I didn't attend this event but saw on FB at least another 3 owners showed up. All these existing owners seem to posses the car already for a while. Maybe time to organize an event for all the 400 owners in the Netherlands.
Well, finally today I had time to take care of this task. Typical how the most easy task takes the longest time to complete. Then again, it's less important then engine or other maintenance. In order to remove the struts I had to remove the side strips so I could get my hands under the bonnet isolation and remove the clip and the pin. It's a bit of fiddling but very doable.
The struts fitted nicely, except that one side had to be drilled out to fit the pin. Again, a minor job.
Then putting the sides strips on again with new pop-rivets and presto
The only big difference with the originals struts are the mounting ends which are smaller but it's not causing any issue or whatsoever.
When closing the bonnet the left side now does require a light push to close entirely.
And for the records, the Original struts are made by Gilardini Corte & Cosso
This Ferrari 412 is in perfect condition and is one of 11 Ferrari 412’s that are still in prefect condition. This Ferrari has always been serviced by Kroymans Ferrari (official Ferrari dealer) and all service bills and specifications are available The specifications of this Ferrari are as follows:
Engine4.9 L F 101 EL V12
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,810 mm (189 in)
Width1,798 mm (70.8 in)
Height1,314 mm (51.7 in)
Curb weight1,805–1,810 kg (3,979–3,990 lb)
This specific car is produced on 20-06-1986 and imported from Switzerland into The Netherlands on 24-04-2009.
The color of the car is black metallic and the paint is in outstanding condition as is the chrome on the car. The car has a new stainless steel exhaust system. The car is used on a regular basis which means that all tubes and other vulnerable parts are not porous or weak due to not driving.
The tires are as good as new. The brake blocks have been renewed last month.
The interior of the car is cream white and does not have any scratches or damages. The car has all possible options such as: electrical chairs, electrical windows,, electrical mirrors, electrical antenne.
It is true pleasure to drive the car and what makes it even more special is that you can drive with your partner and kids who have plenty of space on the back “royal” seats.
The car has driven 33.000 KM.
Update 14-10-2015: And for sale again. Maybe one of the very few that is dropping in price. Meanwhile another 4k has been driven. So it has been used properly - Always good.
Last week I was approached by someone for advise on tuning the carbs. My knowhow on this topic is very limited and I'm lucky to know a helpful and knowledgeable mechanic. Thought it might be useful to share his response. Furhtermore I obtained an additional document describing a similar process. I will add this doc in the download folder in the manual section. Note the same folder does have the Weber service manual as well.
Concerning the carburettor adjustments. You don't really need specific
Ferrari information, setting up carburettors is pretty much the same on a Lada
as on a Ferrari except you have a bit more carburettors on your car to work
with. First of all unattach the linking mechanism connecting all carburettors.
The best way to synchronize is to attach 6 or 12 vacuum gauges to the
intake manifold if you have vacuum tubes on your engine to attach something to.
I think you have them, if you look at your carburettors, somewhere on the intake
manifold close to where your carburettors are attached to the manifold. I guess
they are interconnected to each other with some small rubber hoses. Next
thing, you could use a flowmeter to balance the individual throats of each
carburettor. There is a small screw on your carburettor to synchronize the flow
between each throat of the individual carburettor. This screw is really only for
synchronizing 1 throat compared to the other troat of 1 individual carburettor.
Screw them both in (gently) and screw one out until they are equal. Do this at
all carburettors. After that look at your vacuum gauges and screw the idle
screws on you carburettors in or out until all carburettors are somewhat equal.
Now they should be balanced.
Double check with your flowmeter if all
carburettors are also somewhat equal on airflow and if neccesary make minor
adjustments also trying to keep your vacuum as synchronized as possible at the
same time. Now attach the linking mechanism again and check if everything is
still synchronized. If not make adjustments to the linking mechanism. As the
last step, apply some throttle so that the engine is running around 2 or 2500RPM
and dubbelcheck airflow and vacuum again.
You really need quite some
stuf to do it right, 6 vacuum gauges and at least 1 flowmeter.
everything is balanced it's best to buy a glass colortune spark plug. Remove a
spark plug, install the colortune, fire up your car and turn the air/fuel
mixture screw until the color of the combustion is nice and blue. Do this at all
cilinders. Worst thing of it all is that if you have done your air fuel
setting it will run more RPM and you have to repeat the synchronization steps
UPDATE (6-7-2015): I received this additional information from another mechanic: The manifold is equipped with a removeable nut per cylinder (thus per carb) as such you can realtime perform an exhaust gas test per cylinder and as such check if the burning indeed does correspond between them.
I wrote a small blog about this as well with a
Recently I have been in touch with the folks
of Cinecars. It’s a small team who are creating high quality movies about cars
and their owners. But they also make reportages about
automotive events and other related car matters. All of this is created with
limited funding and with support from a small incrowd. With their help we
have been able to make a reportage about a very important car designer and yes,
it involves the 400. I anticipate it will be released
after the summer holidays. It’s actually quite a story and I will of course
create a blog about this adventure. So consider this an early heads
Meanwhile Cinecars are working on another
project which can only happen with sufficient funding. For this they have
created a crowdfunding campagne. They are pretty close to the set financial
target but it needs an extra push. The project is about the Italian Police cars,
you can read all about it here:
If you fancy this project or car history in
general then we welcome your donation. Of course you can also donate for the
fact they have freely contributed in making a special about the car designer
of your beloved 400.
I received this class photo in my inbox yesterday. If you have a cool photo of your 400 on one of your trips, feel free to submit it to me. Happy to share it with the wider community of 400 lovers.
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