Miura burns!

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  1. grober

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    Just came across this- don't know if its been posted before ? Seem to be the bearer of bad tidings today. :(

    Man sues garage after his $1.4M Lamborghini Miura SV burns to the ground.

    [YOUTUBE HD]fqpa1HB-wOc[/YOUTUBE HD]
     
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    Haven't seen it posted here but it was on the news last week.

    Was the car really worth that much :dk:
     
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    This should have been posted in the 'Detailers' section.
     
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    God, that was hard to watch. Feel very sorry for all involved.
     
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    And now, the remaining ones will be worth that little bit more...
     
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    This highlights nicely for me everything that is wrong with modern society;
    everyone standing watching and taking videos. How about making an effort to put the fire out?!
     
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    With............buckets of water from the nearby houses? :dk:

    Unless there happened to be a "fire protection company" van stuck in the traffic right behind there is little anyone but the fire brigade could do there, even the FB had a few problems with just one HP hose.

    Such a waste, if it was a supplier/service fault I hope he gets them digging very deep.
     
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    If there is no-one in the car the best thing to do is stay well clear. I wouldn't risk my life or health for a car. I've seen what a small amount of petrol on a bonfire can do.

    Shame, sad but these things happen.
     
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    grober

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    Aftermath! :eek::eek::eek: Pity there wasn't a fire extinguisher on board for the start of the fire - you never know. Surely a fuel leak????
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    Is that the one that belonged to Jon Hunt (whose sprogs do the Tax The Rich videos)?

    Since the Miura had a reputation for spraying petrol over its engine I would have thought that a fire extinguisher would have been a sensible bit of kit to keep in the car...
     
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    Yep, Jon Hunt's indeed.

    It is too rare a car for any schadenfreude, but on the other hand...
     
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    It looks like the rear badges survived so, given the state of the classic car market, I'm sure they'll confer enough authenticity for a full rebuild to make economic sense.
     
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    Couple of comments from elsewhere.

    "What it needed was an on board fire system, really. The car most likely caught fire because the 4 carburetors & fuel lines on the Miura sit right in the middle of the cylinder heads, & if there's a gasoline leak, the fire will ignite from the spark plug wires."

    "Apparently the bowls tend to overfill in the Miura (probably Webers) when the car isn't being run at least somewhat enthusiastically, and begin leaking at the top cover. I suppose this is due to the factory fuel pump needing to supply enough fuel to keep up with all of those carbs under load, but since it can't return to the tank, it just pressurizes the bowls when they aren't draining quickly enough (aka no throttle being used) and since webers are not designed to hold more than 3-5psi nor actually seal at the top cover, they just begin to belch fuel. It's interesting that this causes fires to me, as I would guess that the fuel would evaporate before igniting. Perhaps a significant amount of fuel leaked out into a spot where it could collect and resist evaporating, then the fuel was cooked off by the heat. I wonder how hot it needs to be to do this? If I had a Miura I would; a, install a return-style fuel system with a modern pump to keep volume high and pressure low; and b, install a fire suppression system asap. In fact I think it's strange that cars, especially mid-engined ones, are not equipped as such from the factory."

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    Didn't this happen in April 2013?
     
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    OTE="Simon_M;2019838"]Didn't this happen in April 2013?[/QUOTE]

    May have done but it was in the Standard on Thursday. The owner of the car once owned Foxtons estate agents.
     
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    Triple downdraft

    For those interested here's what a triple downdraft Weber looks like in cross section.
     
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    There's something about Weber carbs that turn me on. That earlier pic was auto porn on an industrial scale.
     
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    Twin distributor+ 4 triple webers V12 engines are indeed a work of art!
     
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    As is trying to keep them in tune...
     
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    that reminds me a espada I done years and years ago!

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