Restoration Blog

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Spool complete

After a few weeks testing and some time under a hot engine cover, I’ve changed out the prototype spool to a final, finished version using the same internal sprung reel. Reproduction 3D printed spool...

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Refitting the airbox

Putting the airbox was a whole lot more difficult than taking it off. It took me the best part of an hour to get back on and in the end, I had to make...

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So Close…

Everything was in place to have my engine lid mechanism working again. I had remanufactured the retractable spool. I had found a supplier for the long-unavailable center rod. I had ordered a new, stronger...

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Spray, scrub, rinse, dry, repeat

With the airbox off the car, I’d be remiss if I didn’t do some detailing on the engine. There are a couple of things to be concerned about when detailing the engine of an...

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If you smell gas…

I was going to title this post “Even pros make mistakes” since this is not a story of something I did, but rather a tale of something my old mechanic did not do. Every...

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Repainting the Airbox

After cleaning out the inside of the airbox and removing all the restrictions, the outside was looking quite sad. Time for a new coat of wrinkle-finish paint. Wrinkle-finish paint is remarkable stuff… you spray...

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De-restricting the Airbox

With the airbox off the car, I was able to remove the airflow restriction that Ferrari had saddled my car with at the factory as a US-spec carburettor car. The US airboxes have a...

Ferrari 308 reproduction decklid spool (Ferrari part number 60108206) 0

Spool Prototype

The spool prototype is now fitted to the car and seems to work perfectly well. The spool seems to have plenty of tension to pull the rod down the track but not so much...

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Reproduction Labels

After working out which paint label was originally attached to my car, the next job was to reproduce it. There are some reproduction labels for sale but not, as far as I know, a...

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Decklid Support Rod and Spool

My 308 is serial number 26359, which means, being a GTB built before 27581, my decklid is not supposed to have gas struts. Instead, it is supposed to have the central support rod that...