Prepping Parts por Plating
More parts came out of the engine compartment of the 275GTB/4 for
plating including the fuel rail, crankcase ventilation tube, and brake
booster. The booster has to be done in Yellow Cadmium and the other
pieces go in the nickel plating batch.
This Four Cam engine has special cam cover bolts that a previous owner
polished, but the correct finish is black oxide. I had to clean and
rough up the surface of all these fasteners before they could be sent
out for black oxide. Without this extra step, the black oxide finish
would not look right on the polished steel.
Everywhere I looked, there was something else that had to removed for
plating. The end links on the front sway bars were painted black, so
they needed to be stripped and plated. New bushings were ordered since
these were shot.
The tail light assemblies needed to be disassembled before they were
added to the chrome plating batch.
The light sockets have to be carefully pried out by bending the tabs
back, making sure not to bend them too far or else they'll break off
when they go back in.
The water pipes came back from my plater after he stripped the polished
nickel finish off the pipes.
The plan is to roughen up the surface of these pipes to return them to
the original unpolished nickel finish. Unfortunately, the previous
polishing left some light marks in the steel which may show through the
nickel, so I will lightly sand these marks out before I bead blast the
surface for the correct finish. Then it's back to the plater for nickel
While working on this car, I rolled up the driver's side window to find
horrible scratches in the glass. There was no way these deep scratches
were coming out of a piece of tempered glass. I'm trying my best to get
as many points for this car at a Ferrari Club National Event, and these
scratches were not going to help us win an award! The only real
solution was to have a new piece of glass made for this door. Luckily,
the side glass on Vintage Ferraris is flat, but there are several steps
to the process. First, a piece of glass has to be cut to copy the
original piece and holes will need to be drilled for the mounting
points. Next, the glass has to be sent out of tempering so it becomes
stronger, and will not break into dangerous shards. After that, a
stencil has to applied to recreate the manufacturer's stamp that is on
original pieces of glass. Before any of this can be done, the side
glass needs to come out of the car!
The first thing I noticed was a stripped screw on the window frame.
I'll have to add this to the list of things to repair later.
I managed to get the window our of the car without completely removing
the window frame. It still wasn't an easy task, but I was glad to have
that task finished! The frame securing the glass to the crank mechanism
was pretty rusty, so now was the time to clean it up and paint it.
I have a bunch of items to hunt down for this car, and one of them is
hose clamps. I have not called around a lot, but I'm hoping I can get
some help from you. With all the people watching this website, someone
has to know a good source for these hose clamps. Is anyone reproducing
them? I need a bunch for this four-cam, and all of them are missing.
Can anyone help?
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