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1982 Mondial 8 restoration

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  1. Dr-Boost

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    Hello All

    Long time listener, first time (technically second) caller.

    My name is Ian Thompson and I am based in Holywood, Northern Ireland. I’m a mechanical Engineer with a PhD in Turbocharged engines. I own a small (very small, only me) company, TSV Cars Ltd. I set it up to do some Engineering consultancy and restore old Ferraris and Porsches.

    I thought I would share my latest build with the community here as I know I love seeing pictures of restorations and hopefully I may be of help to some.

    For the attention of Admins, I’m not here to promote my business, I mention it so as not to break any rules, I will of course help the community with advice and parts info etc and would love to get to the stage where I could sponsor a forum but I’m not quite there yet. Please get in touch if there is a fee or specific rules I should follow, Thanks.

    So, on to the latest build.

    The car is a 1982 RHD Mondial 8 in Rosso Corsa over Crema. This is quite a rare car as far as Mondials go as there were only 145 (reportedly) made in right hand drive…and I bet there aren’t many left…hence my desire to save it.

    I'll be carrying out what I call a 'Class B' restoration, by that I mean somewhere between a 'Class A' full nut and bolt restoration and a 'Class C' (full service and cosmetic correction) restoration/renovation.

    Throughout this restoration, I’ll share the running totals of money and time, a bit 'Wheeler Dealer-esque'. This will give a good idea of the true cost and time should you be contemplating your own restoration. I’ll also aim to post weekly.

    This is how the car looked when I first got it. It looks a little rough around the edges but on the whole, the car is very solid, it seems it was cared for quite well and there is only superficial rust in the usual places. The underside and frame parts are very solid with little to no rust.
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    I think the poor car had a little identiy crisis...the quattrovalvole badge is now redundant.


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    Someone had started to remove the interior and remarkably, all the pieces came with the car. Nothing a good clean won't fix, mostly dust. The car was well stored.


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    Here you can see the mileage, pretty low for such an early car and definietly worth saving.

    On the righ tof this image you'll see a glimpse of the tacho. Hands up if you can tell me which side the tacho should be on on a RDH Mondial 8 from 1982?

    So, that is an introduction to my latestest restoration and so far I’m at £11,175.32 and 6.5 hours. See you next week.
     

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  3. theunissenguido

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    #2 theunissenguido, Feb 17, 2021
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    Picture(s) of the engine ...maybe it has already the QV in it !! :p
     
  4. Dr-Boost

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    Hi theunissenguido,

    There will be more pics to follow, plenty more!...someone did give it a go with red paint though...still a 2 valve though!
     
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    I'm glad that you're saving her and can't wait to see the progress!

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    Hello sir! Welcome, and thank you for posting. We look forward to following your progress and I will personally be cheering you on!
     
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  8. Dr-Boost

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    @2cam yes, I'm glad I can save her and I too look forward ot seing progress!

    @paulchua, thanks for the welcome and I'll need quite a bit of encouragement, plenty of tasks need doing!
     
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    As the adage states, it's often the journey itself, not the destination..
    Keep up the great work.
     
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    Super Rare car,, worth saving.
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    Welcome Ian, looking forward to seeing the progess!
     
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  13. Jaroslaw

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    I'm looking forward to your restoration. I also own a 1982 Mondial 8, European specs, federalized in US. I believe it is only one of 7 such cars in US. And just over 30,000 Km (not miles). Very original and in good condition.
     
  14. Dr-Boost

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    Hi All, as promised here is the next instalment.

    When I got the car, someone had already removed the engine so I thought it best to start there. There is very little history with the car so it is a total unknown. I’ve no idea why the engine was removed (we likely find out later on) but it did turn freely and appeared to be in good condition…even though a little dusty!

    These engines are very similar to the 308 GT4 engines and some were known for having hollow valves. It is unlikely this Mondial 8 had or even still has hollow valves but a complete strip down and inspection was the best option I thought. This way we know exactly what we have, plus, at 30k miles, the exhaust valve guides will probably need replacing anyway…along with various rubbers seals that have probably hardened over the last 40 odd years.

    On to the strip down.
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    All in all, everything came off pretty easily and the belts don’t look that old, the engine appears in good shape.

    I’m still at £11,175.32 for parts but now 10.25 hours for labour. See you next week.
     
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    I hope mine is one of the 7 !
     
  16. Mechanical Dad

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    Please keep the pictures coming, I plan to do similar work to mine this year.
     
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