Congratulations! The Flaminia GT is the best looking Flaminia and one of the best cars of its time. The mechanical parts such as engine and transaxle are so well made they're almost undestructible. The only issues one could encounter are rust at the end of the two long chassis arms and in the "box" were the rear leafsprings are attached. This corrosion starts on the inside, so it's always a bit tricky to see it. Get a decent product and spray it inside these "cavities".
The interior is bulletproof also. I used saddle soap to keep them healty. The foam on the inside will deteriorate at a quick pace each time you use it, but this can be replaced by new sections of foam.
The brakes... some say they're rubbish, but they're wrong. If they dont work properly, replace all the vacuum hoses and check that little black valve on the firewall. Three hoses are atached to it and this part deals with the vacuum which operates the whole system. Easy to dismantle, easy to clean. If problems persist... check the big drum on the Bonaldi servo. There's a large piston in it with an outer ring made of some sort of rubber. This "piston" can block sometimes causing judder when brakes are applied. Easy to dismantle and easy to lubricate. If you go one step further, you'll see this piston is attached to a fine steel rod. If this one is pitted, brake oil will leak into the piston and end via the vacuum hoses in the engine. That's not good but Omicron in England will help you. Rubber hoses like the ones between engine and oil cooler should be replaced too, they operate under full pressure so it's safe to have new ones made. On the rear side of the engine block, there' s a little red hose for the oil pressure gauge... change it too. Keep in mind these "original" rubbers are about 50 years old now and they handle a lot of pressure when the engine is revving.
The flexible brake lines should be replaced as is the brake oil, but that's routine service. Brake pads at the rear can be tricky, but the view of that magnificent transaxle is soooooo beautiful it will keep you calm like a Tibetian Monk! As you said, the valve covers should be finished in winkle finish. Get a can, clean the covers, spray them and put them in the oven at low temp for a few hours... your engine bay will thank you! Sometimes I read the wheels on a Flaminia are dull... but with a beautiful undented hubcap, a nice cream coloured rim and a perfect chrome outer ring they look extremely tasteful.
Some electrics are very refined. There's a system to prevent to activate the starter engine when the engine is running and the big relay for the headlights should be activated regularly in order to keep it is shape! Electrics are very easy. Each wire has a number and it's very easy if you have the owner's manual with the correct wiring diagram.
I love every Flaminia, but my preference goes to the Touring bodied cars. The quality of craftmanship is lightyears ahead of what Z... did and they're much more civilised, refined and finished than the Sports versions. Also the dash and interior in the Zagato versions are a bit weird.
The single carb setup is by far the best option. It lacks the "woaw" effect and suction sound of the Webers, but it's smoother to use and far less complex.
One thing looks strange... the exhaust tips à la Bentley Blower, the single chrome tips look so good!
I remember my dad came to collect me from school in his 2.8 GT and my friends were fighting to decide who could come with us in the cramped back! My dad used too loosen the adjustable steering wheel and pulled it towards him under acceleration, it looked as if it was loose... Should have seen the face of these kids! We had it for some 40 years along other Flaminia's. The GT is a true jewel and a superb object in which all the best engineering Italy could offer is contained. A Flaminia, just like the Aurelia, is state of the art!
So 'to keep a long story short'... your Flaminia is awesome.
Last edited by Flaminiasport; 01-24-2012 at 02:00 AM.