After 4 years of being in the shop my Pushbutton #1252 is finally nearing completion. New paint, leather seats, restored original suspension, all chrome redone, all new rubber seals etc. Trying to restore to mostly original glory

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Old pushbutton doors were badly rusted. New door skins were fabricated out of steel by Hall Pantera using their pushbutton Pantera as a template. However extensive body work was needed to make the skins work. Overall it looks like new again

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Seats were originally covered by wrong year 72 vinyl covers, those were removed and correct 1971 new complete leather seat covers by SACC restorations installed.

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When I first got the car the clutch took two feet to push in. A new flywheel with diaphram clutch was installed along with a clutch effort reduction kit from Wilkinson Pantera. Now its much more manageable

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When I first got the car the windshield rubber and chrome trim were wrong for the pushbutton Pantera. The previous owner who painted the car used a later model windshield rubber piece and window chrome. They came with two large brass window chrome pieces that joined in the middle with two stainless pieces. I sourced a very early windshield rubber piece from Mrfiat.com it fit but did not seem as wide as it should be so there is a small gap between the dash and the windshield. I had the windshield chrome pieces sent out to be rechromed and Hall pantera fabricated the two stainless joining pieces. Now the window looks correct.

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Car looks great benchu, after 4 year's you must urge to drive it. Just wondering, you've seem to have gone to great lengths to get period correct trim etc., but how do the mirrors fit into that scheme? I prefer the original small almost useless chrome ones Smiler

Your car, I know...
I thought about the period correct mirrors and actually bought a set but looking at the mirrors now it almost looks like they match the car well. Plus you can actually see well out of them as they are fully adjustable from the inside via a switch
I second that! Beautiful companion to your equally beautiful Mangusta. Nice pair! Big Grin

Mark
Congrats on completion of the refurb. Beautiful.

Two yellow DeTomaso cars! In case you weren't aware, yellow was Alejandro DeTomaso's favorite color.

-G
Thanks for the replies. Yellow is my favorite color for a sports car. I painted a very clean 2008 Corvette yellow. I have yet to drive the car. Driving to the body shop does not really count. I hope to actually enjoy the car one day. The design of both cars are truly beautiful and still looks modern today. Oh by the way Italford, the stainless mufflers on the car are sourced from you. I still need to take those to a muffler shop to align the muffler perfectly. The car does sound loud and healthy but I like it.
There were so many issues with the car, the rear quarter covers were chrome, there was bad rust on the doors and rear hatch, panels which fit poorly, seats that did not roll back and forth, interior panels done in yellow, wiper grills in chrome, loose suspension, worn shocks

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Very Nice! Congrats on nearing completion of your project. Of course I have found that the project is never really finished, but just comes near to completion.
Yes the previous owner actually had a pushbutton registry for only pushbutton owners from around the world. Also pictures of each car and the differences between pushbuttons and non-pushbutton panteras. The website make this car seem pretty cherry, that's why I bought it, but it actually needed a lot of work and time to sort out the car. I had a friend of a friend drive down to see the car in person and he said the car was pretty nice like a 8/10 but in actually it was a 4/10 and needed a lot to restore it to its current condition.
A pushbutton registry?! For pushbutton owners only?!! We can't have that! All pullhandle owners: Unite and rebel!
Razzer
BTW, my wife's first car was a pushbutton, as pictured

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Yes the previous owner actually had a pushbutton registry for only pushbutton owners from around the world. Also pictures of each car and the differences between pushbuttons and non-pushbutton panteras. The website make this car seem pretty cherry, that's why I bought it, but it actually needed a lot of work and time to sort out the car. I had a friend of a friend drive down to see the car in person and he said the car was pretty nice like a 8/10 but in actually it was a 4/10 and needed a lot to restore it to its current condition.


Hi Benchu, interesting to hear you say that. I contacted the owner a few years ago - probably around 6 or more, when he had it for sale, and as you say it looked fantastic in the pictures. I enquired a bit and heard it had a few bubbles and got some photos sent. I read as much as possible about Panteras and got a bit nervous about potential issues and got put off by the local US car importers not wanting to help me with import. So I passed it up. I always wondered aboout it.
Cheers, Tim.
The car looks great. I also like yellow early cars!!!

Does anyone know were those single slot wheels were made? I would love to have a set of those

Anson
Wow, just came across this! Beautiful job on that car. Was the engine compartment already smoothed when you got it? Regardless, it looks fantastic all around.
The engine bay was previous painted yellow as were all the suspension pieces. I had the suspension disassembled and repainted them black. When the car was repainted the engine bay was repainted yellow

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Pantera East. I have the same on my car - I had mine powder coated.


Hi, could I trouble you for some pics of the wheels, I want to step my PB to later wheels but haven't been able to find single slots. I have pb 1329 undergoing a very meticulous to as original restoration. Found the Michelin xwx in england for the 15" but would never actually drive on it. What sizes do you have? Thanks, Oreste.

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