2016 It really came and went at lightning speed

I don’t know where to start, but before I knew it, 2016 has come and gone with lightning speed. However, in summary, I have to say that it was an excellent year on all fronts. From wiring harnesses, toolkits and some of my metal work have been selling very well, and that makes me happy. Despite all the work, I was able to manage time to do some work on the current five cars simultaneous assembly. Completing work on five cars at the time comes with benefits and some challenges but nevertheless, the assembly line approach have its unique benefits that had allowed me to work on all of the cars simultaneously.  Case in point, thus far, we have restored all of the wiper motors, tie rod ends, made all the new wiring, worked on all of the suspension pieces, rebuilt all relays, painted all suspension components, and more.

The Wiper motors:

 Replacing the parking plate inside the motor A newly replaced component.

Once the units were completely restored, we put together and painted. I am still waiting to get them back to the cars.

Electrical Relays:

The relay’s for the 750 and 101 cars were available in either De Leon for the pre-1958 Sprints and the Lucas SB40 series. The SB40 contrary to the popular believe about Lucas electrical system is an easy, simple and very reliable unit. They do require some attention after many years of service. Of course, climate can really do a number rendering useless.

I like to use Metal Rescue for removing rust.

All units were completely taken apart, de-rusted, and all casing cadmium plated.

Cadmium plating and Black Oxide:

I have spent a considerable amount of time going over each vehicle hardware such as nuts, bolts, washers, brackets, springs, covers to get them back to their original state. Once all parts are properly sorted out I take them for Plating.

These are just examples of the parts I have taken for Plating.

Tie Rod Ends:

I have discovered that there more than one style of tie rod end, and without having to delve into any specific details, I wish that the style of tie rod end were you could easily take apart and replace any damage components would still be available today.

Note how these early tie rods can be completely taken apart for cleaning and inspecting. Very likely, there were available parts for replacements at some point so do I suspect. Also, note the notched ends of the tie rod housing that would allow steering travel. Well, these feature is not available on the newer style reproduction tie rod ends. No wonder I felt that the steering was not traveling far enough to either side and that explain everything to me now.

Well, now that I am getting the hang of posting photos and editing my side I will try to stay more current. (Computer literacy, the disadvantages of being a senior citizen I guess).

Next time I will focus on the suspension component restoration.

Wishing everyone a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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1957 Giulietta Sprint Small Headlamps

It is official. The 1957 Giulietta Sprint has been SOLD. My thanks to all the serious inquirers about this car. The new owner is happy and excited about owning this beautiful Sprint.

1957 Giulietta Sprint Photo Album

Chrome work is nice and straight

Nice and clean car with all the correct hard to find trim

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Update on – Saved from the crusher

I no longer participate nor get involved with any Forum platforms. For me, the reasons not to get involved in these platforms are many, but for the most part, such a decision was born out of the necessity to remain focused on my personal projects (although, I do admit that from time to time I do scan these sites). At a recent stop at Bring a Trailer (BaT), I ran into this 1956  ongoing Giulietta Spider auction; the commentary is without a doubt all over the board some of the comments can offer a wealth of insight. The ultimate wisdom is found by sorting out all the noise and following a path which can be very different from individual to individual.

Let me offer my personal take when considering a restoration project:

“Before anyone wishing to embark in the hopes and dreams of rescuing a classic car, they should do their due diligence far in advance. Make no mistake; these projects are costly, time-consuming and in the wrong hands,   can lead to a complete disaster.”

“The challenge of the project does not lie within the car restoration in itself, but rather within the scope of the sources and resources. Failure to clearly articulate and understand the correct approach will ultimately lead to a disastrous outcome.”

I have read, and listened to personal experiences on car restorations and based on their take; I would have gone about it differently. Trust me; I have been a victim of unscrupulous as well as a fair share of the incompetent of so-called “professionals.”  There is a lot more that I could say about dealing with car restorations but for now, let talk about my restoration.

Now, let me proceed to my particular restoration update: The initial project cost was a whopping $100 bill for the remnants of what was once a car. Approximately 500 hours later it is mostly done with about another 100 hrs to complete all metal work. Based on this information, we can project “what if” scenarios and cost analysis of the possible cost of similar restorations.  Case in point, the 1956 Giulietta currently on BaT, which I think that the average price range for restoration work will be around $50/hr – $100/hr is fair game; where the shop with the greatest skill sets will command the highest labor cost/hr.

The other component to be considered will be to establish the “Source” defined as Who will perform the work? Will the owner’s decision will be made on Cost, Skill, or Knowledge?

How about “Resources”? As my latest trip to Italy confirmed, the quality of reproduction parts are not consistent, nor are the sources of these parts. In Padova, I ran into good reproduction parts as well as an ample supply of poorly made parts. As a result, I prefer to work with as many original parts and spend the money to either recondition or restore (Bite the bullet).DSC_0206

Although the car metal work is somewhat near completion, it is hard to believe that this was once a pile of scrap metal.DSC_0207

Projects like these can be fun, and spending money on such projects are no different than the money of expenditure on playing golf. At least for me, it is more about the therapy, and the desire for staying busy and creative that gives me happiness.

