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First 500 miles in my 365 GT 2+2

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by jcwconsult, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. jcwconsult

    jcwconsult Karting

    Sep 20, 2004
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    Jim Walker
    I finally got my 365 that I bought last December out of the shop last Saturday and put 500 miles on it during the week. I got it back to the shop on Friday, just before our wonderful snow started. It still has a bunch of stuff to be done before FCA2005 in Indy (a common story with a "new" Ferrari needing more than you anticipated). That said, the headline for the Karl Ludvigsen road test in November 1968 Sports Car Graphic was right:
    The Magnificent GT
    If you've wondered what "Grand Touring" means, let Ferrari and Pininfarina explain ...
    Strong, comfortable, seemingly endless pulling power, lots of room, all the power accessories needed for luxury ... and wrapped in Pininfarina beauty. I did discover one problem with the wipers -- the arms lift off at about 120 mph. (My passenger thought we were doing about 80 or so.) This is the right model for me (given that my budget won't handle a 500 Superfast).
    I think I will be using all of the allowed 5,000 miles per year.

    Regards,
    Jim Walker
    365 GT 2+2 #12451
     
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  3. bernardo66

    bernardo66 The Crazy Cat Man
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    Congratulations Jim. I've got a few friends that have owned 365's at one time or another. Without exception, it was a Ferrari that they all thoroughly loved owning/tinkering with/driving.

    Enjoy your ride,

    Bernardo
     
  4. UroTrash

    UroTrash Three Time F1 World Champ
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  5. Tinbender

    Tinbender Formula Junior
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    Mar 13, 2004
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    Hi Jim,
    That's great that you are on the road at last.
    Terry
     
  6. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Congrats on getting your 365 going! I'm hoping to get at least one 500+ mile trip in mine this summer. Not to mention plenty of shorter trips around town.
     
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  8. johnson

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    Mar 19, 2005
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    Hi Jim,
    your gonna have a lot of fun,had my 365 on Autobahn race track yesterday.Corners were work,straights a blur.
    enjoy!
     
  9. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie
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    fantastic! a least for a dozen of us here, you're preaching to the choir!
     
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  10. MrApex

    MrApex Formula 3

    Jun 4, 2004
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    Jim,

    Congrats on driving your new 365. I'm with Uro...we need pics!!!!!

    One question though...your last sentence mentions using all 5,000 miles. Forgive my ignorance, but why are you only alloted 5,000 miles? Is it for insurance purposes? Or is the car only allowed a certain number of miles because it's Euro spec? Hopefully this 5,000 mile limit isn't self imposed!
     
  11. jcwconsult

    jcwconsult Karting

    Sep 20, 2004
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    Jim Walker
    Sorry, I am not yet in the modern era with digital or scanned picture capability. :-( I hope to remedy that Neanderthal era problem soon. You can see pictures of the sunroof at www.tomyang.net, hit the Restoration Tips link, then the Sunroof link. The car is Giallo Fly Italvar with black leather, both are original colors per the Heritage Certificate from Ferrari.

    5,000 miles is the insurance agreement, but it should be enough.

    I read a lot over the years about the "marginal" cooling and A/C systems with overheating issues, and I found they are not necessarily true if the car is OK. With a radiator recored a few years ago plus the proper 6 blade fans for a US model on those huge motors (thanks Zac) plus a 10 cubic inch A/C compressor, the cooling is quite adequate. I parked dead still in the sun for 15 minutes at 85 degrees ambient temp with the A/C. at full blast, and the car did not go over 195 degrees water temp, with zero coolant loss. Both the engine and the interior stayed cool enough. The heaters also dealt well with 35-40 degree morning temps. All very liveable.

    Regards,

    Jim Walker
     
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  13. steve meltzer

    steve meltzer Formula Junior

    Sep 18, 2004
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    Thanx for the post...glad you're car is everything you'd hoped and dreamed. Sounds like a most enviable sojourn; just pretty cool! steve
     
  14. bernardo66

    bernardo66 The Crazy Cat Man
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    Jim, no need for a digital camera. I don't have one, and all I do is have my pics transfered onto CD at the same time I have them developped onto traditional photographic paper.
     
  15. superbimmer

    superbimmer Karting

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    Congrats from one 365GT2+2 owner to another! I know how it feels!!
     
  16. SCantera

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    Jim,
    I think you will enjoy your 365 for many trips/years. I had one [after a GTC]
    back in the early 80's and really thought it had a superior engine to the 330. Seemed to spin much more freely w/ more torque. Although you say you would rather have a Superfast.......well maybe for $$ value, but it drives much like a lorrie and really does not want to come to a stop. Big motor, but handling is heavier than heavy. Had a couple of hairy drives in an SF and could not wait to give it back. You have a better driver IMHO.
    Steve Cantera
    330
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  17. TLKIZER660

    TLKIZER660 Formula Junior

    Jul 30, 2004
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    Hi Jim,
    I'm one of those with "marginal" cooling. My 365 GT now lives in Québec with me where it doesn't get warm enough to cause cooling problems. We lived in Farmington Hills, Michigan until 2003 but my European model with the small alternator, small fan motors, and three-bladed magnesium fan blades couldn't handle even the mild Michigan summers. If I had parked dead still in the sun with the A/C on an 85 degree day, Michigan would have experienced a "China Syndrome" in about 5 minutes. Purism = Masochism. I should have upgraded the fans, motors, and alternator but was too paranoid about authenticity. I wish we had met when I lived there. I wish you "Good Cruising" on Woodward Ave. in August during Dream Cruise. With your cooling system, you can probably handle it.
    Tom Kizer
     
  18. Bryanp

    Bryanp F1 Rookie
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    I have the 25th Queen Mother and have replaced the original alternator w/ a 60 amp unit. I also have a big aftermarket fan on the front of the radiator manually controlled by the far right "E" toggle on the dash. Since I live in the humid jungle of Washington DC and must use the AC, I get tremendous piece of mind flicking the fan switch and (1) seeing the ammeter stay in positive and (2) seeing the temp needle move to the left-of-center w/in 10 seconds. A concour point or two is well worth the price.
     
  19. donv

    donv Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I have a Delco alternator in mine with plenty of capacity. Just had it rebuilt, in fact. 12327 is a US model, and the cooling has never been a problem as long as the fans were working.

    When I first bought the car, one of the fans was intermittent, which made city driving an adventure!

     

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