Clicking 330 America

Clicking 330 America


I headed down early to Stamford Connecticut to retrieve my 330 America. Paul and Darry Bova, the organizers of the Festa Di Ferrari Event this past Sunday, generously stored my car at their garage until I had a chance to pick her up. Unfortunately, instead of driving the car home, I had to call for a flatbed because a mysterious clicking noise started coming out of the engine during the drive down to the show. I pushed her just enough to get her to Stamford, but decided to bring her over to François’ shop to find out what it could be.

François heard it run on Sunday, and agreed that it could be as simple as a loose tappet and lock nut, and I hoped it would be that simple of a fix. Unfortunately, with a Ferrari, even simple is not so simple. Removing the cam covers still required removing the spark plug wires, throttle linkage, and some of the distributor bolts.

Once I got the cam covers off, I was disappointed with not finding a loose tappet. Nothing seemed amiss, so now I’ve got to dig a little deeper. I didn’t have the time today to continue working on my car, so I’ll have to try another day when I’m not working on customer cars. Unfortunately, until then, I’ll be haunted with worst case scenarios!

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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