PF Coupe Rear Suspension and a GTE

PF Coupe Rear Suspension and a GTE


Earlier this week I installed the freshly painted springs to David’s PF coupe. Everything had a nice coat of paint since I pulled them off the car last week, and everything was laid out in the order they were to go back in.
teflon bushings

François made new teflon bushings for the rear suspension which will tighten everything nicely.
1747 Engine compartment

While I worked in the back of the car, François methodically assembled the parts and pieces of the engine compartment. The carburetors were rebuilt and installed, along with the freshly painted valve covers and new fuel hoses. As parts come back from the platers, we’re slowly putting the pieces back on the car.
Suspension installed

I made good progress as well out back. By the end of the day, I had everything installed, and the rear suspension and differential are good as new. The fresh paint makes the rest of the car look a little dingy, but after a few hundred miles of driving, things will even out!

My 330 America parked next to the PF Coupe was swapped for a GTE that’s back from the upholstery shop. Since my heads are at the machine shop, my car was put away for storage to make room for Gary’s GTE that has quite a bit of work for us to do before heading to Florida in Mid January for Cavallino. The first thing I did was pull the gas tank to seal out some of the crud that was accumulating in the bottom.
new interior

The interior was recently completed, and it looks great. Now it’s time for us to assemble the dash, install the front and rear glass, and detail the engine compartment.
engine details

As they say, the devil is in the details, and what might look like a very tidy engine compartment to most people, a Ferrari judge might think otherwise. I’ll be showing some of the things we correct in the upcoming weeks.
coolant pipe

I pulled the water neck on the front of the engine compartment for wrinkle painting when I discovered it had been worked on before. Look at the bad kink on the pipe in the left side of the picture. Whoever fabricated this pipe didn’t try too hard to do a nice job!
coolant pipe

The orignal curve of this pipe is much smoother as shown on the PF Coupe. We’ll have to decide whether to fix this issue. It probably doesn’t help with coolant flow either!
hood latch

Excuse all the dust on this car, but I wanted to show you a glaring error in fasteners on this car. Ferraris of this age rarely used phillips screws and the hood latch mechanism used two distinct screws. (Can you also spot the Ferrari quality welds?)
correct screws

The PF Coupe, which is largely original shows which screws are correct for the hood latch.
correct screws

Luckily François has both types of screws available in his private stash of screws. Will the judges spot this little detail? We did.

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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