Hi all I know that to die hard fans the 1982 Mondial isn't exactly the prime Ferrari to own, but its my first! I am usually a corvette guy, and was planning on making a V8 fiero (don't worry...no Ferrari kit body) when I found this Ferrari. For the price of the Fiero, V8 conversion and related costs, I am into the cost of the Mondial I found. It has about 49K miles on it. I literally bought it unseen, only from pictures online, and its needs work. Risks are part of life, so I am taking a few here, but think I did alright. In fact, as I looked around this site, I found the car I bought mentioned by some of you, with dire fears expressed from some as to what fool would buy it! Well, here I am! Time will tell if I was foolish or not. I am used to paying a couple of grand per year to keep my vettes in shape, so the having to do so to the Mondial isn't frightening. I only paid $11K for it! I know what you are saying...what is wrong with it! Well, here it is: Needs a clutch slave Needs the directional stalk replaced Needs new seats, carpet, and probably a few misc interior pieces Could stand a paint job, but wth a good buff and polish, it wil get me a year until the mechanical is done. As with all cars, I'm sure there are 2 or 3 other things that slipped the owners mind, but that is part of the used car game. Overall, I think I did OK even if the repairs cost me 3-4K for the mechanical and 2-3 K for the interior, compared with more pefect cars I have seen online. I have no idea about the timing belt, so will atend to that as well unless the records show a recent change. I do not plan on a Concours restoration, but merely want to have a god looking fun car to drive....maybe even in the rain! Could anyone help me with info for repairs for the above needs (costs, parts difficulties, sources for parts, other info)? Did a search but didn't find much. I would also greatly appreciate any mechanic information on non-dealer mechanics in the greater Chicago area. Any other helpful info for a newbie owner of a Mondial woud also be great. Thanks for your help!