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Hope everyone had a good Christmas.

I've had the Sud for about a week now and in that time, I've managed to put a couple of hundred miles on the clock (including an early morning blast down to East Grinstead :thumbs: )

I'm smitten - what a great little car. :inlove:

Whilst she's in pretty good nick overall, there are plenty of areas that are starting to need attention and plenty of evidence of previous repair. It would be perfectly feasible to enjoy the car and undertake a rolling restoration over time, but I'm leaning towards a complete 'nut and bolt' rebuild to bring this little mk1 back to glory.

Now this is something I'd love to do myself, but the reality is I simply don't have the time to undertake a project of this size. If truth be told, I also fall short in the skill department too - there aren't many of these things left and the last thing anyone needs is my amateur attempts at restoration killing another one off !

So - I'm looking for a recommendation. I have used a few italian specialists in the past... some very good, but none of them are right for this kind of job.

I intend to speak with Rusper and Sunnyside once they're open again, but if anyone can think of other specialists who would be suitable - please do let me know. (Also, if it's not breaking the rules of the AO forum, it would be good to hear your thoughts on the two I mention above - either on this thread or via private message)

All thoughts, recommendations and advice greatly received !

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Matt
 
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I recommend Kev !
From what I've read and seen so far through this Forum, Kev is definetely your man provided he has the spare time. He will do the job with that extra personal touch......leading to perfection.:thumbs:
 

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Problem is matt, if you pay someone else £40 - £90 an hour your money will soon be gone and it'll cost you twice as much as if you had bought a "concourse" one to start with.
Also how far do you want to go!!!!!!
Just starting my S3- took the soundproofing off the inside of the floor - wasn't going to but glad I have as there is "surface" rust under the seam sealer - can't belive that they "undercoated" (if you can call 1 layer of paint undercoat) the shell then put the seam sealer and soundproffing down THEN top coated it:confused::confused::confused:
Hence "surface" rust is visable in many places that I wouldn't of even known:mad:
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i would love to take it on, if i had the room and didn't work outside :(

rented workshop space to do richs' S1 last winter but that got pricey and pushed the limits of endurance knowing that every week it was there increased the costs, even went in a few dasy over xmas to keep things going. think i spent around 130 or so hours just welding, loads more went into it for the paint prep

just wish i could find a decent lockup that i could take these jobs on and take more time over them. getting the hang of them now :D
 

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i would love to take it on, if i had the room and didn't work outside :(

rented workshop space to do richs' S1 last winter but that got pricey and pushed the limits of endurance knowing that every week it was there increased the costs, even went in a few dasy over xmas to keep things going. think i spent around 130 or so hours just welding, loads more went into it for the paint prep

just wish i could find a decent lockup that i could take these jobs on and take more time over them. getting the hang of them now :D
As I said before Kev
£40 / hour well spent if you decided to go that way - problem is with getting parts though I expect:mad:
 

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Kev - you've managed to trump all the alfa specialists in the UK ! Good effort indeed !

Harvey - you're absolutely right - I know this is going to be an emotional choice rather than a financial one, although some of the hour / cost figures in this thread make my wallet tremble :eek: I suspect the happy middle ground will be to do some of the donkey work myself whilst using specialists for the trickey bits.

Thanks for the suggestions above, I'll add these guys to my list of people to speak to.

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Kev - you've managed to trump all the alfa specialists in the UK ! Good effort indeed !

Harvey - you're absolutely right - I know this is going to be an emotional choice rather than a financial one, although some of the hour / cost figures in this thread make my wallet tremble :eek: I suspect the happy middle ground will be to do some of the donkey work myself whilst using specialists for the trickey bits.

Thanks for the suggestions above, I'll add these guys to my list of people to speak to.

M
Which part of the car would you struggle with? body or mechanics, the mechanicals of these cars are pretty simple really, and there are no electronics to worry about, if its the body then my advise to get a good job done and keep the costs down is to strip out the car completely, photographing as you go and let it go to a body restoration shop (wouldn't have to be an alfa specialist), someone local to you that you can check their work on previous jobs at various stages. Then when you get the shell back you could put it all back together and restore the mechanicals as you go. I have seen this done by other people in the past who couldn't weld and make up panels etc. and seems to be a good way around that problem. Another option is just to run it as it is for 2 or 3 summers and then begin this work
 

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well if you can strip most of it, or if you don't mind paying these guys to strip, repair , paint ect,

Tony and Lib at TP body repairs in Kempston. If you can, drive your sud to them for them to look at it.

Im more than happy with what they did to mine,
 
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