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360 Sorting Things out on New (to Me) 360 2002 Spider F1

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  1. renrewoguh

    renrewoguh Rookie

    Mar 26, 2021
    Parkland, Florida
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    Hugo Werner

    I recently bought a Ferrari from bring a trailer a 2002 Spider F1 and I have been sorting minor stuff before I take it to a mechanic - the car runs, cranks and start easily, no leaks of any kind. I haver driven it about 300 miles.

    Some of the items so far

    1. The Exhaust might have some kind of leak at the headers which I can smell while the car is idling and totally annoying and most likely not healthy, I has a fabspeed muffler and looks like the cats where remove for a straight pipe. if confirmed by mechanic i a leaning towards getting fabspeed headers replacing the original headers - maybe the cat delete might be triggering the fumes i notice. any thoughts on this one would be appreciated

    2. The top was misaligned when closing and i was expecting that it was going to be a very expensive repair but after troubleshooting it with my son we noticed 2 screws were loose so it seems like work has been done there, maybe washers missing - we adjusted those bolts and now it 99% better, still a little misalignment and i figure i need to remove the side panels to see what else might be loose or needs a little adjustment,

    3. Here is where I need some thoughts, please look at the picture, and let me know your thoughts, seems like a crack in the hose, this like the fuel lines to the injectors, is this correct? if the rubber hose a liner for a metal tube inside? or the fuel travels thru the rubber hose?

    I will be posting more updates here, I have learned a lot and feel more knowledgeable with all these posts.

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  2. AD170

    AD170 Karting

    Jul 18, 2014
    Do not drive the car until you replace both of those fuel lines. A fuel leak will start a fire. Also inspect the fuel pumps through the inspection ports for any leaks. Any misalignment of the convertible top can cause breaks in the top mechanism. Have it properly sorted out by a Ferrari 360 top specialist. Be aware that a deviation from OEM parts in your header/Cat exhaust system may cause CEL issues along with reducing the number of likely buyers, if you later decide to sell. That really comes into play if you stay the Cat-delete route. Good used Cats/Manifolds are reasonable in price (for Ferrari) and should be installed. I would suggest replacing all 8 Coil Packs if unsure of replacement date. Remove and ultra-sound clean the Fuel Injectors checking the flow rate. All fluids should be drained and refilled.
    From the looks and sounds of it, the vehicle was not maintained properly, so the above is a minimum to start. Good luck.
  3. EastMemphis

    EastMemphis Formula 3
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    May 25, 2019
    Memphis, TN
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    @AD170 - Good advice except for the top. Frankly, I don't really think there are any F360 top specialists around, except for the regular F techs. The top itself isn't that mysterious. As the OP discovered, a little common sense tinkering pretty much can solve anything wrong with the top. So as long as it hasn't been damaged by a size 20 photoshoot, it's likely to be easy to fix.

    @renrewoguh - I suggest checking all the rams for leakage. The three in the movable part of the top are the usual suspects. Also check the elastic bands that control a lot of the movement in the top. There are 14 of them and they're made of rubber which only has a realistic life of about seven years. A lot of top problems are caused by elastic bands that are shot. These problems can grow too and involve breaking actual, irreplaceable parts. Once you get your capote sorted, it can be very reliable.

    Good luck. Ya, fix your fuel lines before you have an unscheduled Italian barbeque.
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  4. one4torque

    one4torque F1 Veteran
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    May 20, 2018
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    Your exhaust may be not leaking.. you will smell ex w no cats.
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  5. knocker

    knocker F1 World Champ
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    Jul 10, 2017
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    Holy cow ! new fuel lines immediately!
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  6. timwu12

    timwu12 Formula Junior
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    Oct 31, 2014
    Just as a FYI, while the electrical tape over the fuel line might look scary, the rubber part of that line is just a liner to shield a hard line under it where the fuel flows.

    The fuel does not flow through the rubber line itself.

    To be clear, I'm not advocating for you to run it as is as a slit in the rubber line doesn't mean the hard line under it is compromised but I just wanted to put it out there that a slit in the rubber line doesn't mean the next time you start the car, a ton of pressurized fuel is going to come squirting out of there as there is another line under the rubber.

    If it were me, a 2002 car means the line is 20 years old, just replace it.
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