Belated New Owner Thread.....

Discussion in '456/550/575' started by MattH1973, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. MattH1973

    MattH1973 Rookie

    Jun 14, 2020
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    Matthew Hunt
    I have been on here since picking up a 550 in summer, but never did a proper intro. Time I put that right. My name is Matt and I live near Cambridge in the UK. I started out on BMW M Cars but have since diversified..... here is the full collection:
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    here's the 550:
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    thanks to the great resource on here i have done a few jobs:

    replaced the knackered fuse board, and the new sticker gave that area a real lift.....
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    re-installed the OEM stereo that the previous owner gave me, and i managed to install a DAB radio and MP3 input via the CD changer:
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    Nissan Altima boot rubber (saved me a fortune)
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    Had the doorcards off to investigate various issues (Gianni did mine in 1997)
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    replaced gas struts
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    Car has also had all oils, coolant, new T-Stat. I think it needs a new oil pressure sender. the visors are currently with Dave in California being fixed. The drivers window mechanism will need rebuilding but i will wait until the car is off the road next winter.

    So in summary it has the usual niggles one expects with a 20 some year old supercar, but I love its style, panache and use-ability. Engine feels strong, oil stays looking clean and it doesn't seem to use much at all - touch wood.

    I am delighted with the car
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  3. wbklink

    wbklink F1 Rookie

    Sep 2, 2009
    Los Angeles
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    Bill Karp
    Hi, welcome...somebody was just asking about gas struts, maybe you could post info.
    You will love this car :)
  4. Ferrar55whoa

    Ferrar55whoa Formula Junior
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    This is a great intro and your collection is most definitely enviable!

    Will enjoy hearing more as the spring comes!
  5. white out

    white out Formula Junior
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    Love the 550. Buuuuuut is that a turbo AWD Celica???????

    Edit* FJ & M5 ain't shabby either.
  6. rhern213

    rhern213 Karting

    Jan 8, 2021
    Miami, FL
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    Looks awesome Matt, congrats! Looks like you might need a bigger garage!
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  8. tazandjan

    tazandjan Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 19, 2008
    Clarksville, Tennessee
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    Terry H Phillips
    Nice collection and 550. Your garages reminded me of the one I had for my 308 GTS in Bury St Edmunds. Narrower than your garages, I had foam on the wall so I could open the door and sort of fall out. At one point had a Scirocco, Fiat Dino 2400 GT, and 308 GTS. Neighbors thought we were crazy.

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  9. MattH1973

    MattH1973 Rookie

    Jun 14, 2020
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    Matthew Hunt
    Thanks all. A few responses:
    - yes, not enough garage space and it is too narrow. I have a carpet tile on the wall where the 550 door opens.
    - And yes - it is a Celica GT4 WRC (one of the true homologation cars). Here's some more pics:
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  10. Bas

    Bas Three Time F1 World Champ

    Mar 24, 2008
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    Congratulations! Loving the collection, the 4wd Celica has always been a stealthy pocket rocket. Those wheels suit it perfect. Miss my E34 dearly, what engine is yours?
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  11. marce

    marce Formula Junior

    Jan 30, 2014
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    welcome... great to see so.e love and attention given to the old girl.
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  13. Qksilver

    Qksilver F1 Rookie
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  14. F456M

    F456M F1 Rookie
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  15. DZ-96

    DZ-96 Formula 3

    Mar 7, 2010
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    Think the neighbors were right.

    People like us are crazy.

  16. MattH1973

    MattH1973 Rookie

    Jun 14, 2020
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    Matthew Hunt
    realised I missed a reply. E34 is a 3.8 - more power, better ignition and EDC made it way better than the 3.6....

    Thanks to Dave, my sunvisors are no longer floppy, and got the adhesive marks off from the crappy velcro tape today - this picture shows the LHS after application of GooGone and the RHS before....
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    not immaculate, but looks OEM and good enough for now.

    Recommend Dave's fix on the mechanism......(you can search for the relevant thread)
  17. ferraridriver

    ferraridriver F1 Rookie
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