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Discussion in 'Boxers/TR/M' started by bka80s, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. bka80s

    bka80s Rookie

    Feb 4, 2020
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    Brian Alexander
    Hello All,

    Extremely excited to say I purchased my first Ferrari earlier today. A 1990 Testarossa in Rosso Corsa over Beige with a Nero dash; 10,450 miles and in spectacular, original condition.

    It was an awesome experience to say the least and I wanted to take a moment to thank a particular FerrariChat member...

    I can’t thank Rifledriver enough. He was gracious with his time and welcomed me to his shop. He spent quite a bit of his valuable time on the phone with me and corresponding through emails. His wealth of knowledge and expertise in these cars really helped me in my decision making process and it made all the difference when it came time to buy the car.

    In addition, this forum has been great and I’ve learned a lot from everyone’s input on various topics. I look forward to contributing my own stories about the journey with this wonderful car. It’s been my dream to own a Testarossa since I had the poster on my wall back in the 80s.

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  3. bka80s

    bka80s Rookie

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  4. turbo-joe

    turbo-joe F1 Veteran

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    gradulation to this flat 12 :)
     
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  5. Natkingcolebasket69

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    Congrats !!


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  6. MM355

    MM355 Formula 3

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    Congrats beautiful example, drive it in good health.
     
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  8. eziotestarossa

    eziotestarossa Karting

    Mar 28, 2014
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    Amazing! Congratulations enjoy, it’s a great car! Maintenance is very important on these cars. Take good care of her! Mine is at Ferrari Ft.Lauderdale having a full engine out service done right now, she’ll be up for grabs on the market once I get her back !
     
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  9. blkdiablo33

    blkdiablo33 F1 Rookie

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    congrats enjoy in good health
     
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  10. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

    Apr 29, 2004
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    Since it is no longer a philosophical conversation I forgot to tell you how to close the front hood.
    First, people will want to help. Ask them not to. The front hood has a stiff rubber seal that requires a good deal of pressure on the hood itself to compress the seal and latch the hood. The hood skin is aluminum and easily bent. Many TR's have wavy areas in the aluminum skin at the rear corners from not closing them correctly.
    One side at a time use both hands flat, one in front of the other right along the outer edge of the panel where it is well supported and press straight down with the greatest pressure near the edge until you hear the latch click. I then grab the rear edge near the wipers and give it a little tug to insure it is latched. Repeat on the other side.

    Enjoy the car. see you soon.
     
  11. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Also, surf around a bit and buy yourself a windshield cover and never park outdoors without using it. The dash in that car looks perfect and I'd hate for the Texas sun to screw it up. Also I leave the door windows cracked open for ventilation unless there is a chance of rain.

    Then sit down and read the owners manual.
     
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  13. ttforcefed

    ttforcefed F1 World Champ
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    same as the 355
    congrats in an awesome car and what better than a rifledriver approved one!
     
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  14. bka80s

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    And the proper technique for the engine bay hood?
     
  15. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    I hold it up 4 or 5 inches and drop it.
     
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  16. vincenzo

    vincenzo F1 Rookie

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    As a corollary...

    don’t yank or pull excessively on the opening latches. The plastic pieces supporting the latches break easily. Excess rotation on the latch will also break cables.

    if you need to yank or pull excessively, the latches need adjustment. It is a bit finicky, but easy to do.
     
  17. bka80s

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    The front hood latch requires quite a bit of pressure to engage and open. The rear engine bay latch easily and freely moves. I’m thinking the front latch needs adjusting.
     
  18. buddyg

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    Congrats so exciting!
     
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  19. Natkingcolebasket69

    Natkingcolebasket69 F1 Veteran
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    Use the emergency cables -safer


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  20. Rifledriver

    Rifledriver Two Time F1 World Champ

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    They really were not designed for regular use.
     
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  21. Natkingcolebasket69

    Natkingcolebasket69 F1 Veteran
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    I found them strong and reliable though, the regular once I felt they were going to break on me anytime ;)


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  22. vincenzo

    vincenzo F1 Rookie

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    Yeah... but if they do fail... you’re likely hosed.

    these cables are a 60$ part. No excuse not to keep them up to snuff and well adjusted.
     
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  23. 1RedHead

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    Sep 2, 2019
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    Really like the black dash. I purchased my '90 about 7 months ago and it has similar mileage. Enjoy every moment of it.
     
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  24. MGJBLKTR

    MGJBLKTR Karting

    Apr 10, 2006
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    Wow, congrats on the purchase. I'm not a fan of the brown dash, black is the way to go in my opinion.
     

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