New 1969 Spider Project

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by 18Fiatsandcounting » Mon May 20, 2019 9:02 pm

You're a braver man than I... At least the plug wires look new!

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Tue May 21, 2019 3:08 pm

Those plug wires hit the trash can. I was never a fan of these over-colorful things. The original Cavis green wires can still be had.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by 18Fiatsandcounting » Wed May 22, 2019 5:54 pm

I once looked at a spider that was for sale, and the entire interior had been spray painted white. And by “entire” I mean entire. Seats, carpet, gauges, steering wheel, dash, shifter, doors, everything. Except the windshield. It was the oddest thing and, needless to say, I didn’t make an offer...

So, it could be worse!

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:02 pm

I'm starting the process of removing everything in order to sand and/or strip. And I find this "lazy as hell" paint job artifact...
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by friedman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:26 am

That's more common than you think. The giveaway is paint on rubber trim and overspray on the muffler.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by engineerted » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:23 am

Ah, painting. 95% prep - 5% paint, or in your case 5% prep :o
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by 18Fiatsandcounting » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:58 pm

I would have certainly removed the emblem were it my car to be painted, but given that the studs almost inevitably shear off when you try to remove the nuts, I can see why some body shops just wouldn't mess with it. One reason why, on the several cars I've had repainted, I always did the trim removal myself. Several days of work, though. :)

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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:38 pm

The paint job is really terrible; so bad I'm going to have to sand most of it off. I'm not big on going to metal if I can help it, these cars tend to rust within minutes of exposure to air. The outermost coat is so poorly applied that bubbles I thought were rust are actually paint bubbles from the primer, some of which is still wet - believe it or not. Horrendous work. So I sand through them, then I have to replace the sanding pad because it's wet from this primer-ish-crap.

Fortunately the original color, robin's egg blue, is such a contrast to the red that it serves as a very obvious sign of when I need to stop sanding and start smoothing. If anything the car will be really, really smooth with all of this slow sanding with fine paper.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by zonker » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:48 pm

Robins egg blue... You mean paint code 413 periwinkle? That's the original color of my 69 project. I don't know if I can bring myself to repaint in the original color. My X1/9 is 426 French blue and I like that color better so I may go with that. Or orange. Or yellow. Can't decide.
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Re: New 1969 Spider Project

Post by bartigue » Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:06 pm

Yes. Like an ice blue. I can't paint it back the original color, I just can't do it. I think I am going to have it painted in graphite gray, or Grigio Grafite, PPG ALF716, which is a deep flat gray that Alfa used on the 750 Spiders 58-61:
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Alfa used a red interior, and FIAT did as well - on the periwinkle car as a matter of fact (Andy has a wagon with periwinkle and a red/black interior). I think mine will have the black interior, though I may use a red carpet. All to be determined. Something I find interesting is the early cars look great with the flat paints (yellow, black, red, gray, white) and the late cars look weird. Conversely the late cars take metallics well and the early cars don't. I think it has a lot to do with the simplicity of the early cars...no bumps and no big bumpers.
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