Viva Mexico - bringing #854 back to life

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  1. lbird

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    And now onto the questions:

    1) The door ashtray on the passenger side is in a rather sorry state. The chrome frame is ok and usable, but the basic metal is more or less gone. Does somebody know where to get a usable inner section? I have a good series 1 door ashtray, but (like always) they are quite different from the series 2 thing.

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    2) The space around the door knobs: Is there some sort of guidance piece (probably plastic) around the pull up door knob (see picture)? If yes, how does it look?

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    3) The rubber part above the inside mirror: You need to pull it aside to access the fixing screws. But how on earth do you pull the rubber back in space so it stays there? We tried for a couple of times already to no avail....

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    4) The twister knob for the quarterlight: It seems there are knobs with a different length. We have a longer one which works fine on the drivers side, but the other one we have for the passenger side is roughly 5 millimeters shorter. It works, but when you tighten the screw the door card is pulled back into the door too much so the ashtray frame sticks out. Not perfect - does anybody have one for swapping or selling?

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    5) Last question: One of my plastic knobs for the seat recliner lever is completely broken, the inner plastic parts are gone. Does anybody have one or a source for them? I can glue it on, but i am afraid it would not survice the first few uses....
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    As usual i appreciate any help on these detailing questions...
     

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  2. red27

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    Hi Lbird. MIE sells a door lock knob trim for the Ghibli which may work for you. It is in their webshop.
    I found these quarterlight handles on ebay which also may be good. I have used the seller before, he is very good and maybe would give you measurements first. The item number is 401344217989
    Best regards to all.

    Mark.
     
  3. lbird

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    Thank you Mark, the Ghibli knob trim will not fit, but it should be possible to farbicate something fitting from that picture. I will check for the other items, but no signs of an ashtray base yet.

    A good friend of mine just got back from England and brought me that door strip which was the final big trim part i was missing. A very talented artisan in England reproduced it from stainless steel, i had the right hand side part and needed the drivers side. A real difficult part to remanufacture due to the complex profile, but he did a very good job in a very short amount of time. We will see how it looks on the car soon...

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  4. lbird

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    Finally! The car has been completed. Got the remade door strip, the guy did a fantastic job. Check the pictures and guess which is the remade one. A big thank you goes to Vienna, where i got the missing ashtray and the seat knob from Bernhard.
    The next steps: I have to put the car on a rolling road to get some proper idling and throttle response. The jets fitted at the moment are probably no the right ones. And then its off to MOT and test driving, woohoo :)
    I will post nicer pictures when all tasks are finished! If anybody needs help with the differences in the two and a half Mexico series, drop me a question. I think i hit all the pitfalls until now.....

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  5. tifoso2728

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    Wow! What an awesome thread. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  8. Mexico074

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    Hello Wilde...

    Give us some details of this Mexico.. Is it yours? If not, whose is it? Where is it?
    How about some pictures before the restoration bagan.. I vote for a new thread
    about this restoration!

    Mike
     
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  10. lbird

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    If you will post about the whole restoration i would prefer a new thread to avoid any confusion with my car #854.

    By the way - a funny thing happened: Through an ad in ebay the matching numbers engine of my car surfaced in Germany. It ran in another Mexico for a while and is now sold as a spare engine. Since the engine in my car is as new right now i have no ambition to shell out big bucks just to have a matching numbers car. A couple of people already urged me to buy it, but to be honest: I'd rather buy another Alfa Gulia or whatever to have fun with than put the money towards an engine which would be only sitting in my shed...

    Just for fun: Picture of #854 waiting for rolling road tuning at a special Weber shop, getting friendly with a couple of Porsches. Car is probably not on the perfect jetting at the moment.
    After that it will MOTed and off we go....

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  11. wilde

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    Hello everybody, no I won't open a new thread now. I don't have enought material to publish. Maybe later. In fact, many things are already done. Chrome work, entire interior, many parts already painted etc... I managed to find a set of Borrani wire wheels which suit better to this car. Mine is AM112*314, original french car. I bought it in 2012. Out of the road for 25 years. I have no illusions. It needs a complete restoration.
    I also manage the Mexico Registry in order to catch all the cars still in existence, really funny!!!

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  12. sinkman

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    That is fantastic! Well done. My Mexico (#452) is coming up to 2.5 years of full restoration work and it has been a very trying time.
    Lots of parts and work...
    Send me your email address and i will forward some before and after pictures.
    I cannot post here as my limit has been reached.
     
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  15. lbird

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    The car passed the german MOT today with flying colours, no problems. Here it is in good company with my trusty Rover P6.

    One more question: The seating position is more than awkward for me. I am 6 feet tall with relatively short legs, but i feel like i am sitting like a frog in the car. I know italian cars are like this, but this is far from perfect.
    Is there any feasible method to lengthen the seat rails to get more legroom with the drivers seat? How are your experiences with that and what is recommended?

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  16. eogorman

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    I know some taller people have remounted the seat rails to get more room
     
  17. lbird

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    Hello fellow Maserati enthusiasts, my car is on the road now and in its "shakedown" phase. After solving the seating position to a point where longer people can sit almost comfortably and some small gremlins left and right i am still not satisfied with the suspension. The axle geometry has been measured and adjusted, that is fine, but the car is stiff as a rock at the moment. Especially the back axle feels like there is not much suspension there at all.
    We used the old original leaf springs, with new leaf spring interlayer, new bushes and dampers all around. Is that something that takes some time and cobblestone roads to settle or what are your experiences with a brand new restoration?
    I drove an older car which never has been restored, that was very smooth but a bit swaggy too - not the most precise handling in the world.
    Any clues what to do or just wait and see?
     
  18. Dr. K.

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    Drive the hell out of it.:D
     

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