PF Coupe Shocks, and 330 GTC Distributors

PF Coupe Shocks, and 330 GTC Distributors

left side shock

After the struggle with the nut on right side of the car for the Houdaille shock, I was not looking forward to trying my hand on the left side of the car. At first glance, it looked like the fuel pick up hose to the gas tank was going to be in my way, but I after I got the cotter pins out, the nuts came out without too much of a fight. So much for my fears!
Houdaille shocks

The fronts came out “easy peasy” and I soon had all four shocks on the bench. I’ll box these up and send them out for rebuilding.
leaking shocks

Even though it was one rear shock that was making noise, the fronts showed signs of leaking.

I worked on the GTC’s distributors today. The points were pretty worn out, so four sets are on order. I disassembled the bottom of the distributors to check the centrifugal weights were free and well lubircated.
top bearing

One quick spin of the distributor made a gravelly noise on one unit. The top bearing was shot and needed to be replaced. A wobble here could easily upset the timing of the spark down below.
prancing horse

This GTC has been in the shop for a little over a week, and I kept seeing something that drove me crazy! The Ferrari horse was positioned incorrectly, laying it down almost horizontally. I couldn’t take it anymore, and decided to make it right.
correct positioning

Luckily, on a GTC there was some access to the back of the grille. On a 275GTB long nose, you can forget about reaching anything between the radiator and the front grille! After finding a couple more screws to secure the parts correctly, I soon had the prancing horse as Enzo intended. Now the car can “represent!”

While I was poking around the front of the car, I removed the air pump to the horn. Nothing was happening when the horn was pressed inside the car, and I suspected the horn motor needed some lubrication. It looks like some of the parts to this car were left on the car when it was painted, so many of these parts are covered in a white powder from wet sanding and buffing. Unfortunately, not only does this powdery substance land on every surface, it also permiates a lot of mechanicals.

After taking the unit apart, I cleaned it, oiled it, and checked the brushes. One brush was pretty worn, but worked better after a slight adjustment, so after reassembly, it was pumping air at on the bench.

Reminder: If you’re looking for a Vintage Ferrari, or have a Vintage Ferrari for sale, please let me know. I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. I am not a broker, but occasionally hear of a good car for sale and can get them to the end user!

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