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My Story - 46567

Discussion in '365 GT4 2+2/400/412' started by OttoB, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. OttoB

    OttoB Formula Junior

    Aug 17, 2013
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    Palm Beach, FL
    The car gets used very often, which is a blessing for me as I get to enjoy it that much more... Since having finished making the car roadworthy several years ago by now, the bumpers had seen signs of use. So, in they went for a re-do and I am incredibly pleased how they came out - damn near perfect! Image Unavailable, Please Login
     

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  2. RicSinger

    RicSinger Karting

    Mar 13, 2016
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    San Diego Ca
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    Ricardo Singer
    Congratulations on this massive undertaking.


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  3. Ashman

    Ashman Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Sep 5, 2002
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    It's great to see you really enjoying the fruits of your labors! Many happy miles and smiles in the New Year!
     
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  4. OttoB

    OttoB Formula Junior

    Aug 17, 2013
    604
    Palm Beach, FL
    #279 OttoB, Dec 29, 2019
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2019
    Thank you kindly for all the support and genuinely cool comments - that goes to everyone! When I bought this car, this very specific and particular Ferrari, it was a culmination/combination of what I thought, in my mind, was the best of both worlds... Who would have thought that years later, not one but two books would have been published about the true world/life circumstances that are inextricably intertwined about compromises racers and owners in the past alike that sought out a way to continue enjoying these magnificent vehicles once trouble arose with some component or another? These books address how some of the storied and rather historical racing Ferraris, now worth in the 7-8 figures, were once powered by something far removed from Enzo's perception for his machinery.*

    I know all too well about 46567's shortcomings, which don't/will never appease everyone - but, I am true car guy through and through, with options and yet, this is one of my favorite cars that I enjoy. So to those in this forum whose opinions would not be flattering to this thread, thank you for your continued restraint and patience. To the others, thank you for accepting and welcoming me for exactly what 46567 is...

    *1) https://www.velocetoday.com/bowtie-ferraris-reviewed-by-michael-t-lynch/

    *2)https://www.velocetoday.com/remembering-randy-cook/
     
  5. OttoB

    OttoB Formula Junior

    Aug 17, 2013
    604
    Palm Beach, FL
    Among the list of things I had Michel look over on 46567 while at the recent stay was the a/c which we knew had a leak, as it would have to be recharged every 3-4 months. Because we suspected it would be a labor intensive job, we had gotten by with refilling it, although I personally cannot drive a car without working a/c, let alone in Florida and a black one at that.

    So, first things first - he injected a fluorescent dye into the system which would yield the source(s) of the leak. Well, the pics speak for themselves where deep into the firewall, the OEM compressor valve was leaking, as were some of the hoses and the compressor as well.


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  6. OttoB

    OttoB Formula Junior

    Aug 17, 2013
    604
    Palm Beach, FL
    Once he disconnected the expansion valve, I went on the hunt for a replacement one as mine was shot. But, I either could not find it, or was it too prohibitively pricey and/or I had undermined Michel's MacGyver skills!

    You can see where the valve had been in the same spot for all 35+ years and all the dye around it. Once he disassembled it, Michel opted to fabricate a new replacement gasket after cleaning everything off. He cut out the new pieces for both ends and put it back together. New hose clamps were fabricated to ensure no more leaks and then pressure tested as well. Suffice it to say that the a/c blows so dang cold now in the lowest setting, that I either am driving with only the rear a/c on or windows down - for the record, this also happens to be coolest time of the year in Florida as well. But, I am glad that the time was finally made to sort out the issue. Because of the hybrid ;) power plant on the car, I opted not to show the leaking compressor along with a shiny new one that works better than excellent...

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