Hi everyone,

I own a 1973 white Pantera, and I am interested in getting it running. It was owned by my late husband who loved it. I think the issues are minor (battery and alternator). I am looking for a good mechanic in Atlanta. Any recommendations? Thank you so much in advance for your help! I’ve been reading this forum, and it seems like a wonderful community.

 

 

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Welcome.

If you provide the last 4 digits of the VIN we can look in the registry to get some information on the car. What condition is the car in i.e. has it been sitting for a while? When was it last driven? Details of the car's current state will determine what level of repairs may be needed and whether someone familiar with the car needs to do the work. 

Thank you for your reply!

The last four digits of the VIN are 5835. 

The car has been garaged for several years. It had a lot of upgrades done in 2014, including a repaint.  

That should be a fairly simple operation to recommission your car.  I think there are a few guys in the Atlanta area that could have a look for you.  Perhaps they will chime in.  Too far from me.

Welcome and good luck!...

Last edited by plt-1

Hello & welcome!

We would be happy to restore the car to running, we can do so quite quickly & have the car back to you within a week or two...if that's all your require. Pantera is all we do, we have most everything is stock. We move cars all up & down the East coast, transport will be economical as we use the same enclosed haulers time after time, & have for years. They don't damage cars ever. Further, if your objective is to fix it & sell it, we sell lots of Panteras, 3 in the last 6 weeks alone, over a dozen this year.

Body shop, separate mechanical restoration shop, separate  showroom all in the  Miami area.

If we can help 305-322-9108 or Pantera Miami websight. Hope to talk to you soon!

Jack Sharkey

Hi 73 Pantera, 

So sorry for your loss!  But welcome to our community!

Here's a to-do list from another member here of inexpensive things to check or do on your car when you get a chance; and any shop could do these things for you, especially one familiar with Panteras like Jack Sharkey.

Best Fixes for under $20

(by Larry Finch, posted to the DeTomaso Forum on June 17, 2003)

The following maintenance should also be the first order of business for any new Pantera owner...

  1. Add an emergency front hood release cable.
  2. Make sure your engine oil dipstick is the correct length. Early cars showed "Full" but were actually a quart low.
  3. Add Zerk grease fittings to your ball joints.
  4. Replace stock ceramic/aluminum-strip fuses with GBC glass fuses and clean all fuse holders.
  5. Make sure throttle linkage has two return springs.
  6. Make sure water temp sender is moved from surge tank to engine block.
  7. Change ZF gear oil.
  8. Change brake fluid.
  9. Change clutch fluid.
  10. Make sure distributor gear shear pin is upgraded to stock pin with a second smaller pin inside for added strength.
  11. Drill drain holes in rust prone areas, if not already done on your car.
  12. Remove stock spring spacers if they are still there after thirty years.
  13. Make sure cooling system has all air bubbles removed.
  14. Re-route overflow tank vent hose to exit behind rear wheel.
  15. Add two heater hose shut-off valves to assist the A/C in actually cooling the cabin.
  16. Buy a fire extinguisher

Very sorry for your loss.

Welcome!

You have come to the right place for everything Pantera. There are some very knowledgeable people here.  If your questions can't be answers here then, at very least, someone can point you in the right direction.

Mike 5715

Hi everyone,

I own a 1973 white Pantera, and I am interested in getting it running. It was owned by my late husband who loved it. I think the issues are minor (battery and alternator). I am looking for a good mechanic in Atlanta. Any recommendations? Thank you so much in advance for your help! I’ve been reading this forum, and it seems like a wonderful community.

 

 

I've been in Atlanta for 4 years and a Pantera Owner for less than 1 year.

No disrespect to Pantera Miami but I wish there was a Pantera Service shop closer to Atlanta Metro.

I’m surprised there are no Pantera mechanics as well in a big city with so many muscle cars at Caffeine and Octane/Caffeine and Exotics. Clearly there are mechanics somewhere? 

DeTomaso vehicles are actually specialty cars as you owners know. We've had them come in after visiting half dozen 'shops' around the US and none could get them to stop boiling over. See it all the time. Usually breaking something else they had no business touching in the first place. While being a relatively simple car to work on, they are ~different~ in more than a few ways. Not only cooling system, electrical seems to big another big issue to ~normal~ auto shops if you will. Keep in mind there are Rolls Royce specific shops, Ferrari specific, Jaguar, even Austin Healey exclusive shops that specifically service the ~older~ models. All with different forte. DeTomaso products are user/owner friendly. But what happens when an early 3 point o, 8 cyl (308) enthusiast attempts to change his timing belts on  4 cam, and misses the 5-8 bank cog by one tooth? Oh boy. Hold on to your hat! Immediate valve crash. Engine out. 

Say, why not give Guy Anderson a call, he's been around Pantera for decades. Owned several, written articles for POCA & Pantera International like I have, he's in the Atlanta area........he's good people.....look 'em up!

Sharkey,

Sadly Guy passed away May 2018, it was his GT5 Pantera's that Mecum sold last year.

OMG unbelievable how time flies, seems like just yesterday we spoke on the phone I had him inspect a car for me for purchase. We spoke about the GT5.

I remember he wrote a terrific  article in Autoweek, a magazine we used to advertise in back in the day. He had a white '72. 

Further, he was the second owner of 2421 the pink playboy Pantera here. He bought it & painted it a dark metallic blue. Remnants of that blue are to be found to this day, i.e fuse panel area, carpet edges, under weatherstrips front/rear/doors, lower most rockers, etc. He had docs & pictures he promised to send me. Remember he had that burnt or cut Guara for sale? 

Thkx Joules

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