm estimating about 150 bhp until I get her rolling road tuned I won't know exactly. I didn't want a Twinspark, I had the option of fitting one but I think it looks wrong in the car, I prefer the Nord look and sound.
Yes Wheels obviously, suspension, steering differential Cloverleaf Transmissions 2.0 with LSD.
The interior is being completely refitted, I will post pictures once its ready.
 

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Hi,
Do you have the contact details for Nic Polstrone in Chippenham?
At the moment I am stripping my 1750 and planning to get a bare metal respray.

Cheers.
 

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Unable to PM you as I think you need to have made certain number of posts to be able to receive private messages - email me and I will send you Nic's number....
[email protected]

All the best, Tom
 

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Well - I appear to be a jammy dodger. Gtv 2000 collected today and now safely home with me (in bits).

Called in to see Nic Pollastrone (correct spelling now) on the way home and I appear to have a remarkably solid shell. Welding/fabrication required only to the rear arches/suspension mounts, it has had arches done in the past but to a high standard.

The original paint is deemed to be worth salvaging and not a candidate for a bare metal respray - Nic feels that he can work some magic to leave some originality to the car as opposed to creating a show pony - right up my street/wallet.....

All in all a very long day today but has eased the pain of selling my 916 V6

Oh, and two words - Dutch Blue :inlove::inlove:
 
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Sounds great, well done. Now get spending - how long do you think all the work will take?
 

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Fist plan is to get the shell welding done - Nic will travel to mine and work here for a few days

After that will be a huge clean up of the shell, followed by some remedial paint work. From that point on, is a case of reassembly/ modification - I'd love to say 12 months but money is tight, as is time.

I'm famous for thinking I'll get things finished quickly and then taking a decade - hopefully not in this case
 

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Looks good, good luck with your project!
Although I will say I've overspent and its pretty easy to do, I just bought some new quarter light window rubbers, everywhere seems to be the same price at £40 each plus vat!! £100 for two small bits of rubber!!!
Crazy really but the old ones had perished. Every part for these fantastic cars are still available......at a price!!
 

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Beginnings of another great resto thread:thumbs:
Best of luck and hope it goes well for you.
Most of the DIY resto's seem to be 'on a budget', mine was, and took about two and a half years. Worth the wait tho. Very rewarding when you can do as much as possible yourself.
(I started off with the 12 month time scale too btw :rolleyes:)
 
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