Home » You’re Never Going To Believe What Happened To Adrian’s Ferrari Unless You Know Absolutely Anything About Old Ferraris: Tales From The Slack

You’re Never Going To Believe What Happened To Adrian’s Ferrari Unless You Know Absolutely Anything About Old Ferraris: Tales From The Slack

Blog Misery
ADVERTISEMENT

]If you’re seeing this text it means this content is for official members only. If you want to enjoy Adrian’s exploits (or laugh at his misery), please consider supporting us by becoming a member. Thank you very much!

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Subscribe
Notify of
43 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
11 months ago

I feel like too many of these are at the expense of David who, prior to starting this website, was a high-functioning disaster. Apparently, we were all David needed in his life to start living better. You hear that kids? Just start websites. It’ll always work out.

Welp, I guess I should finally make use of lemonsparty.org.

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
11 months ago

Yes, one of the many awful things about my dad’s Dodge Stratus was the battery location in which you had to remove the driver’s side front wheel to replace it. This was especially annoying as the car had a number of electrical gremlins and seemed to need a new battery every 18 months or so, which is ridiculous.

Glad to know it and a Ferrari have something in common.

ChrisGT
ChrisGT
11 months ago

Time to bring out the chainsaw! For sure.

Phantom Pedal Syndrome
Phantom Pedal Syndrome
11 months ago

Hmm, I had always just assumed Adrian’s Mondial was black. Red huh? Classic.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago

I didn’t have a lot of choice, although I’m all black all the time. I haven’t seen another Mondial since I’ve had mine, and then on the M25 Friday shortly before I broke down a black one pulled alongside me FML.

Beer-light Guidance
Beer-light Guidance
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Oof, you got Highlandered. There can be only one (running Mondial at a time)!

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
11 months ago

It IS a color that looks good with black, though.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
10 months ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

So you’re saying it’s a color?

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago

I use a trickle charger on the Alfa. I don’t know if I should mention a name so I won’t but it’s green. It has a lead that can be permanently connected to the battery terminals at one end (it’s roughly 30 inches long). The other end has a small quick disconnect terminal with a waterproof cap. The trickle charger had a corresponding cord is regulated so you can leave it plugged in indefinitely without harming the battery and the charging is very mild so it won’t send any surges through the electrical system. I like it. It’s literally a 5 second job to unplug and be ready to drive away, and when you return to the garage it’s no more hassle than plugging in a micro version of a Tesla charging cable.

Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
11 months ago
Reply to  Lokki

I have battery charger/maintainers on most of my cars, as when you have more cars than drivers, some of them tend to not get run often enough. The ones that get nearly daily use don’t have them. It’s a great way to prevent the dead battery problem. However, when you *forget* that you added a maintainer to a car and drive off, it’s not so much fun – ask me how I know (did it again just *today* for cripes sake).

Defenestrator
Defenestrator
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Beckman

There’s magnetic quick-release connectors you can buy for battery tenders that can solve this problem.

Black Peter
Black Peter
11 months ago
Reply to  Defenestrator

That’s brilliant!

Mike Kovac
Mike Kovac
11 months ago

Sorry to hear Adrian! Just drove my Mondi coupe yesterday and she was running beautifully. I think you cursed it haha. Hope to see some more (not broken down) stories soon. If it’s any comfort, I’ve had mine since 2015 and it has not seen the back of a flatbed.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
11 months ago

I know what happened becaused Adrian posted about it on instagram, and it does feel like the most Ferrari thing ever. But I don’t really know much about old Ferraris to be honest.

Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
11 months ago

Oh wait, upon closer inspection of the top picture I think it may be a different Ferrari thing.

Last edited 11 months ago by Do You Have a Moment To Talk About Renaults?
OrigamiSensei
OrigamiSensei
11 months ago

I take no pleasure in your suffering. But even with all your troubles the car looks good even on a flatbed. Here’s hoping no greater damage from the overheating and you can get everything fixed expeditiously.

Roofless
Roofless
11 months ago

Driving a Ferrari is like dating a model – we know what you’re here for, and it’s not because they’re reliable or good for your wallet.

Still looks fast even strapped to a tow truck. Which is good!

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  Roofless

It’s Italians in general. I’m 0-3 with Italian women. Never again.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago

Update II: car and I are safely back home.

