Electric Fans and Pulling a Transmission


The Silver SI 330 at the shop had two thermostatically controlled fans, each mounted on two sides of the radiator. The 250 cars only had one fan pulling air through the radiator, but I believe Ferrari realized they needed more cooling for the 330s. The pusher fan on this car had a replacement plastic fan mounted on the original motor. The original ones were cast magnesium. The original Lucas motor was intermittent when I sent power to it, so I was seeing a lot of problems with this set up.


Fixing an already marginal cooling system seemed like a waste of time, especially when the owner wanted to drive this car in NY traffic. The best solution was to install a pair of modern cooling fans, upgrade the electrical system to handle the power, and put the original parts in the trunk to keep with the car. The dual fan set up I usually buy for this car just fit in the space in front of the radiator and will do a much better job at cooling the radiator down than the two fans Ferrari used to do the same job.


I began the transmission removal on the SII 330 on the other side of the shop.These 5 speed gearboxes are monsters, and very heavy, so it’s going to take all hands on deck to wrestle this baby out. Like most Vintage Ferrari passenger cars, the transmission comes out from inside the passenger compartment, so everything inside the car has to removed or cleared out of the way before this greasy, dirty, and heavy beast comes to rest in the passenger side of the car.



After the interior of the car was removed, it was time to unbolt the drive shaft from the transmission.


I noticed a castle nut was replaced by another nut on the drive shaft. It was a perfectly useable replacement, but I think Francois has a correct replacement in his box of spare parts that we can use to make this car correct again.


Maryland Spring Car Show

I spoke to Richard Garre this week about the 8th annual Tomyang.net/Radcliffe Spring Car Show, and he’s about 70% booked up with the spaces. We will always try to accommodate late comers, but if you want a guaranteed  spot, call him to preregister!

May 2, 2015

Richard Garre and I have hosted this car show to celebrate all types of machinery, focusing on Italian Cars. There’s parking for about 100 cars, so call Richard early to register a space.

Radcliffe Motorcars

12340 Owings Mills Boulevard
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Phone: 410-517-1681

 Monterey Car Shows

I just received my update from the people at Concorso Italiano and it looks like 6 GTEs are registered for the event. I have been distracted with my other projects that I have yet to register my car for the event, but plan on doing it this week. I’ve already applied for the FCA event later that week. Please contact Concorso, or the FCA to register for their respective events.

If you want more information, contact

David Wheeler: David@Ferrari250GTE.com

Tom Wilson: tom@ferrari250gte.com