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    Re: New toy

    This truly looks like an amazing project Iain and fantastic you let the rest of us follow it. I hope you will have as much fun driving the car in the years to come. Enjoy it...


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    At long last......... it's finished! It's coming back to me tomorrow

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     Beautiful - Congratulations!


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    Damn what a beauty. This is the kind of car i would wash more than i drive it...


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    Stunning result - a credit to your determination, passion and resourcefulness - bravo  


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    Wow Iain, that's just stunning!
    I don't know what it is with those classic cars, but where modern cars are just a case of "your taste" or "not your taste", these little beauties just cause almost evrybody's heart to jump a little bit faster. ( Like for me; modern day ferrari's don't do anything to me, but this is just awesome!)

    Really looking forward to hearing how she drives, can imagine you're over the moon with it!


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    The final result looks really beautiful  -  and as a final symbol for all the attention to detail: a reduced-format front number plate!  Smiley


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    a true dream car.


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    On my research travels I came across these great photographs on a Dino website which were taken outside the Scaglietti coachworks in Maranello in the early '70's. Scaglietti made the bodies for Ferrari and delivered them to the factory as required. No wonder rust was an issue as they left the bare aluminium shells outside in all weathers before they went for painting. How very Italian

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    And here is one of the Ferrari production line in the early 70's showing the V12 line alongside the Dino line.

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     Result is simply amazing! 

    ...and the pictures of the unpainted shells outside are shocking. Just wondering, did you find these pics after you bought the Dino? 

     


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    Great work Iain - you must be very proud...

     


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    Well done, congrats! Enjoy in good health.


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    993Targa:

     Result is simply amazing! 

    ...and the pictures of the unpainted shells outside are shocking. Just wondering, did you find these pics after you bought the Dino? 

     

     

    I did as a matter of fact Smiley   However after owning a couple of Alfasuds, a couple of Stradas (Ritmos in Europe) and a Lancia Prisma I was well prepared for the dreaded Italian tin worm. Fortunately my Dino went through an extensive bare metal body restoration in the 90's with many new original panels fitted and there is no rust on it Smiley


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    What a wonderful car, Iain.

    I may not know all your cars, but from those I know I'd say the Dino is the most beautiful. Smiley


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     Wow!  Fantastic looking car! Congrats! 


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    SmileySmiley


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    They did a very nice job

    Enjoy it


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    Immaculate Very nice work done. Congrats, somehow i think you might enjoy this one more than the 458 italia


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    Congratulations Iain! You have finally finished! I can't imagine the relief and joy you must be feeling right now! 


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     I'm speechless. its just so gorgeous!! it came out better than new, probably on of the best looking Dinos in the world mate, you should be proud you did an amazing job putting this car back together. 


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    That car is marvellous. Certainly has a much different appeal than a contemporary Ferrari but nonetheless very attractive. Would be curious to hear what responses you get from your surrounding.

    Currently restoring our Beetle convertible so I know that feeling of suspense what could hide underneath. Smiley


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    Superb result, I'm sure you'll cherish this car for a long time now...


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     Damnnnnn.... this car finished so great! Well done!


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    Speechless... Love this car, congrats!

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    Many many congratulations, what a beautiful car - the looks and above all the magical sound that V6 makes is really wonderful. Good to see the car is authentic without the Ferrari badge above the rear number plate that a lot of owners had fitted (Enzo insisted that a Ferrari had to have 12 cylinders and a lot of diehards scoffed it at the time that it was not a proper Ferrari)! So much more appeal, to me at any rate, than the rival Lamborghini Urraco. The GT is so much better than the GTS which flexed terribly as I recall. I too had Alfa suds,- dubbed awful sods at the time by Philistines that didn't understand the magic! (a white 1.2, a bronze 1.3 ti and finally a red Sprint Veloce 1.5)  and loved them all. I fitted them all with the Ferrari style Momo steering wheels and Fiamm air horns! My first wife also had a Lancia Prisma, quite a dull car, I thought.

    Many thanks for sharing the photographs with us. Smiley

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    A quick update as I've now racked up over 400 miles since collecting the car last Thursday. I met the delivery truck at a motorway service station on the M42. I went over in my 458 to swap cars as I've sold that back to my dealer and will be getting my new one in 7 weeks or so.I wanted a last drive out in the 458 and a decent first journey in the 246 so this gave me the perfect opportunity and saved the delivery driver a couple of hours on his round trip which he was extremely greatful for.

    I can only describe the experience of going from the 458 to the 246 as being akin to climbing out of a Eurofighter Typhoon and getting into a Spitfire It's a complete culture shock and a much more mechanical and involving drive. The brakes require a good shove to start slowing the car down and the gearbox has to be treated with a firm but respectful touch if shifts are to be achieved without stripping teeth off the gears. The steering is comically heavy compared to the new car and took some getting used to. I was simply understeering through a lack of sufficient wheel twirling effort to begin with. Starting the car is also something of an art form and involves a lot more thought than simply turning the ignition on and waiting for the "check OK" warning to flash before pushing a starter button. You have to floor the throttle then turn the key and hold it until the engine catches then back off the throttle slightly to stop it over revving but hold it at precisely the right spot to stop it stalling.

    Once the car is warmed up it's great fun. It has a natural sweet spot around 85-90 mph where it just settles into a steady rythm and feels like it would happily purr along at this pace all day. I'd forgotten the limitations of carburetors and their habit of suffering fuel starvation on roundabouts and steep hills. I'd also forgotten what the smell of petrol is like......... it's a constant companion in an old timer like this

    The ride quality on the 70 profile tyres and newly rebushed suspension is excellent. It really floats over a lot of surface imperfections. I briefly went out in my Cayenne on Monday and nearly propelled myself through the windscreen the first time I braked as I was still applying Dino pedal pressure without thinking

    I've not taken any decent pics yet (we forgot to take the camera with us on a trip round the Cotswolds yesterday where there were lots of great backdrops) but will no doubt be out in it again soon and will take some new shots. In the meantime here is a quick pic from my phone.

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    The difference in power and go between the Italia and the Dino must be even more dramatic I reckon. Still, a lovely classic car that little Dino.


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     I can't stop myself from repeating what I said earlier, its gorgeous ! I can't wait to see some pics side by side with the Italia, truly historic. 


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    Excellent comparison! You made my day Smiley


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