I purchased this car sight unseen on the online auction site Bring a Trailer. The car looked very original and still had the ugly USA bumpers. I had done a bumper conversion before and although it is not a trivia job, I knew I could do it again.
This was a two-owner car with the last owner having it for 25 years. Unfortunately, he did not drive it much during those 25 years and the car just sat. Luckily it was kept in a good environment as the paint and interior are both in excellent condition. The car retains its original color combination of Rosso Fuoco (red fire) over black leather interior.
Mechanically the engine has excellent oil pressure and compression, but the carburetors needed a rebuilt and many of the original hoses needed to be replaced. Also, in need of replacement were the tires which were over 30 years old and with serious flat spots.
The car now is now fully sorted and even the air condition is working.
In addition to the bumper conversion, which is not a trivial task as it involves cutting with a plasma cutter, the car needed a major servicing as it had seen little use over the last 25 years. The good news is this is a rust free undisturbed car which makes it so much easier to work on.
The work consisted on servicing the hydraulic system by rebuilding both brake spheres and replacing the main sphere, removing and cleaning both fuel tanks, replacing most fuel lines especially the big ones on the main tank, replacing a couple of AC hoses, flushing the AC system and replacing the drier and expansion valve, adjusting the oil pressure regulator, replacing a faulty low pressure oil sending unit, servicing the ventilation system vacuum system, replacing the steering hardener belt, replacing all four tires, replacing the oil tank hoses, rebuilding the carburetors, rebuilding the rear brake calipers, adjusting the hand brake, zinc plating many of the engine components, radiator professional cleaned and engine block flushed, and much more.
Below are a few photos taken of the work done.