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Retrofitting central locking on a 308?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by tomoshea, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. tomoshea

    tomoshea Formula Junior

    Dec 29, 2003
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    Has anyone ever retrofitted a central locking system on a 308/ 308gt4 out there?

    I am tyring to find parts that work and instructions from anyone who has done it?

    Cheers

    Tom
     
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  3. Verell

    Verell F1 Veteran
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    I remember someone doing this years ago. Try searching the body of texts in the old fchat archives for things like: lock solenoid ...

    Also think someone posted about adopting a 328 dual power lock system to a 308.
     
  4. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    Both myself and Mike328 wrote detailed posts on this a few years back . You may have to check the archives of the old F-chat but it is certainly there with pictures.
     
  5. LarryS

    LarryS Formula Junior

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    I put a J C Whitney remote door lock kit on my 84 308 after previously reading the above mentioned posts, the door lock solenoids are exact bolt in replacements for the items Ferrari uses. I mounted the receiver/controller in the drivers door (you're not supposed to do that), I put it in a small plastic bubble wrap bag with the bottom open for condensation. All wires, including a constant hot are available in the drivers door. I also hooked up a led that blinks when you lock doors with remote (no alarm).
    You need a pretty good understanding of electrical wiring.
    The door locks have worked flawlessly for about a year now.

    remote door lock kit:
    http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/Product/tf-Browse/s-10101/Pr-p_Product.CATENTRY_ID:2001411/showCustom-0/p-2001411/N-111+600000480+10201/c-10101
     
  6. WaltP

    WaltP Formula 3

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    I had a local car stereo/alarm company add the electric locks on my 308 when thay installed the alarm system. I think is was less than $100 to add the lock solenoid.
     
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  8. tomoshea

    tomoshea Formula Junior

    Dec 29, 2003
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    Thansk Guys,

    I will look at the options you recommend.

    Cheers

    Tom
     
  9. ham308

    ham308 Formula Junior

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    LarryS, a couple of questions.

    Do you know if this kit will also work on the older 308's (1979 to be precise)? The locks are completely manual at the moment, so no solenoid to replace. Was yours also manual to start with and if so does the keyhole still operate as an overide if the system fails?

    If it works well, at that price, it looks like a very useful mod. Something you could do whilst trying to get your windows to go faster!
     
  10. greg328

    greg328 F1 Rookie

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    I have a 1977 308, with purely mechanical locks as well, and would like to upgrade to remote actuation, but frankly these locks seems kind of fragile.
    Are they up tho the stress/torque of an electric solenoid/actuator?

    Greg
     
  11. Nuvolari

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  13. LarryS

    LarryS Formula Junior

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    Sure, the kit will work.
    I don't know if the 2V cars have the solenoid mounts made right into the inner door frame like mine (just 2 small holes for the mounting screws that go into the plastic solenoid), but it's a universal kit and mounting the solenoids and attaching the connecting rod is no big deal. My 308 came with electric (not remote) door locks which didn't work. The external key will still work, although you will feel it moving the gears in the solenoid, good news is you'll never use the key hole again! And yes, I was working on the windows at the same time.....
     
  14. gerritv

    gerritv Formula 3

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    Rob, I'll need a video of that, any chance of getting one?

    Hehe, just kidding. this might be my winter project. Just have to insualte the ceiling in garage and I can work in relative comfort this winter.

    Gerrit
     
  15. ham308

    ham308 Formula Junior

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    Bit uncalled for, I thought

    Now where's mi eggy soldiers? :)
     
  16. WaltP

    WaltP Formula 3

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    My 1980 308 was strictly manual, I didn't watch the guy install the electric lock solenoid but it works well, can still use the key if needed and best of all the doors lock autimatically when I start the car and the doors are closed.
     

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