How much do you personally fix?

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by ernie, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. ernie

    ernie Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 19, 2001
    The Brickyard
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    The Bad Guy
    I was wondering how many of you guys personally fix your Ferrari's? So if you would list the model you have and what you have worked on with your own hands. This is for the guys that do it at home, I know there are mechanics that do this for a living, but I'm talking to the shade tree guys.

    For me, I have a 1990 348ts and I have fixxed:

    right hand head light housing not coming up
    removed and replaced a broken from bumper
    removed the wiper arms (drivers side was busted)
    dissasembled the drivers side door, r&r'd the window regulator
    dissasembled the center unit to fix climate control connections
    fixxed the shift lever two times, both of which was because it broke
    removed the shift cables twices, and adjusted them at least five times
    removed the shift bracket that attaches to the gear box, to fix a stripped bolt
    dissasembled the left rear suspension to fix the wheel bearings and the axle connecting flang
    fixxed the left rear cv joints, axle, and cv boots
    removed both drivers and passengers side seats, to fix adjustment rails
    adjusted the parking break
    full 30k engine out major, valve job, bearings, seals, the works
    replaced left hand radiator because it was leaking
    r&r rear bumper for painting
    r&r side rocker pannels for crack repairs and painting
    removed the intake plenum, crossover cooling pipes, coolant & oil tanks, valve covers, air box, and cam-belt covers for powder coating
    bled cooling system and break lines
    rebuilt the alternator
    removed driving instrument pannel to fix burnt out lights
    removed rear engine cover for repainting
    removed rear tail light assembley, and grill
    removed air conditioning pump
    engine, and transmission oil changes
    cleaned out the intake plenum & throttle bodies
    took apart and cleaned a mass airflow sensor
    r&r'd the motronic ecu'c, exhaust ecu's, and coil packs, to fix a slow down light
    swapped out the old spark plug wires for new, as well as take appart one of the old ones just for kicks
    fixxed a both crank possition sensors

    and next..... I'm gonna have to remove and rebuild my transmission. I found some broken metal in the gear oil when I changed it last. That and it isn't shifting right.

    Man that is alot of stuff, and I bet I have forgot some things. Anyway I have done all this work in the garage at my house. How about the rest of you guys?
  2. TOM B

    TOM B Formula 3

    Jul 24, 2003
    Orange County, NY
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    Thomas Buckley
    Holy crap! Do you ever get to drive your car? ;) Just kidding. I actually got a sense of "pride-of-accomplishment" from your post. Well done.

  3. dm_n_stuff

    dm_n_stuff Global Moderator
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    Dec 10, 2003
    The Sunshine State
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    I fixed the vent window latches on my dino.

    Then I fixed them again.

    And again.

    And again.

    Guess what. They don't stay fixed. Until now!!!

    Rear view mirror glue, that got 'em. For the moment. Only time will tell.

    I wish I was brave or talented enough to do more than minor stuff. Adjusting hood panels to fit better, fixing window trims, installing seats, door panels, carpet, fixing the heater controls, cleaning up the headliner by removing it and installing new insulation. I did all that. But, I'm not that mechanical a guy, so I don't do engine, tranny, electrical, etc.

    Although I'm gonna take a shot at the brakes this spring, put in new pads, see what happens. If I fail, you won't be hearing from me....

    Ernie. I'd kill for the time and your skill level to do that kind of stuff on my Dino. Luckily for Algar, I don't have either.

