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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-13-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Fintail fun

Hi All
After wanting a Fintail for some time and looking at a few that needed major therapy, my budget was not the highest, I stumbled over a 230S on one of the classic car sites and it was fairly local, well not the three hundred and eighty mile round trip the previous one had involved with an optimistic trailer attached to the back of the car, anyhow I figured just one more car and thats that no more wasted fintail fantasy.
Soooooo a couple of weeks later I was trailering home a one registered keeper RHD, manual,230S which I decided I wanted about two minutes after clapping eyes on it, so it had not been on the road since nineteen eighty one but it ran, kind of, and could move under its own steam, sort of, and was not very rusty at all, it does have some, and has the most amazing interior in navy blue, the car is a sort of pale grey/beige almost off white, not that exciting but not offensive, I have rebuilt its Zenith Inats which was fun and they are not yet refitted, and been through the ignition stuff with a distributor overhaul and new plug leads etc, I need to replace the hydromat and have a Febi spring kit and hopefully wont end up with its arse up in the air which seems to be a common complaint, there are a bunch of other bits and bobs to get on with. An outstanding issue is a cracked exhaust manifold so if anyone has one or a pair as mine seem to have had their flaps brazed open, I am going to run it up as it is to see what state the motor is in, hopefully its ok.
I am not sure where my need for a Fintail came from it may have been from a junior school friends dad having one and it looking so different compared to the seventies offerings parked up waiting for the kids, I was very taken by the storage nets on the seats and the tail lights, or maybe seeing a photo of a works racer at Techno classica Essen, blue white roof and black steel wheels, I have not driven one to date despite working with all sorts of exotic classics so I am quite looking forward to it, Ta Ta for now, Bill.
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Congrats, saw your pic in the other thread. I think you're really going to have fun with this one, especially since your interest started in your youth. It seems almost every collector has had his/her enthusiasm sparked at some point when they were young and impressionable.


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