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post #621 of 798 Old 06-04-2016, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Dear John, Happy that you liked the video.

As you can see by the attached it spent the first five months of its life on that side of the pond. I do not plan on returning.

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

Fifty six years ago today I wrote a check for $25.00 as a deposit toward the purchase of a dismal heap which I had originally thought to be a V-8 powered Devon. Of course as most of you already know, that was really 0556(0446)/MD at age 5 years and 1 month, already having had an exciting life in Europe, South America, the Bahamas and in the USA. But on that day it was a forlorn sight covered with road mud, without wheels or seats, on jack stands with a wooden box of mangled pieces of steel and gears comprising a broken differential and trans-axle sitting under the rear fender which showed the edge of a two inch thick slab of bondo, and the fenders displayed the results of spray gun test patterns for touch up paint jobs on other cars. Looking back it is easy to understand my parents comment that I had "taken leave of my senses" when I told them what I was buying.

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If that's what happens when you've lost your senses, then I don't want any either!

Congrats on the milestone!!

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Amazing story, Admiral. Thanks for sharing. I'm enjoying the magazines from you very much!


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Fabulous video Admiral.

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Dear Dinosaur followers, (all 8 of you)

Earlier I told you about the $25.00 deposit on the car. Fifty six years ago this morning my check book balance was $4.49. Later that day the personal loan from my bank came through. For whatever reason (which I do not recall) I then wrote two checks to Robert Ready Davis, the first for $1,376.65 and the second for $823.35. So for a total of $2,225 I was the new owner. Thus began an unbelievable journey.

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Dear Dinosaur followers, (all 8 of you)

Earlier I told you about the $25.00 deposit on the car. Fifty six years ago this morning my check book balance was $4.49. Later that day the personal loan from my bank came through. For whatever reason (which I do not recall) I then wrote two checks to Robert Ready Davis, the first for $1,376.65 and the second for $823.35. So for a total of $2,225 I was the new owner. Thus began an unbelievable journey.

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Good morning mon Amiral! I don't even want to think about how many multiples of $2,225. have come out of your Ltjg pocket in the interim, nor the tens of thousands of hours of your time, valued at a modest avg of $125./hr ;-)

Happy anniversary to little #8 and hats off to you!

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Dear Dinosaur followers,

In trying to keep this thread as the repository of all of the postings concerning the blue car, I am listing a comment on another site which dealt with the use of the term "custodian" as related to car ownership.


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I am curious Admiral, when you first bought that fantastic car, did you think yourself as a custodian, or just a passionate car fellow? Now, of course, you qualify as both.

Dear Alberto,

Of course it is difficult to remember exactly my feelings 56 years ago. At the time I was running my MGA in local autocrosses and had started the SCCA drivers school to get my Novice Permit. The car culture in Northern California had an interesting foreign car class structure. MG drivers waved at every other foreign car. Other MG, Triumph, Alfa, Mini, Lancia and Sprite drivers always waved back, not so often from Porsches and Jaguars and never from Mercedes and Maseratis or Ferraris. Two more pieces of background, at the time I was earning about $3,250 annually before taxes, and my total automotive mechanical experience was having replaced a head gasket on the MGA with the help of the thorough MG Manual.

After hearing that a Ferrari race car was for sale sitting in a storeroom at the Richmond California Rambler Dealership, I was intrigued. I knew very little about Ferrari race cars and when I first saw a forlorn filthy muddy car on jack stands with no wheels, hood stashed in the cockpit, no seats and 2 inches of Bondo obvious at the rear of the car sitting over a wooden box filled with broken pieces of metal and gears, my first thought was that it was one of the Bill Devin fiberglass bodied specials. At first glance the mud covered motor looked like a V-8 with no carburetor. Someone had used the side of the car to test a spray gun pattern before painting another car. In other words a complete turn off. As I started to walk away I wondered what motor had been put in the Devin, so I picked up a rag from the shop floor and wiped the grime off one of the valve covers. The name FERRARI appeared and as my parents later said "I had taken leave off my senses" when I said to myself "I have to save it!" In retrospect it clearly was not a rational decision.

