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post #1 of 20 Old 01-08-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I just wanted to pop by and say hello.

I've bought my first Ferrari last June (despite being a long term fan!) and immediately jumped in to driving her to LeMans for the 24 hours.

I have a 1992 F40 Adjust (Decat) and am in Staffs.

I've put about 6000km on in the last 6 mths, she is my daily driver (only car!) so you could say I know her inside out now

anyway - Hi
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post #2 of 20 Old 01-08-2013, 09:20 PM
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Jamie- Welcome and that is some first Ferrari. Might as well jump in the deep end. Would love to see some photos of your car. Did you do the Historic LeMans or just drive her to the race?

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Welcome, Jamie and congrats with the F40! That is really something for a first Ferrari... Have fun driving her. Some photos please!

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Hi Jamie, congrats on the new daily driver and welcome to Flife. Any photos?

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Hi Jamie, congrats on the new daily driver and welcome to Flife. Any photos?

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Welcome, Jamie and congrats with the F40! That is really something for a first Ferrari... Have fun driving her. Some photos please!
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Jamie- Welcome and that is some first Ferrari. Might as well jump in the deep end. Would love to see some photos of your car. Did you do the Historic LeMans or just drive her to the race?
I've added an album on here with some snaps, I'll dig out some more and pop them up now.

Go big or go home is a philosophy to which I subscribe, I'd like to think I'm the UK's youngest owner (I was 32 when I bought it) however I'm sure some footballer or rapper might have one in a museum!

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Jamie- Thanks for the photos. Matching luggage, too. At 32, you could be the UK's youngest F40 owner.

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The Luggage was thanks to Jeremy @ DK Engineering, sourced an original set for me.
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Welcome Jamie, there's a few F40 drivers here, some from the UK and all have a wealth of knowledge about them, adding you will just benefit future buyers.

F40 looks great.

My Flickr Account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

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Hi,

............. she is my daily driver (only car!) so you could say I know her inside out now

anyway - Hi

Welcome: WHAT Da ......... daily driver...... viva le vida

really want to know your take on the daily experience.

PS: Like your web site.

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Welcome and a hearty congrats, Jamie!

Fantastic choice and courage, must I say. NOt many can boast that/

w/ smiles

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really want to know your take on the daily experience.
For the most part its fine.. you have to ensure you give it a good warm up and warm down, so a trip to the local cafe 3 streets over in Notting Hill used to mean going via park lane & Constitution hill and back however I couldnt really complain heeh.

Visibility is shocking, however if you simply indicate and make noise people tend to leave a gap.. then its just crossing your fingers and hoping nothing goes crunch..

The clutch, whilst extremely heavy when you first get in, seems to not be an issue even in the most stop-start of traffic, however I do get some discomfort in my right shin after long drives due to the odd bend angle you're forced to adopt!

I had a stereo installed in mine (non invasive, no holes, totally removable without trace) with a custom surround made for the head unit under the tripple air vents (made out of the same material so it looks oem) with the speakers in the front door sills (again out of oem carpet), as whilst the decat sports exhaust is awesome.. london traffic meant Id sometimes like to listen to some music..

The only thing it suffers from as a daily driver is misting up, its terrible for that, however I simply carry some dehumidifer bags in the passenger footwell at all times and ensure I park it nose downhill in the rain (nose up and it can let some water in)

I had the harnesses removed and inertia reel belts installed to make it a little more civilised.

The aircon is useful only for noise control (turn it on it makes more noise and doesnt do much else), however nothing matters more than those moments when you get an empty bit of road and you let loose the swarm of angry hornets trapped in the rear clam and make the tyres fein that they're remotely useful at keeping grip

Any specific queries, do let me know
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It's quite possible that you are the only F40 owner in the world that uses his car as a daily driver. Most impressive.

Welcome to Ferrari Life. I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.

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Totally agree with Barry.

NEVER heard of this one. Of course I've heard of some using high end exotics as DD [Jim G comes to mind for some stints] but never as sole car.....I would even live in that caravan pictured to make the F40 a DD....somethings are woth the experience.

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For the most part its fine.. you have to ensure you give it a good warm up and warm down,...
I've said it once I've said it many: Treat your mechanical horse exactly like a living horse and there is no difference:
- warm up to trot then gallop,
- work it at least once to full each time
- cool it down, not away wet
- feed it well
- regular vet visits
and it'll do well for years.

MY only specific queston is, when it goes to the shop, what do you do? From the looks of your work it seems you can tele-commute

and

how often has it been to a shop since owning?

any major problems?

r

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MY only specific queston is, when it goes to the shop, what do you do? From the looks of your work it seems you can tele-commute

and

how often has it been to a shop since owning?

any major problems?

r
I have a mechanic who takes care of it at my premises mostly (though he did have to rush out to me in LeMans a day after I took delivery when a mis-fire popped up (was a split in the fuel regulator diaphragm which caused some knock on problems) and also when the Cat control ECUs went a little wonky (as its de-cat'd) he came to visit.

I'm just arranging another visit now for a 6 month 6k km service.. so I'll have him up for a weekend, let him work during the day and drink at night

He came to LeMans for 1 night to fix it, and left 4 days later with a hangover
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I'm just arranging another visit now for a 6 month 6k km service.. so I'll have him up for a weekend, let him work during the day and drink at night

He came to LeMans for 1 night to fix it, and left 4 days later with a hangover
Way to go just make sure you get drinking/working in the right order...

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Hi,

I just wanted to pop by and say hello.

I've bought my first Ferrari last June (despite being a long term fan!) and immediately jumped in to driving her to LeMans for the 24 hours.

I have a 1992 F40 Adjust (Decat) and am in Staffs.

I've put about 6000km on in the last 6 mths, she is my daily driver (only car!) so you could say I know her inside out now

anyway - Hi

You're a hero, that's what you are. First Ferrari, daily driver - more madmen like yourself to this planet please!

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You're a hero, that's what you are. First Ferrari, daily driver - more madmen like yourself to this planet please!
I can say my first Ferrari is also a DD - but comparing his F40 DD - to my 360 DD is like comparing a Honda Civic DD to my Ferrari as a DD.....thumbs up for that many many times!
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more madmen like yourself to this planet please!
Just keep that in mind if I ever come to sell it

I have a friend with a 360 > 180kkm, we're not a group for garage queens.
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Just keep that in mind if I ever come to sell it

I have a friend with a 360 > 180kkm, we're not a group for garage queens.
You've come to the right place! All my Ferraris are in use all year around. Three of them I try to keep away from the road salt, the fourth: no mercy - it goes in any weather condition, anytime, on any road.

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Jamie,
Congrats and welcome to the site. You are in good company for non garage queens. I think most here are in that camp.
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