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Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider restoration: a case for two

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M sometimes it's good to listen to your wife. Holger Hildebrand could have saved himself a shock as well as a lot of work and anger not to mention his wife's moral sermon. One evening he had cleared the lifting platform in his small hall for a friend's car and put the almost completely restored Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider in the yard.

Four years of work - and then a bang

He only realized that it would have been better to simply push the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider aside in the hall, as his wife advised, when he heard the sound of a speeding car and then two tinny knocks. In the unlit courtyard, his neighbor in the hall had just rattled backwards with a station wagon against the spider, which was hidden under a dark tarpaulin, and had then pushed it against the wall. Four years of work - and now that.

Together with his wife Jutta, Hildebrand had already dared to restore an Alfa Duetto at the end of the 90s, which they had been made aware of during a family celebration. 'At that time we gained a lot of experience that was very helpful to us on the next project,' says Hildebrand.

The next project was an Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, which she bought from a friend on a large farm nearby found. However, the owner had already deregistered the Alfa in 1984 and then started the restoration. But he hadn't got far. He tore the Alfa completely apart, sanded down the paint in some places and got one or the other spare part.

Many parts were missing from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

“Unfortunately, I noticed Many parts of the legs at that time, 'laughs Hildebrand, and so the windshield of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider and its frame, the bonnet, the tank, the rims, the cardan shaft, the lamps and much more could no longer be found on the spacious homestead /p>

At least there was no doubt about the whereabouts of the Giulia rear axle, because the seller, who was obviously in need of money, had left it some time ago with another gentleman as a pledge, where the Hildebrands then released it.

The committed hobby mechanics first began to remove the few parts that were still on the body of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider and then left the sheet metalsandblasting. 'But not the large areas to avoid warping and dents,' explains Holger Hildebrand, who used to do slalom and circuit races. From those wild times he still had a lot of contacts that were useful for the restoration of the Alfa.

Sheet metal in good condition

Through one of these contacts he got to know Josef Söke from Bratislava, a skilled tin artist who temporarily worked in a German car repair shop. He agreed to help repair the rust damage, which was unusually small on the Hildebrands' Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. In the area of ​​the subfloor, only relatively uncomplicated sheet metal had to be replaced, which Hildebrand had folded and bent at a nearby company that deals with air ducts. Only the more demanding renewal of the sills and the rear wheel arch was left entirely to the Slovak.

The painting of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider should also be done by a specialist, but beforehand the Hildebrands thought intensively about the color scheme. They didn't like the original Blu Celeste, Jutta Hildebrand didn't like red, and so two other contemporary colors came up for consideration: Azzurro Spazio from Alfa and the pale yellow that was found on British cars at the time.

Difficult color choice in favor of Jaguar yellow

In order to better imagine the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider in both colors, they commissioned Holger Hildebrand's brother, an enthusiastic model maker, to paint two miniature Alfa models in 1:24 scale accordingly. And again the decision was made in favor of the yellow from Jaguar.

The Hildebrands spared no effort in the reproduction of the missing instrument panel cover. Contacts from motorsport times helped again, and so Manuel Seidel, who normally deals with carbon fiber, modeled a new cover made of fiberglass. Historical photos served as a template. An approximately two centimeter wide strip of modeling clay along the upper edge of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider instrument panel provided the necessary support surface for modeling a corresponding cover with a protruding edge.

Positive form made of glass fiber laminated

After applying a release agent to the clay and the sheet metal of the instrument panel, layers of glass fiber mats followedwere each impregnated with synthetic resin. This created the positive form of a cover piece by piece, which could then be removed, sanded and covered with synthetic leather by the saddler.

With the support of two friends, Peter Arnold and Rudolf Dötsch, Holger Hildebrand set about it meticulous overhaul of the rear axle, the brake system, the gearbox and the engine of his Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider, whereby he decided to convert to Veloce technology. This included, among other things, the conversion to two Weber carburettors and a modified air filter system.

The matching valve cover with a slight indentation for the intake hose over the engine now also exists. At the photo session, the lid with the two front eyes from the Alfa 105 series was still mounted on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.

Time-consuming parts procurement

Jutta Hildebrand took care of the reconditioning of parts, sandblasting, priming and painting of chassis components. And she checked the electrics and the interior of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.

Obviously, getting the missing parts also took a lot of time, with bad purchases occurring again and again, especially in parts markets, despite the sellers always emphatically assured that they were looking for the items for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider.

The Hildebrands took their time with the assembly, because they were very meticulous. When it was the turn of the newly procured windshield, it turned out that it had cracked due to improper storage on the shelf. A second pane was obtained and carefully mounted on the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider with the help of a friend.

Sensitive windows

Holger Hildebrand was not happy when this pane also cracked overnight three days later. 'The laminated glass panes apparently react very sensitively to lateral pressure from the screwed frame construction,' assumed he and his helper Martin Weberbauer from the local Alfa regulars' table.

Well, then the unfortunate evening of the crash occurred in the courtyard. Fortunately, the damage to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider recorded in a report was financially reimbursed by the insurance company, but the repair work had to be done hard and the car had to be completely repainted.

Happy encounter at Auto e Moto d 'Epoca Padua

In search of a new rear bumper, the Hildebrands and other members of their Alfa get-together made their way to the parts market in Padua in Italy, for which they used a cheap flight. In addition to some other required parts, they actually found the bumper they were looking for for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider,however dented and with rust damage. When Holger Hildebrand asked another Alfa fan whether this bumper could still be straightened, a gentleman from Bavaria who happened to be standing next to him offered himself as a problem solver.

At the fair, they came to an agreement, but Hildebrand was convicted the bumper by hand to Germany. Because the middle section did not fit in the suitcase, he wrapped them in carrier bags and attached them to the outside of the suitcase with the help of a hastily procured roll of adhesive tape. Trouble with the baggage check was programmed with it, but after a lot of back and forth the bumper for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was still transported as a separate piece of baggage.

Disc brakes instead of triplex brakes

It took almost two years until the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was finally ready. Little by little, even less beautiful parts such as seats, hood and the defective windscreen were replaced. In addition, the Alfa got front disc brakes instead of the triplex brakes, which had to be set with great sensitivity.

But now the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider is perfect. And when it comes to where to park it, Holger Hildebrand has an open ear for his wife's suggestions.

Restoration details Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

  • Place of purchase : Plaidt
  • Year of purchase : 2001
  • Condition of purchase : Vehicle was disassembled and incomplete. Body had relatively little rust perforation and was stripped of paint in places
  • Prehistory : Delivery in May 1963 to Alfa in Frankfurt, in June 1964 first registration to a lady in Nürburg. Three other owners followed, the last one deregistered the car in 1984 and dismantled it in order to restore it
  • Scope of restoration : body dismantled and sandblasted, rust damage repaired with self-made sheet metal, instrument panel cover remade . Transmission, drive train, wheel suspensions overhauled. Engine revised and converted to Veloce. Missing parts worried, purchased used parts refurbished. Rear and front straightened after accident, bumpers renewed, new paintwork. Retrofitted to disc brake and new soft top installed
  • Restoration period : 2001 to 2006
  • Costs : Around 30,000 euros without accident damage
  • Value according to the report : 44,000 euros

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