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post #1 of 5 Old 04-30-2012, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Low Millage 04784 km or really 104784 km??

On May 21, 2010 I bought a 1989 Ferrari 412 with odometer at 04784. Carfax had 3,460 km in 1991, 4,555 in 1997 From 2001 to 2010 garaged in Florida by owner in Greenich, Conn. Car was very clean in and under car, excellant paint, new ignition cables, new radiator hoses and new tires.

I exspected rubber and plastic to fail but mechanical parts to be in good shape.

I replaced:

1) Power steering belts - rubber
1) Truck closer - plastic
2) Gas door motor, plastic plunger broke.
3) Radiator expansion tank - rusted out from inside
4) Double clutch - assumed failure due to privious bad driver technique

Then things I did not think would fail failed

5) Clutch cable - Dec 2011
6) Power steering pump. April 2012

With Ferrari's five digit odometer I begain to think it had 104,784 km

Is there any way to tell more exactly? Compression test?
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 05:56 AM
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how does the driver's seat look? hard to put 100k on a car and have that look brand new.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Seats looked new, but they had been taken out and long & short bolts to rail reversed by installer. He put washers under bottom of back rail connection to floor leaving it 1/4 up in air. Rail flexed and like a paperclip broke after several reversals. I had it welded and put back in correctly
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 11:47 AM
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You bring up a nice puzzle. I would expect others will get it right, but unless proven otherwise this would be a heck of a barn find IMO and just simply as other barn finds un-trustworthy to mileage without distinct proof.

Without breaking down the engine for internal wear, I'm not certain how else to almost predict it's age. Wheel bearings? Impossible. As you I would have expected the radiator or any liquid reservoir to be a problem to include the gas tank.

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-01-2012, 12:32 PM
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seat (as mentioned), pedals, carpet, steering wheel, shift gate, exhaust, and brakes. While all of these are replaceable it is another matter to replace them all to cover up mileage. If they were all replaced as a function of ground up restoration, then who cares.


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