Another dream car come true for me. F430!

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  1. whatheheck

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    #1 whatheheck, Jul 16, 2017
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    I've been a member here for 11 years, since 2006.
    I have always dreamed of owning a Ferrari one day.
    Did a lot of reading here getting to know these cars, what it costs to acquire & maintain, known issues, things to watch out for, upgrades, etc.

    Saved money for a few years as I am not rich by any means. Finally purchased my 1st Ferrari in 2014. A pristine condition 2003 360 Spider with only 10,000 miles. Loved everything about that car.

    Sold my 360 Spider 2 years later and purchased a brand new 2015 BMW M4. An amazing car and I love everything about it except for two things I just cant live with.
    The hood looks like a mustang (Nothing wrong with a mustang. I just want BMW to look like a BMW.) And the exhaust sounds like fart no matter what after market exhaust I can put on.

    So I sold my M4 two months ago and time for my next car. Simply put, nothing like a Ferrari. The body style is a rolling piece of art and the engine exhaust sound is just incredible.

    Finally found this 2006 Ferrari F430 Spider with 26K miles, brand new clutch, etc. in Scottsdale, Az. (I live in Everett, Wa close to Seattle.)
    My wife and I flew to Scottsdale last Friday to see the car. It's exactly as the seller described so I bought it. Im all smiles again.

    Let the mods begin!
    I will for sure be upgrading my car and as always will share DIY info here.

    Here's a couple of photos and a link to a short 2 minute video.

    To everyone here that is so kind & have helped me when I have questions - THANK YOU!

    Dan

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  2. ar4me

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    Congrats! Enjoy.
     
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    Congrats and enjoy the drive home

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    Beautiful! Enjoy!

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  5. Bob in Texas

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    I hate to say this Dan, but she had your name written all over it from the git-go! Lovely car and looks like an FCA member owned it, even better.
    Congratulations!

    Glad your back in the fold


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  6. kreh

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    Thanks for the wonderful note Dan. Congrats to you and your wife. Enjoy.
     
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    You two look great-- very envious!
     
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    This was a delightful post to read. Dan your other posts in the past are informative and helpful to others. You seem to be a very unselfish and friendly man and deserve that beauty for sure! Congratulations!

    And welcome back in the gang. These cars are addictive; if you once had one, you will always feel the need to get back in!
     
  10. whatheheck

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    Many thanks to all of you: Jes, Sam, Marquette, Bob!, Kreh, Mark and Mikael! Sincerely appreciated.

    I appreciate all the kind words.

    I dream, dream big and put steps in place to make my dream come true.
    I'm blessed with a great family, great friends and great job.

    I try to be helpful and kind to others and life has been very good to me.

    Life is too short. I say give back when you can and enjoy the great things in life before we kick the bucket.

    All the best to all of you.

    Dan
     
  11. Mighty Joe

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    Very Nice....Congrats!
     
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    Awesome Dan! Congratulations! Looking forward to meeting her in person. Redmond next week?
     
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    Gorgeous, congrats. Make sure you drive the hell out it
     
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    Congrats Dan. I was considering that car myself. How was it working with Mark?
     
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    Congrats Dan. Nice back story and great pics. Enjoy in good health!
     
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    Just spent 2.5 hrs cleaning my 10 yr old baby with 34k miles [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    very nice , best of luck
     
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    Congratulations! There are many fine cars, but as you now know first hand, there is something extra special about Ferrari and if that is something that is important to you, then nothing else will do. The car is beautiful! And so is your advice. Well done, enjoy it!
     
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    Congrats. I was looking at an 07 coupe a few years ago with the same color combo and challenge wheels which I think is the way to go. I try to drive my 430 as often as I can but with a baby it's impossible to find the time, so even a trip to the grocery store or picking up food is a treat. Love the car and wish I could have more seat time. Enjoy!


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  21. whatheheck

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    Thanks Joe!

    Dan
     
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    Hi Skim,

    The car is still at Scottsdale as it needs service. I hope its all done by end of next week so I can have it picked up and shipped here to Seattle ASAP.

    During PPI, guess what they found - The famous cracked headers and cracked exhaust bracket!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Indi mechanic will be welding everything so its driveable. Then my first mod is to install Agency Power Headers and Kline Innovation SS exhaust. I have already reached out to James of VividRacing and hopefully, he gives mea great deal on headers and exhaust package.

    I will need to pick your brain on any installation tips, things to watch out for and what special tools I will need. I have an air compressor.

    I will see you at ERTC once its here.

    Kindly eMail me or PM me for any helpful tips on headers and Kline exhaust install please.

    Thank you!

    Dan
     
  23. whatheheck

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    Thank you! And yes, I drive the hell out of each car I own :)

     
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    Hi Frank,

    Mark is an outstanding individual. Very honest and easy to work with.
    He has super high integrity and very accommodating.

    I highly recommend Mark Hubbard of Hubbard Auto Center.

    Dan

     
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    Thank you Mark!

    Dan

     
  26. whatheheck

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    Beautiful car Sam!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Dan

     
  27. whatheheck

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    Thank you!

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  28. whatheheck

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    Thank you so much!

