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Automotive International 1978 308 GTS - Complete Restoration

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  1. climb

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    Amazing. Love the pics. Maybe the market won't reward you for the expense but if you have the cash than so what! If it's worth it to you it's worth it. Enjoy and thanks for sharing!
     
  2. PETER@TEAM AI

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    We are doing it in the same sequence we understand, from our research, Ferrari did it originally. And honestly we have done a lot of paint and restoration over 18+ years and we cannot think of another way to sequence. Of course Ferrari did a lot more so there is an experience factor which may shave some time but the process, it would be nearly identical.
     
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    Of course they did use some robotic spraying.
    Your work is far superior to the automation of that time.
     
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    See here:
     
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    My suspicion is yes, Ferrari painted the body colour first, and then painted the pillars black.

    My reasoning is, with the earlier 348's that came 5 years later, the lower panels and part of the engine cover were painted black, but underneath the black paint, the cars are body coloured.

    (The "facelift" later 348's have colour-coded lower panels and engine cover [i.e, Ferrari simply stopped bothering to add the black paint onto top later on, to "modernise" the cars] )
     
  6. PETER@TEAM AI

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    So while we are there we decide the many panels were ok but not up to the standard we wanted for this car. So while all the painting was going on we off to our fab area to fabricate new trunk floor panels, firewall, belly pan and access/cover plate and fuel tank panels. We also installed all new insulation. Highlights below: Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login Image Unavailable, Please Login
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    Since every nut, bolt, screw, fastener, clamp and clip came off the car we went through each one to determine the original state of the part. We then cleaned and sorted all and categorized as to needed finish: unfinished, anodized, cadmium, painted etc. Some we just needed to replace and sourced the correct ones over time. And some of the sorting process and final products were captured below.
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    Wow! Great stuff. Thanks for sharing with us.
     
  10. Milkshaker0007

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    Wow!!!!!
    Can you send me a paper template of that foam on the bulkhead :) so I can make my own and fit with engine in situ, cheeky I know but I had to ask
    Great work your doing, keep the progress reports coming.
     
  11. PETER@TEAM AI

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    I will see if we have one and can send, will probably be after Cavallino if we do as that is a looming deadline!
     
  12. steved033

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    Amazing progress! Good luck getting a Cavallino!

    sjd
     
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  14. Brian A

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    Just gorgeous. Wow.
     
  15. PETER@TEAM AI

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    The team reinstalled all the electrical harnesses that run inside the cockpit and dash. We had to replace one fuse box, cleaned up and reset the labels, repaired some connectors and short sections of wiring that needed attention. We then taped or shrunk wrap the wires and secured them in place to prepare for the eventual dash and interior install. While the dash was out we replaced the vent foam too.
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    Wow, just wow!

    I always feel my work isn't good enough, that label is not true of yours.
     
  17. PETER@TEAM AI

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    While this other work was going on the team spent a lot of time with the engine. Earlier in the post you can see the engine that came out. We removed all the external parts of the engine an painstakingly soda blasted them with a micro blaster to make sure we just took off the build up of "stuff" over many decades. We also removed the oil pan, cleaned up that area, and total disassembly and rebuild of the carburetors. We did not go into the block as we know the engine was running well, had excellent compression and no sounds. As with the rest of the build we replaced or correctly refinished every part, nut, bolt, spring etc on the engine, its components and in the engine bay. Please not the detail which we are proud.

    We have lots of pictures detailing this process and the bench time with the parts but I assume more people are interested in the end result. If there is a part of the process you would like to see send me a PM. These pictures are after the engine is in the car. We have some just prior on an engine stand but these capture the final product.



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  18. built2grind

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    WOW ! It's the only thing that comes to mind. Beautiful work
     
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    Doors needed to be reassembled as we completely disassembled them to paint. All new rubber and trim of course. And we reinstalled the gauges and the new dash, got to love leather dashes! The steering wheel is just a place holder while the original one gets wrapped with new leather. Next we started laying the interior carpet. The original door sills had some age on them and did not match the quality of the rest of the car so we fabricated new sills to replace them. And we still had a lot to do!

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