Belated Happy New Year

January is almost finished and this is the first blog post of 2018. A case of life getting in the way I’m afraid. Let us go back in October… remember the exhaust leak had been fixed and a Catskills road trip was imminent.

Things took a turn for the worse at the beginning of the road trip when a motorcycle in our party failed to notice my indicator for a turn and had a narrow miss with the rear left corner of my car. Thankfully, no-one was hurt but the incident makes me question the visibility of the 308’s lights compared to modern cars, especially in sunlight, and will be a the subject of a future blog post.

Ferrari 308 and Porsche 911

As you can see from the photo, we eventually made it to the Catskills and the wonderful Phoenicia Diner but not before finding some truly terrific driving roads. We will definitely be heading back to drive them in 2018. The 308 performed perfectly. The main issue was how hard I wanted to push a 40 year old car along narrow mountain roads. Let’s just say I was held up by a 2016 Corvette for too many miles on one twisty section. I conclude the point-by is unheard of in upstate NY. 300+ hard miles without a single missed beat.

The next day, the 308 failed to make a simple short 6 mile drive with my son to a playground. After 5 miles, the throttle pedal dropped to the floor and we coasted to a safe parking space in a parking lot. The throttle had literally become a dead pedal lying against its plastic housing:

Dead Ferrari 308 throttle pedal

After 7.5 years, the car had finally left me stranded. Except she hadn’t. I still had the extended toolkit I had packed the day before for the Catskills trip in the trunk. A few hours were then spent recovering the car without having to flatbed it. I can confirm that it is relatively straightforward to throttle an early Ferrari 308 by hand with some fishing line tied to the throttle linkage of the carburetors:

Ferrari 308 fishing line hand throttle

You will need some 70lb line though… that carb linkage has quite a lot of resistance! Before I was able to find out exactly what had broken between the pedal and the carburetors I was forced to temporarily decamp to Europe.

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2 Responses

  1. Bryan says:

    I just took in the entirety of your blog in a marathon reading session during work lunches this week. Fantastic content, I loved every post. You have a beautiful car and i hope you’ve been able to fix your throttle issue. I’ll be looking forward to future updates!

    I’ve wanted a 308 or 328 for as long as I can remember. In fact, a 1980 308 GTSi recently came up for sale near me. I’m awaiting the owner to get back to me to answer some questions about the car’s history. I’m not certain this will be the one, but it definitely takes me back to the yearning I felt when I was just a boy with a poster on my wall. Reading your posts has put a smile on my face every day this week.

    • David says:

      Bryan, thank you for taking the time to read the blog and post a comment. Work on the 308 is on pause this year because of other projects but I hope to get back to it soon. Feel free to use the contact page here to reach out to me if you have any questions on a prospective purchase.

      Regards
      David

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