  4. Steve King

    Steve King F1 Rookie

    Feb 15, 2001
    1977 308 GTB . I don't have as long a list as above but I can repair everything except body work unless just a bolt on and instruments . So fortunately I have only done (2) complete 30k services (1 when I bought the car and 1 at 15k miles I put on) and other than that a window motor/cable repair , carb. tuneup , dizzy conversion , plugs and wires normal fluid changes and a battery change. The rest of the time unless rain or snow I DRIVE it. In fact looks like today will be one of those days. Enjoy the ride
  5. ernie

    ernie Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 19, 2001
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    I gradually learned all that stuff. So please don't think I did it all at once. The first thing I ever did on my car was to removed the shift gate. I stared at it for about 10 minutes before I finally removed the two little screws that hold it down. LOL. I do have a sence of accomplishment, but I also want to show others that you can work on your Ferrari yourself. The other way I look at that list is thousands and thousands of dollars that I still have in my pocket. I never worked on a Ferrari before in my life, until I got my 348. Take my up coming transmission rebuild. I have never ever rebuilt a transmission, yet alone a Ferrari transmission. But is that gonna stop me, NOPE! It will be another learning experiance. Sure I'm a little bit nevrvious, but as soon as put that wrench in my hand, and turn the first bolt, all that goes out the window. Then I will be able to add a Ferrari transmission rebuild to my list.
  6. gil308

    gil308 Formula 3

    Jun 22, 2004
    Charleston, SC
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    I PERSONALLY pay my mechanic to do everything as I have ZERO abilities...does that count? :)
  7. ernie

    ernie Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 19, 2001
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    Hahaha thats funny but.....uh......No. Why don't you try to do your next oil change. That is one of the easiest things to do. It's is just one nut, and an oil filter. You'll never learn unless you try.
  8. Dr Tommy Cosgrove

    Dr Tommy Cosgrove Three Time F1 World Champ
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    May 4, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
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    I do EVERYTHING that is not inside the block or head. If it bolts TO it, I'm ok. Just don't ask me to adj. the valves, etc.
  9. rickjaffe

    rickjaffe Formula Junior

    Mar 6, 2005
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    richard jaffe
    I too took off the shifter gate! after only one day of ferrari ownership. but I couldt't remove the screw holding the shift nob. yesterday, I had my mechanic bleed the brakes to try to solve a brake problem, it did partially, but I may try to install new braided brake lines my self. then maybe oil change; and who knows, maybe even brake pads. the thing about the engine is the compartment seems so small compared to a front engined car. (I have a 308). also I don't have a lift and can't seem to jack it up high enough for my comfort level. (though I'm thinking about buying one of those garage lifts where you can stack two cars.) anyway, the desire is there but the knowledge talent or whatever is in doubt.
  10. venusone

    venusone F1 Rookie

    Mar 20, 2004
    I'm afraid to touch the Ferrari but I've done the following to my RX7s in my driveway (remember I'm a girl):
    Changed transmission fluid
    Changed rear end fluid
    Replaced drive shaft
    Replaced shocks
    Replaced steering wheel
    Reupholstered doors
    Switched all 4 wheels (for autox) in no time.
  11. Zertec

    Zertec Formula 3

    Oct 5, 2004
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    Clive Reed
    Great attitude I love it!
  12. Meister

    Meister F1 Veteran
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    Apr 27, 2001
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    Don't be afraid... all of the things you have mentioned you can do to your ferrari. They were built by hand... you have hands... you can do it.

    The only thing I have not done personaly on my car are re-upholster the seats, have an alum Rad fabed and have some new exhaust tubing bent. Otherwise, if I can reach it I can (try to) fix it.
    Timing belts
    Radiator replacement
    Door panels
    fuel pump
  13. judge4re

    judge4re F1 World Champ

    Apr 26, 2003
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    Dr. Dumb Ass

    Its a time and distance thing with me.
  14. patpong

    patpong Formula 3

    Jul 6, 2004
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Patpong Thanavisuth
    What it's like fixing your Ferrari your own??? Is it as fun as driving it? I have no idea. It could be fun. I do make model cars. I enjoy assembling them more than looking at finish models... any close???
  15. PeterS

    PeterS Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Ditto for me
  16. PMDDMD

    PMDDMD Formula Junior

    Apr 1, 2004
    When looking to buy my 1st (and current) F-car, I sought the advice of other owners who steered me toward the 3-x-8 series as a good car to "learn on". Although my 328 has not given me any problems over the past year, I will, on weekends, disassemble and reassemble certain aspects of the car to see how they all go together so that when something raltively does happen, I'll be able to work in "familiar territory". I've had no formal training, but to date I have done the fluids and battery, disassembled the dash, door and rear brakes to the point of pad change only. All has gone back together well and works fine.

