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Posts: 10From: klamath fallsRegistered: Jan 2004
sparky p-51
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Monday, January 05, 2004 1:52 PM

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thinking of purchasing my 1st ferrari and thete is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that it will be a TR. Are there any significant differences between 85-88 and 89-91 other than wheel hubs and h20 & oil pump drive chain mods? there seems to be a rather large gap in the value between the two. Plan to drive it between 3 & 5 k per year and do my own maint. thanks, steve




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Posts: 115Registered: Sep 2002
Bryan
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Monday, January 05, 2004 7:44 PM

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Check out earlier threads in this same Category.

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Posts: 10From: klamath fallsRegistered: Jan 2004
sparky p-51
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Monday, January 12, 2004 4:39 PM

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thanks for the help. great site for info and procedures.




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Posts: 254Registered: Mar 2002
Mitch
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Tuesday, January 13, 2004 1:10 PM

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I suggest you join FCA. It's a great organization! There are 2 publications - Prancing Horse & Newsbulletin. Both are excellent.


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Posts: 10From: klamath fallsRegistered: Jan 2004
sparky p-51
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Monday, January 19, 2004 10:39 AM

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got a good one for bill badurski--whats the best grade of fuel 2 ust in a TR? do u think its possible 2 use aviation grade 100 lo-lead. perhaps a mixture of both av fuel and mo gas? i use 100 lo lead in a 354 hemi boat eng and it runs great. clean fuel--no junk in it. no storrage problems--pull boat out in sept and put it back in the following june ant light it up. thanks, steve




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Posts: 6Registered: Jan 2004
jeb
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Thursday, February 05, 2004 11:35 PM

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Fellow TR owners:

May I ask a dumb question? I bought a 1988 TR about a month ago. Love it. The Prancing Horses on the front and back are black, and blend in with the surrounding metal work. In pictures, it seems that the factory placed black horses on most if not all TRs. I've always liked the silver horses that adorn most Ferraris. Is there a reason the TR horses are black? Would I be uncouth to remove the black horses and have them chrome plated? Alternatively, does anyone know if the factory sells silver horses for the TR? Are silver horses on a TR overkill? Perhaps I should be content with the black horses. After all, it isn't as though the lack of flashy silver horses is going to cause a TR to be confused with a Civic or a Corolla. (No disrespect for Honda and Toyota, of course). Thanks in advance for your advice.

John


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Posts: 72Registered: Aug 2002
eltyfive
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Friday, February 06, 2004 3:24 PM

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TR horses were black because that's what Pininfarina wanted....they were black and flat, no 3-d or relief sculpted into them. I too like the chrome horsey and that's what I have on my TR. I didn't go to the dealer to get it, but actually went to one of the kit car places and bought it. It's a genuine Ferrari part, and I think it was about $55. I didn't put one on the front of the car as I think it's slightly overkill. I mean you have the yellow badge at the front of the trunk lid already, and the factory didn't put one there. But I'm all in favor of the nice 3" tall chrome horse on the rear. It really sets the car off.




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Posts: 6Registered: Jan 2004
jeb
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Friday, February 06, 2004 5:49 PM

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Eltyfive,

Thanks for the advice. I think you are right about the front. You mentioned that you purchased your silver horse from a kit car place. I'm not sure what you mean. Can you explain? Thanks again,

John


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Posts: 72Registered: Aug 2002
eltyfive
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Friday, February 06, 2004 8:58 PM

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I bought if from one of those companies that makes "fake" or "reproduction" Ferraris out of Fieros and Firebirds. They use real Ferrari emblems and buy them in quantity. So I simply emailed the guy and told him I wanted a chrome prancing horse 3" high, he emailed me pics and it was exactly what I needed with the proper mounting studs. So I paid him and it arrived at my door 3 days later. I was very happy.




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Posts: 10From: klamath fallsRegistered: Jan 2004
sparky p-51
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Saturday, February 07, 2004 11:26 AM

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im not sure what the rear grill is made of--but i would think that it is some kind of metal painted black--try cleaning the horse off with laquer thinner--use q tips--pretty cheap fix if it works.




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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Sunday, February 08, 2004 6:36 AM

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Steve,
Sorry I missed your TR fuel question in this post until now. Mine ran fine on premium pump gas. Compression ratio is low, so high octane doesn't provide any benefit there. If the mix you describe works, should be no problem either, but it really isn't necessary. Don't know about the long-term stability of this fuel mix, but it sounds good. I haven't run into any situation where the pump gas caused a problem from this aspect either though.

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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Sunday, February 08, 2004 6:38 AM

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Steve,
Just had another thought on the fuel issue. "Lo-lead" could lead to plugged cats. Maybe not a good idea to use this unless you've modified the exhaust system.

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Posts: 10From: klamath fallsRegistered: Jan 2004
sparky p-51
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Sunday, February 08, 2004 11:50 AM

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thanks bill. now that i have ur attention...what is the difference between Euro cars and USA models. i reside in central oregon ant there isnt any smog mumbo jumbo here. sure b nice 2 have a car wo smog. 100 lo lead av fuel makes neat exhaust smell. have to dump the litter out of the cats b4 using. thanks 4 the info--




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