The Photo Album for this project

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The 1900 Series Alfa Romeo Toolkit

For the longest time, I have been trying to put my hands on some of the unique  Alfa Romeo specialized tools that accompany the 1900 toolkit. I was fortunate enough to have run into them and as a result, I have completed my 1900 series car toolkit. These have been available for two years now but, this time, I can say that the tool is for all practical purposes complete with the addition of the 1900 engine valve adjusting tools. The toolkit is available exclusively by Auto Italia Sportiva for $1,500.00 plus shipping.

1900 Tools, from Repair #583, Italian (2)

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To Do, or Not to do?…..That is the question!

The quest to complete five cars simultaneously continues at a snail pace. Actually, it is not that I am moving slow – but it is rather that there are millions and millions of parts to clean, restore, inspect, and install and we will get to that part later. For now, I want to share my dilemma as to whether I should had made an absolutely a color correct wiring harness or should I had made it as I do for my clients.

One of the challenges of working with an original harness is that there is no documented wiring diagram.  A color coded diagram makes it a whole lot easier when working and installing a new wiring harness. Regardless of the merits, I made an executive decision to go with all of the original harness correct color codings. The choice of going this route was not altogether simple, making a wiring harness as the original was time-consuming and at times tricky. Will I do it again? Don’t count on it. Nevertheless, the final results are fantastic and I am happy with it.

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This is the rear section or tail section of the harness. Note the color difference. Missing is the White/Black and the Yellow/Black for directional signals. Also, note other color differences. On a similar wiring with all newer color scheme, these would have been White/Black, Yellow/Black, Gray, and White

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This photo depicts one of the front turn signal and headlight coloring. We’re on the later or newer color scheme for Headlights we would have had Grey and Green. While here these are represented as Green and Red.

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Likewise on the relays, can you tell the difference?

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Headlight plugs before restoration.

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Plugs after restoration. Can anyone recognize what is from with this photo?

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Headlight ready to go in.

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Now waiting for the Lucas headlight rim.

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The starter wires go under the tunnel and back toward the starter. Often times confuse these wires as too long but they are important for slack during engine vibration.

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Thus far we have restored all of the Lucas, and DeLeon Horn and light relays, wiper motors, toggle switches, headlight buckets, and anything related to the car’s electrical accessories. I am not going to get ahead of myself. All of this and more is for later.

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A trip to Remember

A year has come and gone, and I have been so busy that I don’t know where to start. Let me, at least, begin highlighting the most significant events of the year. Well, as I recall I was on my way to Italy, more specifically Padova. My wife, Patricia and I departed to Italy on October 20st, 2015. Nothing was well planned aside from the fact that our first stop was going to be the Auto D’Epoca Feria in Padova. I had no time to sit down in front of the computer trying to figure out where to go. I knew that the first order of business was Auto D’ Epoca, and I also knew all the places I wanted to visit on this trip. I have been to Italy in the past but it was under a structured setting, and the experience certainly was not the same.

We arrived in Italy at the Venice Parco Polo Airport and rented an Alfa Romeo Giulietta with no other definite plans other that my intended mission to Padova. Out of the 11 days spent in Italy, three of them were set aside for Auto D’ Epoca Feria and the remaining days were for leisure. Mestre at Ai Pini Hotel, on the outskirts of Venice, was the base of operations. I tried to book a reservation at a Hotel in Padova to be close the Feria, but all were booked and only the ones available were at a distance and expensive. The stay in Mestre worked very well; Padova was about a 25 – 30 minutes drive every day, and that was not a problem. The day before the Feria we spent the entire day in Venice, and it was wonderful.

We rented this 6 speed Diesel for the trip.

 

Here where we stayed at Hotel Ai Pini in Mestre.

I got to say that this is an absolute MUST for any car lover. The event truly exceeded my expectations, and I managed to enjoy every moment of it. Because this was my very first time to the Auto D’ Epoca Faria, I had no plans to deviate from my planned schedule. My goal was to locate parts for my current restorations, have a feel for what was happening, get my arms around on the event, and how people completed their transactions. I also wanted to meet the vendors I do business with and also meet with friends, in that respect, it worked as intended. The place was so large that it was easy to get side tracked and thus became disorienting. The good part was that the Pavillions were very well organized and easy to cruise from one Pavillion to another. Thus getting a peak view into the other Pavillions and see what was there made it more manageable. Pat and I spent three days at the Feria and most of those days where spent at Pavillion #8 where the parts and majority of the vendors were located. I must admit that we were done with anything related to cars by the last day of the Fair.

From left to right; Alejandro Marcaccio, Luca De Angelli and me

We had another seven days to do what we wanted; Just got in the car and drove to places we wanted to see. During our visit, we spent time in Venice, Vicenza, Verona, Mantova, Padova, and Treviso and surrounding towns. We wanted to allocate more time in Venice and Mestre, and we divided the rest of the free days between Mestre and Venice.

