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post #1 of 69 Old 08-10-2010, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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246 GTS Almost Ready for Delivery

Hello everyone!!

I am so happy! Today I went to the dealer to listen to the engine for the first time. It runs smooth, responds snappily and sounds great. The Webers will now be checked and fine tuned and the last new hoses around the engine just arrived and will be installed. That and some polishing will make the engine bay look a bit fresher. Still no new oil leaks detected after the running of the engine's pressurizing all sealings.

The engine rubber mounts had to be changed since the previous ones were of the wrong dimensions holding the engine a wee bit too high. It seems odd but apparently that's how it was. I'm glad they noticed though. It really is such a pleasantly small and low car. It makes you want to jump in and sit in it the minute you lay eyes on it.

Hopefully I will now manage to enclose some pictures I took of it. I drove their in my 430 Spider so I will enclose some pictures of that car as well if you don't mind.

Enjoy (I'm happy happy!!)

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Congrat il Capolino!
Can't wait to see the pics...
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Didn't work to upload pictures. I'll figure it out and I'll be back.

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Didn't work to upload pictures. I'll figure it out and I'll be back.
Ok, I didn't manage to upload the pictures on this thread but it worked fine on my member profile albumes so please go there if you want to see them.

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Thanks, Barry!

The only way the computer let me upload the pictures was at my member profile albumes. Please go there if you want to see them.

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Can't wait to see the pics...
+1. Indeed, a hearty congrats. Looking forward to your driving impressions, comments and pics. I have no doubt you would be thoroughly thrilled with this car, il Capolino. What kind of tires are on, ...just curious.
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+1. Indeed, a hearty congrats. Looking forward to your driving impressions, comments and pics. I have no doubt you would be thoroughly thrilled with this car, il Capolino. What kind of tires are on, ...just curious.
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Thanks, Jimmie!!

As you can see on the pics on my member profile, they have just put on new Michelin XWX 205/70 VR14. Do you have any suggestions on better tyres? If I'm not misstaken the old (very old) tyres were a/m tyres so I guess that's the reason why they put the same kind on.

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No better suggestions. Period correct tires are the most appropriate. Have fun. w/ smiles Jimmy
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My Dino has a Ferrari emblem on the rear boot lid. Does anybody know if there used to be a Dino emblem or was the rear boot lid clean? I would like to have it in original specification.

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My Dino has a Ferrari emblem on the rear boot lid. Does anybody know if there used to be a Dino emblem or was the rear boot lid clean? I would like to have it in original specification.

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If not mistaken, I believe that does not belong there. Take a look at this site where there's many pics to look at.
http://www.barchetta.cc/All.Ferraris/dino.summary/

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If not mistaken, I believe that does not belong there. Take a look at this site where there's many pics to look at.
http://www.barchetta.cc/All.Ferraris/dino.summary/

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Excellent site, thanks!

I guess I'll have to start collecting litterature and memorabilia of the 246. Going classic has a new dimension to car ownership!

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Glad to be of a little help. w/ smiles Jimmy
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+1. Indeed, a hearty congrats. Looking forward to your driving impressions, comments and pics. I have no doubt you would be thoroughly thrilled with this car, il Capolino. What kind of tires are on, ...just curious.
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+1, very much looking forward to reading your impressions.
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I talked to the mechanics today. They have now fine tuned the carbs, exchanged some bushings on the rear suspension and ordered some electrical unit from Superformance in GB which will make the rev counter work properly.

They have also test driven it and checked that there are no issues with the synchronization on second gear which appearantly can be a week point and the steering has no play from wear. I have no new pictures apart from the ones already posted on my member profile. In September I will start giving it plenty of km to sort out whatever additional issues it is bound to have after sitting still so long. So far it seems to be a quite decent specimen of a 246 and I've been listening to 246 sound tracks on Youtube to still my desire for my coming test trials!

When I take delivery of the car I will go through the entire list (which is getting long) of all the measures taken to put it back on the road. That list will of course be enclosed to the general history file of the car.

I will return hopefully with some initial driving impressions.

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When I take delivery of the car I will go through the entire list (which is getting long) of all the measures taken to put it back on the road. That list will of course be enclosed to the general history file of the car.

I will return hopefully with some initial driving impressions.

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Very interested to hear how the trials go. Per my experience with the Daytona, it continiously gets better the more you drive it.
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Very interested to hear how the trials go. Per my experience with the Daytona, it continiously gets better the more you drive it.
I like the interior and the dashboard design of the Dino. When I see pictures of the Daytona's interior it is so similar to the Dino, from the shape of the dashboard down to details like flip switches, steering wheel, guages and interior door handles. The Daytona is in that respect a big brother to the Dino (whereas in general design philosophy it appears closer to the 365 BB). I had a closer look from the inside in a Daytona at Kessel Racing and I really can see myself enjoying one some day. I also like the fact that like the Dino, the Daytona has a revvy engine (as does the 365 BB).

What is the dry weight of the Daytona and what's it like on the track or under similar circumstances?

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What is the dry weight of the Daytona and what's it like on the track or under similar circumstances?

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Not sure the real dry weight on the Daytona (but I am sure 212Export will know). I tracked it once. Acceleration is impressive, brakes are.....well....40 years old....and the car is heavy. How guys raced these at LeMans is beyond me. I found driving it on the track quite difficult after being used to the 360 Challenge.
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I like the interior and the dashboard design of the Dino. When I see pictures of the Daytona's interior it is so similar to the Dino, from the shape of the dashboard down to details like flip switches, steering wheel, guages and interior door handles. The Daytona is in that respect a big brother to the Dino (whereas in general design philosophy it appears closer to the 365 BB). I had a closer look from the inside in a Daytona at Kessel Racing and I really can see myself enjoying one some day. I also like the fact that like the Dino, the Daytona has a revvy engine (as does the 365 BB).

What is the dry weight of the Daytona and what's it like on the track or under similar circumstances?

Salve!
In international literature, interestingly, the dry weight is rated between 1200 and 1800 kg. A huge span including probably the 3 different series of competition Daytonas. So I went to the central waste management company which take weight measurements for the waste disposals on the trucks arriving. They are on 1 kg exact. My Daytona has the Pop-up lights (heavier than the Plexi version) My tank was (almost) empty, but I had 15 liters of oil, all the water but no spare wheel and no toolroll with me. The weight was 1510 kg therefore probably 150 kg lighter than a Maranello. Not bad for a big 12 block. and 50kg heavier than a 360.

Daytonas can be driven hard on track. Put some Roeloffs competition Daytona shocks on (Euro 3'000) and put 9" front wheels and 11" back wheels on and you're pretty fine. Unfortunately to do so you'll need to change the shape of the wheel arches which will change a Daytona forever. Therefore better stay with a correct and original one and enjoy driving long distance driving on normal autoroutes or autobahn's. Thats what this car is for. I have not heard about big Daytona's racing successes on twisty circuits. All they are mentioning always is Le Mans. In those years, Le Mans was 3 longer straits with some few curves.

Daytona and Dino would be a fantastic couple. If you like, come and try.
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Daytona and Dino would be a fantastic couple. If you like, come and try.[/QUOTE]

You are too kind, 212Export!

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Daytona and Dino would be a fantastic couple. If you like, come and try.
You are too kind, 212Export![/QUOTE]

Back to back driving impressions of the Dino and Daytona would make a great story
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