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  1. MCS02

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    I got a new car. It really is @00Mini fault. He feeds my BAT addiction. Before anyone thinks I am spending super big money I am not. Yesterday my wife and I were at a home show, the ford dealer parks cars in the driveway of each house during the show. Anyway there was a Mustang GT there, just a plan Jain GT, it was almost the same price of what I paid.
    So with that our of the way, I got my dream car. I have wanted one since high school. It’s a 1978 Ferrari 308GTS. I have been watching them on BAT for several years now. Some like the Quattrovalvole go for crazy money. So about a little more that a week ago one action was coming to an end, I did not plan to watch it end but I did. At the 2 min mark it was very low. I knew if I did not bid I would kick myself but my CFO was at work, not keeping me out of trouble, her main job. I texted frantically to see what she would say. I was given the ok to make a bid. I made 3 bids. As I watched the time count down I little panic set in, I might win!
    Well I did! I can’t believe the car went so low. I told the CFO I would part with the Lotus. She has since said I don’t have to if I don’t want. She said I did a lot of work on it to let it go. So we will see.

    I did not want fuel infection, I wanted the 4 carbs. I would have liked to have a euro version. This one is a U.S. car with euro bumpers and front spoiler. And best of all some previous owner put a euro motor in it! I have a lot of history on the car but there are some gaps. I hope to research it and fill in the gaps. The car needs the timing belts replaced, they should come in today. I will be doing all the work on the car so that will really help keep the cost down. The belts were only $35 each.

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    Very nice, very nice indeed. Does it get a spot in the garage?? :D:D
     
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    Yes not that that helps. The second day I had it a cat did this
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    so mad
     
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    Great car Lee! I've always liked those. :Thumbsup:

    Although I'm waiting on a cheap 1963 250 GTO, no not a Pontiac. If you see one let me know.

    As far as those scratches go they don't look very deep. You may be able to polish them out. Before beginning measure the paint thickness.
     
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    Great advice. I did not think of measuring the paint. I tried buffing it by hand in a small spot but some of the scratches may have to be wet sanded. But I don’t want to do that if posable
     
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    #8 wmwny, Apr 16, 2024
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    Get some of that "shine juice" that Derek Bieri uses on HIS finds...works every time.

    By the way, Derek Bieri has a show on Motor Trend called Roadworthy Rescues.
     
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    Since you don't know how far you can go, consult a high end detailer to either ask advice or have him do the paint correction. It may cost a bit, but it will be much less than a quality repaint. Proceed cautiously.

    I hope your cat survives this. I like cats, but this would test me....
     
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    Nice new ride! Congrats
     
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    I got the timing belts changed and we took it on about a ten minute ride. Now I have to swap the tail lights. Someone put the red lights to the out side, the yellow ones go on the out side. Next week I will go stand in line to get a plate for it. Then just drive the wheels off it:D
     
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    Sounds like a plan. Were the belts hard to change out ?? Were you able to correct the paint ??
     
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    I haven’t worked on the paint yet, work gets in the way. The belts weren’t hard, it was mainly getting the AC compressor out of the way. You have to remove the bottom bracket then the studs. After that you can move it out of the way. But crawling around on the grange floor is getting hard.
     
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    Here's a suggestion for your new license plates: NOT A MNI
     
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    That floor will get even harder to get around on as you get older.
     
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    Truer words have never been spoken.
     
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    Yes getting down is easy ,but getting up is a bear.
     
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    True! It is the getting up and my back hurts for days!
     
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    I have a long sad story. I don’t know the ending yet but here it is so far…….

    On Monday a guy messaged me on BAT about the car. He called me and told me he had a client that found a 308 really cheep and was about to wire the dealer the Monet. He stoped him and till he could look into it. He found the dealer web sight in Austin TX had lifted all the pictures and description from BAT. I called them and acted like a buyer. After a while I told him that was my car,I called him a dumb a$$ perhaps I should not have lost my temper. I told them take it down or I would go to the TX State police. They did take it down. Then on Wednesday I went to register the car, after a 2 hour wait I was told my car was reported stolen in TX and I could not get a tag. I have talked to the Austin Police and filed a report with my local police. They are going to work together. So now I wait.

    When I went to file the report the officer at the deck said they would tow my car, that is not an option. Another officer straightened that out and they took the report.

    The car has never been in TX so I am convinced it’s the scammers just causing trouble.
     

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