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Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by Oengus, Jul 28, 2020.
wondering what your start up process is when car has been sitting for a week or two?
While it obviously can vary from car to car, especially when individual 50+ year old examples may have significantly different mileage, usage and service histories, I would recommend studying your owners manual as a starting point (no pun intended) and develop/discover technique suitable for you and your car.
Yes Timo Ive done that......just wondering after the fuel pump clicks out if its necessary to pump the pedal a few times or hold the pedal down. Ive started mine 4x since purchase and each times been different.
pump pedal a few times then slightly crack open throttle.
once it starts to catch, may need to pump throttle.
1. Key on
2. Electric Pump ON, until it slows and then OFF.
3. Pump throttle slowly four to eight times ( you will learn the "correct" number over time). DO NOT use the choke!
4. Engage starter with a small amount of throttle applied. If it starts and dies, then two more pumps and repeat process.
5. Keep engine running at 1000-1200 rpm for 10-15 seconds and then let out clutch in neutral.
6. Warm up for three minutes at 1500 rpm.
7. Stay under 2500-3000 until water temp reaches 160 F.
8. Stay under 4000 until oil temp needle moves off peg.
I start my 365 more or less the same way... key on, wait for ticking of pump to slow down, pump throttle three or four times, crank, ka-whoom and she's running! If it's been sitting for a while, it takes a few more cranks, if it's been started in the last week or so, usually fires on the first or second crank.
Glad to read it work out so easily for you, but my suggestions were merely based on personal experiences.
For example, I currently have 3 Daytonas in the shop. While all are mid-to-late production U.S. delivery examples and to casual observer may appear to have somewhat similar start-up procedures, due to mileage and number of other variables, like compression ratios, ignition systems and type of starters, etc they all seem to require slightly different techniques to get them fired up.
Does the 330 have an ignition switch which is separate from the key? It's always annoying when you are cranking for a while, nothing is happening, and then you realize the ignition is off!
Don: 330 GTC ignition switch is key controlled. Not separate.
Do any Ferraris other than the 365GT have a separate ignition switch?
For my 330GT (not GTC even though the engine is identical with two not four engine mounts), I start the engine mostly as above: wait for the electric pump to finish filling the carb bowels -- wait for it to slow down a lot -- and then pump to pedal: around 3 or 4 times if the car has been driven recently, more if the car has been sitting -- up to 8 or 9 if it has been sitting for a long time. Then I violate the choke rule: I pull the choke button all the way out. I turn on the starter. The engine makes about one or two turns and then starts immediately. Never any trouble. As soon as the engine starts, I fairly rapidly push the choke button in and use the pedal to keep the engine running at about 1,000 RPM. It takes about 20 seconds for me to remove the choke. I then follow the RPM rules that Dyke stated in post 5 above. If it is cool outside it takes almost 1/2 hour for the oil temperature gauge needle to move off it's peg.