Ferrari 250GTE Floorpan Repairs

January 16, 2022

This past Summer, a Ferrari 250GTE owner dropped off his car at The Panel Shop in Stratford CT for some floor pan work.

This car has been owned by the same owner since the late 70s, and has amassed quite a bit of memories for the owner and his wife. The car has a lot of original details, so it has managed to survive through the years without losing parts.

The interior was replaced a decade or so ago, but has the incorrect carpets.

The reason the car was brought to Mark was because after a new exhaust was installed, the clearances seemed off. The previous repairs to the floorpan done before the owner bought the car in the 70s brought the level of the floor too low for the exhaust to fit and it was time to take a closer look.

After Mark removed a crudely welded bottom layer of floorpan, he was shocked at what he found. The previous shop braced pieces of angle iron and flat bar stock between the frame rails and what was left of the original rockers. Some pieces were barely welded to the substructure offering very little support.

Although the replacement steel was plenty strong to hold up the floor, it’s strength was negated by the way it was attached to the original structure. A lot of bracing was simply floating in mid air, supported by the sheetmetal that it was supposed to hold up!

The original Ferrari rockers were somewhat corroded but the inner dimple dyed panel was still there and may be saved. Look at how the I-beam shaped piece on the right side of the picture was simply jammed into the place with very little support from the original structure.

The poor work continued on towards the back with little improvement to the effort.

The rust looks like it continued into some of the rear suspension structure and the previous shop tried to weld new metal to it. Hopefully when all this bad work is cut out, we will still have enough original structure to rebuild and reinforce.

This was probably the worst repair I’ve seen to a floor pan yet. I don’t have a problem with shops doing floor pan work where they get the original details wrong, like the bead rolled patterns or the dimple dyed panels, but these panels were barely safe! The Steel they chose to use for these repairs was a lot heavier than the original pieces, but the added weight didn’t add any strength to the original design. In fact, the way it was welded in place, it was probably weaker!

I shot a video going over the details on this original car, and the floorpan repairs. Stay tuned to follow the work on this car in future videos and blog posts!

Ferrari SII 330 Package Tray

I’ve been working on returning a SII 330 back to its original configuration and one area that needed attention was the rear package shelf below the rear window. The old jute insulation had seen better days, and was water damaged and crumbling.

The water damage on this rear panel was also from some kind of rodent, because there were signs of mouse droppings and urine stains. The panel itself was not original and was upholstered in three pieces of leather with the incorrect speaker details.

The plan is to remake this panel with the correct details and cover it with one piece of material like the original panel. To save sending the car to the upholsterer, I cut a piece of thin plywood and fit it to the car with enough clearance for the covering and a piping that would go around the whole panel. After this was done, I delivered the panel to my upholsterer for his part of the job.

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Ferrari SI 330 Video

January 9, 2022

When this Series I Ferrari 330GT 2+2 came into the shop, it barely ran when it came off the truck. It felt like one of the accelerator pumps wasn’t firing so I looked a little closer at the problem. If you haven’t checked out my Youtube channel, you’ll find a growing collection of Vintage Ferrari videos that if you visit this website, you’ll probably find interesting. While you’re on Youtube, please subscribe, “like” the video, and feel free to comment on the videos. Your actions on Youtube will help spread the word of the videos and bring new people back to this website. Some of you may have been following this website for years, but there are always new people who have never heard of this little community of ours that I would love to bring in.

Ferrari 365 Door Panel Fix Steering Box Leak and

January 7, 2022

I’ve been making small improvements to a newly acquired 365GT 2+2 at my shop and the owner asked me to see what I could do about a couple of dents in the door panel trim.

The 365GT 2+2 has an aluminum door panel trim with a particular herringbone pattern that I have not been able to source. If you recall, the 330s and 275GTBs have a similar panel, but the pattern can be found from a 1957 Chevrolet Belaire tail fin, but the 365 is different.

This unfortunate dent came from having a seat belt caught between the driver’s side seat and the door when it was closed.

After taking the door panel apart and removing the aluminum trim, I carefully tapped out the dent with some cold chisels I ground dull and smooth. The marks were still there, but a lot less noticeable.

A larger annoyance was a steering box oil leak. Power steering fluid was leaking out of the steering box, dripping down the pitman arm, and dripping down all over the driver’s side of the car.

Before I unbolted the pitman arm, I confirmed there was a mark on the shaft and the arm to line up the parts when I put everything back together.

Originally, I was planning on removing the seal with the steering box in place. I borrowed Francois’ special low profile pitman arm tool that worked perfectly on manual steering boxes, but found the clearance was different with the power steering unit. Since I was replacing all the tie rod ends on the front suspension, it was easy to remove the steering box and replace the seal on the bench.

