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Discussion in '348/355' started by ArtBR8, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. ArtBR8

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    So, let me introduce myself: My name is Art, and I have a problem with buying cars that need love. This is my first Ferrari restoration, but my 8th restoration/rebuild. Anyway, I bought this 97 F355 GTS from Euroshop in Sacramento California and it was previously owned by Ferrparts. Ot is a clear title car, but has been sitting for a couple of years waiting to be put back together. I drove from Kansas City MO on Thanksgiving to pick it up and trailer back home to KCMO. I have started disassembling and accumulating some missing parts. Here are some pics of the process thus far.

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  2. ttforcefed

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    love this - you rock!
     
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  3. brent Lachelt

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    Awesome! Keep the pictures coming!
     
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  4. ArtBR8

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    Thank you sir! The engine goes in next week for guides and service. Will be doing Fabspeed headers and cat bypass pipes too.
     
  5. ArtBR8

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    I will document as often as possible. Mechanical is almost done for now, so I will be addressing interior next week.
     
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  6. 308 GTB

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    This F355 is in good hands.

    I'll be following your restoration, Art.

    Barry
     
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  7. ArtBR8

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    Thanks Barry! I will do the marque a good deed! She has been neglected for certain! cheers,
    Art
     
  8. Kokose7en

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    Nice! I’m following as well.
     
  9. phrogs

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    I'm the same way, I saw that on ebay.

    Anything significant missing from the pile of parts?
     
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    What exhaust are you going to do?
     
  12. WATSON

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    Welcome to the nightmare. :)

    You have found a great resource here.
     
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  13. steved033

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    Art! Welcome! There's a special place for people who like basket case cars (I'm one too). Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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    Subscribed. Looking forward to progress pics!
     
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  15. ArtBR8

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    There is about 85% of the car present. I am missing one harness that runs from the ecu up the center console to the fuse box in the footwell. I am missing the ECU, And a few other such items. I have an immobilizer ECU but someone cut the harness about 1/2” out of the metal retaining box, so there isnt even enough wiring to solder a pig tail to! ‍♂️ I am considering going stand alone engine management anyway, so not a big deal. The windshield is ****. I need the driver side air inlet behind the door into the rads, hard brake for the rear brakes. Shif linkage, and the rear wall carpet and leather covers, and e brake cover. I have pretty much everything else. Engine goes to the shop this week for service and valve guides.
     
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  16. ArtBR8

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    Thanks SJD! I will use the resources here appropriately, and hopefully my build will provide some resource for others too!
     
  17. ArtBR8

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    Today was an eventful day! I got the power unit out, without a lift, and everything went Pretty smoothly. I will be sending the engine off for steel guides, and a general servicing with timing belts, timing idler bearings, water pump, head gaskets and anything else needing attention. I used 2 motorcycle jacks, one on each side of the car, and after taking the wheels off and lowering the power unit onto a rolling dolly, I raised the body off of the power unit. I will prepare the subframe once the engine is out. I will remove suspension arms and inspect and have them coated along with the nasty subframe. Enjoy!

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  18. steved033

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    Be wary that the cross beams do not have thick walls. When reassembling with the trans in place or when jacking the car, you really want to be under the corners of the subframe.

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  19. ArtBR8

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    Yes, if you notice, the trans support beam has already been bent by the previous owner. At this point I was only supporting the rear subframe so I could remove the wheels. You can’t see the rolling dolly in the photo, but the whole subframe is resting on the dolly for removal.


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  20. 355dreamer

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    This is awesome. I love seeing another one brought back to glory!
     
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  21. ArtBR8

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    Thanks! I am very happy that everyone has been so supportive of this effort! While this car is far from perfect, I will bring it back to life respectfully, and as close to her former glory as is possible. There will be some updates to a few of the systems but They are such magnificent cars, and works of Art, it is a travesty she was neglected so badly!


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  22. ernie

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    Welcome to FerrariChat.

    Wonderful project, and looking forward to seeing the progress.
     
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  23. emac

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    Art, you are putting in the hours and making quick work of bringing the car back! Keep posting we all enjoy the pictures.
     
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  24. ArtBR8

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    Thank you! I wanted to get a good start on assessing all of the issues and what would be needed to address each. I will anxiously post new photos as I document more work. Waiting for a few items over this holiday week, so I will be posting some progress on the interior as well as engine!


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