Boxer Progress, and a New Project
The Boxer engine was installed last week, so we're making good progress
towards getting this car back on the road. We had a couple snags along
the way, so I'm happy to be moving forward.
The big hold up was the clutch. The original Borg and Beck was
a dual clutch set up which is no longer available to the best of my
knowledge. We considered having the original clutch discs refaced, but
didn't have the specs for the thickness of the friction discs. We
eventually went with an after market AP unit that was a direct bolt in
We had a new car come into the shop a week or so ago and it's been
patiently waiting for us to make room in our schedule to get started on
her. Between the Boxer and the 275GTB/4 detailing I've been tending to,
I've been trying to contain my excitement in getting to this 1959
Series I Pininfarina Cabriolet.
It's a low mileage car with an interesting hard top. From all the
evidence, I don't thing this was original to the car, but to fits
I believe the carpets were changed in this car, but the seats may be
original. With such low mileage it will take some more investigation
before we are sure.
The engine may also be original, but has been sealed up with a lot of
red RTV. The compression numbers are pretty good considering the age,
and she doesn't smoke that badly if she's never been apart. There are a
few cosmetic and mechanical issues that we'll restore or repair, but
the main goal is to preserve the general patina of the car.
The carburetors on this car should be painted black and there is still
signs of the old paint that wasn't removed by a previous mechanic.
Someone also replaced the original 7mm diameter ignition wires with
thicker 8mm wires. Unfortunately, they hogged and hacked out the
aluminum spark plug tubes to fit the thicker wires. We're going to try
to make this right and fix the previous damage. I'm looking forward to
making things right on this car, while preserving the age and look of
this old girl!
Tomorrow is the TOMYANG.NET Fall Party!
for directions. There should be a good turn out, and the weather looks
great after a rainy nor'easter blew through this week.
Set the Date! Tomyang.net Fall
October 25th, 2014 1pm-5ish
Vintage Ferrari gathering in New England. Come join Tomyang.netters for
an afternoon of fun, food, and Ferrari talk!
contact me to RSVP and for directions to the party!
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 now it's how I make a living, so if you'd like to do
something together, let me know. It all begins with an e-mail!