Still Looking for that Center Console!

January 6, 2022

I’ve been calling around for the last several weeks to all the usual suspects looking for a center console for a SII 330 I have at my shop, not having much success. Here’s a picture of one that belongs to another car so you know what I’m looking for.

My first choices to call in the States would be T Rutlands or Partsource. Rutlands started business years ago from FAF when Ted Rutlands started selling Ferrari parts. Rutlands was purchased by Motion Products in Wisconsin a few years ago about the same time Ted passed away and most of its inventory was moved out of Atlanta. There was a large stash of used parts that was moved, and Motion Product continues to buy inventory around the country. The phone staff at T Rutlands is the access point to these parts. Partsource is run by Geof Ohland, and his business stemmed from Chinetti Motors in Greenwich CT, the North American Distributor of Ferrari since the 50s! Ohland had been single handedly selling parts for Ferraris out of Camden Maine. I know Geof has a stash of used parts, so he’s always on my list to call when looking for parts. Another person on my call list would be Tom Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy is another one man operation, but deals mostly in parts and some reproduction tools for the Vintage Ferrari tool kits. He’s bi-coastal these days, and if you thought he was a hard man to reach in the past, try him now! I’ve had luck with Tom in the past because his hoard, uh collection, of parts, is from years of collecting with varying degrees of selling. I’m still waiting to Tom to take a look in his California warehouse for a center console!

Speaking of Vintage Ferrari stashes, another oft forgotten company is Mostly British in Chaumont NY. Fred Petroski ran a British Parts company up by Lake Ontario, but loved Vintage Ferraris. He bought and sold all sorts of Vintage Parts and amassed quite a collection of parts. I visited Fred years ago to take a look at shelves and shelves of gauges, trim pieces, and chopped up Vintage Ferraris. I even bought a whole nose section to a SI 330 to ship to Europe to help with a restoration. Unfortunately, Fred passed away several years ago, leaving his wife Paula the business and the task of selling the parts. A lot of the parts have been sold, and since they’re really not buying anymore, the pickings are slim, but it’s still worth Calling Mostly British.

A fourth stash I know of in States is GT Car Parts in AZ. Bill Young is another one man show selling parts for Vintage Ferraris. He’s not an easy man to reach, let alone ask to look through his parts stash while is phone is ringing from paying customers looking for tune up parts! Luckily I have a friend Ed Montini, who lives near GT Car Parts and visits Young on a regular basis. Ed restores Vintage Ferraris, and even owns a SII 330, so he knew exactly what I was looking for and could poke around Bill’s parts stash with relaxed permission. Even with great help from Ed, we still didn’t find one!

I have cast the net even wider to England and Europe looking for this console by calling Suzie Pilkington, of the Pilkington Glass, a company her father started making automotive glass. Many Vintage Ferraris were bought, sold, and parted out while the father was collecting and now Suzie is trying to liquidate the parts. Her father dealt with mostly 250 parts, but there are a few 330 parts mixed in, but unfortunately I had no luck with Suzie.

I was told Ital-Spares in Germany had parted out some 330s and reached out to them a couple of weeks ago and turned up blank. I’m running out of the leads I was suggested, and am asking for everyone to think a little harder to help find this elusive center console. I know somewhere in the world there is a parted out SII 330 where the center console is waiting to be rescued and put back into a 330 again, but where?

I have a plan “B” if I fail to find a good used one, and that is to fabricate a new one from scratch. It will take some more work than reupholstering a used one, but it’s all possible. Since I have this original one that will be restored and reupholstered for another car, I can either have it scanned and 3-D printed, or have a mold taken off the original one to make a fiberglass copy. Either technique is a viable option, but one I would only take after searching the world over for a good original one!

Ferrari 250GTE Startup

January 2, 2022

After staying in my care for almost 20 years, a Ferrari 250GTE was headed to Chicago to it’s newest owner.

Before it left my care, I shot a short video going over the operation of the car for the new owner how to use his Ferrari. The controls and techniques will help the new owner get acquainted with the car and start a chapter of ownership! Good luck Michael!

Ferrari 330 Concours Details Part II

January 1, 2022

Correcting the little details continued on the Ferrari SI 330GT and today’s correction was the windshield washer squirter. It may seem minor, but I often see these squirters aimed the wrong way. Even though owners rarely use these squirters, it’s nice to have them at least aimed correctly. To reorient the squirter, I had to remove the cowl vent to loosen the screw that secured the squirter.

With the squirter aimed properly, the slotted end turns the end to point up towards the windshield.

