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My 1990 348 TS

Discussion in 'Texas' started by ShanB, Nov 12, 2003.

  1. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

    Jul 9, 2003
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    Hey all: I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that listened to my numerous dumb questions and responded to my e-mails (special thanks to Kelly Hayes!). After trying to decide between a TR, F355 or 348, I decided on a 1990 348 TS w/ 32,000 miles and in great condition. The price was also right (thank you Chuck Ligon).

    When is the next Moorespeed tech session????

    My first tasks will be to take all the nasty melting parts out and refinish them (almost done), change out the battery (bough an Optima), and renew all the fluids. I've posted this before - I'm still looking for DIY'ers to get together with so I can learn more about the car, so if anybody in the San Antonio/Austin area needs an extra set of hands to help do a major, please e-mail me.

    Thanks,

    Shan
     
  2. khayes

    khayes Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Congratulations on the new 348. I can't wait to get a ride in it. I saw one tonight at Moorespeed here in Austin and thought about you. I blew a coolant hose and had to get towed in this evening. Post some pictures Shan.

    PS. I vote that you keep the red carpets.
     
  3. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

    Jul 9, 2003
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    Thanks Kelly. Actually I like the red carpets too. The center console is done. I also finished stripping the goo and painted the window panels (plastic triangles at the front of the windows) as well as the side A/C vents. The center vent is prepped and is drying so I can paint it tomorrow night. Here are some pics I took tonight - not the best but it's late. I'll post more later.

    Shan
     
  4. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

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    another shot of the car in the garage
     
  5. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

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    Voodoo aluminum shift knob - I couldn't resist...
     
  6. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

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    center A/C vent stripped, sanded, washed and drying - will be ready to paint tomorrow...
     
  7. rob lay

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    Congrats!
     
  8. alanmawong

    alanmawong Rookie

    Nov 11, 2003
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    Shan,

    Congratulations, the car looks great. I also just got a 348 and I'm having the sticky vent problem. Where can I find information on the R&R procedure? Are you using something special to remove the old coating?

    Thanks,

    Alan, 1995 348 Spider
     
  9. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

    Jul 9, 2003
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    Alan - congrats to you too!

    Check the archives and you'll find some good info, but basically...

    I (carefully) popped out the vents and took the vanes apart, soaked everything in a good solvent for a while and then used a rag and some elbow grease to get the sticky coating off. I sprayed with satin black auto trim paint, although some folks apparently don't and leave the plastic as-is. I am very happy with the results. (see pic).

    Keep in mind that the "0" and "1" graphics on the vents will be wiped away by doing this, but I would rather have non-sticky vents. I did the same on the other parts of the interior trim (side mirror panels, center console, steering column, etc) now my interior is pretty much free of the sticky coating. Hope that helps.

    Shan
     
  10. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

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    another shot:
     
  11. ShanB

    ShanB Formula Junior

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    driver side door (mirror) trim:
     
  12. 348 spy

    348 spy Formula Junior

    Nov 17, 2002
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    shan, congrats on the car.i wood like to see the car one day.i travel to san antonio 8 or 9 time's a year.
     
  13. TigerAce

    TigerAce Formula 3

    May 29, 2003
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    Wow, good looking 348. I'm impressed how you worked on air vent, too. It turned out great. Looks new.
    Enjoy your car! (I guess no need for me to tell you that??)
     

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