Not much to show on the bodywork front, as Sam has been busy on a Fiat 124. That’ll continue for at least the next three weeks, then he’ll pick up our project again. I’m happy for some delay, as I want to get all the suspension reconditioned before he’s finished the paint – so that we can make a rolling car immediately.
I’ve spent a couple of days pulling apart the front suspension, sandblasting all the parts, and painting them with black enamel. I’m using VHT engine enamel, which is supposed to cure to a very durable finish and is easy to touch up over time where it does chip. I chose this instead of powder coating based on various recommendations – we’ll see. Turns out I’m a terrible painter and a slow learner. Lots of runs.
I now have two buckets full of small parts to be plated – one for black zinc, one for plain (silver) zinc. Still investigating options for this plating – but have had several recommendations thanks to the Alfa club forum.
I included a sample here of photos that I’ve taken as reference for the bolts/washers/nuts used in each application – to get plated they’ll all go in together and I’ll have to sort them out later. Hmm.