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Old 09-08-2016, 09:02 AM   #1701
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Is it me, or is the Android App for this forum just crap?

Anyway, thanks Vycan.
I am just a practical, mechanically minded and slightly artsy kinda guy. A 5 year engineering apprenticeship, focused on Pattern making, and tooling. The training involved woodwork, machining, fabrication, sheet metal, fiberglass, and plastics Then 25 years doing Clay sculpting on the design side.
My eyesight is not as good as it was, but I am still passionate about making things!
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Old 09-13-2016, 05:28 PM   #1702
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Detailer is done and its ready to sell!'

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Old 09-13-2016, 07:33 PM   #1703
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Seriously Steve, if you ever happen to get all artsy and decide to make one of these. Too tall for the convertible but the GT fits me just fine. Oh and I'll take it in that colour and with the solid wheels, thanks.

http://www.frontlinedevelopments.com/vehicle/mg-le50/

I'll buy it off you in a heartbeat!

Somebody is getting a jewel of an Alfa. Sorry, can't buy Alfa's as when I swear and cuss at a vehicle, I need it to understand what the he!! I'm saying....It helps sometimes.

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Old 09-14-2016, 12:52 AM   #1704
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Wow. That is a beauty. You ARE a man of many talents. ��
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:54 AM   #1705
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Pretty detailed detailing job, and presentation.
A truly beautiful car, love the colors, and those headlight covers set off the front end so nicely.

Where are you listing it? BAT has become an auction site.
Is there an Alfa enthusiasts site with classifieds?
I think it will attract plenty of interest.

It has so much eye appeal, have you considered an auction?
I haven't seen the detachable hard top before, is that a rare piece?

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Old 09-14-2016, 09:27 AM   #1706
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Thanks for the complements everyone!
We went down to pick up the car yesterday in Newport Beach, and suddenly it started raining! The Detailer told us to come back tomorrow...
From the detailer, the car goes to my paint guy who has color matched the paint and he is going to touch up some chips it acquired over the years.
I have a couple of small things to do, like replacing a n interior door handle.
It will probably go on eBay. It's a media I have used with success with in the past.
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:27 PM   #1707
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Gosh... its been a busy time.

Subaru has been back with its owner, getting him to and from work..
8,000 miles on the motor, so far so good!

Alfa went on Ebay and didn't meet its reserve first time around.
In the days following it came to my attention that a scammer had lifted the pics, and details and put it on CL, Phoenix.
Passing themselves as a Amanda Mckearney, a Female LT in the USAF, posted to Hi, so selling the car, which for a measly $4k, which would be delivered by Military Trailer to you, upon receipt of money sent via walmart to her father in TN..
Ugh.
Banned from CL, and Photbucket and trolled by an Army of Alfa enthusiasts, I hope they wasted the scammers time enough to leave Alfa's well alone... but I doubt it...

Anyway, judge the car yourselves... couple of pics and a link to the Ebay listing...





Lets hope it hits the reserve this time, or it will wait until spring...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/262683802319...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:46 PM   #1708
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The Alfa looks great Keyair! The colors, the wheels, and those great headlight covers all go together very well.
It does seem to have a nose up stance, has it had suspension work?

Very attractive car, hope it finds a new owner.

There do seem to be a lot of scammers on the online sales sites, bummer.

I wish you and what ever cleaning magic you know, we're closer.
I'm about to do an engine drop on my Porsche to fix oil leaks and would love it to look so good as that Subi engine going back in.

Cheers Richard
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:45 PM   #1709
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Thanks Richard!
That original AR323 Blue, with the Burgundy trim, is pretty rare and very unique. It ready does pop, and I will be sad is some ways to see it go.
They do have a tendency to sit nose up I have noticed. It has stock springs but upgraded sway bars and bushes.
The underside came out really nice too, after a good scrub, prime and finish...



The feedback has been great, and the description and detailing in the listing took me a month to do, and get right, wading thru hundreds of receipts and pictures, and still I keep finding things I forgot.

Yes, the scammers are everywhere, but as stated, its easy to clone, and paste these days with little chance of being caught... but if you send money to someone you don't know, for a car sight unseen, well...
I guess in some ways, I should be flattered that the pics I post and the way my stuff looks, attracts scammers to try to leverage the item... The Alfa is the most recent example, but my Airstream has been on CL too, for $300k...

Anyways, lets get Blue sold so I can move on to new projects soon!
I will admit, that I like having a "Home project" and the Airstream. So with that in mind, I have a few hours into...
Alfa 2.0...
Also a '74 Spider, but red with black trim, that I have owned for 14 years.
Just in strip and assess mode for now..


The Subaru engine was scrubbed clean by me, just using Purple degreaser and brushes, but the Machine shop(Outfront Motorsports, in Beuna Park, CA), did an amazing job on the block, and I have no idea what they did or used!

Lets get back to the Airstream... soon!
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Old 11-13-2016, 07:08 PM   #1710
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Busy few of weeks.
Alfa still not sold, so that is holding me up...
Why do people bid, then not follow thru... its frustrating!

Anyway, we had the house repiped, which left us with 60 holes in the drywall... They came and repaired them... 3 times we had to call them back, before we realized we should cut and run. I guess I shot myself in the foot by refinishing to the standard I did before!

After answering a CL ad for an English wheel, I ended up with a bunch of new tools for the shop in addition to what I went for!
Prices were killer...

So, I added:
Hossfeld Bender, stand, and a lot of tooling.
Rough, but I broke out the elbow grease...


Now..



Bunch of other stuff, including a Rotary indexing table for my mill, and a bunch of tooling, a beefy 1/2hp drill press, Hefty old school Craftsman Vice and a load of other stuff.




The English wheel needed some TLC and mods, but now its usable.
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Old 11-13-2016, 09:13 PM   #1711
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So, after truing the upper wheel on the lathe, and getting a full set of lower anvils, I set to, making a scale test panel, just to see if I could achieve something like a scale version of the rear upper wrap panel.
This started out as an 12" square of flat aluminum.



A quick buff showed its on track.


I planned on a 24" radius one what and a 6" the other, and it was close.




Feeling a little confidence in my wheeling abilities... we will see if its false!

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Steve, it makes me think I should be on the lookout for an English wheel!

Nice work
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:47 AM   #1713
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It's a pretty good sized tool Brad, but if you find a deal like I did, it's a worthy addition to the shop.
The HF wheel is actually quite good, and somewhat respected in the metal shaping world. On Metalmeet forums they suggest checking and truing the anvils, then polishing as any imperfection on them is transfered to the aluminum. The Chinese bearing can be suspect too. After that, they say the frame needs stiffening by adding a few pieces of steel... then it's good to go.
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Old 11-19-2016, 01:19 PM   #1714
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Ha!
I guess I thought I could get back to the Airstream soon...

Look what arrived back home today...



No injuries luckily...

So, he has no budget, so after 2 days of pulling, and persuasion, its not pretty but should be drivable...


Now, where was I?
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Old 11-19-2016, 02:25 PM   #1715
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"Ummmmmm, hey dad, I think we can buff it out......right?"
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Old 11-19-2016, 02:29 PM   #1716
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I only buff Aluminum....
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:02 PM   #1717
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it's ALWAYS nice to have a Dad who is handy with making anything look cool again!
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it's ALWAYS nice to have a Dad who is handy with making anything look cool again!
I find it hard to just fix products anymore, but seeing Steve's work is much more.
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:08 AM   #1719
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Thanks Guys!
I just wish I could circle back to the MH without these distractions...
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The blue Alfa is SOLD!

Moving on....
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