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Just another barn find thread......

Discussion in 'Modified Alpine' started by thecatsmeow, Jun 7, 2021.

  1. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2021
  2. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    FYI. Pulled the trigger on the car during lunch. Hopefully when can get it home without breaking in half. Thanks for the assistance DanR!
     
  3. Stormbringer

    Stormbringer Donation Time

    I've got a ton of pictures of the subframe and floor panels I built, just send me a PM. I think you are going to find that, like my car, the lower 6" of the entire car will be in bad shape. I was looking into the rover V8 swap when I started this project but am glad I went with the v6, they really do fit in there nice.
    Dan
     
  4. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    What's funny is that this car won't have the typical rot from salt and such. It will have rot from dirty rain splashing up from the ground for 30 years. Haha. Working on a donor sub-frame.
     
  5. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    There's too many good cars available or soon to be. Just returned from a fellow hoarder I mean collector :) who has a few unimproved properties that are resting places for his collection. Here's a appeal to a pal, " I have 5 Tigers and two original fan shrouds. "
     
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  6. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    Sometimes they got to dig the hole for a bit. I've done the rust panel fabrication-replacement in a younger life. Not for me.
     
  7. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    It's tough to see an Alpine go to the scrap yard.

    Even small pieces that seem to have little to no value are hard for me to let go.

    Saving the Sunbeam needs careful evaluation before starting to the salvage yard or restoration.

    The SAOCA motto of "Keep'em-on-the-Road" should be 1st option.
     
  8. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    I stand corrected. After looking at the trunk, I realize that the gas tank is bottom center, and there is a folding shelf above.
     

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  9. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    I actually tracked down the son of the 2nd owner yesterday afternoon. Not 15 miles from my house. His Dad bought it on a whim and parked it in the woods with the rest of his "collection", never to be driven. What a small world. I'm the 4th owner it appears.
     
  10. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    The car is home now.
     
  11. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Believe it or not, your description does not quite meet the actual pictures depicted on the Forum....

    I believe you have a much better Alpine to work with than previously described.

    When you get a chance to take some detailed PIC's from underneath, I'm sure the Forum would be interested,
     
  12. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    IMG_4842.JPG IMG_4886.JPG Before and after the first bath (pressure wash) in 40 years.
     
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  13. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    Anybody know approximately how many turns it takes to get the knock offs removed? I’ve turned 2 full rotations and the hub has not loosened from the spline at all.
     
  14. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    Lesson learned. Of course I picked the wheel that is the most difficult to start on when all the others come off very easily. ~8 turns.
     
  15. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

  16. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    IF all you want is to be able to roll the Alpine around, just buy a set of tubes and use the old tires. Probably last for several years.....

    The hub splines look to be fairly good and if so they are hard to find. Do you have any idea the mileage on the Alpine?
     
  17. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    55k on the odometer. Unfortunately the wire wheels are in extremely bad shape. Most of them have flat spots on the rim of the wheels where it has sat on the ground for so many years. Too many broken wires to count. I did find a super cheap set of late 80s Mustang wheels with tires. Now that I have confirmed the lug pattern is 4X108mm I feel pretty comfortable buying the used wheels and tires to move it around. It appears that the hubs are attached with bolts instead of studs and nuts to hold the wheel on. Is that correct?
     
  18. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Steel wheels used studs. Wire wheel hubs used bolts.
     
  19. thecatsmeow

    thecatsmeow Bronze Level Sponsor

    Ok. So I take the spinner adapter hub off, and what am I presented with? Studs?
     
  20. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    You will probably have to replace the bolts with studs but for just rolling around with steel wheels the bolts may work if long enough.
     

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