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  1. My history on the system working but the ABS light on has been 9.5 out of 10 times it's a wheel sensor problem. Some of things it has been--

    You have a "tone ring" on your axel. You have a Reed Sensor that reads the grooves in the tone wheel as it spins. If your tone ring is really dirty-I have seen this triger a ABS light on because the rotations are not being seen by the sensor. Cure-remove crud from the tone ring.

    Most of the problems I have repaired are the sensors them self either having a wire broken or loose from the sensor. I have been able to remove and repair all sensors I have come accross. Feel for breaks in the wires.

    Hope this helps.

  2. btw--On October 1,1996 I got to crash test a plastic hard top on a TC by getting broadsided by a man doing 85mph. The pins and holddowns all sheared off on impact and the top bounced off my head whille I was spinning in the intersection 5 times. Opened the door and walked away with a chiped tooth and some bruses.




  3. One more time folks--the TC hard tops-are not-were not and never were fiberglass!!!!! They are the largest piece of SMP-Sheet Molded Plastic ever used for a standard automobile. The sheets of plastic were warmed-then pressed between 2 dies. Then they were hand trimed-the "porthole" and back window cut by hand-and sent for painting and assembly. This top came out about 50 or so lbs lighter than a Mercedes 380 top and just under 2 times more ridged. Unfortunatly they also came out about twice as costly to produce as the Mercedes top. Oh well---whats a over $100,000 loss on each car made anyway.

  4. So very sorry you can't make it. You guys will be missed. I was told because of family health problems Mr.Norton will also be mia. Very sad that the only show in the history of the TC-Dennis Gage and the tv show "my classic car" will be at Lakeland and doing a segment on the TC for broadcast next year on speedtv.

    It would have been nice to have Mr.Diogo's 1000 mile car or Mr.Norton's low mileage TC to be on tv.

  5. Alan--I will be setting up at the hotel on friday. It's 30 miles from my house -so if you need anything-just let me know. We are a FEATURED group this year with a special display area almost on the lake. A "best TC" will be chosen and recieve a trophy and get to be in the winners parade at the end of show saturday.---Tim


    2009 Florida TC Lake Mirror

    Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival


  6. BTW-If you need a great-25 year aged balsamic vinegar to go with that cheese-here is a GREAT one imported by the head of the Ferrari Club of America. He started his love of Italian cars as the head of the Maserati Club of America. I order this by the case. Try it on your favorite pizza or simply on grilled chicken. In Italy they even have it on vanilla ice cream. I tried that-not as bad as one would think.

    Mandarano Balsamic Glaze & Sauce - Gourmet balsamic vinegar reduction -

  7. Nothing is left but the land and condos. The Panini Maserati museum is a ways from the old factory site. Your in for a treat with the cheese. It's the only Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese allowed into the Vatican kitchens. 200 years of the family buisness will do that. If your a "foodie"-wait till you make an alfredo sauce with this cheese!

  8. Good luck on the factory the TC's were built in. Most of the old factory sight was bulldozed 4 years ago. On one corner is new condos. None that I talked to even knew auto's were ever built there.

    When Fiat purchased what was left of Maserati-they wanted NOTHING to do with the museum and the cars it contained. They had set up an auction to sell off the collection when the Panini family stepped up and purchased the whole collection. I've included a link to the museum. If you go-in the main display area-on the right side-the last car in line is a red 1989 Chrysler/Maserati 16 valve 5 speed TC.

    If you-like myself-apperciate the Panini family saving the Maserati history-tell them so by purchasing some of their cheese. Yes I know it's costly-but it's worth every penny.

    The Umberto Panini Maserati Collection

    Welcome to the web site of the Maserati Club

    The Panini Collection

    The Panini Collection

    The Panini Collection

    Pondini Imports

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