3500 GT Spyder Vignale thread

Discussion in 'Maserati' started by wbaeumer, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Portenos

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    It appeared to be a simple contact issue. When I removed and replaced the fuse, the contact became better and solved the problem. The original fuse is still in the car. Just cleaning.
    I have not had any other issues with these pumps and highly recommend that owners keep them with the car.
    You may need to give them a good cleaning, including all the electrical contact points and replace the diaphragm's every 30 years, but thats about it.
    Good luck.
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  2. Portenos

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    I hate this new format!!!
    My post should have read like this.
    I am enjoying driving the VS here in Palm Desert CA.
    So as you can see the tuning continues, with the removal of the front bumper and grill in order to be sent out to be straightened and re chromed to a very high quality. At the same time I am replacing all the rear suspension bushings having the speedo recalibrate and a couple other odds and ends.
    I call it "Tuning" Chassis tuning, body tuning etc etc. Just slowly bringing the car to a very high state of operational readiness and originality.
    Pictures above.
    I still hate this new formate.....
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  3. Portenos

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    I have now removed the front bumper and grill to be sent tomorrow for chroming.
    Poor car looks striped of its smile...
    Ciao,
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  7. Portenos

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    I have now sent the Vignale bumper and grill shell off to Jon Wright's Custom Chrome Plating,
    Located in Grafton Ohio.
    Jon did all the chrome work on the Americas best Roadster at the 2017 Pomona Roadster Show. Yes, the winning car.
    His work can easily be considered one of the "Best" in the USA, if not the best.
    After inspecting my bumper and grill shell he quoted $1800 each. + shipping each way. I thought that was high but...
    The way I figure it, most top quality shops would charge $1000 to $1500, so to get the very best is worth the extra bucks.
    And yes the Maserati Vignale Spyder #101.1121 deserves the very best.
     
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    While VS #1121 was in the shop getting the chrome reinstalled, I had the transmission removed so they could reseal it with new gaskets and front and rear seals - I hate oil leaks.
    The insides looked new as it had been rebuilt several years ago with new syncros and bearings - nice to know.

    The scavenger oil pump which was installed a little over 2 years ago began to leak as well.
    I had the original one that came off the car so we rebuilt it to a very high standard. We sourced and used a new double lip VITON seal and machined a bronze bushing in the rear. We also cut a deeper snap ring grove in order to instal a larger snap ring which holds everything in place. I am hoping this new higher quality rebuild will provide many years of dry motoring.
    Remember to leave the scavenger pump belt a little on the loose side.
    Ciao,
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    I got up early and took the VS #1121 for a morning drive out on Interstate 10 and headed East.
    I put 63 KLM on the clock and she ran great! I feel that this car is now fully sorted and ready to go on a 1000 mile road tour.
    When I returned home I pulled it in the garage and parked it on a sheet of white paper and after 8 hours, NO LEAKS.
    I hope it stays that way.
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    Maybe that's because there's no oil left! :eek: :p

    Very impressive Frank. Not many can disrupt that continuous flow undercoating that comes standard with so many vintage cars ...
     

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