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512 BBi, #51257 ended up in my garage

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  1. pshoejberg

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    Correct, it's more greenish than greyish...-:) but it's still very close to the color of the Fispa fuel filter units that are used in the Dino and from where I got the paint recipe. Below is a comparison with the original paint on the driveshafts.


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    The green has faded over time from the elements, it wasn't grey like the fuel pump bowl on the earlier cars. Ive seen a lot of boxers. The original paint, tire and italian air in the tires BBi I restored was a great reference. My ex 82 was also a great reference.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification Newman. Actually I’m green / blue colour blind....not an excuse for my bad colour choise, but I think that’s a bit funny.

    best Peter
     
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    #131 pshoejberg, Dec 1, 2019
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    Short update from my winter project. I completed the overhaul of the steering rack: Plated all the small parts and changed out rubber boots, steering rubber and the steering bushing. I would normally fabricate a new steering bushing in bronze but this time I got hold of a fresh nylon bush from a Italian car website that fitted with only minor modifications. As can be seen from the first picture, the chrome on the rack piping was in quite sad state so I opted to go all in and test a so called chrome spray. I have never fancied this false chrome treatment, but in this circumstance, with a pipe that cannot be easily chromed, it turned out rather great. I pre-treated the pipe with a epoxy primer followed by 2 component black lack, then dressed the surface with 400 grit paper before applying the cheap chrome. Finally filled the rack with 250 gr rack grease and repacked the original track rod ends with fresh grease.

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    I completed a bit more hardware on the engine this weekend. Installed the cam covers and completed installation of the clutch and loosely installed the clutch housing in order to align the clutch plate splines. Also managed to dismantle the ignition distributor assembly to clean and lube the rotor weight system. It will not be long before the engine is ready to go back in the car.

    Best regards Peter

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    I reached a few milestones this last week. First of all I got the car and all accessories back from the painter. They did a very nice high quality job and delivered both on price and time. I managed to take a couple of pictures in the flat winter light before the rain started and I had to store all the various parts away, amazing how much room a BB takes up when dismantled.

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    I also found time to travel to Modena and pick up the repaired dashboard from Luppi. As can be seen from the pictures below, the entire dashboard had to be refurbished with new leather. This was a job I didn't trusted anyone local. While being in Modena / Maranello I took the opportunity to visit the Ferrari & Lamborghini museum and I fell in love with a Miura.

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    I am now focusing towards assembly of the car starting with the various sub-assemblies. This morning I completed the installation of the fuel gauge sender unit. The old unit was rusted beyond repair, so I bought a replacement sender unit from Maranello Parts and transferred the old original sender unit top plate to the new unit to make it look original. Nice little project.

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    Do I ever remember this car. I have known the previous owner for a very long time. Mario. Glad to see the car is getting back to the condition she needs to be in. She had been quite the mess for a long time.

    That car I will say, pulled really hard. I was quite surprised when I drove it for the first time. It had something over the others, power wise. Interior was indeed nice, seats were redone, but done well. Dash was always an issue.

    I'm enjoying this thread..brings back big memories. I actually may have been the guy who last did the timing belts on this car..although I cant remember if I did pr not. Keep up the great work!
     
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    Many thanks for the comments Tom! It's wonderful to finally hear from someone that actually knows about the car. You most likely did the belt service in 2016/2017 I believe? I have close to no historical information about the car so any input is valuable for me. I believe the car has set in a collection in Ontario Canada for some years with a Canadian title since 2002. Before that it was in the states and had an accident in 1989 presumably.

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    Fantastic work, knocks my socks off. John
     
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    It definatly wouĺdnt have been me doing timing belts in 2016/17. I think I may have done them just after he got the car. Back in 2003 or so.
     
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    Very nice work :)

    I like the colour, wasn't sure I would. Maybe its just the body shape that makes them look great in any colour.

    As for coming from a "collection" I wouldn't use that word....
     
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    I spent a few hours in the workshop over the last couple of days and got some work done in the front end department:

    - The wire harness is now completely overhauled with all new sleeves and connectors.

    - Reassembled the brake reservoir. No need for any expensive parts other than two rubber connectors and new feed hoses.

    - The Aircon system is nearly complete. I changed out all hoses til r134 standard, installed new filter and expansion valve and new high & low pressure sensors. Next up is the thermal isolation of the expansion valve and then hookup of compressor and condenser.

    - Finally completed installation of all cooling pipes and hoses. I'm now running "classic look" silicone hoses all way around except from the small heater hoses.

    Best regards Peter

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    Here is a short update on the situation in the front-end compartment. I have now completed all the major jobs around the front apart from a few details like inspection panels and blackening of various bolts and other hardware to remove the bling effect. Installation and adjustment of the front hood and popup lights are not for the faint hearted and neither are the installation of the 6 pieces of black wool in the spare wheel well, but I managed to get everything in place without any destructive action. I was lucky to find 80% of the wool lining as NOS spares and I was even more lucky to find a completely similar wool fabric in a local store. Also performed some light leather work and overhauled the brake proportional valves. Sorry for the missing light on the pictures....It's winter time.

    Best regards Peter

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