I'm back...

Discussion in 'California (Southern)' started by LuigiVee, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. LuigiVee

    LuigiVee Formula Junior

    Jan 1, 2007
    Newport Beach, CA
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    Lou Volpini
    Its been a while since I sold my F430 but I just picked up a 1978 308GTB! I couldn't help myself! A friend of mine told me about this car sitting in his neighbor's garage and upon my request, put me in touch with them. The original owner drove it for 15 years, then parked it. He had gotten progessively ill and has realized that his time is short. I was told that it ran fine up to the point it was parked I believed them. Long story short, I just had it flat-bedded to my garage where it now sits. Dirty (very), a few dings and dents (too many) but complete. My biggest concern was: would it start? After 15 years - who knows. Well, I went through a basic pre-start regimine and late last night fired it up! It runs rough, but it ran! I am happy! So what was the first thing I did after? Renewed ferrari chat! I'll post pictures tomorrow.

    Now the fun begins. I am not certain as to which stage of restoration I'll take this. But for now, I'd just like to get it to the point of being able to reliably bop around town and show up at C&C. As much as I would like to do it myself, I just don't have the time right now. Short of bringing it to NB Ferrari and taking out a mortgage to pay for the endless work they may feel it needs. Is there anyone locally that may be able to help. I'm thinking a tune up, clutch adjustment (hopefully not a new clutch! - damn that's a stiff pedal), carb work and brakes.

    Anyway, I look forward to renewing some old and good relationships. Hope to see you all soon!

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  3. Dom

    Dom F1 Veteran
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    Nov 5, 2002
    Southern California
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    Dom V.
    Hey Lou,

    Welcome back!

    For my 308 GT4 service, I take it to larry at Ferrari Technologies in Orange (714-639-1706). Great guy, does great work.

    Good luck with it.

  4. Senna1994

    Senna1994 F1 World Champ
    Silver Subscribed

    Nov 11, 2003
    Orange County
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    Anthony T
    Lou, try Ferrari Service in Costa Mesa. Mike Rosentrazen is a pretty decent guy and his rates are good.
  5. frank4cars

    frank4cars F1 Rookie

    Dec 9, 2004
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    Frank F.
    Welcome back Lou! Hope to see you at C&C soon.
  6. LuigiVee

    LuigiVee Formula Junior

    Jan 1, 2007
    Newport Beach, CA
    Full Name:
    Lou Volpini
    Dom: Thankyou! Tonight's research includes checking up on HOP lunch schedules and man, do I have a lot of catching up to do on the bikini and pretty girl threads! Can't wait to see you!
    Tony: Thankyou as well, I'll call both of these guys. I'll be happy just to take it around the block!
    Frank: Great to hear from you as well! Hope you have a lens that makes old look new! See you soon!
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  8. bmwm3

    bmwm3 Formula Junior

    Jun 6, 2005
    Laguna Hills, OC!
  9. B R

    B R F1 Rookie

    Aug 31, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
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    B R
    Be careful, take some time getting used to all that power!
  10. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

    Nov 1, 2003
    Orange County, CA
    I'd have this guy look at it too. Get an estimate of what it'd take. Hopefully it's not too bad.

  11. ag512bbi

    ag512bbi F1 Veteran
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    Nov 8, 2003
    So. Cal
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    Now we can be your friend again!
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  13. fatbillybob

    fatbillybob Two Time F1 World Champ
    Consultant Owner

    Aug 10, 2002
    15years! Change the timing belt and don't drive it anymore until you do.
  14. LuigiVee

    LuigiVee Formula Junior

    Jan 1, 2007
    Newport Beach, CA
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    Lou Volpini
    Thanks Armen! I'm laughing too much to come back with a witty remark - for now! Besides, I'm busy running from the garage to the tech section. I'm only running on one bank...Anyone know where the ECU is on this thing?!
  15. LuigiVee

    LuigiVee Formula Junior

    Jan 1, 2007
    Newport Beach, CA
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    Lou Volpini
    #12 LuigiVee, Mar 5, 2009
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  16. Puncheeng

    Puncheeng Karting

    Sep 24, 2008
    By the Water OC
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    See ya around OC
  17. TG

    TG F1 Veteran
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    Oct 26, 2004
    Newport Beach, CA
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    Taylor Good
    Good to know you're around. I hope all has been well..

    BLUROAD F1 Veteran

    Feb 3, 2006
    Tustin Ranch, Cali
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    Enrico Pollini
    Dont be hatin...LOL...
  19. Testarossa Lover

    Testarossa Lover F1 Rookie

    Dec 31, 2006
    Newport Beach, CA
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    Haig Barsamian
    Welcome back... Stiff pedal?? come on... it is a Ferrari... Call me when you have time.

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