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Old 07-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #1
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With the vintage grand prix this weekend, our shop has been quite busy with older stuff. Lately, I've been bringing a TR3 up to snuff, but something much more special came in today. A 1963 Ferrari GTO 250!

Bought at auction for a bit over $30 million. This actual car, on our rack.



It showed up on a flat bed today, bad master cylinder. So they brought the spare, and we pushed in inside. My buddy Mike worked on pulling out the old one, while I finished up my waiter brake job. After I had cleaned up, and got the Triumph back together, I went out back for a smoke, and heard "Scott, get over here and fix the damn Ferrari!"

Well, I hadn't planned on working on the thing, as expensive as it is and all, but I walked over to take a look. Mike had swapped the master, and bled the rear brakes, but there was still no pedal, and the fronts still had poor fluid flow. Worse yet, the front bleeders didn't seem to be dropping the level much. After about 30 minutes of bleeding, my diagnosis was a bad internal seal in the spare master.




So now we have 2 dead masters, and no brakes, and the car is supposed to be racing the weekend. We're trying to source parts, it's a GM part, but there's no part number to speak of, and no external markings. Mike is waiting to hear from the owner, who has his cell. If we get the call tonight, I'll be heading down to the shop to rebuild the master, any time, period. I told Mike I'll be next to my phone all night, so if need be, I'll be rebuilding it at 4AM. Odds are, it'll be attending the vintage via flatbed.



Pictures are worth a thousand words......
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and so you posted none..................................PHALE

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I still love the little roadster.


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and so you posted none..................................PHALE

Cross post with miata.net....so I had an image limit there. Pictures are here, your post is now out of order.


And now you see 'em! Truly an honor to work on, very easy as well.
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those things are purrrrrrdy
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And sound like a redheaded angle having an orgasm.
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It would be an absolute honor to be able to even be in the presence of one, but to work on one! Honestly, I don't think I'd want to. I'd be stressed the **** out to even put the bitch on the rack. A normal car, get a scratch on the undercarriage, no biggy. This ************, a scratch on the bottom is worth what, $10k? Nah, I'll pass.
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Should've plastidipped it.
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Nice pics, but I want a video of the 250 so I can hear it. I got blasted by a V12 Jag XKE the other day and nearly shat myself, I can only imagine how good that Ferrari sounds.
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ITB's? pshhhh, what is he, a ClubRoadster member?
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It would be an absolute honor to be able to even be in the presence of one, but to work on one! Honestly, I don't think I'd want to. I'd be stressed the **** out to even put the bitch on the rack. A normal car, get a scratch on the undercarriage, no biggy. This ************, a scratch on the bottom is worth what, $10k? Nah, I'll pass.
The owner told me he's never worried about crashing it. It's worth so much, even if it caught fire, it's still be a gem. Like Mike told me to convince me to start dicking around with it: "It's just a car."




Granted, it was a honor to work on, and see. Honestly I would have never charged him anything, even if the fix did work. The trust he gave to our shop, is worth more than any labor charge.


I took the triumph out for a spin too, to try and get some of the fresh gas circulating. It's a blast to drive, even with two bad tie-rods.
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Nice pics, but I want a video of the 250 so I can hear it. I got blasted by a V12 Jag XKE the other day and nearly shat myself, I can only imagine how good that Ferrari sounds.
It idles about 1500rpm, tach indicated anyways. No muffler, just headers then straight pipes. It just makes you giggle, even the owner was laughing with us over the sound.

Honestly, it's something you kinda need to hear in person. It'd be hard to record the true sound, and presence, of the car.


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ITB's? pshhhh, what is he, a ClubRoadster member?
I could see being in a "Saw" movie; and being told I have to sync the carbs up.


Throttle response is brilliant thought. Normally the older carb's stuff, even free reving, requires a roll into the gas to make sure it doesn't go lean on tip-in. Not this baby, jumped up in revs like a fuel-injected car.
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I had to sign in JUST to give you props.


That's some funny ****.
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Beautiful car. V12 and Webers oh my..
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It's nice, but no car is worth that kind of money.
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Do us a favor, watch Ferris Bueller's day off (DO NOT WATCH THE ENDING) grow a big sack, and report back to us with pics and vids.
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