The same frame of mind was still in place when I took out a personal loan for $2,500 and arranged to buy the car (for $2,225). After being told by Ferrari that there was no such thing as a shop manual for the car I had absolutely no choice but to roll up my sleeves and get to work. Over the next 9 months I learned automotive mechanics on this car with its twin cam, roller cam followers, dual ignition 1954 F1 motor design and broken 5 speed crash transaxle. I learned as well how to form and gas weld aluminum and how to paint a car.

Now back to your original question, I am not certain when I become aware of my current feeling of responsibility for caring for the car. The term custodian may not translate well but other terms such as caretaker, steward or guardian all have the same connotation that I feel toward the car. Looking back I clearly recall in 1964 doing research and measurements on the path to replacing the old four banger with the Buick/Old/Pontiac lightweight 225 V-8 but my time in Vietnam followed by the Harvard Business School MBA studies intervened and by then other things in life like my son Bryan and wife HelenAnn evolved in importance to me and the car began its long sabbatical until 2000. The car and I have had great times together from racing on both coasts, to driving coast to coast, to winning an incredible number of Concours trophies. So in this instance I think my irrational decision turned out pretty nicely.

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Admiral- Not to mention driving through a blizzard with no top.

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I can never get over hearing your first hand stories, Admiral. You're my hero. And thank you for your service in the Navy as well! - Al


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Admiral- Not to mention driving through a blizzard with no top.
Dear Terry,

One of these days I will write that one up as well.

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I can never get over hearing your first hand stories, Admiral. You're my hero. And thank you for your service in the Navy as well! - Al
Dear Al,

Thank you for your support!

For those of you who did not know, Al is my highest paid fan club member.

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Just finished topping off the antifreeze, checked the tire pressures and burned off the oil in the exhaust system in preparation for going to Cars and Coffee at the Fours Seasons Rancho Encantado above Tesuque. If you are in the area come on up. Weather is perfect.

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Bit too far for me Sir.
Please post a picture of the LBC at the event!

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Just finished topping off the antifreeze, checked the tire pressures and burned off the oil in the exhaust system in preparation for going to Cars and Coffee at the Fours Seasons Rancho Encantado above Tesuque. If you are in the area come on up. Weather is perfect.

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G'day, mon Amiral! tomorrow Judith and I drive down to Lime Rock for its 'Sunday in the Park' Concours. Due to strong antipathy of the Lakeville CT community to the delightful sounds generated by racing engines actually racing, racing on Sundays is strictly defendu/verboten, so Skip Barber & Clan organize delightful alternatives. We'll take the Maserati, since next weekend we'll have the Maranello in the Concours d'Elegance presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum in conjunction with the Annual Wine and Food Festival of the Museum's neighbor, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Enjoy your Cars & Coffee and the LBC!

[[ I had to correct the typo: of course it was not a 'Wind and Food' festival ]] ;-)

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David, we will miss you.

Seth and Judith, enjoy Sunday in the Park.

Question for the ages: What do you not check when you have a 40 gallon gas tank? Particularly since the last time you put gas in was at the track at Laguna Seca last September!!!

So the 2nd and 3rd photos below are the result of not checking the gas tank. Fortunately Bryan was in the chase car and found a gas can and a filling station so shortly I was on my way again. The same thing happened to me in 1964 as I was driving across country from Oakland CA to Staten Island, NY. I had filled up somewhere west of Pittsburg and a month later driving to the base at Bayonne NJ the car died. It took several minutes to figure out that it was no gas. The gas gauge on the dashboard tells me the fuel pressure at the carbs and has nothing to do with fuel level in the tank - except when empty.

I cannot match Bob Collum's shots at Katie's, but here is a small sample of our variety in Santa Fe.

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Thanks Admiral, great photos.
That last shot looks like something out of a Mad Max movie.
A LBC of a different sort, it reminds me of the old saying about imitation and flattery....

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Dear Dinosaur followers (all five of you),

As the Aspens turn golden and the mornings get colder we decided today to make one last Cars and Coffee at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Resort just outside Santa Fe near Tesuque. And yes, this time I did check the gas tank and there were no untoward experiences.

Attached are a few shots of some of the participants, starting off with a photo of my two favorite chassis!

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Thanks Admiral, looks like a great day out.
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