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  1. Must see the interview we did with Piero Ferrari in Maranello! https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/news/297
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    Can we just "dust it off" and "finish the paint"????

    That is way cool!
     
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    Looks nearly ready-to-go IMO. Just change his jacket to something more period-correct, and you're done.
     
  4. Gran Drewismo

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    Mechanical checkup would also be wise, but I would strongly advise against a complete fluid change.
     
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    I was upset all last week about a parking lot scratch.....I feel much better now!

    I'm gonna be "that guy" someday!!
     
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    Please don't allow her to be chopped up.
     
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    Holy wow!! That's awesome!

    Jedi
     
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    Spent an hour on it and its running on 12 very cleanly.... on brake cleaner at least.

    Making a list of what I have to find in the garage (cut into the side of a cliff, the wall on the right is part of the cliff), house, and 3 barns.... the jury is still out on its fate but a one owner car... that would be tough to cut up.

    The story behind this is heart warming to an extreme! How his neighbors have been watching over him, helping him stay in the house he built by himself, keeping the propane tank filled through the winter... a wonderful story that must be told for sure! At 85... if I decide to fix it, we have to hurry, I want him driving it again if its meant to be.

    Last plate shows it came off the road 25 years ago at 66K miles.
     
  9. BigTex

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    See? Hardly broken in, before some niggling problem sidelined it!!

    There's not a lot of guys like him left, here in the US I'd wager......
     
  10. ArtS

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    Dave,

    Serial Number???

    Regards,

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  11. David_S

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    +a whole bunch!

    Parting that out would just be wrong on so many levels...
     
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    Let me call Goodyear for the tires.........
     
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    That's a fun story.
     
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    Dave,

    YOU found this...???? :eek:

    Either way....this is the beginning of what could be a fantastic story!!!

    :)
     
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    More accurate, he found me.

    He is a very dear man who for many years just stopped by the shop to look at what was going on. He would grab up a lawn chair in the back room, set it up next to some car being worked on and just stare at it. He knew he was always welcome and he didnt want to disrupt work so he would keep to himself and just look for a half hour and then move the chair to the next subject.

    I brought my 87 year old father with on this trip and the two had fun chatting but we near all died. Dirt roads so steep that when the car was 1/2 way in the trailer, the truck, trailer, car, all of us in the trailer and car...... it all started sliding down the hill. In park, e brake on, wheels chocked... the whole combo was heavier than the loose gravel would hold on a 25 degree dirt road. Near sent a very nice dulley, trailer, 330, a few of us... all over a cliff. His driveway.... some 35 degrees, 100 yrds long of loose gravel... a whole different story!
     
  16. open roads

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    Great story. And who doesn't like a barn find?
     
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    That is really cool Dave. Being able to include your dad also. Good luck with her.
     
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    That's fantastic!

    So, back in the day, did he used to drive the 330 up the steep gravel driveway regularly?
     
  19. BLAMPEE

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    Pfft....:rolleyes:

    Dave's lucky. He gets to work with his Pops every day! :)

    Based on what I've seen regarding old timers and their Ferraris....I'm guessing he drove that thing rain, shine, and snow. :)

    They didn't give a **** about such trivial things like rock chips or resale values back then. Those owners drove their cars....;)
     
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    SOMEDAY?
    (me, too)
     
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    Dad is heading back Houston way with his medical all clear report. Now who do we get to whip us into shape?! It was an incredible adventure having 3 generations pulling on the rope... I hope he returns soon, too much work to do for him to retire a second time.... maybe we will call it a vacation and disallow him retiring.

    Spot on, Walter Mitty's one and all... and some talented drivers to boot. Flying down the back roads at the speed of heat with their backsides lit on fire! Rock chips were but a mear justification for a color change or a freshen up, a badge of honor or sorts. That was the era where I entered this market, guys like this changed tires because they were worn out, not dry rotted!
     
  22. simon klein

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    +330!!!
    Send her over here,I'd get it mechanically right,change all the rubber bits,make sure there was no rust,5 new tyres,re-spoke the Borrani's,get rid of the mice.Then it would be ready for the GG.
     
  23. tx246

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    I think we can inspire new project owners for a car lik ethis with more info on who had it before and why it os the way it is. I have never wanted a quad headlight 330 until now.....
     
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    I've been down that road (except for the mice), would take it on had I the space/dough.

    Aside from the dirt, the engine compatment looks as nice as mine was, and it was definitely way above average.
     
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    Cool find.
     

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