1986 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration

This 1986 Lancia Delta Integrale 8V was the subject of a restoration on guy-croft.com by it’s owner, forum member “samo”. To be quite honest, we thought the thread was pretty boring and tedious to read and we are thinking that most of you would think the same thing too. It is really meant for the absolute die-hard Delta Integrale fan boy because it is really just too lengthy and goes into far too much unnecessary detail for anybody else. Sometimes that works when a car is being modified with upgraded performance parts during it’s restoration, but when it is being rebuilt back to stock we are thinking we don’t need all of the intricate particulars. We decided to include it here because we have always loved these cars growing up. Now we just like watching them being torn apart and rebuilt by maniacs possessed with obsessive-compulsive disorders, especially when finished to such a high standard as this one. In any case, find this Lancia Delta Integrale restoration thread’s key photos here along with a bit of the model’s competition-bred history in the story below…


Lancia Delta HF’s AWD’s were pure thoroughbred competition machines from conception, evidenced by their World Rally Championship (WRC) title win during their very first race season. They then went on to conquer their rally rivals in every conceivable weather and course condition, ranging from ice and snow to tarmac racing throughout the 1987 season. The cars certainly benefited from use of their advanced 4 wheel drive system, the same system which was incorporated into their street car versions, as well.
With their 185 horsepower, 2 liter, 4 cylinder, 8 valve, twin cam, turbo engines, the road versions were capable of 0-62 mph acceleration in just 6.6 seconds. Not exactly a rocket ship by today’s standards, but they were definitely worthy of the “hot hatch” title they earned back in the day. We just love the boxed fender flares on these cars and their BMW E30 M3 rival’s, which still look all business today. Their look is just so 1980′s Group A rally car brought to the street.
This project started by dismantling and tearing down the entire car to it’s bare shell and looking potential rust issues. Back when these Italian cars were originally produced, they were made from recycled “white tin”, which literally translates to “old metal appliances”. That would explain why not so many have survived this long. This Lancia would certainly not fall to the same mortal fate anytime soon. In fact maybe never, as Samo did “3 years of non stop work, metal repairs, cleaning the car, scraping off the sealant, 2 trips to the body shop and a sand-blasting session” in preparation of his car to receive paint.
A professional was then enlisted to spray this Delta with the same Nero Metallic that it originally wore when it left the factory. Before he took on the project, the senior painter wanted to make sure that Samo and his Lancia fit his requirement parameters to be deserving of his masterful work. He inquired about the history of the car, his intentions for it’s build, and lastly, it needed to pass a visual screening before he took on the job.
Only after crawling under the Delta Integrale and spending a considerable amount of time there, he emerged satisfied with what he saw stating that he had rarely ever seen somebody clean a car so well. He declared that it was up to his standards and expectations, and therefore he agreed to take on the project.
Some time later after getting the car back from the paint shop, it’s re-assembly began with brand new carpets and all of the brackets, nuts and bolts fresh back from receiving zinc plating.
Next, the engine was rebuilt and the thread got updated with details of every step of the process. Almost 6 years later, having worked on it an average of 3 times per week, 4 hours a day during weekdays and at least 8 hours on weekends (totaling almost 9000 work hours), the car was finally able to be moved under it’s own power.
The car looks great now that it is finally finished. We wonder what his plans for it are since it’s build must have taken up such a great deal of his time before. Now that it’s done, is another project in the works?
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2 Comments on 1986 Lancia Delta Integrale Restoration

  1. I have not seen a rotisserie like that in the States. Does anyone know the manufacturer?

  2. Hi!
    Delta Integrale…. sweet (and not so sweet -haha!) memories! 🙂

    David Plott…About the rotisserie…
    Made a set myself about 20 years ago 🙂
    Working for BMW Mini Engineering on the Mini F57 I came across a set of these in Italy at the Pininfarina Prototype building shop. They’re electrically operated… Ofcourse I was curious about which company made them…

    Its: http://dla-posizionatori.it/

    Regards, Marco.

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