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Dante's Major Service

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  1. Journiacois

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    It's been about 5 years and 25,000 kilometers since I did a major service on Dante, my 85 QV. Yes, I've done basic upkeep and repair on things but other than replacing the fuse panel and some odds and ends, nothing much had to be done. So using this opportunity to have it in the shop, I'm having the entire car gone over. The first thing was of course the normal kit from Superformance with belts, tensioners and plugs, distributor and rotors, filters and all the normal things to replace. They found that the water pump had been leaking so that was a good thing to replace as a regular part of major service.

    I knew I have a clutch cylinder problem as the pedal was sticking down, locking me in gear. and there was moisture on the inside fire wall behind the clutch. That made for scary times pulling it into the garage with my other cars sitting there waiting to be hit. Had to kill the engine several times. So both the master and slave cylinders are being replaced.

    Yesterday they took apart the clutch assembly and found the clutch plate totally worn down and the release bearing shot so those get replaced along with the pressure plate. You also need to replace the crankshaft spigot bearing. So I guess my entire clutch system needed redoing.

    Also had to order new brake pads as those were also worn down. A couple more systems to go. Next up is cleaning and if necessary replacing the injectors. Then adjusting the valve lifters which I dont think has been done since the car was new or at least in the 7 years and 40K I've had it.

    The other thing is to do with my fuel tank. When I fill it too fast there is a gas fume smell that fills the cockpit until the tank goes down a bit. So checking all the hoses to insure it is venting properly.

    And of course they will go over all hoses and lines and anything that might have worn out. There are a few other minor repairs and steam cleaning of the engine compartment that will also get don. So far, I'm in for about 2000 Euros in parts and new rear tires. Hopefully, unless they find something under the valve covers or in the injection system, that should be about it.

    I decided to have this done at my regular mechanic who had been in business for 25 years. He has done a lot of work for me including rebuilding the motor on my Porsche and restoring my Fiat spider so I have great confidence in him. He treats the cars with care and his rate is very, very reasonable. When I asked him if he wanted to undertake the project, he said, "Gerald, its a motor, not a jewel! " And in fact, I had taken Dante in to the local Ferrari "specialist'" regarding the clutch sticking problem last summer and he declared that there was nothing wrong with the cylinders or the clutch. It cost me 600 Euros to get that feedback. When it happened again, I took it to Phil who diagnosed it in a minute. That's when I decided to ask him to do the work.

    I'll update this post as things move along. New members are always asking about the major service issue and costs. I'm hoping this will give a good idea of what can be involved and what it should cost.




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  3. theunissenguido

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    Good luck with the repairs...fuel smell = can be the fuel tanks itself are loosing fuel somewhere on the upper half. You have to check the tanks completly not only the hoses.
     
  4. sidtx

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    On my 85 QV, the fuel smell came from "weeping" fuel lines. They weren't leaking drops -- so you didn't see anything on the ground. But they were weeping/seeping small amounts through the hoses themselves.

    As long as you are in there, it's a good idea to replace all the fuel lines.

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  5. Journiacois

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    Thanks for the advice on the fuel hoses and tank. I will certainly add that to the list of things to do.
     
  6. stekkefun4

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    Nice to hear you're preparing Dante for September ;)
     
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  8. Journiacois

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    Reason numero uno. But obviously, it is something that was needed to be done.
     
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    2000 Euros Thats All??? sign me up
     
  10. Journiacois

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    Well, it\s not ALL. As I said initially, there will be things they discover as they go along. And today, I had to order front brake discs as the old ones are getting irregular wear so a good thing to do now. And also oil and transmission sump gaskets. That bumped up the parts price by another 415 Euros Including french VAT and customs duties now that Superformance is outside the EU.

    And in a cosmetic decision, one of those while I'm at it ones, I've decided to have the wheel rims refurbished and powder coated. Over the years I've brushed a couple of curbs and have scraped the rims in a few places. I have the replacements for the original TRX metric rims that came with the car. When they do this, it also trues up the wheels so they are better balanced and roll straight and ultimately makes them stronger and more resistant to future close shaves. That will add 600 Euros to the cost. Now I'm up to about 3K Euros. It goes up quick! However, I note again, that includes a thousand for new rear tires and powder coating the wheels, not for engine/drive train parts. So yes, actual revision, repair, replacement parts is at around 2k Euros

    Phil, my mechanic, showed me the residue from the old fuel filter. It was last replaced 4 years ago. The color was almost black. Obviously something that should have been replaced before. I guess it was very clogged and has been affecting performance for some time.

    Next up they take off the valve covers and adjust the valves. Hopefully we wont find anything wrong in there and it will just be mechanic time and replacement of all the gaskets which have already been paid for.. Then he'll attack the injection system. To my knowledge, neither of those systems have ever been touched
     
  11. Journiacois

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    So far so good. Brakes all done with new discs on front and pads all around. Brake system flushed and bled. Lifters all in spec so just replacement of all gaskets and o-rings. Next up is the injection system.. And still to come is the fuel smell and non functioning gas gauge to sort out.

    And one lucky find. As I wrote above, I decided to have the wheels refinished and powder coated. Good thing too. After sandblasting, they found that the wheel that had hit the curb had a hairline crack on the circular piece around the hub where the 5 spokes attach. Don't know how dangerous but it was about 3/4s of the way around. Who knows if some bump at speed or a tight curve maneuver might have broken it totally. But now it has been welded and polished and good as new. Actually they are all better than new as they were trued and balanced and now powder coated instead of the paint that they are sent out with.

