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:confused: Hello everyone - not sure if this is the right place to ask for some general advice nor what reaction I'm going to get.
I purchased my Duetto earlier in the year and, with the exception of a complete gearbox failure:cry:, (soon put back in order thanks to the combined efforts of Alfaholics and Mangoletsi:)) I've driven many a happy mile in it already. It's generally in great condition - bodywork in particular. Looks like it's been garaged it's whole life. It's almost entirely original as far as I can make out. Here's my problem:
On the one hand I feel like i should be taking care of this mostly original little beauty and keeping the car's driving characteristics as was intended back in the late 60's:cool:.
However, on the other hand, I also want it to look perfect and drive a bit 'tighter'. It drives well enough (all round disk brakes are suprisingly good and engine still has a bit of zip) and whilst I appreciated the 'softer' ride during the first few hundred miles, I now feel that it could be so much more capable if a bit stiffer all round. There are a few suspension squeaks and groans so it needs some work in any event.
I was therefore thinking of putting it in the hands of a restoration specialist over the winter (I'd do it myself but I'm a bit crap:eek: generally in this department and there's a risk that I'd tend to rush it due to lack of time).
I'm sure the purists out there would look at it and wonder what the hell I'd want to 'modernise' it for and I've got this nagging doubt that once I've tinkered with it, it's 'originalness' is then lost forever:tut:.
Who better to advise me than you lot? Assume the cost is not an issue.
Also, on the assumption that I proceed with the restoration, can anyone recommend a restoration specialist, preferably based in the North West?
I'm going to take it to Newby Hall on Alfa Day to compare notes etc.
Thanks:thumbs:
 

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However, on the other hand, I also want it to look perfect and drive a bit 'tighter'. It drives well enough (all round disk brakes are suprisingly good and engine still has a bit of zip) and whilst I appreciated the 'softer' ride during the first few hundred miles, I now feel that it could be so much more capable if a bit stiffer all round. There are a few suspension squeaks and groans so it needs some work in any event.

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I'm sure the purists out there would look at it and wonder what the hell I'd want to 'modernise' it for and I've got this nagging doubt that once I've tinkered with it, it's 'originalness' is then lost forever:tut:.
Putting in stiffer springs, uprated shocks and thicker anti-roll bar has been "standard" stuff for tuners over the history of the car. As long as you stay away from 18" bling wheels with spinners etc you're not really modernising it and if you want to, you can keep all the old bits if you ever sell it to one of those obsessive types that paints the inside of the exhaust pipe black. Replace all the worn out bushings etc (use poly where appropriate) and fit a suspension package (lots of info if you use the search function).

My '68 sits slightly lower than standard but you'd never know it had any suspension work until you tried to follow it round a corner :D. It's your car, you enjoy it as you want :thumbs:
 

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It is your car to do what you want with it. If your plans are to lower and stiff it a bit I don't think it's a bad idea, as long as all the things you do are reversible. Keep the old parts, in any case you can change the car back to it's "originalness" any time you want!

Good luck with the mods!
 

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I think there is far too much of this stiffening springs, tuning stuff, going on with classic cars! The soft handling of these older alfas is the whole glory of the cars driving experience...you know where you are, nothing suddenly flips out on you!. If you want stiff handling buy a modern car. Sloppy handling however is another thing, then I would change worn parts for new. to put it back to how it was intended.

Anyways, It is your car, if you want to paint it pink with red dots, then that is up to you (but remember originality is what people are after with these cars)
 

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The soft handling of these older alfas is the whole glory of the cars driving experience...you know where you are, nothing suddenly flips out on you
On the other hand, with stiffer suspension, I know where my sump will be when I hit a pothole or a speed hump!
 

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It's always a toss up between keeping a car original and making modern improvments. Also with a restoration, how far to take it, what originallity to save and what to replace. I personally would keep the car as original to drive as possible, as thats the way it was designed. Replacing worn out suspension components will undoubtedly improve the handling. Im doing a Duetto Restoration myself at the moment, if you need any advise PM me.

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Andy
 

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Yes new poly bushes/anti roll bar /shocks but beware I broke an original spring in competition bought a new uprated set from a reputable stockist.Twilight zone for 2 years before I through them away ask the race suppliers for advice.(and hang on to the old ones just in case) The car will not slide as much in my case a perverted pleasure missed even if it is quicker.
 
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