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  1. Hi Bruce, please pull from your parts store a driver's seat base with good vinyl (don't worry much if there are cracks in the embossed center section, but I would pay extra if I don't need an upholstery shop to sew in good embossed vinyl that I have) for the smooth portions and the piping. Take a few pictures of this from different angles and let me know what you'd like to get for it and whether you are willing to just sell and ship the vinyl cover rather than the full seat base. I'm really trying to wrap up my interior restoration work and this is the last remaining item at this point. Thanks, Gary
  2. Bruce, after studying your pictures more closely, I suspect you have two passenger seat bases and no driver seat bases. It is not surprising in that passenger seat survive in much better condition over decades. Yours look identical in terms of what side extends out furthest where they should be mirror images if you have both a driver and passenger seat base. Thanks, Gary
  3. Thanks Bruce. I have PM'd you regarding details. -Gary
  4. Thanks Steve. Yep, LB72 and I figured out his wouldn't work for me. I'm not as much concerned about the embossed center section because I have good original basketweave that I can have sewn in. But, his are the later seats that aren't as wide (the top of the seat base doesn't extend as far towards the parking brake handle) so it just won't fit over an early seat frame and cushion. You wouldn't think it would be so hard to find used black vinyl driver's seat upholstery, but it's proven to be a real pain to source. -Gary
  5. Bump since I'm still looking as even getting info from GAHH on what they sell has been difficult. Hoping someone has something that's the proper early black driver's seat vinyl. Thanks, Gary
  6. Thanks Bruce. I just PM'd you for more information. -Gary
  7. Final bump before giving up on used original. Amazing how hard it is to find driver's seat base upholstery.
  8. Thanks for the definitive answer Jim and Nick! I have my weekend project then.
  9. Can someone tell me how to safely remove the metal ashtray receptacle on the rear side interior panel? See picture below for what I'm referring to. It's easy to get out the ashtray itself as was done prior to this picture. I'm trying to get to the 5.5mm nut that holds on the rear quarter panel belt line trim. Other posts indicated this was easier than removing the rear seat and then the entire rear side interior panel. Oddly, I've searched and didn't find a single post related to popping out this ashtray receptacle. This is for a pre-71 2002. Are there strategic places to insert a thin blade screwdriver or ?? I don't want to mess up my really nice original panels so if this is a tricky job, I'll do the full panel removal. Thanks, Gary
  10. I will take these. Pm'd. -Gary
  11. Thanks Louis. It's amazing how many equate 4 doors with stodgy even in the Alfa community. From my direct experience, these Giulia sedans are just as sporty in terms of the driving experience as a GTV, Spider, or our beloved 2002. A claim otherwise is really more about the attitude of the driver (e.g., their impression of the styling) than an objective statement. I won't go into which is "more sporty", Giulia vs. 2002, to avoid starting an unnecessary debate, but there is both a lot of overlap as well as areas where each can claim superiority over the other. There is also a natural impression by those in the 2002 community who don't have direct experience with the Giulia to think the Alfa is a bigger, heavier car. Really, they are very close in dimensions and weight and any difference in the driving experience is unrelated to those attributes. I'd equate a Giulia with a 2002 as far as direct competitors other than the obvious difference regarding the number of doors. The follow-up Alfa Berlina though is more in the BMW NK sedan category for size, weight, and feel. Alfa intended for the Berlina to replace the Giulia, which it did in the U.S. But in Europe the Giulia was so beloved that they produced them side by side for many years. -Gary
  12. Best wishes Worzella. Being in software development myself, in the 1992 recession I went through the experience of having a job walking into an all-hands meeting one morning for our small office in Silicon Valley and walking out without a job. It was a gut wrencher even though it was a newer job for me and I was only a few years out of college. I'm back in the Pacific Northwest now, where I grew up, and know there is lots of IT hiring going on in the region, but understand most people like to stick closer to home vs. relocate across the country. -Gary
  13. I'm sure that's just the Canadian spelling
  14. Someone in the auction business I'm sure could say it much better, but I'd say the psychology is that you are telling bidders from the outset that someone will be going home with the car rather than just bidding to have a chance of winning, the latter being a reserve auction. If you aren't sure that you are bidding to win, bids might be half-hearted and some bidders just may not enter bidding at all if they perceive the reserve is high (and you need at least two serious, determined bidders for a good result for the seller). No reserve removes the element of wondering if the seller has set a realistic reserve or is just fishing. Even with BaT encouraging lower reserves to help their own cause, there still are a good percentage that end in RNM along with comments that it should have sold at the final bid price. One seller that uses BaT as his primary means of selling cars as his own business, Jason at Denwerks, does only no reserve auctions. Sometimes he ends up getting a bit lower result if there aren't those two determined bidders in the room at the end, but overall this has benefited his bottom line. Of course he can average this out over many auctions and it's a different scenario for a private seller whose concern (risk) is a single car. This particular tii is said to be sold by a private party, but apparently it is Peter Sliskovich, owner of CoupeKing who restores these cars, and that is confirmed in the description from his previous sale of an E12 5-series. Seems to me he is playing loose with the definition of private vs. dealer, but as long as the car is titled in his name (as stated in the auction description) and the transaction doesn't go through CoupeKing at all, he can claim it as a private sale.

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