Back To Work
Back to Work!
It was a crazy month in August for me between driving out to Elkhart Lake, WI, driving in a LeMons race, and immersing myself in the Monterey car weekend in California. Elkhart Lake netted a Platinum Award with Mark’s 365GT 2+2, and even Sam received a Gold award for his 365GTC/4! I’m especially proud of these owners since they both drove over 2000 miles in their Ferraris to and from the FCA National Event and still managed to win class awards. I’m troubled when I watch the prices of these vintage Ferraris rise and people drive them less and less. As they become more and more expensive to buy, they start to transcend neat old cars into collectible art. The irony is these cars established their reputations by being great drivers and yet the rising prices make the owners hesitate to drive them!
Speaking of rising prices, I inspected a 330 America up for auction to compare it to my car while I was out in Monterey. Although it was a nice car, it was missing a bunch of hard to find little details. The bidding on this car surpassed $300K, but may not have sold since the auction house has not included it in its auction results.
I got back to work after Monterey on the 365GTC/4 by fabricating some speaker plates for for the doors. It was easier to make plates to adapt new speakers than to find speakers that would fit the old holes.
I also got a new face plate for the radio. The old one had cracked and luckily I was able to source a new replacement!
I also fabricated a panel to mount two ignition boxes for the GTC/4. I surveyed several shops while I was out at the FCA National Meet what they were doing for ignitions on Daytonas and C/4 that originally used the Marelli Dinoplex ignition boxes. People have gutted them in the past and installed modern electronics, but some people have had problems with the gutted boxes. MSD has been a popular choice but I was also introduced to these “Streetfire” boxes made by MSD. They offer the same basic performance of the 6A box, but offer a built in rev limiter without extra parts to mess with. By using one box for each of the two distributors, there is plenty of power to run this V-12. I decided to hide these boxes and keep the Marelli units as disconnected dummy boxes for the purists!
Reminder: If you have a Ferrari related project, car, or idea you’d like to explore, I’d love to talk to you. I can also help if you’re thinking of buying or selling. This website represents what I love to do, and I would be happy to help guide you through the Vintage Ferrari world so if you’d like to do something together, let me know. It all begins with an e-mail!
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