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Originally Posted by gikigill View Post

It's a surprise the buyer paid real money for that Maserati TC instead of charging the seller for taking it off him.


Impresses the heck out of the chicks at the McD drive through window though:)

post #6557 of 7132
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I kept an MGB running all by myself for over a decade, it wasn't that bad. You just had to keep a sense of humor about service issues. TC? The Chrysler LeBaron that was built in Italy? I remember my boss' wife had one, back when I was delivering pizza in high school. The thing started falling apart before it was even a year old.


This F12 Berlinetta is totaled, no kidding, and the insurance company (Progressive) sold it off for a hair over $120k, in what turned into a 1 hour bidding war.


post #6558 of 7132
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I kept an MGB running all by myself for over a decade, it wasn't that bad. You just had to keep a sense of humor about service issues. TC? The Chrysler LeBaron that was built in Italy? I remember my boss' wife had one, back when I was delivering pizza in high school. The thing started falling apart before it was even a year old.

This F12 Berlinetta is totaled, no kidding, and the insurance company (Progressive) sold it off for a hair over $120k, in what turned into a 1 hour bidding war.



Maserati's finest hour.

Did you win the Ferrari?

What decade? It's a damn sight more difficult to maintain a British Wayward vehicle these days than it was years back.

post #6559 of 7132
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I don't know yet, someone I know bought it. The garage it was in flooded and it sat in a couple feet of water for a few days. I'm not sure how someone doesn't know their expensive supercar is under water, but there it is. The estimate the insurance company received was $280k, but we think that's pretty high, at retail the car was $350k. It all depends on how much it costs us to fix it, if the parts and labor are too much, then I'll pay him the amount he paid for it and keep the car. We'll need to see how it all adds up, I'm not the one taking the big risk here. Personally, I think he may have gotten caught up in the bidding and paid too much.

The MGB was this decade and the previous. It wasn't too difficult to keep running, the problems it developed were relatively minor and it was easy to work on. The worst things I had to deal with was a blown head gasket and replacing the clutch. Sometimes it decided that it wanted to take a rest for no obvious reason, but those were times when you smacked things with a mallet and did some reading until it decided to get going again.
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I don't know yet, someone I know bought it. The garage it was in flooded and it sat in a couple feet of water for a few days. I'm not sure how someone doesn't know their expensive supercar is under water, but there it is. The estimate the insurance company received was $280k, but we think that's pretty high, at retail the car was $350k. It all depends on how much it costs us to fix it, if the parts and labor are too much, then I'll pay him the amount he paid for it and keep the car. We'll need to see how it all adds up, I'm not the one taking the big risk here. Personally, I think he may have gotten caught up in the bidding and paid too much.

The MGB was this decade and the previous. It wasn't too difficult to keep running, the problems it developed were relatively minor and it was easy to work on. The worst things I had to deal with was a blown head gasket and replacing the clutch. Sometimes it decided that it wanted to take a rest for no obvious reason, but those were times when you smacked things with a mallet and did some reading until it decided to get going again.


The B was slightly more reliable than most of it's Triumph siblings of that era. The TR6 was probably about as good as it got and thats not saying a whole lot. The dogfire suffered from mechanical disintegration emanating from the engine and wandering randomly it seemed. The nice thing about that was it took your mind off the electrical issues.:)  (I'm thoroughly in the camp that English autos of the era are wonderful for someone else to own:)) G12 excepted, of course.

 

How much water damage could there be? If it wasn't salt water then you should be laughing provided nobody did anything damnfool like try to fire it up before it had been completely dried out.

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Speaking of the TC, there was a not-so-distant cousin of it from that era which used to putt around the campus of UWGB when I lived in Green Bay. Some undergrad there had the rustiest Bturbo I've ever seen (and that says a lot, since the Biturbo wasn't one for longevity), done up in paint-fade black with gold badges. It's a wonder he ever found parts for the thing when it inevitably fell apart; I know I saw it around at least three times over two years.

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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

I don't know yet, someone I know bought it. The garage it was in flooded and it sat in a couple feet of water for a few days. I'm not sure how someone doesn't know their expensive supercar is under water, but there it is. The estimate the insurance company received was $280k, but we think that's pretty high, at retail the car was $350k. It all depends on how much it costs us to fix it, if the parts and labor are too much, then I'll pay him the amount he paid for it and keep the car. We'll need to see how it all adds up, I'm not the one taking the big risk here. Personally, I think he may have gotten caught up in the bidding and paid too much.
 

Shouldnt it be theoretically be fine if the car wasnt started after the flood? 

post #6564 of 7132
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Shouldnt it be theoretically be fine if the car wasnt started after the flood? 

I'll bet a Ferrari can be "totaled" just on the need to gut and replace the entire interior - regardless of whether the motor/chassis was affected. Especially if it was sewer or dirty water that gives it a nice "Earthy" stench. "Totaled" just means that the insurance company has decided that you can replace the car for less than fixing it to the same condition.
post #6565 of 7132
I have thought about buying a Spitfire, MGB or even a Midget. Those are not cars you actually use. You bring it out of the garage for a few sunny weekend drives to the beach, or wine tasting, or some other activity within 50 miles of your home. Then, for the other 350 days of the year, you tinker with it so that you have a chance to actually make it home from those occasional 50 mile drives. You also keep a car carrier service on your cell phone speed dial. But, for those few hours each year that the top is down and the bugs are in your teeth, it's glorious fun! tongue.gif
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The rice idea isn't too far off, the electronics are coming out and going in the desiccating barrel (it's filled with gel desiccant and has an industrial dryer on top). The problem is that like any other piece of electronics made today, it was never really "off", due to keyless entry systems and remote starters and the like, so a lot of damage is already done. Mechanically, regardless whether it will run now, everything will have to be removed and thoroughly cleaned and inspected, and there's a good chance the main harness will have to be scrapped. Want to guess what a complete OEM wiring harness set for a Ferrari F12 costs? God help if the e-diff and the magna-electric suspension is knackered. More than likely the quote was for simply replacing all of it; nuke it from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

Meanwhile, the Enzo is done, 100%.




Yep, it was red and busted, now it's better. The figures show a savings of nearly $500k over buying one that was whole, possibly more because the US cars have gone up like a rocket in value, and none more can be legally imported. That's pretty decent. And it goes like few others, too. cool.gif After a remapping and upgraded fuel system, it makes a few bhp short of 700. Absolutely NFS, though.
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So how much does a harness cost along with the suspension and the diff.?

post #6568 of 7132
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If they fell off the truck at the warehouse, $50k. Through the parts network, 90k.


After a brief stay in North Carolina, by way of Ft Lauderdale, and before that Bristol (UK), this XJR-15 is coming to stay with us. These things were nearly $1M when they came out, and they were all intended to be race cars, but this one has never seen a track before. It only has 3000 miles on it, so it really hasn't seen much of anything, except the inside of a garage. I think it was way ahead of its time, in styling, beautiful cars.


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Non synchro gearbox on that one?

post #6570 of 7132
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No, it has the Tremec 5-spd manual, the predecessor of the one in the XJ220, since it's always been a road car. I'm glad, personally.
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