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Mar 13 12 7:11 PM

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Here he is! My Phase 1 1998 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0 TS Lusso at Allonby beach, Cumbria.









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Mar 13 12 7:13 PM

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Those of you who know me from AO will already know how much tinkering I've done on Spidey Look away if you do, 'cos this is for the uninformed

I bought Spidey in December 2007 and he looked like this...









Overall he wasn't in bad condition, although on close inspection he had been partially resprayed as one panel was metallic whereas the rest were solid black. There were a few knocks and scratches (an AutoDelta hard top had been dropped as it was being fitted and scratched the hood cover quite badly - needless to say I didn't buy the hard top as well - and the back bumper was a bit of a mess).

The Paint Job

So I enlisted the help of my paintshop Dad who resprayed Spidey for me leaving me with a car that looked like this...









Number Plates, Badges and Grille


I swopped the plain plates I had for Alfa Romeo Spider emblazoned ones
, replaced the front and rear badges for shiny new ones and bought these chrome plastic strips off ebay to break up the plastic grille.



The 5 minute mod

I fitted clear side repeaters in just 5 minutes



The Cam Cover

I decided to spice up my engine bay by painting the cam cover a nice red



Before:





Spray primer applied...



Three coats of Halfords Fiat Red Orange later...



I picked out the lettering in silver and the Alfa Romeo in red That was a year ago and it still looks as good as this

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Mar 13 12 7:15 PM

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Chrome Door Pins

Not a fortune, but a neat mod IMO



Again, courtesy of ebay.

Never Again Mod


These little buggers looked the DBs, but welded themselves onto my valves and I had to get all my valves replaced



Xenons



...were rubbish They lasted a week or two

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Mar 13 12 7:17 PM

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An unnecessary but oddly satisfying mod

As I have Phase 1 teardrops you can't actually see the brake calipers very well (unless, like me, you have your nose pressed up against the wheel ) so really this was a bit of a waste of time. But I enjoyed doing it and the calipers are still red (at times) so I guess it was a happy mod

Before:


After:


Before:


After:






So far, so good


This was September 2008...


HIDs


Oh my This is a controversial but wowee mod

I opted for 4.3k lights so that retinas of the drivers coming towards me stayed intact





Driver's side almost in...



Driver's side HID/Passengers Xenon



:woot:

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Mar 13 12 7:18 PM

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I fitted new door speakers

I bought these ones:



I removed the old units...





and used this adapter to make the 13cm speakers fit the hole! I got this from incarmart (ebay) for £7



There's the new one in place, ready for the cover

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Mar 13 12 7:19 PM

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I replaced the chrome strips on my front grille Dead easy to do.

The old ones were starting to look a bit raggedy.



The grille is fixed in with three screws.



I stripped off the old chrome and cleaned the grille to remove the old glue.




I'd bought a strip of self-adhesive plastic chrome (1m30 for £5 - plenty left over ) It was slighty wider than the precut stuff I'd bought off ebay (for double the price!)



I cut each strip slightly longer than the grille to allow the overlap to be squashed in between the grille and the bonnet, just for extra security.




I found that putting the top screw in first made the whole operation of getting the grille back on easier. Also if the side screws are screwed in a bit at a time you don't get the strips trying to turn.

And Bob's your uncle





Now I've just got to get all the flies off the bonnet!!

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Mar 15 12 8:14 AM

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This is how things were up until last year and, I must admit, I haven't done much to Spidey since Time has been a big factor in that I opened an art gallery last year, but also money (as I opened an art gallery last year )

I need to resize my photos on here (I just copied the entire posts straight across from the old forum). I'll do that so you can see the photos better

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Mar 15 12 3:25 PM

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Peppka wrote:
Looks sweet, think I would have changed to phase II grill.

What and be like everyone else? No, individuality all the way for me!

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Apr 13 12 4:19 PM

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Stone me - have the local branch of Halford's restocked yet?

Joking....lovely job. Next to Acido green - black is my favourite spider colour

Is that a Triumph Toledo on your driveway? I learned to drive in one of them...yep, I AM really THAT old!

What art are you into? (Or should that be - where for art thou)?

1997 Acido Green Twin Spark Spider Lusso
1992 Land Rover Defender 90 200 TDi
Very large fuel bills
Very large garage bills
Very big smile on face

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Apr 22 12 6:12 PM

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I don't know when you will Chris. I'm double booked for Hopetoun this year so we'll be away elsewhere

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