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Bradan 246 Dino restoration

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  1. malex

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    How did you clean the reservoirs so perfectly, both inside and out? My Alfa Montreal has brake, clutch and windshield fluid reservoirs that are pretty badly stained and aged and I've been wondering how to restore them as new replacements are virtually unobtainium. Thanks.
     
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    Exceptional work.
    I thought the rear tail light reflectors were plastic chrome deposition but it seems they're truly metal. Thanks for posting this
     
  3. George Vosburgh

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    I don't know how I missed this thread for so long. This car was a real mess! You guys are working your usual magic. My two year and still in progress ground up restoration of a '77 308 GTB didn't have the rust you're dealing with. It's interesting to see how much cross over there is between the 246 and 308, I'm learning a lot about the 246.
     
  4. smglop

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    That looks like a parts tree you would get with a model car. You can just discard it.
     
  5. FTanner

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    Can you give us an estimate as to how many hours were spent during the restoration process and mileage of the car?
     
  6. BRADAN

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    Mark,

    I soaked them in mineral spirits overnight then used scotch bright to scrub out the rest. Once you get inside just drop the cloth inside and use a screw driver to press it against the corners. Pain in the ass but works eventually.
     
  7. BRADAN

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    These were solid metal but I know what your talking about. Pauls chrome in PA can do metal and plastic. So far they are the only guys I know of that will repair damage not just plate over it. They do plastic chrome also.
     
  8. BRADAN

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    Yeah really had way to much going on. It ended up being multiple different owners and techs doing low quality patch repairs overtime. I'm happy we were able to just start from scratch and sort the car out correctly.

    Patients my friend, eventually your 308 will be better then new. If you look at the full job you will die of a heart attack. Just break it down into small sections and jobs and eventually you run out of work and have a sorted out car.
     
  9. BRADAN

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    Haha wait till you see what we had to go through repairing the frame.
     
  10. BRADAN

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    60k miles roughly. Thousands of hours literally. I think this job is a good point of reference as a worst case scenario on a restoration.
     
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    Parts back from plating. A few things got mixed up at the platers and had to get sent back for the correct finish. Overall I'm happy with the work they did. If anyone local needs a good plating company I recommend Nassau chrome. Terrible attitudes but great work.

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