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Hi there, I wanna know, the last series 2 Sprints, did they have grey/black metal bumpers, black plastic covers on the sides, with the old (series 1) type taillights?:confused:
 

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You mean like the 105 ? Mine had the old taillights, but with the black plastic bumpers and black plastic side panels.
My series three had the updated black bumpers, new grille and headlights and the same black side panels.
The series 2 cars mostly had the metal bumpers with the black rubber inserts, with the black side panels.
Series one cars had similar bumpers here in SA, but no side panels
Sorry, I only have pics of my series 2 105 and the series 3.
 

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Thank you Eric, I am excited to get my first Sprint, any tips?
They are allergic to water :) Dust does not rust, so only wash it if you are going to use it, or leave it under covers to limit the number of washes..... sounds stupid I know, but seriously, ALL of mine (and I have had a few) disolved :(

First thing you do when you get it, open the side panels in the rear (the "door panels" for the rear seats, for want of a better description). There is a rail running inside the body, sort of a J shape. Take a piece of wire with a cloth or something, and clean that rail, spray some lubricant (Q20) inside it, and check for internal rust at the bottom of that panel.
That rail drains rainwater that collects in the rear window (which is a silly design BTW), Most owners never clean it, and by the time they do its mostly too late

I love Sprints, but I will probably never buy one again (unless its a prestine Series 2 Sprint 105, in white, like my old one)

Even before buying the car, knock on the front part of the rear wheel-arch, also the part of the body just behind the door...... I will post up a pic with the major rust spots to check.
 

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OK, as promised. On the sides of the car, the rust prone sopts are shown.
Others:
1. Under the front fenders (open the bonnet, between the fender itself and the inner fender)
2. BIG area of concern, battery bay..... check under the battery and undereath the firewall for rust.....
3. Under the Brake mster cilinder

Then, check for binding brakes, if the handbrake does not work, or it works, but will not release again, you need to re-condition the calipers..... some of these service parts are hard to come by. (remember, handbrake works on the front wheels, even when they were working , the handbrake was VERY inefficient. Never park an Alfasud on a incline and depend on the handbrake alone to keep the car..... even pulling away on an uphill is a challenge...... I used to ride the clutch on mine.
The best upgrade to do to get a usable car is to change to outboard brakes (you need a donor Alfa 33 for this) . Change to the Alfa 33 rear axle (which had drum brakes) and you will have working handbrake, and no more issues with the inboard calipers. My Braedvan is done like this, 11 years on and no brake issues


Oh, about the series we got in SA.

The series one cars came out in 1977 (may be 1976) till about 1980/81. After that , till 1984 they were series two and finally from 84 to 85 series 3. We never got the 1.7 litre Series 3, but all the "facelift" sprints (the onbes with the flat grille and new bumpers) are series 3.
 

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RE: Sprint

Hi There

I have attached a pic, sorry poor light and very dirty. Is there wax/chemicals etc to get to prevent the tin worm? IMG00008-20110519-0800.jpg
 

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My dad used to have something called "Tectol" sprayed into body cavities and underbody of his Alfetta and Giuliettas in the 70's and 80's to prevent rust and it worked well to an extent. It is in liquid form like an oil but dries to a wax.
 

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Tectol is the stuff. My spider was treated with this when it was new, when I sold it last year none of the treated parts had any rust. The problem is that the treatment needs to be done before the rust starts.

Landsberg, sorry for sounding negative, I am not . The fact is I love all boxer engined Alfas, and a good , well sorted Sprint must be the best of the breed, there is not much that goes wrong mechanically. The 105 engined cars (77 kw out of a 1500cc is good even today) were true pocket rockets. I used to scare guys with MUCH faster and bigger cars..... The handling is razor sharp, the engine is SOOOO nice when set up properly, and the looks of the Sprint.... really special cars and I suspect they may some day even be collectable..... they grow on you and once bitten, you will never look back. I know I will always own a Sud or Sprint of some sort, in fact, the Sud I have now is the car I have owned the longest of all the cars I have ever had..... going on 11 years now.

Good luck and if you need any help, I am always willing to help keep another Sud on the road.
Unfortunately I have almost no Sprint parts left, I gave most of that to Trackman, who in turn gave it to the new owner of his Sprint.....
 
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I do not think Tectyl is available anymore. But you can buy Dinitrol or Pyrmo from panelbeating supply shops. Works even better, it tends not to run away (out the drain holes) as much as Tectyl.
 

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Yes, Eric the one I am to get, is like your white one. There are a few things I will need if you hear of anyone, like the previous owner lost the grill, headlights. I have had the engine redone, so that will be sorted. The interior is in good nick. Will wont a specialist to balance, and service the twin dellorto's.
 

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AlfaSud 1981 Body

Hi All,

I'm looking for a Alfasud Sprint body, mine is rustyed from years of standing and now my restoration project is standing still because of the Body. Please help. thanks
 
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