TI Tidy-up part 5: The plan.

Now that I have successfully completed the Sprint engine rebuild I think I will try again to plan a project. I will lay out here the specification, schedule and budget to reach my desired outcome for the TI tidy-up. At the end you will find my nice to have’s and dream to have’s.

What do I want from the TI? The same thing functionally as the Berlina provided, a safe, fun, reliable daily driver. This time though, I want it to be presentable and plan on taking it on some weekend rallys and tours. Of course I want all this as inexpensively as possible and as soon as possible.

alfablue4This picture borrowed from the AlfaBB shows the original color of my TI and the original 15″ wheels I hope to find a set of. Anyone?

What are the specifications I’m working toward?

  • 2 liter engine
  • Single downdraft carb
  • Decent late transmission
  • All electrical working
  • Safe brake system
  • Original 15″ wheels
  • Period radio for Commute listening
  • Shoulder seat belts

I already found a good used 2 liter engine and ‘most likely’ rebuilt transmission (I’m willing to take a chance). I have a 105 single down draft manifold already but still need a carb, I’m thinking a Weber DGV or another DCD, this time probably a 36/36. Before I put the 2 liter in I plan on doing the head gasket, oil passage o-rings and front and rear main seals. I have a nearly new clutch I am going to use but I plan on rebuilding the hydraulic cylinders (did I mention the car is already converted
to hydraulic clutch?) and replacing the flexible hydraulic line. Before I install the freshened up drivetrain I will replace the brake flexible lines, inspect all hard lines and hook up the booster. I will also do all the electrical system checks and rewiring.

How long will all this take? I am thinking about 30 hours. How much will it all cost? I am thinking $1200. $1200 you ask? It goes like this:

  • Engine and trans with cores traded in: $600.
  • Engine fresh-up parts: $150.
  • Hydraulic system parts: $50.
  • Carb: $100.
  • Wheels: $100.
  • Battery: $50.
  • Seat Belts: $50.
  • Radio: $100.
  • Maybe I should add $200 for ‘stuff’

bluetteposs2This is the interior that goes with the Bluette paint. Well, not the right hand drive, but you get the idea. I doubt I will find a set of these door panels, but they are on my dream-to-have list.

bluetteposs3This is what it would have been like if I had a big budget to work with while doing cosmetics. Engine compartment here looks fabulous.

giulia1300tiI have these tail lights and I think this bumper. Another car with the Bluette. I will need a “GIULIA 2000 TI” badge.

alfa20260020paint20swatches202815020dpi20-20medium29Here’s a scanned page from the color catalog I also borrowed from the AlfaBB.

So, my nice-to-have’s:

  • New Carpet
  • Redone seats in red as seen above
  • TI or Super dash in miles.


  • Paint!
  • Correct TI bumpers
  • Correct red/gray TI door panels.

There you have it, the plan. Wish me luck. Stay tuned for the next somewhat above averagely exciting episode.

Click here to read the last chapter in the TI-tidy saga!


1 thought on “TI Tidy-up part 5: The plan.

  1. Matt-

    Talk to Jim Silva at San Leandro Auto Upholstery, he has the direct source now for the original wool carpeting. Also, I still have that Becker radio if you’re interested


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