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    Hi there,

    I understand your situations as I too am a father. In fact I am now a grandfather.

    Even though kids take a lot of our time (and money) they are worth every single penny.
    The happiness our children provides to us whenever we see them is immeasurable.

    Just when I thought I cant love anyone any more than my son - out comes my grandson. Extreme happiness!

    You will surely have more seat time as they start growing up.
    I say turn them into car fans so that they can join you on early morning drives and have the best quality time with them.

    All the best to you.

    Dan Loyola

     
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    PM sent!

     
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    It's not the scud but she's showing some promise lol. It'll be interesting to see how driverless cars will impact our kids/grandkids in the next 20 years. All I know is that I'm going to teach my daughter how to use 3 pedals and appreciate these future classics[​IMG]


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    Congrats Dan! Maybe I'll see you around.
     
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    Congrats...my daily is a 2015 M3 and it definitely sounds like fart :D It looks nice though :)
     
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    Congrats! I absolutly love the challenge wheels,beautiful car!
     
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    You have been doing extensive research here about headers and how they might often crack. Time well spent I guess! Or maybe you have a crystal ball? I am thinking of getting AP headers too.
     
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    hope you share a sound clip when you change to the AP headers and KLINE exhaust, Kline seems to be the exhaust in play at the moment here in the chat room....
     
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    Congrats, Dan! I feel like we were on parallel paths the last few months...and I couldn't be happier. Enjoy her!
     
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    Oh, and she's gorgeous!!
     
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    Looks really clean! Top down looks sexy, I just couldn't fit height wise lol. Mine had 29k miles with a new clutch and engine mounts. Look out for those as well as the transmission mounts. Mine has also had the headers and exhaust brackets done like you plan to do. Other than that, they seem pretty solid after. If it's not done, I'd recommend putting the ceramic tint on the front windshield. My vents have already pooped out of the dash and I installed the tint to keep the heat and UV from causing any further damage. Enjoy the car, it's hard to stop driving it :)
     
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    good work!
     
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    Nice story and congrats. Enjoy her in good health.
     
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    Congrats Dan. Looking forward to seeing your new ride. Welcome back!
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    Awesome photo of your daughter! Yes, start them early.

    My opinion on driverless cars? I will never own one as I love to drive. Driving relaxes me and I go for early morning drives pretty much every weekend.

    What's driverless cars good for? I agree with what Jay Leno said.
    Jay said Driverless cars are actually good to have as there are drivers out there that should not be on the road :) Love it!

    Dan


     
  44. whatheheck

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    Thanks Alvin!

    Of course! I frequently attend ERTC. Hope to see you there.
    I dont have my car yet but once I get it I will be going to ERTC. Come by and say Hi.

    Dan

     
  45. whatheheck

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    Thanks Ronnie!

    Yes, I just cant live with the farty exhaust of the F80/F82 cars.

    BTW, I love your S Line exhaust sound! Incredible!

    All the best to you.

    Dan

     
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    @ RennSport93: Thanks! That was one of the items on my must have list - Challenge Wheels.

    @Mikael-F360: Yes, I've done a lot reading on headers. I actually have an active poll going. And sure enough my new car has cracked headers and muffler brackets.

    I just ordered Agency Power Headers from VividRacing + Kline Innovation Stainless Steel exhaust. I will post a DIY and videos once Im done installing it.

    @bocaf430: Absolutely! I will shoot videos and share detailed DIY of AP headers and Kline Innovation exhaust once Im done.

    @Klointheridge: Thank you! Yes, we are on a parallel path. Enjoy yours!

    @ShadowF430: Thanks! And yes, the PPI results Engine Mounts and Transmission mounts will need replacing soon, so I will be doing that too and post a DIY thread here once Im done. I'm not familiar with ceramic tint but I will look into it. Thanks for the tips!

    @3POINT8 and 2MS/Mark: Thanks for the kind words!

    @ChuckEBaby: Hello there my friend. See you soon!

    Thanks again everyone for the support & kind words. Sincerely appreciated.

    Dan Loyola
     
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    Wow, I am late to the party! Congratulations Dan this is awesome news, and the car looks beautiful...welcome back to the fold ;)

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    hi, i'm a new f430 owner as well… just got a very clean '08 f430 with 16K… the car came with brand new oem headers…which I like to take down and replace with something else….
    is the AP header comparable to FabSpeed ? just less costly ?
    as to exhaust….stock is waaaay too quiet…i just ordered the S line exhaust….

    i Figure I ll put new headers and exhaust at the same time… just have not decided on what header…. any input would be appreciated….

    I do have another Q…. i read something about OEM rear lights breaking off at the bracket or something…. any mods or preventive things we can do to prevent this breakage ?

    james R
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    Congrats! Beautiful all around.
     
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    Congrats on your new 430 as well!
    I think you'll find everyone saying that all taillights will fail at some point. The design is faulty. Move them around, if there is play, you more than likely have at least one or the three mounting points broken. Many have repaired them using epoxy with varying degrees of success. I've used JB Weld and they've held for several months so far.


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    Welcome back Dan!
     
  52. whatheheck

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    Thanks Dave!

    I will see you at ERTC once I get my car.

    I love your full name by the way :)

    Dan

     

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