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Maserati Ghibli

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"I have long wondered what it would be like to own some of the machines that I keep reading about in magazines. What are they like in daily use, what's it like to take them to their limits? Eventually a time came when I decided to stop wondering and start doing...."
Quote by Dennis Palatov.

After having enjoyed my Maserati 430 for nearly a year I had the opertunity to buy another really outstanding car. Again I looked at all nice cars I and others could come up with but soon decided on either a Citroën SM or another Maserati. If it was going to be a Maserati, it had to be as much different from the 430 as could be. I looked and called after several cars, but all had something quite wrong with them. On March 16th 2007 my dad and I set out to look at a SM. We discovered we were going to early for the viewing appointment and decided to look at a Ghibli nearby. The car was advertised as a 1993 2.8 manual 6 speed, 60.000km, colour red. And the colour was the one thing that had kept me from checking out the car earlier. When we saw the car it was clear that red actually suits these cars very well, but the understated elegance of most biturbo's has completely gone and been replaced by a much more agressive appearance.

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At the car dealer's.

The car had been standing for some time and there was quite list of faults that needed rectifying. After some negotiation a price was agreed and the car was mine. We agreed to come back the next day and pick up the car, so that insurance and the money transfer could be dealt with. The dealer put a new battery in and cleaned the car, which was a nice supprise when we came to pick it up. The car ran faultlessly on the way home. The next day was used to rectify the problems the car had.

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Load of electric fun with earthing and the lights.

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Renewing the brake fluid and dealing with interior problems.

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Replacing a steering balljoint cover.

We also discovered the car really has a 2 liter engine, came from italy in 2002 and was only used for 11 months after that. It had been unused for 4 years when we bought it! The car has a full italian service history carried out by official Maserati agents (the last service having been done in 2001 at a little under 60.000km).

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Ready for the technical test.

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Technical test went well but i managed to scrape the sump on the way back, the car had to come home on a towtruck.

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All original Maserati bits for the first half of the full service, including the new sump.

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Damaged sump, the fins are hollow, i managed to damage 2 fins. The new sump doesn't have hollow fins.

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Running again! Red still doesn't like being photographed.

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The only thing more fun than a ghibli, 2 ghiblis!

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205/55/16 vs 205/45/16 and 215/45/17 vs 205/45/16

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205/55/16 430 wheel fitted to the passenger front wheel, sticks out a lot more!

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After scraping my new sump plate, decided to repair the sumpguard and reinforce it.

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One of the remaining problems was the dashboard switching itself on and off. Called my specialist, Barning Tuning, and he told me to take the fuse box out and bring it to him. So i took it out which was really easy, undo 8 nuts and take off all multiplugs. Barning redid all solder joints, removing the old solder before applying new. Quite a few joints had seperated and been dislodged. I put the box back in and everything now works as it should! The car now even runs more smoothly then before as the amazing test drive revealed.

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EBC green stuff brakepads for my car since I still wasn't satisified with the brakes.

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It would have been nicer for the looks to get "red stuff" pads but the green stuff pads improved braking a lot, the pads there were in the car were of very poor quality.

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Something to go with my red Ghibli

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Something red for inside my red Ghibli

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New front tyres, 205/55ZR16 Pirelli P Zero Nero. These are much higher then the original 205/45ZR16, 4cm higher wheel, 2cm more ground clearance! The Nero should be quite a bit more sticky then ordinary high performance tyres.

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Engine rebuilt

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New clutch with modified flywheel and sintered clutch plate linings. New starter (from a peugeot with the original houing fitted).

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Added tubes for BOVs and return tube for oil breather to oil filler / dipstick tube.

Jeroenís Maserati Ghibli just had itís engine removed for a complete rebuild.

With great help and support from Ronald Barning, the engine was stripped and thoroughly checked. Both heads were rebuild with new valves, valve guids and seats, new sprocket wheels and chains; the engine block itself received new bearings (crankshaft was still in very good shape and did not require any work). New piston rings were mounted and the whole engine was reassembled with new waterpump, sensors, seals, chains, sprocket wheels,belts and gaskets. I brought the engine, while still in parts, home for cleaning. Headcovers received a new red wrinkle coat. Eventually everything was put back together and the engine went back into the engine bay.

From a crashed 1998 Ghible the complete front and rear axles and Brembo brake system and the 17Ē rims were transferred. A stainles steel exhaust was fitted to complete the make-over. With the rebuild and modifications and not even 67,000 km on the clock it must be one of the finest 2 ltr. Ghiblis around. The car looks absolutely staggering now and Iím sure that this is what Jeroen had in mind himself for this car.

The following pictures show the engine disassembling and rebuilding process.

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And this is the final result:

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