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post #1 of 25 Old 12-18-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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My first Ferrari, delivered today!

Hi, all! After many, many years of mostly British car ownership I finally took delivery of my first Ferrari today...a 1986 328 GTS. Rosso corso & tan & seats I cannot fit in as I'm 195 cm (about 6' 4"). Took the seat out & BINGO! Nice! Goes like stink, of course! The factory seat is fairly thickly padded etc. so I'll be able to fabricate a nice pair of much lower replacement leather seats with no tracks,etc. and still have a bit of room to spare. I have had to do similar juggling acts with most of my cars as well (except for my Elans, just move the seat back) so a bit more effort & we're off to the races.


Personally I've never been overly impressed with the obnoxious, snotty owners of certain expensive cars of whatever make but hopefully the Ferrari lot in NorCal will be a bit more egalitarian. I've never really met any of them but as a longtime member of the Morgan Owner's Club (I have a '59 +4) we have nice parties, no snobbish attitudes there, we just like the cars, and I sure hope it's the same with the NorCal tifosi! If so I'm going to have fun this year! And (hopefully) LOTS of fun watching Kimi & Fernando!


Anyway I'm thrilled to bits, even at age 72!!!
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I won't believe you until I see photographic evidence!
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Rich- Congratulations. The F150 has fixed seats, too, but the pedals are adjustable. Glad you could find a way to make it work.

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Congrats Rich.
Enjoy in good health and post some pics of your new acquisition when you can!

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Well done Rich, congratulations. I'll be interested to see the fruits of your labour on the tall guy seat fix. I have alway discounted owning most of the 3x8 cars due to height.

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Congrats Rich,you will want to post pics, lots of car voyeurs on this site. I am also 6'4' 232 So I know what you mean about a proper fit.
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Rich, many congrats on the purchase. Check one more thing off your bucket list, eh?
Enjoy and happy holidays to you and your family.
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Congrats, way to go!

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Congratulations Rich. Great way to spend the holidays!

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It's been two days

AND NO PICTURES......


Congrats but we wont believe you until we see evidence.


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Congrats!

Anyone know if Rich ever exited the 328?

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Hey Rich - welcome to the club!
Can't speak for NorCal, but most of us who own Ferrari's are just car guys who are fortunate enough from a financial perspective to care for these cars for a period of time.

Great group of guys here on Ferrari Life.

Congrats on your first one!

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Hi, all! After many, many years of mostly British car ownership I finally took delivery of my first Ferrari today...a 1986 328 GTS. Rosso corso & tan & seats I cannot fit in as I'm 195 cm (about 6' 4"). Took the seat out & BINGO! Nice! Goes like stink, of course! The factory seat is fairly thickly padded etc. so I'll be able to fabricate a nice pair of much lower replacement leather seats with no tracks,etc. and still have a bit of room to spare. I have had to do similar juggling acts with most of my cars as well (except for my Elans, just move the seat back) so a bit more effort & we're off to the races.


Personally I've never been overly impressed with the obnoxious, snotty owners of certain expensive cars of whatever make but hopefully the Ferrari lot in NorCal will be a bit more egalitarian. I've never really met any of them but as a longtime member of the Morgan Owner's Club (I have a '59 +4) we have nice parties, no snobbish attitudes there, we just like the cars, and I sure hope it's the same with the NorCal tifosi! If so I'm going to have fun this year! And (hopefully) LOTS of fun watching Kimi & Fernando!


Anyway I'm thrilled to bits, even at age 72!!!
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Hey Rich,
I'm sorry I have to be the one to tell you it's just a dream.

It didn't happen if there aren't any pictures of you and the car (and you with a wide grin on your face) posted here..
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Hey Rich,
I'm sorry I have to be the one to tell you it's just a dream.

It didn't happen if there aren't any pictures of you and the car (and you with a wide grin on your face) posted here..
360 has a good point here...without pics it is all just a dream...
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pics?

Welcome Rich.

I believe ya.

I think he's busy takin care of the seat mods guys. cut the guy some slack.
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Lots of nice repies to the thread, thanks! No dream guys, but as the last poster said, it's a work in progress. I also have another thread that's under "308 vertically challenged" that has an actual photo of the cardboard mockup of the replacement seat I hoped to make. No, I'm not in the photo, just the seat mockup in the 328 cockpit.
Also in the thread is the results of the mockup, in steel (not pictured but nearly identical to the cardboard). And why it didn't work, as originally planned. However as I mentioned in the other thread, I have figured out the actual problem and (I believe) the solution. Not to keep anyone in suspense, but the problem is the small 5" high 2 1/2" wide ledge meant to support the targa roof panel behind the seats. When you include the room meant for the targa panel, there's enough space behind the seats to allow a taller driver to fit in the car, but the ledge prevents the stock seat (or any other mormal seat) to go all the way back. Only by getting rid of the seat completely, or else designing a special seat to fit all the way back- meaning a notch at the bottom to go past the ledge- can a seat be incorporated that will allow a taller driver to fit.
One might ask "how does going back make for more headroom?" The answer is this: The notch changes the driver's seating angle, which results in one's head being thrust upwards; in the case of taller drivers, past the roofline. What this means is that any small change- different seat position, thinner padding, and so on- makes all the difference, as fractions of an inch, when added up, make the difference between fitting inthe car with the targa panel on or not.
I'm getting back to working on it, now that the holidays are over. I really want to be able to drive the car, comfortably & safely; it's now been a month since I bought the car.

Cheers, Rich
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Congratulations Rich,

Could you mould yourself a seat out of a thermoplastic to your body shape, the type that is used medically for casts etc. This would fit you like a glove (F1 style heh), be ergonomically perfect and bolt onto your frame. If it worked you could use it as a template for a CF version. Just a thought.

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