330 Exhaust and Tires
The exhaust on the SI 330 is a nice high quality stainless steel replacement made by Tubi. The more common stainless steel systems for Vintage Ferraris is either Timevalve, or Stebro, but Tubi is more common on later modern Ferraris. I guess they have patterns for the 330 because this system seems to fit very well. The owner, however, wanted to have the system painted black to give it a more stock appearance, so I had to remove the whole exhaust system to get it done.
The easiest way to accomplish this task is to support the whole system, un-clamp the most forward pipe, and knock the system off the front pipe. The right side came off exactly in this manner, but the left side was not so easy…
The shop that installed this exhaust system for some reason welded the exhaust system to the front y-pipe instead of clamping it, so I had no choice but to unbolt the y-pipe. It was a little more work, but left system eventually came out in one very long system!
The Tubi system was very well made, but like many of their systems, finished in a shiny 304 stainless steel which makes it a little harder to paint. After degreasing the steel, I scuffed all the surfaces to give the stainless steel surfaces a “tooth” for the paint to adhere to.
I masked the rear resonators so the tips would remain polished and shiny.
I used a high temperature spray paint that left a semi gloss finish on the exhaust system. After several coats of paint, I left it overnight to harden and dry thoroughly.
With a newly painted exhaust system, the hangers started to looks pretty crusty. I replaced the really bad ones so the exhaust system would look uniform in appearance.
The wheels came back from Cork Adams at Precision Wire Wheels, and it was time to marry the wheels with the new tires.
The correct tire size for this car is 205-15s and Pirelli now reproduces their classic Cinturato in the period correct tire and size. It’ll be interested to see how this car drives with these new tires.
Monterey Car Shows
I’m all registered and ready to attend Concorso on Saturday 15th of August and the FCA event on Monday August 17th. Please contact Concorso, or the FCA to register for their respective events.
We’re planning a tailgate party after the show at Concorso to avoid the traffic leaving the show. There’s nothing worse that sitting in bumper to bumper traffic watching the car overheat trying to leave Concorso at the end of the day, so since all the GTEs and 330 Americas will already be parked together, we can stay a little later and leave when the traffic dies down. As always, everyone is invited!
If you want more information on the car shows contact:
David Wheeler, Editor of GTE Newsletter : David@Ferrari250GTE.com
Tom Wilson, Registrar of GTE Newsletter : email@example.com
Tom Yang, Webmaster of tomyang.net : firstname.lastname@example.org
At last count, there will be 19 GTEs and 3 330 Americas! If you have one of these cars, don’t miss the opportunity to join us!
Here’s a rough schedule of events:
Thursday August 13th, Tomyang.net Cocktail Party at Quail Lodge 6-9 (I will confirm exact time as I book the venue)
Saturday August 15th, Concorso Italiano Gathering of the GTEs (and 330 Americas)
Monday August 17th, Ferrari Club National Show and Concours.
The Thursday early evening Tomyang.net event is open to all and begins roughly at 5:30 and goes until 8ish. There will be appetizers and a cash bar. It makes a great meeting place to connect with old and new friends and plan for the week ahead. See you there!
I also plan on trying out Twitter again to see if it will work for our group in Monterey. Follow me at tomyangnet on twitter, and you’ll be able to keep up with where we all are over the week. I’ll try to get it started in the next week or so.