Lancia Beta Spyder 2000 - 7 Year Full Restoration

Lancia Beta Spyder 2000 - 7 Year Full Restoration

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Badonde

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13 posts

56 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Hi everyone,

It’s been a long time since I last posted here with a build thread - my 400bhp supercharged Citroen Berlingo sleeper is now sold as of last year so I’ve had time to focus solely on finishing my Lancia.

This is a long, picture-heavy post. I’ve taken over 2,000 photos since starting the restoration so it’s been hard to concentrate these down, but I’ve done my best to hopefully show the main ones! The project started in 2013, but due to time and financial constraints it has taken until August this year to get the car restored and on the road!

As a bit of background, the car is a 1981 model and has been in my family since it was a year old and owned by my Mum who used it daily up until 1991 (a year before I was born!). No one can remember quite why it came off the road but it proceeded to be stored in my grandparents garage up until 2013 when my family were discussing scrapping the car. Myself with no prior knowledge at the time, felt it would be criminal to scrap such a rare and beautiful car so decided to try and save it and take on restoring it to its former glory. I had no idea the scale of what I was taking on, but eagerly began.

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the complete car prior to starting the restoration. The earliest I have is removing the engine.








Wings, interior and engine removed. Car pushed outside and saw daylight for the first time in 22 years!




I started with what I could do and painstakingly remove all the waxoyl and paint from the engine bay and inner wings, then prepped these with paint.






The rest of the bodywork however was a bit out of my depth, so arrangements were made with a local body shop to complete the rest of the shell.










Car arrives at the bodyshop and work begins




Lots and lots of welding takes places around the whole car. I haven’t included any more pictures of this as its quite repetitive! But every time we thought all the rust had been found, some more appeared!




Welding complete and onto filler/shaping




Epoxy primer applied




Ready for top coat




Top coat is applied!




I then had the wheels refurbished in a bright silver. I opted for the brightest available since I wasn’t a huge fan of the original colour and felt it would help make them stand out better, especially since they are quite small wheels by todays standards! Also pictured are new (slightly uprated) polyurethane bushes and springs (which were promptly painted black).




I got as many parts as possible blasted and either powder coated or gold zinc plated, as per their original finishes. Here is the subframe and suspension.




Then started organising all the nuts and bolts to try and match them up after plating!




Finally some parts start going on the car! Suspension, brake lines, fuel tank, and more…





Body mouldings and trims started to go back on




Throughout all this my Dad had been working on the engine in his machine shop. The engine has been lightly breathed upon with; higher compression, balanced pistons/conrods, gas flowed cylinder head, intake & exhaust manifold work, re-profiled cams and adjustable cam pulleys.


Red oxide primer went on




Block was painted as close to the original colour as possible, along with the restored components going on






Engine was now timed up and mostly assembled




Almost ready to fit!




Back to the car again… lots of waxoyling took place and sorting out the wiring




Interior started going together with new custom headlining




The lights were rebuilt with all their restored components





The rear lights weren’t in great shape and took many years of ebaying to find a spare lens to replace the cracked indicator (they only ever came on the Spyder so difficult to find)! For some reason this one was covered in overspray before I even started work on the car.




Cleaning up and repainting the insides




Restored and ready for fitting




The following pictures are now all from this year (2021). The big day arrives - engine ready to be installed!




Engine goes in the car.




Fuel lines, coolant hoses, etc. are connected up




All the other components starting to come together




Car drives outside under its own power for the first time in 30 years! (August 2021)




Then off for its MOT




Shortly followed by an alignement




I then took it to a local car show





And a few pictures out and about over the past few weeks!








I would like to just finish this post by giving a big thank you to family/friends who have helped make this possible!

Thanks for reading! I welcome your comments/feedback!

Rozzers

830 posts

53 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Terrific job, far more exotic than any British stuff at the time.

surveyor

16,737 posts

162 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Amazing!

antipodes40

127 posts

24 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Bravo! Fantastic job.

Ken986

41 posts

102 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Magnificent work, great attention to detail and finish !

WelshPetrolhead

493 posts

113 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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That's Fantastic!

Gandoolie

158 posts

27 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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That’s amazing work!

gf15

927 posts

244 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Wow, that looks wonderful. Fit and finish look spot on.
Well done and thanks for posting.

ChrisCh86

442 posts

22 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Well done you! Stunning job by the looks of it. Well done for saving such a rare classic!

Northbrook

1,316 posts

41 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Excellent work.

M22s

439 posts

127 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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What a satisfying read - fantastic job!

CharlesdeGaulle

21,649 posts

158 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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That looks fantastic. Fabulous work.

curvature

213 posts

52 months

Monday 20th December 2021
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Superb, thanks for sharing.

LankyMcTally

234 posts

75 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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That looks absolutely fabulous. Congratulations on a job clearly well done.

StRemy

241 posts

10 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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Wow, what a capolavoro! Magnífico!!

Fury RS

457 posts

160 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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That Beta looks fabulous.
Brilliant resto fair playclap

iansp

45 posts

28 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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Fantastic attention to detail.

dontlookdown

907 posts

71 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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Great story. Family heirloom brought back to life, and it's a lovely car to boot.

DuncanM

4,965 posts

257 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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Absolutely stunning, your workmanship is incredible!

ClaphamGT3

10,095 posts

221 months

Tuesday 21st December 2021
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That's a beauty!