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itsmeek said:
Ok, this may be really petty and I apologize in advance.

I have a 308 dino. is the battery supposed to be a standard 12 volt battery? the reason I ask is because when I hook one up, the horn works, but when I turn the key, I see the speedometer dials jump all the way to the end and back. i'm sure the engine of the car may be blown, but want to make sure before I ebay it..

thanks in advance!
If memory serves, your car has been sitting outside since 1991? If this is the case, I am sure that there are connectors that have corroded and would need to be cleaned ... I'm amazed that the horn works! The early GT/4 is not known for having the world's best electrics, and corrosion of connectors can be a problem even in well maintained vehicles.

I agree that if you wish to try the engine that you could try it directly through the starter; however, there is some question as to what this will do to the engine of a car that has been sitting without oil circulation for over a decade.

If the engine is free, there likely be very little or no oil residue left on some very expensive parts and spinning the engine over will likely gall something that will cause the engine to need to be pulled to repair!

Have you changed the oil and filter? The old oil is probably not in the best of condition and over some 13 years of sitting outside will probably be something on the order of tar.

If it were mine, I would not try to turn the engine whether I planned on keeping the car or not. In my opinion, if the engine is not "bad" now, it will be if you spin it over.

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Stradale said:
Do you mean a FIAT or a Ferrari?

Correct me if I'm wrong. There is no such thing as a 308 Dino, Ferrari. The last Dino model was the 246 Dino either in GT or GTS. The 308 is also either a GTB or GTS. There was the 208 GTB and GTS models but they were made for the Italian market.
Actually the first 308 gt/4 was a DINO rather than a Ferrari ...

1973 - 1975 or 1976 the 308 Gt/4 was built to continue the DINO line of cars being jointly built by FIAT and FERRARI since 1967.

In 1975 or 1976 the 308 GT/4 was called a FERRARI to bolster the FERRARI line of cars as there were few US legal FERRARI cars to sell due to the changing EPA and DOT rules and regulations. The GTB was added and was always a FERRARI as was the GTS.

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