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07610 - RHD 246 GTS restored

I think I've done my part for Dino preservation now that I've restored my fourth example

As it was my last Dino restoration I decided to break from my rule of restoring to the original delivered spec. It was delivered new in Verde Germoglio with a beige vinyl interior. This was quite a coincidence as only 9 UK cars were delivered in this green and my GT 03050 was one of them so I didn't want two cars in the same colour. Here is a photo of the car taken in 1981 when it was still in it's factory delivered colour scheme.




I have a sample of the beige vinyl and it simply does not go with the bright green IMHO so I decided I wanted to do a metallic colour as my three GT's are all solid colours. I narrowed the choice down to Blu Dino Metallizzato and Nocciola Metallizzato. After having the colours sprayed out Nocciola was my favourite and a colour I've never seen here in the UK. A Jaguar XF front bumper was used to give a really great impression of how each colour was going to look on the car.



When I bought 07610 it was finished in Rosso Chiaro with a black leather interior that was not finished in the original factory style. This colour change was carried out in 1988 during a restoration by Maranello Concessionaires. It was a very well used car shall we say by the time I got hold of it and looked very unloved with a dent in the nose, a dent in the tail and a general scruffy demeanour. It wasn't running too well either with a bit of a knock under load.

It doesn't look too bad in this photo but believe me it was not pretty up close.




As ever with Dinos the engine required a total stripdown and it became clear that the car had been run without antifreeze and once again I was faced with badly corroded cylinder heads. Fortunately we found a great small engineering firm who specialise maily in race car engine work but who were able to repair the heads and made a superb job of them.

Here are examples of the condition.





I have lots of pics of the restoration process but as I've posted similar photo's in my other threads I thought I skip to the end result this time. I went with Connolly Vaumol 3218 beige hide for the interior and had the seats made in the Daytona style. Everything was put back to factory spec in terms of trim and mechanicals etc and I'm over the moon with the end result. Once again I had a worldwide hunt to source a lot of parts and managed to put together the full owners book pack, tool and jack kits, warning triangle and tonneau cover which were all missing when I bought it. I also got hold of a rare Sebring emergency top the factory made in the last 6 months of Dino production for taller drivers who found it difficult to drive the car with the targa top stored behind the seats.

And here she is resplendent in her new colour scheme and ready for many years of fun I hope and wearing a nice number plate I was able to get hold of.
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-29-2014, 04:13 PM
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Iain, that is without doubt the greatest color combo I've ever seen on a Dino. Simply fantastic, it looks like the car was made just for that color.

Beautiful, beautiful job. Congrats.

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Great Job!

What a beautiful color combination and setting. How long was the Dino in the restoration stage?

Congratulations to you and the craftsmen that helped with your project! Now enjoy!

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Just perfect.

Congratulations,

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Iain- She came out beautiful and I always loved that color on Dinos and Daytonas. Learn something new every day, too, because I did not know the grilles came in black.

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Thank you for the kind words.

Steve,

The stripdown started in the workshop in the first week of October last year and the rolling shell was delivered to the bodyshop at the end of that month. The body restoration and paintwork was completed at the beginning of June and the trimmer had the car for a week after that. The rebuild and final testing was completed last week so in all the finished car took around 14 months. It was delayed by holidays, training courses and the workload at the dealer I use for the mechanical work. Both the bodyshop and workshop have fitted in my restorations around their normal business and work on the car during quiet periods to give me the best possible rates. It has worked out really well and I couldn't recommend all of the people I used highly enough. I did the majority of the legwork in terms of sourcing a lot of hard to find parts and researching the correct finishes etc. It's been a really enjoyable 4 year experience across all of the cars and we have built up a good network of contacts able to handle all the problems you encounter when restoring these cars.

Terry,

The grille slats were always black from the factory on the Dino models with just the surround being anodised metal.

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Wonderful to see a Dino 246gts saved and with such fantastic attention to detail. Colour combination superb! Enjoy your wonderful stable in good health and safety.

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Iain- Yup, you are correct. Just forgot what color mine was. Too many egg-crate grilled cars I have owned, most of which were silver.
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Iain - another great [email protected]


Terry - your Dino did not have the lower black water line lower?
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Fabulous job, love the interior, but in your place I would have gone for the blue: Nocciolato is great for an ice cream, but not my idea of heaven on a car.

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Gorgeous!
The fine metallic paints bring out the lines of a Dino.

Your antenna seems quite forward for trunk mounting, is it in the wheel well?

Thx,

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I think I've done my part for Dino preservation now that I've restored my fourth example

As it was my last Dino restoration I decided to break from my rule of restoring to the original delivered spec. It was delivered new in Verde Germoglio with a beige vinyl interior. This was quite a coincidence as only 9 UK cars were delivered in this green and my GT 03050 was one of them so I didn't want two cars in the same colour. Here is a photo of the car taken in 1981 when it was still in it's factory delivered colour scheme.




I have a sample of the beige vinyl and it simply does not go with the bright green IMHO so I decided I wanted to do a metallic colour as my three GT's are all solid colours. I narrowed the choice down to Blu Dino Metallizzato and Nocciola Metallizzato. After having the colours sprayed out Nocciola was my favourite and a colour I've never seen here in the UK. A Jaguar XF front bumper was used to give a really great impression of how each colour was going to look on the car.



When I bought 07610 it was finished in Rosso Chiaro with a black leather interior that was not finished in the original factory style. This colour change was carried out in 1988 during a restoration by Maranello Concessionaires. It was a very well used car shall we say by the time I got hold of it and looked very unloved with a dent in the nose, a dent in the tail and a general scruffy demeanour. It wasn't running too well either with a bit of a knock under load.

It doesn't look too bad in this photo but believe me it was not pretty up close.




As ever with Dinos the engine required a total stripdown and it became clear that the car had been run without antifreeze and once again I was faced with badly corroded cylinder heads. Fortunately we found a great small engineering firm who specialise maily in race car engine work but who were able to repair the heads and made a superb job of them.

Here are examples of the condition.





I have lots of pics of the restoration process but as I've posted similar photo's in my other threads I thought I skip to the end result this time. I went with Connolly Vaumol 3218 beige hide for the interior and had the seats made in the Daytona style. Everything was put back to factory spec in terms of trim and mechanicals etc and I'm over the moon with the end result. Once again I had a worldwide hunt to source a lot of parts and managed to put together the full owners book pack, tool and jack kits, warning triangle and tonneau cover which were all missing when I bought it. I also got hold of a rare Sebring emergency top the factory made in the last 6 months of Dino production for taller drivers who found it difficult to drive the car with the targa top stored behind the seats.

And here she is resplendent in her new colour scheme and ready for many years of fun I hope and wearing a nice number plate I was able to get hold of.
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The antenna is mounted in the normal position Scott in the trunk and bolted to the rear of the wheel well. My trimmer made a great little bag to hide the motor like Ferrari did for the 308. He made it from Dino vinyl and it has velcro on the hidden side so it can be easily removed.
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