    In the "while I'm at it" category, I wanted to have the paint refreshed and now have added putting a ceramic finish on top. Its getting to the can't wait to get it back stage.
     
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  13. ronfrohock

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    This is quite a major!
     
  14. Journiacois

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    Well, given my advancing age and the loss of this last year and some of this until we get vaccinated and I can get out on the road again, I want the car to be well prepped for some significant usage this year and next. If I had just wanted to do the basic major and the required brake and clutch redo from normal use, I'd be getting out money wise for around 3k Euros.

    To my knowledge, none of the systems such as lifters, fuel, or injectors had ever been touched or looked at. So along with the cosmetic things I'm having done (rims, tires, exterior finish revived, seat repair), and with the additional labor I'm asking for going through all the systems and replacing just about every gasket, and assuming they dont find something in those other systems, I should get out for around 6K Euros. If they find something, it goes up from there.

    What has been excellent news is the overall condition looks pretty good after 36 years and 60+ K. I dont know if I'm lucky or it just shows the basic quality put into the building of the car and motor. The cosmetic things such as the wheels and exterior and seat repair are to bring the visual look up with the mechanical quality. It deserves to look as good as it runs. And in all likelihood, this is probably the last time I'll have to do a major. I'll either be too old or too dead before another one.is required.
     
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  15. ronfrohock

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    The prices you are sharing are about 2x in the states.
    Good for you! I hope you enjoy the hell out of that car. I bet you will!


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  16. 2cam

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    I wonder why that is? Perhaps the cost of living in the Dordogne region of France is less than that of major cities in the U.S.?

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  17. Journiacois

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    The one difference is that I'm using just a basic, good guy, experienced mechanic, not an fcar specialist. That guy would be charging me 2 or 3 times the labor costs with the meter running constantly. Phil has tried to do the work without adding to his bill. For instance,he said everything that could be done by his "apprentice" which is a trained young guy out of the fench system of education specialty for mechanics, would not be charged as that guys time is already paid for by the government as a training cost. So for instance,installing new brake rotors and pads or mounting tires to my new rims,, not exactly a technical skill, will be done without labor cost. All the parts come from superormance so that is a standard for everyone in Europe. But I only pay for labor requiring skill and expertise. I'm not paying the Ferrari price for what is basic motor skills. And I'm choosing to add on the cost of powder coated rims, ceramic polish and the seat repair for my own desire to make it look great.

    I suppose if I had a later model exotic fcar with computers and other special systems, this would not be the way to go. But that is the advantage o owning a Mondial. If you are a wrench guy, you can do it yourself. If you aint, like me, a good mechanic you trust, can do it for you charging the same rate as he would to fix any old motor. Of course the fact that I have over 10 years of history with Phil, knowing the attention he pays, the quality he gives, and the pride he takes in caring for a ferrari, (he posts it on his website-after asking me) gave me the confidence to entrust the revision to him. . He wants to keep my business, With3 old cars, there is always one or another needing something. So even in France, despite what you may have heard, customer service is a good thing

    One other thing, Phil lets me do the sourcing or parts and supplies. I've done the ordering or all the mechanical stuff from superformance. Plus, I \ve sourced the Redline 75w90 gear box oil and special 10W50 motor oil. I had trouble finding it here in france. Ordering from the US is big pain in shipping and customs. But I found a specialty place in England, carservicepacks.co.uk that provides high quality lubricants. They have gone out of their way to get me what I needed as quickly as possible. So I've been able to do the research and ordering of supplies without costs to my mechanic. And of course, it has kept me engaged in the process, doing the things I can do.
     
  18. stekkefun4

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    That makes me wonder if I should start offering renewables like oil and belts myself.
     
  19. Journiacois

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    Well, when you look at the revision 'Kit" from superformance, it is belts, tensioners, spark plugs, filters, drain plugs. They also have ENI brand transmission 75W140 and 10W40 motor oils. The stated oil for my mondi is 10W50 but lack of availability usually means I go with 10W40. So they did not have exactly what I was looking for in terms of lubrication.

    I found both the Redline 75w90 and a high performance Fuchs Titan 10w50 motor oils at the specialty supplier noted above. When you add the Brexit customs price bump of 9%, then shipping costs that adds roughly 100 Euros for the amount needed to insure delivery sooner than 3 weeks, the price adds up to over 300 Euros. Had I found the brands and specs I wanted inside the EU, shipping would be less and customs not a question.

    So the question for you Stekke is,do the margins for stocking and shipping make it worth your while and give us inside the EU enough of a price advantage? Perhaps I could have found the high performance engine oil in the EU. But the Redline did not appear available except from the US or GB when I searched Amazon/Ebay or just the product itself. My past experience with the Redline made it a necessity for me. So I paid the price to get it and found they had a high quality spec motor oil so packaged the deal. https://www.carservicepacks.co.uk/service-kits-by-car/

    The same I guess goes for belts which are not all that expensive from Superformance but must add in the shipping and 9% brexit customs charges.Can you make enough to make it worth your while and enough of an advantage for us continental customers? I assume I could have found spark plugs locally but it was easier to just buy the kits including filters and tensioners.

    Hope this helps.
     

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