    I don't have the tools, list, etc to get much deeper mechanically and don't feel that I have any business getting into the engine or trans. I know the limits of my talents.
  17. russell

    russell Karting

    Mar 2, 2005
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    good greif. I know how you do it. Pulling it all apart seems easy, but i never find time a patience to put it back together. Just like this post i am having a hard time fi---
  18. AJS328

    AJS328 F1 Veteran

    Apr 23, 2003
    New Jersey
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    Augustine Staino
    I'm on my 3rd 328 and I've learned a few things. I can change engine and gearbox oils. I've also changed plugs and plug extenders a few times. The ones facing the front of the car really give you a sense of accomplishment when you get them done because the access is rather poor.
  19. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
    Worcester, MA
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    I'll tell you what I won't touch - anything safety-related. If its brakes or the fuel system, I'll pay an experienced mechanic to tackle that for me.

    If its a matter of unbolting an old part and bolting on a new part, I can do that. I can handle replacing easy-to-reach parts (haha, like there are any in a mid-engined Ferrari, I know....). Things that require 'adjustment' like gearboxes or valves....I don't have the ability. Hoses and electricals are the main areas I handle myself.
  20. Ingenere

    Ingenere F1 Veteran
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    Dec 11, 2001
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    I have worked on all of my Fcars;

    Mondial t

    I have done everything from engine out majors to redoing the carpets. Everytime I have fixed my cars, they work...........EVERYTIME I have taken them to the dealer.........THEY DON"T. My motto is drive 'em and learn how to work on 'em, 'cause it isn't that hard, it's rewarding and you'll do a better job!

  21. Javelin276

    Javelin276 Formula Junior

    Jan 16, 2005
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    Thor Zollinger
    Wow, it's nice to see that other guys besides me have a long personally-executed repairs list. I was beginning to think (based on the owners in Salt Lake) that most Ferrari owners didn't get their hands dirty. I don't have a lift, so I can't do engine-out work, but everything else has been fair game.

    I do have a good pair of mechanics though, for the tough stuff. What's really nice is they charge me the same as if I had brought in my Ford Mustang (I live in Idaho). From the comments I see in these forums, that's pretty rare.

    I'm about the only one in the entire area who actually drives his Ferrari. As long as it isn't wet or snowy, I drive the Mondial to work, to the hardware store, take my wife to the mall, whatever. The other Ferrari's in the area are only out a couple of days a year.
  22. Peter

    Peter F1 Veteran

    Dec 21, 2000
    B.C., Canada
    #22 Peter, Mar 27, 2005
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    All of the following has been documented on this site over the last couple of years, but what I have done to my 1975 308 GT4:

    -Engine-out rebuild which included timing belts and top-end rebuild (replaced valve guides, new exhaust valves and hand-cut & lapped valve seats), timing gear drive bearing replacement. Etc...

    -Clutch replacement

    -Regular carburetor adjustment/cleaning/tuning.

    -Regular distributor cleaning/greasing.

    -Water pump rebuild (small bearing pumps really are no good. I think next time I'll install a 328 pump).

    -Rebuilt shift-lever mechanism.

    -Numerous electrical issues (which are still ongoing... ugghh).

    -Lots of little jobs ;)

    In the future I'd like to do the entire suspension system (bushings/shocks) and brake system.

    All of this done in a home garage. No lift, just four jack-stands.
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  23. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    I'm surprised UT hasn't posted on this thread. He's the bravest "mechanic" the world will ever know.
  24. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 14, 2003
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    Why haven't you told all of us how you "Fixed" the frozen dyke with your finger yet? :D:D:D

  25. Korr

    Korr F1 World Champ
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    No I haven't.

    Here's how.

    I stopped calling her back.

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