The Restoration Starts Here: 275GTB Shortnose 07333

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by 275GTB, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. 275GTB

    275GTB Formula 3

    Jan 12, 2010
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  2. PSk

    PSk F1 World Champ

    Nov 20, 2002
    Tauranga, NZ
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    What a restoration! Thanks for sharing.
  3. margarita

    margarita Formula 3

    Mar 20, 2011
  4. rauldejalapeno

    rauldejalapeno Karting

    Apr 21, 2008
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    Randy Bush
  5. Georgescott

    Georgescott Formula Junior

    Sep 28, 2009
    Very nice! congrats, you'll be on the road before you know it!
  6. simon klein

    simon klein F1 World Champ
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    Feb 25, 2009
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    Soooooo Mark,will you be posting a youtube clip of the first "proper" drive of your beasty?????

  7. Ashman

    Ashman Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Sep 5, 2002
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    Looks great and I love the license plate! ;)
  8. MSM

    MSM Rookie

    May 5, 2008
    It means my favorite topic will end?

    Thank you for sharing, and start another one quickly!
  9. JazzyO

    JazzyO F1 World Champ

    Jan 14, 2007
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    Wonderful! The satisfaction after such a long time must be immense. Can't wait for my own project to be completed after 4 1/2 years.

  10. pkl03

    pkl03 Formula Junior
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    Nov 29, 2004
    Credit to you Mark. Don't let it be a museum piece.
    Drive and enjoy.
  11. Sig. Roma

    Sig. Roma Formula Junior

    Mar 11, 2007
    Bella Italia
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    Dom T.
    Beautiful !!! Wish it was mine !!
  12. TexasKid

    TexasKid Formula Junior

    Apr 13, 2011
    Hope to see it on the road, and not stuck in the garage...congrats on such a beautiful build!
  13. 3500 GT

    3500 GT Formula 3

    Nov 2, 2008
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    Gentleman Racer

    Fantastic Mark, thank you for sharing your journey with us!


  14. PhatFrank

    PhatFrank Karting

    Nov 9, 2010
    Looks bleedin' fantastic! Congrats:)
  15. Dr G

    Dr G Rookie

    Nov 14, 2007
    Staggeringly pretty car but I'm almost sad it's nearly over. I loved getting the emails from Fchat with news from this thread.
  16. 275GTB

    275GTB Formula 3

    Jan 12, 2010
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    Good Morning,

    thanks for all the kind comments and support, I am very pleased everyone has enjoyed the thread so far.

    Its not over yet! On the way to the MOT centre the brakes started to bind, it turns out there is a problem with the brake servo. Even thought it was sent away to a brake specialist for a complete overhaul, the problem started on its first drive out the door! We are rebuilding it in house and hopefully it will be done in a few day.

  17. ggjjr

    ggjjr Formula Junior

    Nov 11, 2003
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    Best of luck. We're all awaiting pictures of the first drive!

  18. galbert

    galbert Formula Junior

    Mar 14, 2012
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    Galbert Christopher
    très belle restauration que tu nous a présente
    vraiment magnifique
    peut être qu'un jours je ferais la même chose sur ma 400
    bien amicalement
    PS il y avait un beau rassemblement de 275 ici au pays basque a cote de Bayonne (France)
  19. 275gt

    275gt Rookie

    Dec 26, 2005
    Hi Mark,
    Congratulations on posting a fantastic thread which I have just found while recovering from an operation and spent most of three days reading. Other people in your position might take no interest once they have consigned the car to the restorer.
    I have loved seeing the lady with all her clothes off! It is not often we get to see how one of these beautiful cars was constructed. The obvious question is: if you had known in advance how badly damaged the body was, would you have requested an all new body made from the original bucks, despite the detractors, or is that not in the spirit of your restoration?
    Can you settle an argument please? I maintain that the 275 chassis was basically the same as that designed by Gilberto Colombo for the very first Ferrari right up to the 412i four seater and the last Daytona - albeit with different wheelbases and the major change from leaf springing to all round coils and independent rear suspension. Without access to engineering drawings I have no way of verifying that but it would help if you could ask someone at Joe Macari's to run a tape measure over the chassis and let us know the width over the side rails. There must be a book that details all the changes to the chassis and engine over the years (not just the design number) but I have only picked up the odd snippet from various sources.
  20. Ed Niles

    Ed Niles Formula 3

    Sep 7, 2004
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    There needs to be a bit of free play at the actuating rod. Otherwise when things heat up and expand the brakes self-actuate. Hope this helps.
  21. Martin M

    Martin M Karting

    Nov 30, 2011
    Amazing car and restoration. Can't wait to see it on road!
    Freshly restored cars always have these kind of small problems what needs to be fixed.

    Mark, do not worry everything will be okay after few or three hundred driven miles when all the baby faults are repaired. After a while you discover that your car is running like clockwork.

  22. 275GTB

    275GTB Formula 3

    Jan 12, 2010
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    We took the car for a short test run today, during a good dry spell of weather.

    After a less than half a mile the brakes started binding and then locked on as we slowed the car down. This is all after fitting a new master cylinder earlier in the week, (we also checked that there was adequate play in the actuator as Ed suggested - there was and Pete was aware of this situation).

    We kept the engine running and disconnected the brake pedal from the actuator rod - brakes stayed firmly on - but that eliminated that part of the system - we reconnected the pedal.

    Next we disconnected the servo to manifold hose pipe, to effectively knock out the function of the servo - instantly the brakes released. So we were able to drive back to the garage, albeit without servo assisted braked, just a needed a powerful leg. Now we at least know the problem is within the servo.

    Here is a very cool piece of improvisation - I unscrewed the black plastic knob off the passenger seat runner adjustment handle - it fitted perfectly into the servo hose, to block the airflow and allow the engine to run smoothly for our short trip back - at least we had a good laugh about that, given all we had in our pocket was one screw driver!

    We did not have time to work on the servo problem - but we think the problem may be to do with the internal spring - we think the vacuum suction created is stronger than the spring, hence why i gradually brings the brakes on?

    Does anyone have any other suggestions, experience or thoughts on this?

    Other small problems, but very easy to fix:
    - Small adjustment to the clutch needed - two minute job.
    - Need to re-centeralise the rear brake callipers with shims, as there is a tiny squeak where the brake pad retaining clip is rubbing the outer edge of the disk - only became apparent after the brakes were bedded in and move slightly off centre - easy fix.

    Other than that OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! The engine was so sweet, powerful and smooth. The gearbox was perfect, changes were easy and slick. Everything else work beautifully, all the electrics, gauges perfect. The car was solid on the road, no rattles or squeaks (other than the rear brakes as mentioned above.

    It was sublime!

    Some photos and a small video to follow as soon as we have the brakes sorted and can exercise the V12 properly.

  23. 275GTB

    275GTB Formula 3

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    thanks Ed, appreciated - check and all good.
  24. 275GTB

    275GTB Formula 3

    Jan 12, 2010
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    Thanks Martin, absolutely agree - we are getting there, hopefully not much left to do now.

    I have a new target now and something to look forward - given the 50th anniversary of the 275 starts next year 2014, only a few months away! I want to celebrate by taking the car to as many events and 275 runs as possible - in the UK and all over Europe!

    cheers Mark
  25. jtremlett

    jtremlett F1 Rookie

    Feb 18, 2004
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