Cleaning 330 Valve Train

Cleaning 330 Valve train

throttle linkage

One of the projects I worked on this week was Art Suckewer’s 330 engine by cleaning up some of the engine pieces. I’m constantly reminded by François that this is not a restoration, so I degreased the throttle linkage, cleaned up some of the surface rust and greased the bearings so there would be no binding. If it were a restoration, the throttle linkage would be marked for positions of the linkages and spacers, sand blasted, and sent out for black oxide coating. The linkage tips would be nickel or white cad plated, and the throttle stands would be cleaned and painted wrinkle black. Three finishes for one throttle linkage!
valve train assembly

The interior piece got a lot more attention, with a thorough cleaning and inspection. All the roller followers were in good shape and showed no signs of excessive wear. The rocker tips, however were a different story. They’ll all have to be removed and probably all replaced. A lot of them had worn sharp edges and chipped surfaces from wear against the valve stems.
timing plate

As I cleaned some more engine parts, I found this inscription on the flywheel timing cover from a previous owner. It reminded me how special these cars are to their owners. Like a boy scratching his name on his favorite toy, Roy made his mark on this Ferrari. I found this very endearing!

Just a reminder, I’m looking for a new Vintage Ferrari Project. If you have, or know of a restoration project, please let me know. It would be great to restore another car on this website! My E-mail.

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