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post #1 of 165 Old 12-01-2011, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Reports on GT4: 13620

It's not even three weeks since 13620 made its way into my garage and I've already broken through the 1,000 km under my ownership.

So far so good, it's been a busy couple of weeks getting things done. So far the bonding process has included;

Things done:
Fixed the faulty electrics at fuse 14/15
Full service at Charles Hurst Ferrari
4 new Michelin XWXs
Drive, drive, drive

Things still to do...
Fit the new Birdman fuse blocks which arrived yesterday
Recondition the interior leather
Refurb for the 4 alloys (next year)
Drive, drive, drive

The service last week added a little confidence. Nothing to report after the service and a full check over of the car. I was slightly afraid I'd be leaving with a long 'to do' list but thankfully not.

Today I spent the day detailing the exterior, washed, clayed, machine polished and finally waxed. Small chips in the alloys were touched up with a paintstick, but will be refurbed properly in the new year. All chrome was given a metal wax treatment and is shining now. Tyres painted, glass polished, trim treated and self-congratulatory bottle of wine opened.

Quite happy that in the process I noticed no more paint blemishes or cosmetic issues other than the 2 minor ones pointed out to me by the seller.

Here's a couple of pics of my hard day's work.
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Barry- She looks great. The wheels are 10' beautiful from the photos. Believe they are magnesium and fairly easy to chip with rocks, but also easy to repair. The ones on my old 308 GTS had small chips in them, but hardly noticeable.

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Barry- She looks great. The wheels are 10' beautiful from the photos. Believe they are magnesium and fairly easy to chip with rocks, but also easy to repair. The ones on my old 308 GTS had small chips in them, but hardly noticeable.
Thanks Terry. To be honest the wheels are probably 95% perfect, the few chips (more paint flake than chips) came up great with a 5 paint stick I bought at Halfords (perfect colour match). Its only when you look close you see any issues. Cost to have them stripped back to the metal and refurbed & resprayed though is almost as much as it would cost to buy as set of new 16's from Eurospares, so I might have a decision to make in the Spring. For now though I'm just planning on enjoying it.

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Are the Campagnolos 14x 7.5 all around? I have 14 x 6.5 in the front and 7.5 in the rear. I just bought 7.5s to do it all around.
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Are the Campagnolos 14x 7.5 all around? I have 14 x 6.5 in the front and 7.5 in the rear. I just bought 7.5s to do it all around.

Owners manual says 6.5 all round.

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Barry, Jay- On the early carb 308s, 6.5J x 14 was standard. Later in carb 308 production 7.5J x 14 (F&R) and 7J x 16 F and 8J x 16 R became optional. By the time the 308 GTSi/GTBi came on board the 7.5J x 14s were standard. The 1978 308 GTB/S OM shows the optional 7.5J x 14 wheels, but the last 308 GT4 OM was 1976. I assume the GT4 wheel availablity parallelled the GTB/S, since I have seen late GT4s fitted with the 16" wheels.

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Barry, Jay- On the early carb 308s, 6.5J x 14 was standard. Later in carb 308 production 7.5J x 14 (F&R) and 7J x 16 F and 8J x 16 R became optional. By the time the 308 GTSi/GTBi came on board the 7.5J x 14s were standard. The 1978 308 GTB/S OM shows the optional 7.5J x 14 wheels, but the last 308 GT4 OM was 1976. I assume the GT4 wheel availablity parallelled the GTB/S, since I have seen late GT4s fitted with the 16" wheels.
And there Jay, is the answer that I could not give.

Terry - let me be the millionth person to say it... you are a mine of information!

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Barry, Jay- On the early carb 308s, 6.5J x 14 was standard. Later in carb 308 production 7.5J x 14 (F&R) and 7J x 16 F and 8J x 16 R became optional. By the time the 308 GTSi/GTBi came on board the 7.5J x 14s were standard. The 1978 308 GTB/S OM shows the optional 7.5J x 14 wheels, but the last 308 GT4 OM was 1976. I assume the GT4 wheel availablity parallelled the GTB/S, since I have seen late GT4s fitted with the 16" wheels.

