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Restoration of 1973 USA F&C Dino #05702

I've owned Dino #05702 for 19 years and now it is time to do a restoration on it.
I'm the second owner of a factory original Chairs and Flares Dino
Here are some early photos from Film camera days, notice the 1994 FCA International meet sticker #54 on the windshield
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Absolutely love the Dino. The light in your second picture captures its flowing lines perfectly.

What's the plan for the restoration? Mechanical, bodywork, interior (all of the above)?

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Check out the blog ( 246 Dino blog ). The work going into this car is amazing. We are doing the mechanical on the car. Great story from start to finish.
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Check out the blog ( 246 Dino blog ). The work going into this car is amazing. We are doing the mechanical on the car. Great story from start to finish.
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Rob and Paul's work is extensive and professional. I've been hesitant to post photos in light of such comparative craftsmanship, but will press forward on an a nuts and bolts restoration
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French Connection on a USA version car via Chinetti? Dino and I same B-DAY

When I originally bought the Dino and got it home, I noticed that the passenger's seat wobbled and found it was loose at the rear, inboard seat track mounting point. The allen bolt had become loose and jammed. When I pulled back the carpet and insulation padding to investigate I found this 1972 French 5 Centimes coin there. This was peculiar since my Dino is a USA version.

Fast forward a few months later, I was ordering some parts from Algar in PA and was chatting with a very nice man in their Parts Dept, Livio "Li" Ramani. At one point in the conversation Li mentioned that he might be able to get my original delivery sheet. Apparently Algar had retained the records from Chinetti when they bought out his facility. This sounded great and a few weeks later, I received a pleasant surprise in the mail, the delivery sheet below. This was very cool, but when I looked closer at the delivery papers I noticed the original owner had taken delivery on the exact day of the same month as my 15th Birthday. In a way, the Dino and I have the same birthday!

We continued talking and I relayed to him the experience with the seat track and finding the French coin in my USA car. Li had a simple explanation; that Chinetti often took delivery of Ferraris at the factory in Italy and drove them himself to the delivery port in France where they would be shipped to the USA. Luigi got a mini vacation and his business saved on trucking costs. Li conjectured that perhaps at some toll booth or when he had change in his trousers this coin had fallen out and gotten lost as it wedged itself under the insulation near the seat track.

Oh my, could Luigi Chinetti really been the first driver of my Dino?
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When I bought the Dino from Symbollic in San Diego, it came with no books (is anyone here surprised?) and in the early 1990's, those pre-internet days offered few options to find these; fellow club members, Ken at Ferrari Literature, and Fred Repass were the basic options. I found a nice set from Fred Repass who claimed it was the best set he had ever seen and he charged accordingly for it (not that far off from today's prices).

As we were talking about it he mentioned that he would be seeing his old friend Luigi Chinettin Sr. at the end of the month and offered to have him autograph my new owner's manual. I balked and said "No way, why have someone write in a book that expensive?" Fred retorted with full explanation of the Chinetti importation of Ferraris into the US and I still declined not wanting to scar a pristine, original manual. He mentioned the offer a third time adding that "history of Ferraris in America are due to Chinetti".

I thought about it and observed that he had repeated the offer three times; obviously this was a man who had a far broader perspective of Ferrari involvement than I. After re-thinking the offer I agreed. A few weeks later I received the pouch, contents and signed owner's manual that you see in the photo.

I was shocked and saddened just a few months later when I heard that Chenetti Sr. had passed on and I still have several Autoweek magazine articles about it.
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Scott- Great story and I remember buying from both Ken and Fred in the 70s. FAF had some literature out edited by Roush before the FML started in 1976, and there were ads in various mags and the predecessor of Autoweek, but not much else. Kirk White did a newsletter, too.

How is the restoration coming?

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After driving to Monterey with the Ferrari Club I picked up the #54 ID sticker for the Rally event and placed it on the front windshield.
I continued participating in numerous events and started to really enjoy the aspects of the Dino. Driving it was just so much fun!
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The problem started with the right front brake, either the caliper hung or brake line swelled so I started to dive into it to sort this out.

Look at the uneven wear on the brake pads
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This proved to be a slippery slope as this revealed the worn suspension bushings, sloppy steering, and dirt everywhere. Lots to do, but where to stop?
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What a great story. I think you made the right decision - You can always get another unsigned book, but you can nver get another signed one.

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So I've been sandbagging and delayed in posting photos, let's catch up on this at the point where the suspension had been removed.

To go down the slippery slope further I saw this Dino owner on the 'Net that had dissassembled his Dino completely for restoration, removing the fiberglas tubs down to a chassis and body only.
Made it look easy, too easy
and since I'm the second owner, it is a documented Flares & Chairs car and the original owner took delivery on the exact day/month/year of my fifteenth birthday, so this car is quite special to me and deserves a bit more than the standard refurb.
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Absolutely love the Dino. The light in your second picture captures its flowing lines perfectly.
What's the plan for the restoration? Mechanical, bodywork, interior (all of the above)?
Thanks, that photo was taken along the Oregon Coast in August 1994 on the way to Monterey. I really enjoy driving this car, the perspective, the feel, the sound, and the shear freedom.

The slippery slope sets in and the plan for this is to go all the way. This will be a "nuts and bolts" restoration, removing every ounce of lead in the body, 100% restoration down to the chassis tube ovals.

First step, disassemble everything.
Remove the hydraulic, heating, A/C cooling, and ventilation systems
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Scott, sorry for jumping in so late and for not realizing your wonderful thread !

I can just "feel" your utter satisfaction and bond with a spectacular no stories Dino of yours ! So great to see an owner in such harmony with his Dino. (But then, many Dino owners are in the same bunch).

Please keep us entertained with your sagas and restoration updates. Thanx in advance.

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The Dino books show the fabrication sequence was to produce the tubular chassis, insert the fiberglas tubs front/center/rear, and then mount the body.
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This makes removing the fiberglass a somewhat difficult process, I had to use my foot in the front area over the lip.
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Removing all the fiberglass tubs, floorpans and wiring
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The rear trunk has three layers above the exhaust system
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Removing the engine/trans

Engine number *0010999*
Transaxle number 2063E
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Off to media blast the body
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