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Discussion in '348/355' started by ClydeM, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. ClydeM

    ClydeM F1 Veteran
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    I've had a problem with the alternator/battery light illuminating. It use to happen as the engine idled down from being driven hard.
    I replaced the battery (now Bosch), I had the alternator rebuilt.
    But a week ago while idling to NOT one chilly morning, it flashed ever so briefly again.

    I have a cigarette socket monitor like shown below. But I can't seem to catch a voltage drop when the alt lamp illuminates.

    So I installed this BlueTooth device on the battery. I saw it on another thread. Hopefully it'll give me a log I can sift through for clues
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  2. Carmellini

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    ^^^^^looking forward to what you find; those battery monitors are really cool.
     
  3. steved033

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    I drove mine today. it was fussy till it warmed up. it really doesn't like being driven on a 40 degree day, then a 73 degree one back to back...

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  4. Sancho22

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    Drove my 355 spyder every weekend in the last several weeks.
    Installed passenger side foot rest from Hill.
    348 steering install shortly.
    Shell Spirax will be next and then at one point this year a major...
     
  5. A348W

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    Jun 28, 2017
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    Paid my service bill (don’t tell the boss).

    Pick it up tomorrow and will update my post about “Major and belts UK style”!
     
  6. Beetle

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    Nothing just drove it. And still nothing to do to it
     
  7. Qavion

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    Spent a few hours trying to figure out how to glue the new spider roof canvas to the stainless steel bar which runs along the bottom of the window... and gave up. Such a great potential for things to go wrong. The number of tools/materials required for fitting this roof is increasing exponentially on a daily basis.
     
  8. Beetle

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    These cars are a labour of love Ian that's for sure. I've had no issues for some time now so I'm very happy just don't seem to get much time to enjoy driving it.
     
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  9. kenneyd

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    I rebuilt the shifter.
    I was surprised how well it worked for how poor condition it was in.
    The centering spring was completely seized up and all bushings were bone dry.
    I completely disassembled it, and cleaned it. I ordered new bushings and other parts from Ricambi.
    I debated drilling out some of the parts to add zerk fittings to grease, but ultimately ended up just packing it full of grease.
    Shifts much better, very smooth.
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    And here's probably the only picture of a baby goat in a Ferrari lol
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  10. taz355

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    That’s a nice pic of a goat Ken
     
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  11. Carmellini

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    ^^^^agreed...that is a great looking goat.
     
  12. jimmym

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    Not a prancing horse, but a cute goat.:)
     
  13. MikeeB355

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    Had the rear wheels off and took the wheel arch liners out for a good clean and fresh coat of stone chip paint.
     

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  14. watkinsgt

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    As clear turn signal lenses become increasingly rare and expensive I covered mine with two layers of clear adhesive plastic (clear bra). Remove lenses. Make a pattern with 2" masking tape. Rub pencil on lens edge to draw cut line. Lay tape on clear plastic. Scissor cut line and stick. Xacto knife screw hole. Applied with and w/o heat (hair dryer). Got a few bubbles either way. I'd leave hair dryer out. Also did the two round flashers. Did not remove 'em. Placed random jar lids on them until I found approximate diameter. Used it for pattern. Now chip proof. Hopefully.
     
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  15. marioz

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    any photos?

    I started mine up yesterday after winter storage & need to install my summer tires & will be all set to go!!
     
  16. Ferrarium

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    Ugh great, now I need to add rebuild shift box to my list...
    What stone chip product did you use?
     
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  17. bcar1

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    How much work is it to remove the whole assembly like that?
     
  18. watkinsgt

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    Re: Stone chip product. 3M clear plastic adhesive film. Tons on ebay. Sheets and rolls. I also did door sills. Thick (40mm) is hard to cut and reluctant to hold a bend (turn signal lens). I went on the thin side and did 2 layers - crisp cut lines and excellent adhesion. Thick for door sills is fine.
     
  19. Ferrarium

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    remove the console, unhook linkage from underneath, unbolt the box and it drops out the bottom. Pain in the butt part is jacking the car up high enough if you don't have a lift and pulling the interior b its out, usually means removing seats etc to keep from messing other things up accidentally.
     
  20. kenneyd

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    I actually did not remove the console.
    Inside the car, remove ashtray/mirror switch/ hvac controls(1 min). Remove 17mm lock nut and ball, remove shifter gate and reverse switch. (5 min)

    Under car, remove engine and large mid section under-tray. (I just loosened the rear diffusers, but left in place) (10 min +15 mins to look for the one tiny nut that bounced across the floor)
    I removed both bolts that secure the shifter rod to the shifter assembly. (5min)
    Remove the ~10 screws that hold the rubber splash shield in place
    Remove the 4 10mm bolts that hold the shifter assembly and the whole thing just falls out the bottom.

    I used a vise and a socket to remove the spring washer that holds the centering spring. Once the spring and plunger are out, then the shifter rod/ball/black bushing can come out. Once out, then you can remove the "sliding linkage" with its smaller gray bushing.
    I do NOT recommend removing the ball from the black bushing. It will break no matter how hard you try and they are NLA. just clean it up in a parts washer and apply grease.
    Although dry, there was no play in the "sliding linkage", so i just polished it and loaded it up with grease. The bushing are brass if you wanna replace them, but they need to be pressed out/in.



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    Also, keep the goats out of the garage lol


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  21. Carmellini

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    there is that sexy goat, again. I never get tired of seeing that face. gotta ask, how old and hoping that's a female.
     
  22. kenneyd

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    Or this face?

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    My wife helps one of her friends who breeds these with bottle feeding/weaning.
    I am not a animal guy, however, these goats literally emit no odors, they dont bark, they dont come in the house, and don't leave land mines in the yards. The literally crack me up lol, in addition to being hilarious, they actually contribute to the property, we've had 3 wethers for a few years and they've helped keep our ~2 acres clear. After buying the lot next to us, we now have ~4 acres, I've agreed to take on a few more. We are keeping 3 of the 6 we are weening now, just the wethers, the girls are sold.
    Whatever, My wife lets me have any car I want, and she get the goats... and chickens.

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  23. tomc

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    Adorable!
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  24. audi_328

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    Thanks much for posting this, your timing couldn't have been better! Just this afternoon I put the car up, removed the aero trays, shift knob and gate and have been searching threads during the day for how exactly to pull and refresh the shift box, looking to get rid of third gear buzz. Very helpful post, thanks again for writing it up :) Love the goats BTW.
     
  25. Carmellini

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    we all need some levity these days, and your pics and posts are a good remedy. thanks
     

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