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Discussion in '308/328' started by SSSARCH, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. SSSARCH

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    What is the correct material, color and placement of the foam closure strip between the top of the radiator and the hood? Photos please.... I am inspecting three different 1980 Euro-spec 308 GTB's in Italy this month for possible purchase, and I am looking for "correct" details. These foam strips seem to be overlooked when cars are painted or "restored". Any other small and/or obscure details I should look for would also be helpful. Thanks in advance!!
     
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  3. greyboxer

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    On a forty year old car you might find other more critical aspects than the foam, many of which will be covered in the buyers guide at the top.......

    Meanwhile I'd guess one of the many existing threads with foam in the title will give you all the information you need
     
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  4. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    If you are looking at a foam strip on a 40 year old car, it isnt the original one.
     
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  5. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

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    The thing you should do is just post pics here of what you are unsure of
     
  6. thorn

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    If original - it should be somewhat stained, not uniform in color, may have a slight crumbling feel (disintegration) , and not completely attached to the vehicle in every spot (as the old adhesive eventually ceases to adhere.)
     
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  8. SSSARCH

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    I'm not expecting to find the original, but I appreciate the quick reply. I am looking #1 for the correct type; #2 the correct color (I've seen black & yellow), and #3 the correct dimensions (depth and width). I've read the thread about going to Home Depot and making one..... Not my plan with this car.
     
  9. Casino Square

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    Superformance provides the correct replacement materiel.
     
  10. AZDoug

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    #8 AZDoug, Nov 10, 2019
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    The one on my '79 car is original, and intact.
    I have owned the car since 1984, and nobody replaced it before then. It is little delicate, though, you don't want to go disturbing it much.

    It has a triangular type cross section, and dark grey. I would have to inspect more closely to see if the triangle shape is as made, or from compression to the radiator.

    Doug
     
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  11. SSSARCH

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    Thank you Doug for the thoughtful and informative response. I was unaware of the triangular cross section. This is exactly why I asked the question. can you post a photo or two? Thanks again!!
     
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  13. AZDoug

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    I probably can post a pic early this coming week.

    Doug
     
  14. BillyD

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    If its the same as the Mondial, air conditioner foam from Lowes is a good match and cheap
     
  15. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    He doesnt want foam from there.

    But is there much of a difference?

    More dense, less dense?
     
  16. ferrariowner

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    My QV had the original foam when I purchased it more than 30 years ago. As I recall it looked identical to the foam you can purchase at a home improvement store. I'm sure you can pay an authorized Ferrari vendor to sell you the foam they purchased from Home Depot.
     
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    If you look close in the above photo you can see the side radiator strip foam. The complete set including under the radiator makes a huge difference. Just saying.....
     
  19. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Not on a QV in the deep south.

    No difference with or without them. I went about 10 years without them, and the last 12 with them. Not a smidgen of difference on the temps on my car
     
  20. AZDoug

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    Sept 1978 built car foam photo attached.
    It is triangular,and appears like it was once a yellowish color, though it looks more yellow in the photo, vs in person. Probably a lot of dirt on it.

    Doug

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  21. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I wouldn't even dare touch that thing
     
  22. AZDoug

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    As I said, it's delicate. It is nice to have a photo record of original foam, though.

    Doug
     
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