Perfect! Mine is a 76 US model and it just looks right with the 7.5s all the way around. I think the 16s look good on 328s and the later cars but the early cars with 70 profile tires look so good to me.

Barry, the black looks killer on there. Dark colors look great on the wedgy shapes. Mine is red/black boxer but after seeing these dark cars I am going to bring it back to it's original dark purple color I believe.
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Dark colors look great on the wedgy shapes. Mine is red/black boxer but after seeing these dark cars I am going to bring it back to it's original dark purple color I believe.
Dark purple. That would be nice. You got any pics of it in it's original colour. Not sure I've ever seen a purple Ferrari, certainly not a 308 GT4

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Dark purple. That would be nice. You got any pics of it in it's original colour. Not sure I've ever seen a purple Ferrari, certainly not a 308 GT4

Just found one little chip of it near the rear boot hinge.

Heres a thread I made:
http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/pr...or-purple.html

Its darker in person it seems.

Also member name: zimm on here is in the uk and has a gt4 that all red but was originally purple as well. We are the only two we know of that have it and both were resprayed red.
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Missed that thread entirely Jay. I like it, but not sure if I could live with it.

Still, I think you should go for it!

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On that Daytona it looks kind of crazy but on the Dino it's fantastic I think. We are talking 1976 here. Purple, green, yellows....so many period colors beside red.
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Beeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuutiful she is...congrats Barry.
Wow almost 1000km....! (see, I told you so) Welcome to the club of nuts, long distant drivers !
Now tell me, how is it compared to the 360 ? What different feelings are arising ?
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Beeeeeeeeuuuuuuuuutiful she is...congrats Barry.
Wow almost 1000km....! (see, I told you so) Welcome to the club of nuts, long distant drivers !
Now tell me, how is it compared to the 360 ? What different feelings are arising ?
+1. She is purrrrtttty, Brian. Amazing that you have logged over 1000km, already. I am curious as to your thoughts on these so called old, classics. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Now tell me, how is it compared to the 360 ? What different feelings are arising ?
[QUOTE=Jimmy Chen Shiba DDS;164781I am curious as to your thoughts on these so called old, classics. w/ smiles Jimmy[/QUOTE]

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Today I drove the GT4 to work, took the long route, all country roads with a few small villages in between. 46km door to door. I was disappointed when I got there as I was thoroughly enjoying myself. The new tyres make a massive difference to the ride and the general ease of piloting the car.

I discovered that the previous owner had a little gadget for listening to an iPod so I plugged in my iPhone and was able to listen to all my music through the original radio. Cool. Beatles, Springsteen, Sinatra, etc all the way to work.

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I think it's a little to early to start making comparisons between the 308 GT4 and the 360 Modena becuase my natural enthusiasm for something new could result in a biased opinion. That said, at the moment the GT4 is delivering so much more than I ever expected it would. It's a completely different Ferrari experience. It attracts completely different comments and looks from the general public.

Ironically, I think it is a much more relaxed driving experience too, even though you have to work harder for it. I definitely drive slower, there's less noise, vs. the louder, rawer 360 and even though it's not really a classic long distance cruiser (need a V12 for that) it feels like I should be cruising rather than hustling it around corners. Although, that said, I'm still only getting a feel for where the grip is with the new tyres and I think I'm still underestimating the balance and handling of the car. The relationship is still in its infancy.

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And the best of all......nobody cares about mileage anymore....endless freedon !!
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Indeed, Barry. We should have given you more time to discover the new realm of Ferrari experience. I am sure you have noticed the simple size difference between your two F cars. w/ smiles Jimmy
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I am sure you have noticed the simple size difference between your two F cars. w/ smiles Jimmy
Indeed Jimmy, though with an extra passenger side rear view mirror, the 360 is still the easier of the 2 to parallel park!

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Nice job Barry congrats, look forward to seeing it in the flesh.
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