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post #1 of 13 Old 07-19-2014, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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Looking at a Testarossa- I Need Your Advice

Hey Guys,
I'm new to the forum and was looking for some sound advice from some current or previous TR owners. I am very seriously cosidering purchasing a 1984 TR from a local private seller. This is a 2 owner car that was essentially a garage queen for the past 10 years....15K original miles. The car just came out of the garage and the current owner spent $13K at an independent Ferrari specialist having the car brought up to specs ( engine out belt service, seals, plugs, injectors, battery, etc) . He has never neglected the car ( $30K in service receipts), but also drove it sparingly. The TRX wheels were swapped out for a newer style (1987) and a second mirror was added. The car looks new and the current owner claims that it has never driven better than it does now after its recent service.

I know these cars are on the expensive side of maintenance. Altough I've never owned a Ferrari, I do own an automotive repair shop and have some very talented mechanics. I've owned several Porsches and did all of the maintenance and repairs in house with no major issue.
I have no doubt I can drop engines and I hope that ( with help from forum members)I can do most of the routine servicing to keep costs down. I'm ok with paying the higher prices for the parts.

The thing that concerns me is everything I've been reading about the differntial issues with these early TRs, which( for me) takes all of the fun out of owning one if it happens. I can't see spending $20K on a diff rebuild for a car I can buy for 2x that. The question is...Am I being overly cautious about a problem that may never occur or do I need to budget for this as a cost of owning an early TR. Is there a way to prevent these differential issues by swapping updated parts before they break for less $$ ( say $8K?). If so, where do I find them.

Like many guys, I've wanted a Ferrari since I can remember. The TR is one of my favorites and for their sub $50K pricing right now it is obtainable. But I also have to be realistic as to what I'm getting into. I'm ok with $2-3K/yr in maintenance cost. I'll have a car collecting dust in a garage for a while if I blow a trans or motor. That thought makes me want to shelf the idea and go buy a dime a dozen corvette.

I guess I'm just looking for some advice from guys who own these cars. I'd rather be running down the highway in a V12 beast that holds value than some regular sports car that, to me, will never compare to the styling and performance of the testarossa. Just one guy's opinion obviously. Not trying to insult other sports car owners out there.....just looking for more knowledge on these cars.

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-19-2014, 09:22 PM
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Welcome to Ferrari Life. Sounds like a very nice TR, and the extra mirror can be removed if you are a purist. Lots of interest in single mirror TRs. There are updated differential carriers available from a couple of sources that eliminate the welded differential carrier problem. Cost of the upgraded carrier, similar to what Ferrari did late in 512 TR production, is $3-4K. Here is an example Ricambi gets from the UK and prices at $3500, and there is one made in North America, too. Labor costs depend on who does the work. A good pro can learn how to do the job, so your guys should be ok if they have experience setting up differentials.

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Workshop manuals are available for the TR at ferraridatabase.com and Ricambi has parts catalogs online. Ricambi offers a 10% discount to FCA members.

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Welcome - if you pass do you mind sharing the sellers contact by sending me a pm.

The newer models have a lot of upgrades.

Been looking but prefer a unique color.
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Miami vice 91 with 9k miles in Miami.
Saw a grey TR as well up for sale.

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I just did my diff myself on mine with the Newman replacement. I also replaced the crown bolts which are now NLA. These were the hardest parts to get. I was missing 3 and put socket head 12.9 bolt instead. I've driven 2000km since my job and everything is fine. I also replaced all the seals and bearings on my way to the diff including T/O bearing and total was less than $5000. I now feel secure. Worth it in my opinion.


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Claude is right, buy it and drive it.

Life's too short to own (just) a Corvette.

Two more teasers:

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post #7 of 13 Old 07-28-2014, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the advise. I purchased the car and then resold it to a friend in a few day period. Definitely bittersweet as it was one of the most enjoyable cars that I've had the opportunity to drive. It ran perfect! There really is nothing like running thru gears in the traditional gate shifter as that flat V-12 just unleashes. With all of this new technology and a big push for paddle shift, double clutch gearboxes, I'm still one of those guys that really like the utilitarian feel of the older TRs....just a raw, fun sportscar with timeless style.
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Then why'd you sell it?!

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Guess Flipper and I aren't friends

Killer it goes like this buy low sell high - post on Ferrari Life to seek potential buyers.
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Then why'd you sell it?!
Money talks. Apparently.
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Hmmm, interesting concept of friendship.
I've often wondered why Al is always trying to sell me stuff.....

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Still pining for free nut warmers Dave?

The prototype has a small short I can't seem to resolve. Shocking. Occasionally.

You're welcome to take it for free.
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I sold it because of bad timing. I just bought another house and wasn't really in the market for another toy,but it fell in my lap. I at least know that if my friend decides to sell it in the future, he will call me first, and I can call him for the keys if I get the itch for a Sunday drive. He's good like that. Interestingly enough, he also found ( after the purchase) that this particular TR was driven by Michael Shumacher in 2005 at 190mph and he said that it was the fastest TR that he had ever driven.....
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