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Discussion in '365 GT4 2+2/400/412' started by preston400i, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. preston400i

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  4. Fritz Ficke

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    It is about time you started this thread, Thanks, Fritz
     
  5. aidanparte

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    At last, that awful rear wing is gone. The car is looking better already.

    Keep up the good work!
     
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    I can't believe you bought a car with a rear wing.
     
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    In all seriousness, now is a great time to measure for a convertible top. The 400 was born to be a open cruiser.
     
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    I'm gonna get tarred and feathered for saying this, but I actually kind of liked the wing. Don't worry though: I have a thing for original appearances, so it's going bye-bye.
     
  10. aidanparte

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    Rightly so. The wing was appalling - I wonder was the car rolled when the owner was out testing the revised aerodynamics?! It probably caused lift rather than downforce.
     
  11. preston400i

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    A couple discoveries I've made so far:

    For those of you who keep track, this car, Chassis #55139, appears to have originally been a brownish-burgundy color.

    I've always thought this model, especially in black, had a very Mafioso appearance. Supporting this theory: a live 7.62X39 (AK-47) round was under the seat.

    The body pillars are joined at the roof line on the inside and at the belt line on the outside, and the seams are leaded. The intention is to separate the pillars by drilling out the spot welds and join the new top using the original seams. Might be useful for anyone facing the task of re-roofing a 400 or making one into a convertible. Incidentally, making a convertible out of it is plan "B" if the roof graft gets too tricky.
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  13. ArtS

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    Looks like the fun has begun! Good Luck!

    Art S.
     
  14. 350HPMondial

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    Nice and easy.
     
  15. CarbonJ

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    LOL, good luck with the project and keep us updated!
     
  16. pastmaster

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    Preston,

    I posted a comment to you and it wound up in SimonC 400 Engine rebuild and transmission thread. Anyway it's post #10, about the sawsalls and hammers.

    Good Luck to you and I truly wish I could give you a hand with some of the hammering and fabrication. You are in for a great adventure!

    Ciao...Paolo
     
  17. rickard

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    Great undertaking! But if you decide to turn your car into a convertible and your back glass is intact, would you be interested in selling it? I think this glass may fit my 1975 365gt4 2+2 that I've been long looking for.
    Let me know. and good luck.
    Rickard
     
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    You happen to know the serial number for that car?
     
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    Sorry, don't know the serial number. The only ID tag still attached to that body is the one on the driver's door frame - I don't think it gives any clue to the serial number but I'd be happy to find out what it says. Is there anywhere else the serial number is listed besides the engine bay and the steering column?
     
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    the ID tag on the door frame might have it.
     
  22. dstacy

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    Knew I'd find my notes on a new back glass for you.
    The part number is 257-40-504-10 or 00 depending on what color you have.
    owners.ferrari.com wants $1,011 pounds for it (almost 2 grand)
     
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    I was able to have my back glass repaired, but that's still good to know.

    As I've been trying to come to terms with forking out $2,150 for a windshield, I've researched alternatives. There are a couple of companies that will custom fabricate a polycarbonate windshield, but I haven't found one to do it out of glass. I don't think I'd trust a plastic windshield, so I'm sure I'll end up swallowing the expense, but for side or rear windows it's worth looking into. That is, if you live in a State where it's legal and/or doesn't do inspections.

    I will check that ID tag next time I go to the storage unit.
     
  24. Simon^2

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    Well this is going to be fun to watch from the side lines. Thanks for the thread.
     
  25. dstacy

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    I thought I found you a windshield for $1,800. italiancarparts.com


    I sure wouldn't put lexan or plastic in the sides. Good luck ever trying to sell it with those in.
     
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    It's good to see progress. I like it already.
     
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    Good luck! Its fun to restore cars...isn't it? :)
     
  28. markcF355

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    Talking about windshields. What is a green windshield? Has anybody seen one?
     

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