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froggyman 29th December 2018 19:06

Good luck with your time plan and look forward to some 'on the road piccies'.

JJMCD 30th December 2018 02:20

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 98035)
I'm going to be using a set of old Smiths gauges in the car. I want to go with the same layout as the original but I might yet swop the rev counter in the centre for a speedo. The original cars were pure racing cars so they only had a rev counter. I could fit both side by side but that will change the look of the dash. Not sure at the moment.....

These may help:

https://goo.gl/images/WkEm2o

https://goo.gl/images/hLB4ru

JJMCD 30th December 2018 02:40

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 98173)
Here are a few photo's of recent progress ;

* Side vents in aluminium. You can't really see the curved nature of these in the photo but they have worked out quite well.

* The engine again with the tiny alternator fitted, the only space available !

* The spacer adaptor I carved out of a big lump of alloy by hand. This was to give clearance for the thermostat housing otherwise it was clashing with the chassis . ( Sorry the photo won't load at the mo )

* The fuel filler mounted under the tear drop fairing behind the driver. A simple bracket and some flexi fuel hose going to the tank.

I've ticked off my list now so the engine can go back in and be connected up. Simply add petrol and it will start first time !

Any way to paint the valve covers in black crinkle finish and add a long oval air cleaner, so the engine looks something like this: https://goo.gl/images/uoWmsV

Here is an air cleaner: https://www.amazon.com/Edelbrock-411...68358044&psc=1

JJMCD 30th December 2018 02:54

By the way, it was pure genius matching the track and wheelbase of the Lotus 7 replica chassis to the 250TR and bringing this body back to life. Excellent work! My vote is for leaving it in raw aluminum - any car can have paint but only a real alloy body can go bare.

lancelot link 30th December 2018 08:28

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Originally Posted by JJMCD (Post 98343)
By the way, it was pure genius matching the track and wheelbase of the Lotus 7 replica chassis to the 250TR and bringing this body back to life. Excellent work!

Agreed , it has made the build a lot easier .... Sorry for hijacking , but just wanted to say if this conversion appeals to any potential builders ..right at the beginning of the Formosa development , we put a Miglia body on a Locost chassis and it nearly fits , so I tried a Formosa body as well and again , its feasible , you will end up with a deep door stepped look , like a D type , but it does open up donor options ....

The bare ally look could be cool ... even if you ran with it temporarily ...

Lucky@LeMans 30th December 2018 09:17

I have thought about making a realistic engine cover to go over the V6. It would be a challenge to make it anything like the Columbo V12 !

Lucky@LeMans 30th December 2018 09:25

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttl-kF8Rbuo

Take a look at this video, a stunning car in aluminium, no paint !

JJMCD 30th December 2018 15:02

Here is a bare aluminum Testarossa of a different era: https://youtu.be/BVCJr77qfJ0

JJMCD 30th December 2018 15:08

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Originally Posted by Lucky@LeMans (Post 98348)
I have thought about making a realistic engine cover to go over the V6. It would be a challenge to make it anything like the Columbo V12 !

I think that it will be surprisingly convincing with black crinkle valve covers and and air cleaner. You may want to jet coat the exhaust manifolds grey-black, as well. Compare the photos that I linked.

Lucky@LeMans 4th January 2019 17:29

Another mile stone today, the car now starts and drives !!

I can now refit the front end and get on with the finishing touches. The end of January for completion and MOT looks to be in site !

JJMCD 4th January 2019 17:40

It would be great to see some pics

Lucky@LeMans 4th January 2019 22:39

I'll probably start a " Part 2 " thread with the finishing touches through to completion and getting on the road. Lots of photos and a video or two !

JJMCD 5th January 2019 04:38

Some inspiration: https://youtu.be/WIXvL5Tm_Jg

JJMCD 5th January 2019 05:19

One more: https://youtu.be/ufzQapYV9m4

Paul L 5th January 2019 08:41

Lucky - Congratulations on the engine start. :cool:

Good luck for the final push, Paul. :)

Lucky@LeMans 5th January 2019 09:30

I've seen that first video before, there are a couple of replica's in that collection. I like the second vid with the track action, I haven't seen that one. One thing they all have in common is that they are heavily restored with plush interiors and magnificent paintwork etc. I'd love to see an unrestored example that was just a racing car, having done a couple of 24 hour races. I don't think there are any though and its a shame. I can create that look with my car if it goes to plan.


Listening to those cars I think I have nailed it with the exhaust sound, that's a big plus !

JJMCD 5th January 2019 14:34

That video was the gathering of Testarossas at Pebble Beach in 2014. They are all genuine, although some of them have been rebodied over the years after their original bodies were damaged beyond repair. See: https://www.autoblog.com/2014/08/18/...monterey-2014/

By the way, your Testarossa won’t be the only one moving under Ford power. See:
https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/th...post-142237510

Lucky@LeMans 5th January 2019 15:06

I will put my car on a weigh bridge when I've finished it. With the space frame chassis I believe it will be lighter than an original TR.

JJMCD 5th January 2019 16:58

The original 250TR weighed 800kg (dry) and developed 296hp (gross). See: https://www.carfolio.com/specificati...car/?car=69311

Regarding the space frame chassis, see the photos in post #23 here:
https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/th...ts-own.324847/

JJMCD 5th January 2019 17:10

Some good period photos of a silver 250TR here: http://www.racingsportscars.com/chas...B250TR%5D.html


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