Ferrari 330 GTC Assembly II
The first window frame was fitted several times to make sure the bolts lined up and the trim pieces fit well.
The lower third of this door was reskinned so window winder mechanism was partially removed and unstrung, so I had to get it all back together.
If you’ve ever worked on Vintage Ferraris, you would know about the cable and pulley system Ferrari used. They can be tricky, and turn into a bird’s nest of wires and confusion. I carefully cleaned the cables, lubricated the pulleys, and had wound the cable against the take-up drum to make sure everything was working smoothly before connecting the battery to the motor. After a couple of adjustments, I eventually got the mechanism to work smoothly. In it’s best of times, the Ferrari electric window moves slowly, but I got them moving as fast the motor would allow!
Continuing work on the right side of the car, I started fitting some of the trim back on. Although I instructed my painter to keep the paint light on the drip rail, there was still too much paint on the rain gutter for the drip rail moulding to slide into place.
The base-coat clear-coat applied to this car was just a few thousandths too thick, so I masked the area off and began filing the paint off.
With the right door frame installed, it was time to turn my attention to the left door. This door frame offered an even more challenging fix for me to tackle. This cage nut frame had almost completely rusted away with so little to weld to. You can see how the original tabs were probably silver soldered in place before the whole window frame was chrome plated. The window felt was attached to this channel on the other side, so any amount of heat would burn the window felt if I wanted to braze or silver solder a piece back on.
I wanted to try one shot at sticking a piece of steel to what was left of the original tab a spot of mig welding, so I cut and fabricated a cage and nut.
The result was not pretty, but seemed to be stuck well enough to work. Once installed in the car, no one will see this inside the door, but it will do the job and replace what was rusted away!