I noticed the o-rings that gather the spark plug wires were missing on this car. They often dry-rot and fall off.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to put new ones in except to disconnect the wires from the distributor cap and thread new ones in place.

There’s no exact number of o-rings needed, but I tend to put about four a side with two below the clip and two above.

I went through the operation of the lights on the car and found I didn’t have license plate lights. Like I said, there is only a three point margin between a Platinum and going home empty handed at a show like Cavallino, so a blown bulb or broken wire to a light can really make a difference.

Everything was wired correctly, and the circuit was lighting up with a test light, but I couldn’t get the fixture apart to check if the bulb was blown because of some corrosion.

Moisture had rusted the fixture along with the connection between the bulb and the housing. After media blasting the inside of the socket, and applying a generous amount of dielectric grease, I got the license plate light to work.

The second light was suffering from the same problem.

Once the surface rust was removed, everything worked as it should.

Getting all these things to work is all part of the details of getting a car to win at Concours and don’t worry, I checked the reverse light. It worked!

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Ferrari 330 Concours Details Part I

December 26, 2021

I’m preparing a SI Ferrari 330GT 2+2 for Cavallino and every day, I find another thing I have to correct. These little details may or may not be caught by a sharp eyed judge, but if I don’t correct them, they have the potential of a deduction. The hood bumpers on a Ferrari are shaved down to fit the height of the hood, but instead of shaving the bottom of the bumper, someone sanded off the top of the bumper making it look funny.

These bumpers are specific to Pininfarina cars and are available in reproductions, but they come a little tall so the owner can cut them down to fit under a closed hood.

Not only should the bottom of the bumper be shaved to fit, but for the bumpers that fit closely to the edge of the hood opening, the bumper was undercut by the Pininfarina factory when they were first installed. I removed all the incorrectly cut bumpers and modified them to match the original way. These bumpers are also secured by a Phillips oval head #4 sheet metal screw and a trim washer for those taking notes!

I may be getting too anal, but one thing that really bothered me on this car was the left rear exhaust pipes were crooked. I swear I don’t have OCD tendencies, but this slightly skewed exhaust pipe caused me all sorts of distress!

Luckily this fix required a minor tweak to the exhaust system to get the pipes to sit evenly. It may seem pedantic, but if there was a judge with symmetry issues, we won’t be losing points for the exhaust!

I posted a new video to my YouTube Channel on comparing a Ferrari 250GTE and 250GT Lusso. Hope you like it. 

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Ferrari 365GT 2+2 Lights and Doors

December 24, 2021

One concern with a 365GT 2+2 I have at the shop was the headlights seemed really dim compared to what the owner was used to with his modern car. The standard H4 halogen lights seem to have been eclipsed (pun intended) by modern lighting and I wanted to try an LED bulb replacement.

During my research I found LED bulbs, though energy efficient, still generate some heat and some have cooling fans to dissipate out the back of the bulb. Besides clearance issues, it seemed like another mechanical device prone to failure. I found a bulb that was a little lower in brightness that did not require a fan, and yet still provided more light than the halogen unit without taxing the electrical system.

I installed the new LED bulb in the left side of the car and compared it to the right and you can see the color temperature difference immediately. I waited for evening and took the car outside and found the illumination much better. I still don’t love the sharp cut off the LEDs give, but it’s a small sacrifice for better night time vision.

This car has aftermarket plexiglass headlight covers were held in place with plated brass screws that were pretty chewed up. I had to cut slots in a few of them just to get purchase with a flat bladed screw driver so I could get the covers off. Luckily, I had a set of stainless truss head screws that fit perfectly.

Continuing with the theme of correcting little items on this 365, I took the door panel off to see why the door locks weren’t working. Small adjustments, and lubrication got everything working smoothly.

Taking a peek inside the door, I noticed a jumble of wires that could have brought concern, but I knew exactly what this was. Ferrari window motors are notoriously slow and inefficient, and their draw on the electrical system often over taxes the window switches. Installing relays can help lessen the chances of burning out the switches.

I made this modification on a 365 several years ago, and still have the wiring diagram we sketched out, and it looks like someone else had the same idea! What might have looked like a rats nest was actually an upgrade inside the door of this car.

What was missing on this car was the water shield that keeps water from warping the door panel on this car. Most people are not driving these cars in the rain, so they aren’t installing this protective plastic on the inside of the door, bur I feel it’s always safer to install it because you never know if and when you may be caught in a rainstorm. Also remember, washing a car inevitably gets water inside the door. As the water evaporates out of the door without this sheeting, the water will collect on the back side of the door panel and cause the board to warp. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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Hollowville, NY 12530