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Featured Member: Michel Savard
 photo Dale Sweitzer_zps3uhmb9h4.jpg Michel (display name mic) is posed with his 1974 Pantera L, chassis 6610. The picture was taken at a car show held at “the Julep” in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's holding the event's First Place award, congratulations Mic!

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Slotting Engine Mount Pedestal Holes - Anyone done it?

As many of us are aware, the drivers side ZF mount typically does not sit properly in its saddle. My car exhibited this problem when I bought it, the previous owner hacked up the rearmost LH rubber bushing to make it fit. I've installed new motor mounts and ZF bushings as part of an engine R&R, now it's time for reassembly. Rather than modify the saddle or the ZF bushing, I'm thinking about sliding the engine/transmission forward by 1/8-1/4" or so by slotting the mounting holes in each...Read More...
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Need help troubleshooting starting issue

Unfortunately my Pantera recently failed to start. It normally took a few tries to get running from a cold start but on the first try it started to turn over and then stopped. Thereafter all that happens is a single click. After testing the battery and getting a replacement I'm still getting the same result. After confirming the wire to the starter and the solenoid seem intact I noticed that a "Motorcraft Solid State Electronic Ignition" which is mounted below the coil and alternator...Read More...
Last Reply By rocky · First Unread Post

Stiching on dash? What years?

Riley
I was looking at the GT5-S on BraingaTrailer and noticed the dash is stitched together compared to the single pod dashes in the L cars which I assume were molded? All dual pod dashes are stitched, right? Was it only in 1980s that they started stitching the single pod dashes? In my searching/googling I noticed some cars have the stitching at the "edges" like that one and some have it where the inlay meets the dash. Is there a correct version? or like many Pantera things I'm learning, there's...Read More...
Last Reply By Riley · First Unread Post

Wing door latches

8ma1248
To all, since years I am looking for these rare latches. Does anybody know where this part can be find or from which car they are? After years I found only this very similar parts. Trunk lock from a Grecav Eke (Grecav founded in 1964 in Gonzaga /Italy). Maybe is this a following version from the first original one, so it would be interesting which is the car with the first version, which looks like the Mangusta ones :-)Read More...
Last Reply By leea · First Unread Post

Pantera Sun Visors

thrillrider
VINTAGE DETOMASO PANTERA SUN VISOR MATCHING SET GENUINE ORIGINAL DETOMASO ( THESE ARE NOT REPRODUCTIONS } MORE THICKLY PADDED ORIGINALS SALE INCLUDES: LEFT VISOR PART # 250038 RIGHT VISOR WITH MIRROR PART # 250028 COLOR IS LIGHT TAN BRACKETS ARE LIGHT GREY GLOSS MIRROR IS CLEAR AND UNBLEMISHED NO TEARS RIPS OR CREASES THERE ARE A COUPLE OF VERY MINOR MARKS IN THE VINYL ( See 3rd Photo Bottom Visor has Dark Line Right Side ) OVERALL CONDITION IS EXCELLENT ( ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AVAILABLE ) Part...Read More...
It is said by some that they know of a paint for aluminum heads that if tested with a magnet will indicate they are iron. Some claim that Gary Hall was using it on his race car but none have offered a source of this stuff. If there is anyone here that knows, I'd like to hear about it please? Thanks.Read More...
Last Reply By joules · First Unread Post

Brembo Caliper Upgrade

I have some Brembo (Porsche 996 Turbo) caliper sets and a local shop makes adapters. The 996 Turbo is heavier and has a nearly identical weight distribution, so these should be an ideal caliper set for a Pantera. They require 13 inch rotors (1.25 and 1.10) and 17 inch wheels. These are really nice monoblock radial mount calipers, and at least one vendor uses them in a conversion and said they are better than calipers that come in the $8,000 Brembo kit. Unlike after market calipers, there is...Read More...
Last Reply By jimmym · First Unread Post

Help removing hvac slider toggle thingies

Riley
Hi, I’m trying to remove the dash consoles... have everything except the front plate with the gauges and not sure how I’m supposed to get it separated from where the sliders are for heat/def etc. Top one came off super easily, just pulled it. The other two seem to be stuck on and I can’t tell if it’s a rivet or what. Any help please? Thanks!Read More...
Last Reply By timsteren · First Unread Post

Motor oil

looking for suggestions i have a 73pantera previous owner rebulit the engine to boss 351 specs 11.7 comp.closed chamber heads close to 600 lift comp cam.so its a beast.the engine was built in the late 90s and has less then 10,000 miles on engine 32,400 on the car.anyway i was using 20w 50 vr1 valvoline only because i figured this particular engine needed the high zinc in the oil.i was changing the oil about every 800 to 1000 miles with a 10 court pan.my issue i let go maybe 1500 miles and...Read More...
Last Reply By thrillrider · First Unread Post

OFF the MARKET 5177, 73 (disassembled)

jfb05177
A brief summary of 5177 I purchased in 1980. Originally single turbo setup that was drivable and showed well. After daily driving for a year, began “on rotisserai” stripping in preparation for repaint. I did dent the right door and rear fender when I was driving it, but should hammer out. Due to a change in employment, 5177 has set disassembled for decades. Glass and doors still on body, parts removed are in enclosed trailer. Over 50% undercoating removed with putty knife. Couple years ago,...Read More...
Last Reply By jfb05177 · First Unread Post
My original 1974 Pantera Veglia 260 deg. F water temperature gauge has stopped working. After some troubleshooting it appears to be the gauge, not the sender or wiring. Looking on eBay, it appears that used Fiat Veglia 260 deg. F gauges can be had for about $40. The body and connections appear identical; the only differences appear to be cosmetic. Has anyone disassembled these gauges to exchange the guts for a cost-effective fix? Was it worth the extra effort to save a few bucks?Read More...
Last Reply By rocky · First Unread Post

Larger diameter wheels. Upgrading wheels and tires. Resizing wheels and tires. Modernizing wheels and tires. Campy clones, etc. Featured

This is my first post here as I just aquired my father's 1972 Pre-L (#2725) after his death. Now on to my question. I've basically given up on 15" tires and have decided to move on to Campi Clones as the car has maintained it's "stock" appearance and I would like to continue that look. Question: Which tire-wheel combo will keep that 4" clearance that I love so much?Read More...
Last Reply By jimmym · First Unread Post
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I feel like I'm posting too much on here, but I couldn't find my answer through search. The previous owner on my car said he never used the parking brake, and it wasn't working. I checked all the lines and the internals on the lever, and it seems to all be there, and it does seem to kinda work if I pull really hard on it... but it only goes a couple clicks. I can feel some resistance if I turn the wheel by hand, but not enough to hold it. I searched on here and found a couple posts about...Read More...
Last Reply By rrs1 · First Unread Post

FMX block

can anyone give me an opinion as to if this 400 FMX block that i can buy is even worth me buying. will a machine shop be able to even clean this block up so that i can use it..also will these piston cylinders clean up or will they need replaced? the person wants 450.00 is this way to muchRead More...
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