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  1. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    The technically savvy shop owner who installed the Fuchs coolant conducted his own research after I raised my concern about OAT with him, and concluded that it should be replaced with "green conventional coolant". I use this in all of my other older collector cars on a three year replacement...
  2. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    G12 (and maybe G11) are organic acid technology (OAT). It's fine for aluminum but is incompatible with the copper and brass components used in older cars. With one car in which halting corrosion was a primary concern (Maserati A6), Evans waterless seemed to work well. PS: Just investigated...
  3. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    It seems that the Flaminia engine is very sensitive to coolant chemistry. When Omicron restored my 2.8 convertible in 2012, they used 4-Life (a/k/a Forlife), purportedly a 10-year coolant made in the UK. Within five years, this product had eaten through an alloy lower hose connector and left...
  4. Flaminia Tyre Sizes

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    On the Copperstate this year there was a Flaminia Zagato on Amadoris, and they do look great. But I've heard that the originals are prone to catastrophic fracturing, even in period, another reason why modern replicas would be welcome. Not sure how they'd look on a Touring Flaminia, although...
  5. Flaminia Tyre Sizes

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    I have a Flaminia convertible, 2nd series Aurelia B-20 GT and Citroën ID-19P, all on Michelin 165x400. In the last two years I drove the latter two on the California Mille, with enthusiasm, and I had the Flaminia out today. These are the tires for which these cars were designed, and they each...
  6. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    The value of having a reference vehicle at hand cannot be overstated, and this looks to be a very nice one indeed. Many thanks for continuing this thread, Hubert. The shop looks wonderful. Don
  7. Fulvia Sport advice

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    Very nice ! I hope your daughter realizes how extraordinarily fortunate she is, to have both a Lancia Zagato and a talented low-cost mechanic. Don
  8. Fulvia Sport advice

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    A seemingly nice one is offered at an auction this weekend: Automobiles sur les Champs 10 - Sale N° 3117 - Lot N° 174 | Artcurial. I purchased my Flaminia convertible through Artcurial, it was a good experience. Don
  9. Fulvia Sport advice

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    Hubert, Chapter 9 of the out-of-print Weernink collectors' guide to Fulvia and Flavia has been posted on AlfaBB and might be helpful. If you simply Google "choosing a fulvia or flavia" it is the first item to appear. Among both Alfa and Lancia 4 cylinders, the 1.3L engines seem to me more...
  10. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    Vita brevis, ars longa, occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile. Hubert, I don't recall making so definite a statement, but at the outset I might well have questioned whether the subject car is the best use of your time and talents. At this point, I recommend the wisdom...
  11. Flaminia jack and tools

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    Thanks Steve. And here, indeed, is proof of what you then said.
  12. Flaminia jack and tools

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    Phil, Thanks very much for posting the photos, it seems that you have a nice original set. All of the part numbers align with what I see in the catalog for a tipo 826, except for that additional non-metric 5/8" - 9/16" wrench. Seems novel. Does your screwdriver have a part number stamping ...
  13. Advice on selling a Ferrari

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    Probably the easiest, fastest and most efficient way to sell a car like this at a market-correct price nowadays is through an online auction at Bring a Trailer (Submit a Vehicle | Bring a Trailer). No personal interest in the site, although I've bought several cars there.
  14. Found: Lancia Flaminia Touring 2.8 Convertible

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    Lancia in the Pesenti era must be one of the foremost examples of corporate suicide at the hands of unconstrained engineers. Why did they change so many details in extremely low volume vehicles ? Because they are engineers, and they could. Decades later, perhaps this makes Flaminias more...
  15. Flaminia Coupe -the Bugatti-Wagen-

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    For those unable to access Lechler / Max Meyer color references, # 430B5 seems to be the best match in the Asko Sikkens book for the Lancia wheel color. Beautiful work, Hubert, and thank you for continuing to show it to us. Don
  16. Found: Lancia Flaminia Touring 2.8 Convertible

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    Hi Phil, It's a pleasure to see the photos, which were not attachable to our exchange of PMs. I'm anxious to see more when the car arrives. The top was the first thing to draw my attention. I've never before seen one with three windows. A third hypothesis which I would favor is that it was...
  17. simca 8 sport wanted

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    Rich, perhaps your best chance of connecting with friends or family might be through the readership of Veloce Today. This discovery seems worth a story there.
  18. simca 8 sport wanted

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    Wow, this is probably the ultimate good fortune for any owner of an old sports car, except that you should now double or triple your insurance coverage. European race entry forms of the era typically included chassis numbers, but I've heard that the forms for U.S. races typically did not...
  19. Flaminia Convertibile 3C

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    My new mirror arrived from Hubert, and it is by far the most impressive example among various types of parts I've seen reproduced. The craftsmanship is exquisite. The only minor differences with my original are the fastener heads (Hubert used slotted, versus Philipps and hex on my original)...
  20. Flaminia Convertibile 3C

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    Omicron said: "The crank, main bearings and rod bearings were all fit for re-use, or so we thought until we found a crack in the rear main journal. It runs longitudinally and enters the rearmost web, goes across the thrust face and into the diameter provided for the rear oil seal. It was...
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