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  • Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

    Hi all and greetings, I'm new to this forum and this is my first post. Recently I just bought a 95% done Testarossa kit (hope to post pics soon) and I was wondering if there is anyone else among the forum who has one also. The kit was built on an 86 Fiero frame and seems to be in very good condition, although it does need some additional finishing done to it.

    Here is a rear view:





    Here is a side shot of the car as it exists now:




    And here is more how the car will look after a few modifications:
    (I just purchased a set of rims off an actual Testarossa from a guy on ebay (lug nut versions) that will replace the current rims) The rims I just purchased from the ebay guy's TR are not quite as inset as the ones you see below.





    Some things I still need to find is the orange lens parking/running lights that go just above the front turn signals. I've been looking at many and, from what I can tell, the front parking lights from the later 90s models Honda Accord seem to be very similar in shape and size. Have no idea where I'll get the air intake vent for the top of the hood (may have to fabricate).

    Any opinions or advice much appreciated!

    Rob








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    Welcome to the forum.

    Nice project. What engine/trans is installed?

    Previous Builds: AF - 308 Replica w/ V8 & GM F-body Testarossa Replica
    Current Toys: 308 V8 Project #2, 91 V-12 Jaguar XJ-S Coupe. 1983 Hurst\Olds, 1979 Trans/AM - 468CID Bracket Car.

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      Thanks! The engine is the 2.8L (definitely needs upgrade to 3.8L at some point) and transmission is the stock TH125 3-speed auto (definitely needs to be replaced by manual But the car is very good running and I just need to find a few semi-elusive parts.

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        Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

        I have a replica 86 TR and a 1994 512tr chassis which I will likely sell. They are both extremely authentic.

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          Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

          BTW the hood vent can be cut out of the hood vent on a 1983 HOnda Civic hatchback.

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            Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

            Originally posted by jdorr2002
            BTW the hood vent can be cut out of the hood vent on a 1983 HOnda Civic hatchback.
            I will be on the lookout for Honda Civics at the salvage yard ASAP and I appreciate the info. Do you have any idea what might be used for the front running lights? Best match I can find is from late 90s model Honda accord:





            By the way, can you post or send a pic of your 86 TR and 512 body? Would like to see them.

            Rob

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              Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

              Nice looking replica, what type of mirrors are on the car? I can't tell from the pictures. I may have a set of original TR front driving light's. I think I am missing the glass lense on one side. Let me know if you are interested. I'll practically give them away. I'll post pictures here tomorrow. Take care. Bill

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                Originally posted by aa2uk
                Nice looking replica, what type of mirrors are on the car? I can't tell from te pictures. I may have a set of original TR front driving light's. I think I am missing the glass lense on one side. Let me know if you are interested. I'll practically give them away. I'll post pictures here tomorrow. Take care. Bill
                Thank you. Not sure what kind of mirrors they are, perhaps some knock-off GT or Euro brand. I've seen these type mirrors in many a parts catalogs and would have to look inside to be sure. I'd definitely be interested in the driving lights.

                Rob

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                  Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                  as far as the front lights go, for proper appearance you only have two choices, original equipment, or some manufacturers made exact copies using original lights for molds, I suspect yours didnt come with those so for it to be perfect you want original TR lights.

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                    Seems many OEM parts for this car are about as scarce as hen's teeth.. although I have already got about $1K worth through ebay, others remain more elusive. If Bill has the front driving lights I'll be in business there. Meanwhile, still trying to hunt down an 83 Honda Civic vent... or even the whole hood, or perhaps even the whole car! he he! Anyone know of a good online salvage yard(s) that they use ?

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                      Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                      i believe Ron at Cool Custom Cars uses Dodge Caravan amber+driving lights, might wanna look into it.
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                        Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                        the caravan lights are used for the 512tr and not the 85-91 tr, they dont look right anyway though, I have original 512tr lights for my 512tr kit and the difference in appearance is worth the expense.

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                          Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                          Here is a picture of the pair, I only have one glass lense. I believe these are authentic parts.
                          Attached Files

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                            Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                            By the way welcome to the TR club, the authentic parts for any Ferrari are astronomical in price and hard to find unless you go to one of the Ferrari resellers then hold on to your wallet.
                            You mentioned changing the engine, I have a 4.9 with the matching 4t60E Caddy transmission. Mine is like a rocket up to 100mph plus. It looks great and sounds fantastic. It is also a very reliable drivetrain.
                            Some where on the forum I had posted a link to my engine swap and interior upgrade. I do not like or have the oriinal Ferari interior but I used a combination of Mr. Mike's seats, arm rests and door leather.
                            If you want more launch you can always add a small shot of Nitrous. I have a 75hp shot in mine.
                            I hope the lights are what you are looking for. I will be posting pictures of mine when I get it back from the paint shop. Unfortunately for me I was hit head on about 8 months ago and it has taken my bodyman some time to rebuild the front end and custom headlight assemblies. He also straightened out some flaws in the original body panels. I keep hearing next week but I think this might be the week I get it back. It is by far my favorite car, I really miss her.
                            Take care. Bill

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                              Re: Anyone have a Testarossa Kit?: Just bought one

                              did you happen to catch monster garage when they took a TR kit on a fiero? ripped off the body panels like they were trash. and turned it into a shi**y santa claus god-knows-what... :-[

                              I hate that show. >
                              -Rob

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