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« on: September 07, 2021, 08:41:48 AM »

I’ve had the good fortune to acquire another restoration project. The timing was perfect seeing as the Berlina is now finished.
It’s going to be a complete body, engine and interior restoration with no timeframe so that I can enjoy the process.
Both my previous restorations had a hurry up point along the way due to loosing workshop/storage space. This  time it is different as I now have my own workshop at home.
I’m not very good at recording and posting progress of all the work that we know goes into such a project, but I will try my best to post more.

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2021, 08:50:44 AM »

There’s a bit to do here but thankfully it seems complete, original and as far as I can tell from spinning it by hand, it’s got a smooth supercharger.
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Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2021, 08:52:56 AM »

It’s going to need a bit more than a blow with an air-line.


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Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2021, 06:17:59 PM »

Lovely acquisition Ian!
Doesn't look too bad from the pics.

All the best with it,

Nigel

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 07:37:56 PM »

It’s going to need a bit more than a blow with an air-line.

You think?

I can just imagine the creative words on Ebay!

Looks like a good starting point.

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2021, 08:06:39 PM »

Nice project. You end up with a sought after Beta to complete your set.

You will probably have it finished before my engine runs the rate I am going at.

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2021, 09:11:24 PM »

Nigel and Peter you are very right, the shell has a few repairs to address but they are minor for a 38 y.o Beta.
I didn’t really need another project but this was to good to pass and a HPE really is the everyday all-rounder in the Beta range.
I know you’re going to have that running long before me Eric. I have to go back to full time employment in October 😢
Not sure I’m ready for it tbh
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Beta coupé VX (completed April 2017)
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2021, 09:31:01 PM »

With the excitement of a puppy and a new sofa to chew I had to get going. So I chose the highly visible hole in the rear quarter panel to practice some fabrication and right way up welding. I hate upside down welding. In fact I’m convinced my receding hairline is all down to welding burns and nothing to do with ageing.


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Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
Beta coupé VX (completed April 2017)
Aprilia RSVR 2002
Alfa 159 sportwagon jtd eco (slower than a courgette)
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2021, 09:31:44 PM »

Hole be gone


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Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
Beta coupé VX (completed April 2017)
Aprilia RSVR 2002
Alfa 159 sportwagon jtd eco (slower than a courgette)
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2021, 09:36:30 PM »

Next stop, rear wheel arch
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Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
Beta coupé VX (completed April 2017)
Aprilia RSVR 2002
Alfa 159 sportwagon jtd eco (slower than a courgette)
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2021, 07:14:42 AM »

Nice work. This working every day thing is really slowing me down!
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2021, 09:23:10 AM »

Nice work. This working every day thing is really slowing me down!

I retired last July, and I haven't noticed any significant speeding up of my Beta restoration/refurb since... I now wonder how I ever had time for work...

But Ian, that looks a cracker of a purchase. I owned an HPE in the early 80s and it was a wonderfully versatile workhorse. Plus yours has added VX, so even better.
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2021, 01:23:17 PM »

Yes I’m hoping that by the time I have this finished it will be ‘Historic status’ so that I can daily it to work in east London. The fuel consumption of a VX is something of a concern but at least it will be free road tax (instead of the current £240 p.a)
Meantime the Berlina is the daily London commuter.
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VX HPE (resto started Sept ‘21)
Beta Saloon 2.0l s2 1979 (completed July 2020)
Beta coupé VX (completed April 2017)
Aprilia RSVR 2002
Alfa 159 sportwagon jtd eco (slower than a courgette)
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