So at 12 today I headed down to the hardware store to pick up parts for the weedeater. On my way back to the GTV I see a gentleman from the petrol station next door signalling for me to wait. So I wait, he compliments me on the car and we start chatting and it turns out he's a retired engineer originally from Pretoria and restoring a 1750 and wouldn't I want to have a look.
So he takes me to a garage behind his office where I see what has to be the most beautiful GTV I've seen in a while. It's only a shell now, but the parts going into it are being restored so well. We chatted for a while about Alfas, our love for the older cars, the regret of not importing more when the exchange rate was kinder and his SL resto while my wife was trying unsuccessfully to get hold of me for an appointment I no longer cared for. I left one friend richer and with some inkling of how I should organise a proper resto. As I walked back to my car, I couldn't help feeling a twinge of guilt for pushing my old bella so hard and only spending on her gym fees and trainers. I think I'll be springing for a major resto next year. She's been good to me for most of the five years we've known each other, so why not?
I got some nice contacts as well - Leather Tech in Pretoria for dash restos and the Ferreiras in the Cape for bodywork. Replacing sills, floors and the sprayjob was R14k, which is approximately 2/3 of what I expected to pay.