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 Post subject: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 12:35 am 
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Model: 924 Martini
Thanks for letting me in, I have been the second owner of a '77 924 Martini since 1987. The car was in excellent condition when I bought it back then, and still is in very good condition considering it's age. Has been garaged since day one and looked after as best as I could. 81k on the clock and still running sweet. Un-restored, no rust anywhere. So due to the age of the car and it's known history I am going to start a comprehensive restoration to get it back to near new condition. Fortunately I am starting with a pretty tidy specimen, so as I write I have just run the engine for the last time. No doubt I will be referring to topics and asking questions along the way, and I am very excited to be taking on this project. I was looking at selling the car as is in Australia, as I wanted the space in my garage. However I came to my senses and decided to keep it and restore it as I still think it is one of the coolest cars around and I know I would have regretted selling it. Looking forward to getting on with it and sharing the experience.
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Barry


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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:03 am 
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Location: Ayrshire
Model: 1980 924 na
G'day Barry! And welcome to the club. I'm sure that you'll get lots of help on here. And what a beautiful car! Amazing condition for such an early car...and un-restored? WOW. :grin:

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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:04 am 
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Very Nice.

How much, how deep a restoration are you planning? It’s only original once. Some folks prefer 100% originality which means no paint, no retrims, just limited recommissioning of things needing a fettle.

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1980 924 Turbo Series 1 - Alpine White & Guards Red
Omega forged pistons, lightened and balanced bottom end, ARP studs + Cometic MLS HG, Piper fast road cam, K27/26 3257 hybrid turbo, 951 ducted FMIC, Custom intake manifold, Mittelmotor dizzy & cam pulley, Adj boost - dyno’d at 239.5 rwhp @ 1.05bar, Zeitronix ZT2 & Phormula KS4 knock sensor, 944 turbo all alloy radiator, Hayward & Scott custom tapered race exhaust, GAZ Gold coilovers, Fuch'ed up, Quaife LSD
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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 8:48 am 
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Nice to see another kept in good condition, sometimes miss mine. By the way you seem to be missing the headlamp wash bottle?


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1984 924 N/A RUBY RED METALLIC - 924 of the Show, National 2018
1988 924S Guards Red - sold
1986 924S Guards Red - sold
1984 924 N/A Black - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#1 - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#2 - sold
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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 1:15 pm 
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Location: Bournville - Land of Chocolate
Model: 924S
Welcome to the club :beer: :beer: :beer:

That looks great. I like an original unrestored car myself

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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 1:59 am 
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Thanks for the welcome. I like older cars and motorbikes either un-restored or restored also. I have 2 motorcycles, one I bought new in 1978 and is un-restored. "1000cc Laverda Jota" It's originality and age is nothing short of beautiful. The other is a 1974 "Laverda 750 SF2 which I bought in 1980. I recently completed a full nut and bolt restoration on it and it is stunning. See photos. I know it's not a bike forum, just making my point about un-restored & restored vehicles having their place. Which brings me to the 924 Martini's dilemma. The seat's upholstery needs re-doing back to original which will make it look like brand new inside. That has to be done!! So that will miss match with the rest of the car, that is showing signs of ageing. So, I need to paint the car and the wheels, as I can't really touch it up where it needs it and leave the rest original. It would just not look right. The engine is coming out now for new rubbers, gaskets and anything else outside that needs doing in the engine bay. Brakes have been done a couple of years ago. Trans axle, maybe CV joints ? So I don't want leave the Martini as it is, and I don't want it Concourse either. So I'm damned if I do & I'm damned if I don't. But I will make it look pretty nice for sure, as I have no intention of getting rid of it for a long time yet. What's another 33 years. :woohoo: Sourcing parts in Australia is becoming difficult, you very rarely see 924's on the road here anymore. It seems most "specific parts" will need to come out of Europe or the USA which is ok as long as I can combine shipments to reduce postage costs in most cases.
As for the "Washer Bottle Missing" that along with the Alternator cooling intake funnel ended up as a pile of brittle plastic in the rubbish bin a couple of years ago. Now is the time along with many other parts to find the correct replacements.
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Barry


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 Post subject: Re: G'Day from Queensland Australia.
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:58 am 
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Location: Bournville - Land of Chocolate
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OMG :shock: .... post as many photos of the Laverdas as you wish :party:

I am drooling here..!

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Laverdas, Moto Guzzi, Ducati all welcome here. Not a biker but love a 70’s or early 80’s cafe racer. Never allowed myself to own one. Wouldn’t be a pleasant ending for me or the bike

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1980 924 Turbo Series 1 - Alpine White & Guards Red
Omega forged pistons, lightened and balanced bottom end, ARP studs + Cometic MLS HG, Piper fast road cam, K27/26 3257 hybrid turbo, 951 ducted FMIC, Custom intake manifold, Mittelmotor dizzy & cam pulley, Adj boost - dyno’d at 239.5 rwhp @ 1.05bar, Zeitronix ZT2 & Phormula KS4 knock sensor, 944 turbo all alloy radiator, Hayward & Scott custom tapered race exhaust, GAZ Gold coilovers, Fuch'ed up, Quaife LSD
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2015 Nissan Leaf Tekna


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