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David, what a great project.
Thanks for sharing it with all of us.
I can't wait to see pics and a video clip when completed.
Cheers mate!
 

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When do you expect to be able to do so?
Good question, it depends on my flow of funds as my specialist has agreed to work as and when I put him in funds. I would rather take a long time and bring the BB back to life properly than do the job as short term funds permit.
 

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Good question, it depends on my flow of funds as my specialist has agreed to work as and when I put him in funds. I would rather take a long time and bring the BB back to life properly than do the job as short term funds permit.
Smart thinking !
 

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Some more pictures in from my friend and trusted Ferrari specialist.

We found some horrible rust at the base of the rear window all the way down next to the fuel tanks. I imagine a poor seal at the rear window letting water in. Happily Alex is patient and is proceeding step by step as I put him in funds. This way, each problem we uncover, we can fix properly. No need to cut corners due to shortage of funds or time constraints. Quite frankly this restoration would have been unaffordable for me if it had to be done over a year. Spreading it out over a number of years this way helps the cashflow and means we can do things properly. Happily I plan to keep my 365BB and so no worries about cost versus market value.
 

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Hopefully the rust is localised only to the rear window area. Here is how she is looking as she gets ready to visit the bodyshop...
 

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Always interesting to See whats underneath there:crowngrin:. Thanks god you are able to take properly care for. Patience and funds will reward you and start a Long relationship.:thumbsup:
 

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Wow! That's a surprise! But of course, it happens often with these cars. Sorry I sold you a bit more oxidised stuff than you bargained for.... :(
Onno
No apology necessary, this is what happens with a car that has been sitting for a long time. The hidden problems just grow. The main thing is that you sold me my dream car that I have the privilege of bringing back to life in the hands of our friend and specialist. This 365BB is a keeper to be driven far and fast!
 

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On Saturday I popped into a local crafts market and found this period suitcase for the 365BB. Popped up to my Jersey specialist to see if it fits into the front boot of a customer's 512BB. It does! Hoping to use it in anger next year...
 

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On Saturday I popped into a local crafts market and found this period suitcase for the 365BB. Popped up to my Jersey specialist to see if it fits into the front boot of a customer's 512BB. It does! Hoping to use it in anger next year...
How nice..!! Congrats for the find.
 

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Great find, David!
 

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point of no return

At the beginning of November I delivered the bluebird to my trusted specialist in NL for her annual service. Needless to say after a 4,000km drive that week, the bluebird is purring. While visiting Alex, we paid a visit to #18431 at the paint shop around the corner. I will let the pictures speak for themselves...
 

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A few rust spots found that will be remedied pictured below. The first two pictures show the base of the lhs A pillar, the third shows bottom of the lhs door and the final picture shows the base of the lhs C pillar. I suspect that a problem with the rear window seal was causing water to run down to the base of the lhs C pillar. We have a rusty rear bulkhead as previously pictured to support this theory. Similarly the windscreen seal led to problems at the base of the lhs A pillar. We found the rear track to be slightly out of alignment, this has been fixed and now we have a perfectly straight chassis. Next step will be the replacement of the rusty panels and then the painting. We have reached the point of no return...
 

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Great photos david, lots of "insights" one these cars are apart. It is worthwhile to adress these points well with enough time in reserve. Finally, after all, it will become a fantastic 365 BB !
 

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Its going to be great for you to have the car back and to know that no stone (or flake!) was left unturned in the car's restoration. Proper job!
 

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For such an old car and the rustprotection which Ferrari applied in those days, the body is in great shape. With the refurbished technical parts the car will look and feel new. Great job!
 

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Thank you for your kind words of encouragement gentlemen!

A special thanks to 212Export who located in Rome for me a mint, original handbook for my BB. Printed in 1973 it refers to chassis number 17185, the 1972 prototype I understand. The seller was true to his word, packed the book perfectly for posting to me and was a pleasure to deal with.

Part of the fun of bringing my dream Ferrari back to life is finding period memorabilia to go with her. It all adds to the timewarp feel of going back to the glamorous seventies in this most glamorous of time machines!
 

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David, if I saw such flakes in my 365BB, I would have fainted right there !

Looks like the transformation is coming along nicely. Enjoy. :thumbsup:

w/ smiles
Jimmy
 
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