The Car is Complete, Finally.

If there was ever anything that could go wrong with my car, it seemed destined that it indeed would go wrong.

I believed that the death of my old engine was the last disaster I would face before all things would fall into place, and I would be on my way. Not quite.

Having fitted the new engine and completed the interior, I drove the car into Pietermaritzburg for some final tuning and setting. Or, that was the plan. I got just a few hundred meters down the road before complete ignition failure stopped the car for good. It was trailered in the next day.

After a complete ignition system overhaul (new distributor, coil, and plugs) things seemed to be looking up.

However, this was January in Pietermaritzburg and on a Friday afternoon, while the car was at Midlands, a freak hailstorm came overhead and left it looking rather battered. I couldn’t believe my luck, or lack of it.

So commenced a two month repair process for which I was not remotely ready. But, at the end of it I got a car that looks good as new and runs very well.

I’m quite pleased to report that the car is officially complete, and running well. And even the heater works.

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Hail damage on the left fender.

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Damage to the passenger side.

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Hail dents in the roof.

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A large dent in the roof.

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Damage to the bonnet.

After a day at Auto Pristine, and a few weeks at paint the Alfa came back looking great.

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Dent free and all one colour.

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Stickers on, getting a tune up at Robin’s with its new 123 Ignition Electronic distributor.

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In good company.

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. tony kinnear says:

    enough already J .. hit the road

  2. Marie Du Toit says:

    Love the colour! Enjoy the journey north

  3. John Coffer says:

    good luck Jethro – all the best

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