Rusted Out 1970 850 Spider Fix-Up

Discussion in 'Rear-Engine Fiats' started by Daniel Gibson, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. NM850

    NM850 True Classic

    Location:
    Albuquerque NM
    Not while I had it. There are several post of guys doing it that way on the Alfa forums.
     
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  2. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Just looking over some pictures from when I started this. What was I thinking?!?
     
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  3. khnitz

    khnitz Daily Driver

    It's come a long way!! Mine is still in the same state it was - sitting in the shop, waiting for me to get time to look at it - and we got them about the same time :)
     
  4. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    You may still get yours driving first!
     
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  5. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Bodywork continues apace. Decklid is just about done. Passenger door is about as good as it can get. The thin primer on it in this picture makes it look worse than it is. However, due to rust, it is warped along the bottom edge, and I cannot fix that. So many little spots to go back and resolve once the primer dries. So much for a 100 point car! ;)

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    I also painted the underside of the top cover. Nothing I could really do about the rusted missing chunks of metal, so they will just have to remain this way. Perhaps someday I will come across a better one. Until then, no one will see it.
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  6. Chad C.

    Chad C. True Classic

    Location:
    Eugene, Oregon
    Still watching with interest, keep going!
     
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  7. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Thanks Chad! I am at the point where I want to see it painted. Bodywork gets boring!
     
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  8. motoTrooper

    motoTrooper True Classic

    Great progress Daniel!
     
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  9. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    It may not look like much progress, but there is some. Major bodywork is done on the back panel. First prime and then spot putty time. Yeah, I am still working on that door. This time, I really am getting close! Also, I have one more layer of prime and final sand on the decklid and top cover.

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    Going down the drivers side now. Taking the long board to my previous body work has revealed some high and low spots. That was expected. This side is not nearly as rough as the passengers side. And, I see I forgot to take the brace off the passenger door! Oops.
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    The wife tells me it looks better already. I guess so!

    Oh, and I think I have found a pair of spitfire seats that should work in it! More to come on that.
     
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  10. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Had a business trip that lasted a couple of days, but back at it! First layer of primer over the bodywork on drivers rear fender. So many little issues...it seems never ending! But I did remove the passenger side door opening support! I then jumped up and down in the car and it did not collapse!

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    Back panel getting closer. I am counting on the bumpers and license plate to distract your eyes. ;)
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    Why yes, I AM still working on that door. All the high spots from the welding keep bumping up enough to be there. Grind and putty, then sand again. I will get there!
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    I am shooting for presentable with this car. That will be success to me!
     
  11. bpimm

    bpimm Brian Pimm

    Location:
    Washougal, WA
    I've always believed in the 50/50 finish, looks good from 50 feet at 50 MPH...
     
  12. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    I like this! I will settle for this result! :)
     
  13. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    I took the day off to get the bodywork done, and that is it...I am calling it done. Time to prep and paint door jams, under hood, etc. I will let the outside settle and then final tweak if before color. So here it is!

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  14. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
  15. khnitz

    khnitz Daily Driver

    Daniel, that is a great result for all of the work you've put into it so far! Now, on to the paint! :)
     
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  16. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    I have these seat covers in a box around here somewhere. They look like they belong in an 850 of some type. I bought them off Ebay many many years ago because they were listed cheap and it said "X1/9 seat covers" in the description. No pictures though. When they arrived they obviously were for another Fiat. An X doesn't have a backseat. :)
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    The camera lens fogged up on me while taking the pictures back in 2010. :rolleyes:

    Your seats look a little wasted, but these might help dress them up.
     
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  17. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Jim, I sure appreciate the offer, but I do not have the stock seats anymore. I literally ripped what was left out and took them to the curb. I think that since I went with flat floors, the stock seats would not work anyway. But thank you very much!
     
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  18. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    It is finally a rain-free day, so let us paint! First, the door jambs! Passenger side beforehand:
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    A light priming to make the paint stick:
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    And then color. Other side is done as well. Now to paint under the hood, and around various rain gutters.
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  19. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    Y'know, I was kinda worried about the quality of my paint job...whether or not it was up to fiat standards. Then I looked at my old hood with it's original paint, and I saw how thin it is and all the runs. I am feeling much better!

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    Speaking of hoods...bottom of my new one is painted. I may put one more coat on it. We will see after it dries and I scrape off the bugs. Overall, I am extremely pleased with my $100 paint job so far. The Valspar is going on nicely, and is very shiny.
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  20. Daniel Gibson

    Daniel Gibson True Classic

    Location:
    Texas
    So, in an effort to get as much done today as possible, I changed the oil and I wanted to get started in the cooling fan. However, the manual is very vague on this. Is it do-able to get the fan off and on without removing the pump?
     

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