Toecutter
Toecutter
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

What an ordeal. Hopefully it’s driveable again sometime next week and that there are no gasket issues.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  Toecutter

It starts and runs absolutely fine, so I think I’ve dodged a bullet there.

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
11 months ago

Can we get an Adrian / Gossin podcast? I feel like there’s loads of potential there.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
11 months ago

Just the 2 of them, no one else. Ship SWG over to merry old England and let them loose at Goodwood or something. Hilarity ensues!

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago

Are you shipping us, as the kids say?

Detroit-Lightning
Detroit-Lightning
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Lol had to look this term up, so I wasn’t trying!

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago

Don’t tell him, but he is a dreamboat with a lovely voice. Bastard.

AssMatt
AssMatt
11 months ago

I recommend checking Ferrari Chat before you do ANYTHING–somebody’s done it before, and probably done it wrong, so you know what to expect and to avoid. For instance, here’s the first thread that came up:
https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/jump-starting-a-mondial.468231/
Also I use the battery cutoff knob religiously because I’m dreading the inevitable anguish you’re experiencing!

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  AssMatt

Ferrarichat is great, I have used it a few times.

Last edited 11 months ago by Adrian Clarke
Jack Beckman
Jack Beckman
11 months ago
Reply to  AssMatt

I looked at the procedure you have to do every time you use the battery disconnect on my car and decided I’d rather just use a maintainer. But I decided I should make sure I knew where it was just in case I ever needed to quick disconnect – and it turns out someone has *removed* it from my car. Why? Why would you do that?

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Beckman

The Mondial has a built in isolater but I’m too lazy to use it because I don’t want to keep setting the clock.

AssMatt
AssMatt
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

I share your predilection for order, but my seat must not go back all the way because I’m at least a few inches shorter than you and I can’t see the clock whilst driving!

PS An almost BRG ‘82 just went up for sale in bev hills. Very pretty, worth a glance. I’d link but I’m not advertising!

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  AssMatt

If it’s an 82 make sure it’s a qv not an 8. The 8 was a bit marginal on power.

AssMatt
AssMatt
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Beckman

That’s madness, beats me. You have a Mondial? Say more!

Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 months ago

I believe they hide the battery and have no jump points because jumping it voids the warranty. Actually I heard just starting a Ferrari voids the warranty.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
11 months ago

Sorry to hear it Adrian, hope she’s roadworthy soon, and I can commiserate at least a little – I found out last year as I was working to get an old 911 back on the road that it’s next to impossible to find information about battery dimensions anymore.

Not to mention that group numbers and specs seem to change constantly, so unless you actually lug the old battery around with you, it’s often guesswork. I did both but not in that order.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

The problem was because of the way it’s mounted in the car I couldn’t see the label which has the size on it. So I had to use the website to find the car (which was listed amazingly) but it gave me the wrong size.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
11 months ago

When you hold a battery over your head, screen obscenities, and fling it as far as you can it will only go about three feet. You have a broken battery plus you feel stupid. Sorry for your troubles.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago

Update: the water pump has seized which then snapped the accessory belt. It does start and run fine so hopefully there’s no further damage. Currently riding in the recovery truck on the way home. Should be going to the local specialist Tuesday ( it’s a holiday weekend here).

Masha Gibbons
Masha Gibbons
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

Fingers crossed you’re in the clear!

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

So does that mean the engine has to come out to replace it? Also, how much for the pump? Oh Mondail, such a great name, such beautiful lines, such a letdown.

Matt, can I please join the pian Slack? Is there a membership level for it? You ignored the CSL piece so I’m feeling discouraged, but I’ll keep trying if it might get me in. 😀

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
11 months ago
Reply to  Crank Shaft

No it can be done with the engine in. The water pump is £195 which is less than I was expecting.

Crank Shaft
Crank Shaft
11 months ago
Reply to  Adrian Clarke

That is good to hear and far less than expected.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
11 months ago

Damn.
I can certainly commiserate with Adrian. I’ve had plenty of ‘gotta accomplish task A in order to go Xing’ Then task A goes from a minor pita to pear-shaped b/c of a wrong part or PO’s modifications. That overcome, you set out—and quickly get (metaphorically) a nail in your foot.
FML is my standard response-quickly followed by a reduction of my solvency

43
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x