Barely legal TI

My main activity with the TI as of late has been to strip it down to a blushing shell. Bumpers, grill, mirror, emblems, and most trim have been removed. I don’t really want to touch the stainless trim on the rails for fear of mangling them during removal. I’m pretty sure replacements are non-existent.

The smirking TI with its bra removed. Too bad I don't have the nipple foglights for this car.

The smirking TI with its bra removed and belly button exposed. Too bad I don't have the nipple foglights for this car.

In addition to this undressing, I’ve also done a fair amount of grinding wherever the rust bubbles were impossible to ignore.

I’m really not sure what the best approach is for the kind of rust repair I need to do. The bottoms of the doors, rear fenders, and tail valence all have strips where apparently water collected and eventually rusted through, Swiss cheese style. Do I remove entire sections and weld in a patch? Do I spot weld littler patches for each of the holes? Do I blast the thing with POR-15 and glass over it? No matter what direction I go in I’ll have to get comfortable with some Bondo.

The rear end, offering just a peak into the trunk. It's a pretty nice behind, but there's a foot-long area of rust that I need to address.

The rear end, offering just a peak into the trunk. It's a pretty nice behind, but there's a foot-long area of rust that I need to address.

The worst of it is behind the left rear wheel, where the rust has eaten through and there’s an inch of gap where there used to be metal. On the bright side, this isn’t a particularly visible area so whatever botched effort happens won’t necessarily mean having to redo it.

A fair bit of welding required here, and just inches away from the gas tank. I think I'll do some research on the safest way to weld near a gas tank, short of removing it altogether.

A fair bit of welding required here, and just inches away from the gas tank. I'll do some research on the safest way to weld near a gas tank short of removing it altogether.

Once all this is done, I’ll sand the whole car down and get it to a point of readiness for a cheapish but complete-ish paint job. With everything removed I can afford to paint all but the engine compartment, which will remain white until such time as the motor needs rebuilding, and then I can think about painting it to match.

One bit of unexpected good news came when I took everything out of the trunk and found it to be (relatively) rust-free.

The spare removed, showing a pretty clean well. I stripped a few areas where it looked like there might have been some rust, but it was all just on the surface. The hold-down knob is strangely quaint.

The spare removed, showing a pretty clean well. I stripped a few areas where it looked like there might have been some rust, but it was all just on the surface. The hold-down knob is strangely quaint.

As for the interior, it’ll come last but there’s really not much left to do. I have it primed and even put on a coat of rubberized undercoating for a measure of insulation and additional seam-sealing. (Also, I had a spare can of it and nature abhors a spare can of rubberized undercoating.) Dynamat is expensive and I’m not entirely sold on its appropriateness for an Alfa, but I will probably want some kind of heat insulation for the firewall. Otherwise, I think we’re done here.

The interior, overly protected with multiple coats of POR-15, primer, and rubberized undercoating around.

The interior, overly protected with multiple coats of POR-15, primer, and rubberized undercoating around.

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2 Responses to “Barely legal TI”

  1. Luigi Oldani Says:

    awesome! I cant wait for the pretty bits to start going back on the car!
    you’re an inspiration for the work I need to do. Is there any way in hell you could have this for alameda all italian day?

  2. Chris Keen Says:

    Hey Aaron – just reading after a couple of weeks on vacation. I just installed a bunch of VB4 from zeronoise.com in my Beta after the original stuff got soaked by a broken fuel line. If you haven’t yet picked something, this stuff was pretty easy to use and doesn’t require any adhesive (there’s not even adhesive backing), so it’s pretty easy to work with. That said, it’s not too cheap, but akitaman on the BB used it on the Abarth-ized 850 coupe he did.

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