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Daytona in body shop fire Colorado Springs late 1980’s ?

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  1. bighitter2

    bighitter2 Formula Junior

    May 7, 2005
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    chuck coli
    Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login i have owned this car for 20 years now and trying to fill in some holes on its history...i have spoken to Dave Nelms( who worked on this car during the restoration) and also spoke to David Donner who remembered the car and actually had some photos after an accident before the car went into the body shop ( which caught fire burned and collapsed on the car melting or warping the body panels,thus converted to a spyder..from what i am told the car was purchased by Jim Robinson ( the Donner family ‘restorer/mechanic) after the fire and he rebuilt the engine and transaxle...i have a list of other’s who owned the car afterwards...if anyone has any info,remember anything about what happened or where,maybe where Jim Robinson might be? The car started out as a european coupe sold new at Motor Bologna in Italy..now looks like this...any help or leads would be appreciated..Chuck Coli
     
  2. bighitter2

    bighitter2 Formula Junior

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    Forgot to say the body shop was in the Colorado Springs area..
     
  3. willrace

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    Serial Number will expedite any/all information.
     
  4. bighitter2

    bighitter2 Formula Junior

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    Vin # is 12883
     
  5. barchetta

    barchetta Formula Junior

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    I would also post this request in the vintage section.
     
  6. davehelms

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    Robinson to Karl Dedolph to ????? to Dan Lahrue (sp?)
    Kirby McLaughlin and Randy ? both had a hand in the body and paint work while at World Ferrari in Long Lake MN, I think Randy finished the cosmetics on his own after we closed that division.
    The body was actually quite straight and I remember no outward signs of things being melted... but it stunk up the shop for years from the fire damage it had. Even once the chassis was gone to our body shop, the removed roof section stored in the loft, kept the odor alive and intact, I remember that quite distinctly.
    I had the chassis and parts all laid out covering our entire showroom floor, to identify that we received everything as it was stripped to a bare chassis and everything with a fastener on it, was disassembled.
    Photos of that layout exist somewhere, it took months to do and I used the showroom because it had a balcony where overhead photos were made possible. Did the same on one of the tear downs of the GTO and we thought adding a Daytona to that photo file would be cute... the odor just got to be too much as my office was right next to the chassis layout. Never taken to the point of good advertising, they proved quite helpful over the years none the less. Several rolls of 35MM and then a 3M friend/client got ahold of one of the very first digital cameras and took a great deal more photos in that format.
    Robinson was doing it right, all the hardware come in metal bins and was separated as to its type of plating. I remember being astounded that I found every needle for the steering shaft ujoints after digging through several metal bins of freshly Parkerized fasteners. Monumental job being it was completely disassembled before being shipped from CO to MN
     

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