The Restoration of -1963 Ferrari 250 GTE #4879

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by Martin M, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. peterp

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    #129 peterp, Aug 10, 2013
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    Amazing thread, restoration, and photos. Thanks so much for sharing Martin!

    I'm hesitant to make any comments because your restoration is so well done, but can't help making one comment about the horns. They should be translucent red over the raw Fiamm metal. The paint below was recommended by John V. on the 19-page Tom Yang horn mega-thread and it is pretty much identical to the original color (I masked off a small portion inside one horn to preserve the original color for comparison and the new paint is a very, very close match): Dupli-Color MC200 Red Metal Cast Anodized Color - 11 oz.: Automotive

    Hopefully, Amazon delivers to Estonia but I'm sure it's available through other suppliers if not.
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  2. Martin M

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    Nov 30, 2011
    Thanks Peter! Yes, I am familiar with colors now. Trumpets had been attached, to try to make sure it all works and they do. The near future, I will paint the cones to right color.

  3. donv

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    Martin-- the car looks like it is really coming along! Thanks for sharing with us.
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  5. 275GTB

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    Simply Sensational! the craftsmanship and a attention to detail is truly world class. Congratulations on probably one of the best restorations i have ever seen.
    Cheers Mark
  6. tritone

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    And having followed your project, that's quite a compliment!
  7. Martin M

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    Nov 30, 2011
    Great weekend has been ended for me and tomorrow back to the car. Mark, I thank you for such a great compliment, I feel very pleased :)

    Stay tuned for more progress...
  8. peterp

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    Perhaps a bit late for this comment, but one solution might be to do some of the unobtainable plating yourself. Caswell has plating kits for Zinc and "Copy Cadmium" (which I think is an environmentally safe alternative that emulates Cadmium). I haven't used the Copy Cad, but I've used their Zinc plating and their brush copper and nickel plating kits and they are easy to use and produce great results. Eastwood also has plating kits that are very good, but I think Caswell is more specialized in plating products.
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    "attention to detail" has been given a whole new meaning for me; fantastic project.

    BTW, you grille rebuild has given me an idea for a bookshelf I in need of...

  10. Darren C

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    Fantastic work Martin. World Class.

    I can't wait for the next set of pictures. Absolutely amazing. You have restored my faith in believing there are still skilled people out there willing to do a good job without compromise.
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  12. simon klein

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    How is your's going,Rick?
    Haven't seen any pics for a while.
  13. Martin M

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    #139 Martin M, Oct 30, 2013
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    A lot of time has gone again but the work with 4879GT is still progressing. The interior has been finished, only left the door needs assembling. We took the courage of your breasts and took off all the bolts and nuts needed to change the surface finish and sent them to a black zinc redone out from our country. I didn't sleep well at that time and so far, because there is still more to come. Horn trumpets are now painted in correct color also. Pictures very soon...

  14. The Kook Abides

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    This thread redefines the word restoration.

    Your work Martin, is amazing. Absolutely stunning

  15. Vincent Vangool

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    Great thread. Thanks for the documentation.

    Great to see an old car worth saving.
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    I don't understand the FIAT number on the trim (I think). FIAT didn't take over until after the ~365Gt/4.

    Can you please ensure you install a fire extinguisher into this wonderful car. Recently an Alfa Romeo 2600Gtz was lost due to a fire ... I would hate that to happen to this wonderful car/restoration.
  17. VIZSLA

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    How common was the luggage platform?
    I don't remember seeing one before.
  18. Bryanp

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    Aug 13, 2002
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    you have my respect for going back and re-doing those details! Your horn trumpets now look exactly correct to my eye.

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