Wife Pat in Verona

A night in Venice

A day at Piazza San Marco

With that, belated Happy New year to everyone.

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On my way to Padova!!!!!!

For the past few years, I have been focusing on my personal collection and working very hard on my other projects such as wiring harnesses, metal fabrication, toolkits, and other reproductions. Well, this upcoming Tuesday, I am on my way to Italy for a well-deserved vacation. While in Italy, my first destination will be the Auto D’Epoca Fair in Padova.

waiting-padovaI have been wanting to attend for some time now, but other projects and trips have kept me out, but not this time. While there I will be visiting with some friends as well as getting to know some of my vendors in person.

I hope to acquire many of the parts I will be needing for the completion of the first group of five cars I am currently working on before I move on the next projects. Although, I will be away, I will be in touch via text messaging and email with  my clients.

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The Giulietta 750 Veloce tools explained.

Ever since I embarked on making the 750 special tools, available with my reproduction toolkits, I have been bombarded with lots of questions regarding these 750 Veloce series Alfas specialized wrenches. Albeit, it is entirely true that many of us mortals who have been around these cars for a long time have yet to see or hear of these specialized tools, they do exist. I have personally seen them on some occasions, at Forums, listed on eBay, and from people whom I have known for some years. Yet, these remain elusive, just like the infamous BigFoot, who roams the mountains of California and is only witnessed by a hand full of people. But, believe me, this is no Bigfoot, this is the real thing – and although some of you have not seen them, they are real, and they do exist.

Before we get started, let’s clarify what is provided in the Owner’s Manual: What is described in figure #15 to be a 14mm tool is completely incorrect, such tool does not exist. The correspondingly and correct wrench associated with the Veloce toolkit should be a 19mm wrench.

First of all, let me start with some of the comments I get either via email or by phone:

“Hello Lionel,  have seen the Veloce tools you are selling but I can’t find out how they were used.”

Or, “I have been looking at the owner’s manual and the tool you are referring to as 19mm should be a 14mm.”

Or,” I have a 750 Veloce and I never seen that tool.”

Well, you get the idea.

If you happened to own the original Spare  Parts Catalogue (Catalogo Delle Parti Di Ricambi) Vol 2 Carrozzerie RED VOLUME refer to page 292 and take a look at figure:

1) Carburetor tool

Photo below depicts the usage of the 10mm side for removing the 10mm carburetor jet holder. The following photo depicts the usage of the 8mm side for removing the jet inspection cover.

9) Wrench for air intake Screw ( Chiave manovra per presa aria) There is no other wrench that could correctly be applied for removing the cold air plenum since these screws are 19mm in size.

8) Carburetor and air intake wrench ( Chiave a stella per carburatori e presa aria)

Now that we have identified all of these mysterious tools, the next step will be to photographically demonstrate the correct application for each of these wrenches.

Here is a sample of some of these wrenches as posted on the Alfa BB group

 

This nice toolkit was listed on ebay a while back. While nicely complete and correct the hub cap wrench was modified with an Allen wrench .

 

Hope that all incorrect and misleading information that has been circulating around is now clarified. Additional photos of the correct application available under The 750 Veloce specialized wrenches applied.

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TZ1 with a new AIS wiring harness hits the market.

Early this year I was contacted for completing a new wiring harness for a Dallas area TZ1. I completed and delivered the new wiring harness to the local shop and now this car is being offered for sale at Fantasy Junction for $1,395.00.  I have completed a fair share of wiring harnesses for Giulietta Sprint Zagato, and Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca models. With the TZ1, almost complete the series of the one of a kind vintage 1960’s racing Alfa Romeo beauties.

All the listed photos Courtesy of Fantasy Junction Advertisement of this vehicle.

Some details of the nicely laid out 6 fuse panel that it is also shared with the 750 series Alfa Romeo and the 250 series Ferrari.

The wire colors are correct in every details. I use the tinned plated copper wire which is more durable and protect the electrical system against corrosion. The best wiring available without a doubt.

Here is another view of the nicely laid out harness which is perfectly bundled to the correct locations. It goes without saying in that part of the job is getting a quality product. Here is is quite evident that Roine Andersson has completed a fantastic installation. Great job Roine.

I have seen  this car in person and it is a wonderful car. I wish I could have one of these sitting next to my Alfa Romeo personal collection.

Additional details about the sale of this car can be seen at Fantasy Junction TZ1

 

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The 750 Giulietta series Veloce tool-kit now Available

It has been over a year since I first embarked on reproducing the Alfa Romeo 750 series Veloce models toolkit. The new 750 series Veloce model Toolkit is completed and will available only offered exclusively by Auto Italia Sportiva, LLC. Some of these have already been presold and I will have a limited number available for sale.

Photo below show the three additional tools unique to the Veloce toolkit:

10mm/16mm Spanner; 19mm open wrench; and the 8mm/10mm tube wrench.

Upon review of some period Alfa Romeo publications incorrectly note the 19mm as a 14mm wrench see item #15 of early publication below:

Giulietta list of tool bag

 

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