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Well I bought a 2000 2.0 Phase 2 Spider last week. Well most of one....
It had a frontal crash in 2012 and has been worked on but not finished.
It's silver with black cloth interior and when I am finished the plan is for it to be the factory yellow with blue Lusso leather interior.
It looks like it has run into the tow ball of the car ahead.
Lets see if the picture uploaded....
 

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If you need 2nd hand spares... try GTV City on Facebook and for new parts, try TotallyAlfa. Good luck with the project.
 

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Yeah, thanks! It should be a fun project. The car is worth saving as it was a nice car when crashed.... NZ from new, 80000kms only, full service history and books.... it was a well looked after car when it looks like it ran into the tow ball of the car in front and did the damage.

Tow ball punctured the bumper and bent the rail ahead of the radiator, totaled the aircond condenser, ripped the bonnet catch from the bonnet. The radiator that comes with the car looks like a second hand replacement and a new front cross member comes with it. Head lights are fine. Bonnet has a small amount of damage I can fix. For some reason someone has undone all the spot welds and taken off the bumper mount on the LHS of the car. I expect the chassis arm was bent and they took out the spot welds to get it back in line but never got around to re welding anything.

I have found two donor GTV's at two different wreakers in NZ which is a bonus! So I can get all the needed parts, plus one has the front intact and not damaged so I will not only be able to remove the parts from that car BUT take accurate measurements at the same time and even make a template of the bumper bolt positions and the bonnets latch positions that I can use to help with the alignment of the parts correct on my car.
 

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Nice project, good luck with it.

Renovo does very good hood cleaners and treatments. They do a black dye to refurbish black hoods. I doubt whether you would be able to successfully dye a black hood blue.

You might find that a thorough clean with the Renovo cleaner and the stiff brush they provide will bring it up pretty well, without the need for dye.

The window can be replaced e.g. this one although I think you should be able to get one cheaper than this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alfa-GTV-plastic-rear-window-916-Spider-with-zipper-for-convertible-hood-top-/131981805882
 

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My car is missing it's space saver spare wheel and cover... was the same space saver used in other more common Alfa models??
 

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Nice, I have gone through a similar repair not so long ago:

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-andamp-916-spider/1119362-repair-break-sell-or-crunch.html

I still have a few bits and bobs left from the repair (plastic clips, bolts...) let me know if there's something in particular you cant find.

I also have a spare space saver wheel but you're literally on the other side of the world! I'm not sure which other models shared that wheel? 156 perhaps, certainly not the cover though...

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Nice, I have gone through a similar repair not so long ago:

https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-gtv-andamp-916-spider/1119362-repair-break-sell-or-crunch.html

I still have a few bits and bobs left from the repair (plastic clips, bolts...) let me know if there's something in particular you cant find.

I also have a spare space saver wheel but you're literally on the other side of the world! I'm not sure which other models shared that wheel? 156 perhaps, certainly not the cover though...

Cheers
That's funny you should have noticed my thread and commented as I spent a long time reading YOUR thread and studying the pictures before I committed to buying mine! So thank you for taking the time to document your work, I appreciate it!
 

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Ahaha, nice one, you're welcome.

I will keep watching this space but by all means contact me if you need anything in particular.

I'm also probably going to take the bumper off one of these days for further repairs so If you need any more reference pictures and / or measurements let me know.

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Without the car to hand I have been looking at the photos and working out what happened.....
I think the damage happened in two separate times....
Once when the tow ball went through the bumper and bent stuff..... and second "round" of damage after the cross bar had been taken off when the person I got the car off tried to move it with a rope around the bottom radiator panel.... which of course bent and twisted the two towers that the bonnet attaches to forward.
I am thinking that the bonnet damage might have happened when they tried to move it and not in the crash at all. When I get the car in the workshop in a couple of weeks I should be able to see in the fractures in the part ripped from the bonnet which way the force was going.... back then the tow ball did it... forward then towing on the radiator support did it....

Interesting detective work!
 

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I have a couple of questions that I hope the group can help answer....
1. The two mufflers that are side by side.... are they the same "type" inside? IE do they work the same way? I see the front one has in and outs at either end and the rear one has both in and out at one end... follow up question... would the sound change depending on which of those two mufflers you might delete??
2. How much change (exhaust and intake mods) will the ECU cope with before having to be upgraded or changed in some way?
3. Why does the Spider have 4 mufflers?? I have an MX5 Mk1 which came with a resonator and one muffler...
Thanks!
 

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I have made some progress on the Spider. Last Thursday I acquired all the front end parts I "think" I need to fix it from a GTV that was being wrecked for parts... and a full blue leather Lusso interior from another GTV that had a frontal. Got the seats, door cards, blue dash, carpet and lots of little bits from inside.... I will have to do something with the carpet around the storage "hole" as the GTV carpet stops at the bottom of the rear seats... but I am sure I can do something with that. Might be able to dye my grey carpet blue in that section? Or just replace that section with new carpet to match. Seats are the blue leather Momo seats and in super good condition. Before someone says I can't use the GTV seats in the Spider because of the seat belt guide on the Spider seats.... I will strip the fabric off my Spider seat backs and pull the blue leather cover them so solve that problem!
Photos to come in a few days....
 

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Sounds good........keep going with this......look forward to the photos.!
 

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Here I have some photos of the parts I bought to repair and upgrade the Spider.....
The 2.0 TS I got all the front bits from...
 

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