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Old 03-24-2008, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default FerrariLife's: DIY Ferrari Projects Guide

With CKRacing's help, we are embarking on a new book project. Based on our members posts of their favorite projects, we will put together the:

"DIY Ferrari Projects Guide"

Everyone who posts a project which is included in the book will receive a 1 year free membership to FerrariLife, a copy of the FerrariLife Buyers Portfolio book, and a copy of the DIY Ferrari Projects book. Credit to all contributors will be given in each book chapter to which they have contributed. We strongly believe this book will be of great interest and benefit to the Ferrari community.

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Old 03-26-2008, 12:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great project, William. I wish I could contribute to it.


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If you have a few mechanical friends be sure to let them know about it.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:13 PM   #4
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You can be sure that I'll be contributing!!


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I think this is a splendid idea! It's good to see that some the owners on the forum here actually do work on their cars themselves.

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Old 05-14-2008, 11:17 PM   #6
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After a long period of being away from this forum, I decided to log in and check what's up.

I saw the PM CKRacing left in my inbox requesting an article and I can supply one or two

I will be wrapping up a major running-gear rebuild that I started back in December 2007 and this included:

- Replacing all suspension bushings on the A-Arms.
- Replacing all ball joints and tie-rod ends.
- Rebuilding the steering rack.
- Rebuilding all four Koni shock absorbers.
- Replacing the rear wheel bearings and crack-testing the stub-axles.
- Rebuilding the entire braking system (master cylinder, brake calipers, hoses, pipes, etc).
- Re-plating all hardware and brackets to their original finishes (Yellow and silver zinc).
- Not to mention, the timing belts are due (already! It's been seven years since I last did them!).

Needless to say, I have been able to accomplish all of the above myself (except for the crack-testing of the axles. I had a certified testing facility perform that. Thankfully they passed with flying colours. Otherwise big $$$ if they didn't...).

If some of the above have already been covered by other members elsewhere in this forum, let me know, otherwise, I can contribute any other procedure article.

I'm still in the midst of this rebuild so some of the above items are still ongoing, so once the project is complete, I'll gather up the photos and write an article. What format should it be in? Am I too late to contribute?

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Old 05-15-2008, 01:35 AM   #7
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After a long period of being away from this forum, I decided to log in and check what's up.
Gee, it was only 4 years. I'd been wondering where you'd gone off to. Welcome back!!


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After a long period of being away from this forum, I decided to log in and check what's up.

I saw the PM CKRacing left in my inbox requesting an article and I can supply one or two

I will be wrapping up a major running-gear rebuild that I started back in December 2007 and this included:

- Replacing all suspension bushings on the A-Arms.
- Replacing all ball joints and tie-rod ends.
- Rebuilding the steering rack.
- Rebuilding all four Koni shock absorbers.
- Replacing the rear wheel bearings and crack-testing the stub-axles.
- Rebuilding the entire braking system (master cylinder, brake calipers, hoses, pipes, etc).
- Re-plating all hardware and brackets to their original finishes (Yellow and silver zinc).
- Not to mention, the timing belts are due (already! It's been seven years since I last did them!).

Needless to say, I have been able to accomplish all of the above myself (except for the crack-testing of the axles. I had a certified testing facility perform that. Thankfully they passed with flying colours. Otherwise big $$$ if they didn't...).

If some of the above have already been covered by other members elsewhere in this forum, let me know, otherwise, I can contribute any other procedure article.

I'm still in the midst of this rebuild so some of the above items are still ongoing, so once the project is complete, I'll gather up the photos and write an article. What format should it be in? Am I too late to contribute?

Regards,

Peter
Peter, Welcome back. Good to see you here again. How is the 308 GT4?


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Peter, Welcome back. Good to see you here again. How is the 308 GT4?
Thanks for the well-wishes.

I have always been around, just doing my own thing and keeping very busy.

The 308 has been doing well, but, I couldn't put off this project any longer. In fact, I wanted to do this not this past winter, but the winter before that ('06/'07 season), but I had broken my thumb (well, more like crushed it, but that's a lonnngggg story...) and wasn't able to do anything with that hand for six months. For whatever reason, the bones wouldn't want to set and it took that long to heal. By the time it was okay, it was prime driving season and I couldn't bear to put the car on jack stands!

When this past winter came along and me in good health, I started with it and still carrying on! Lots of detail work that can't really be accomplished in an hour or two, so it gets spread out during evenings and weekends.

I have been told by other GT4 owners who have done the same thing, that I won't believe just how much of a difference this work will do to the car and how much better it will be. That's news to me as I always thought the car drove well before! Now that I see just how bad it was, I suppose I will be blown away by it.

I'll stay in touch and will update when it's finished.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:35 AM   #10
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Peter,
I look forward to reading all your reports, I'll probably want to do the same to my car over this next winter. I'm just in the process of building a new heated garage with a lift so I'll be primed for a good project!


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I look forward to reading all your reports, I'll probably want to do the same to my car over this next winter. I'm just in the process of building a new heated garage with a lift so I'll be primed for a good project!
Make sure you add a hydraulic press (shock absorber bushings) and a good lathe (steering rack internal bushing), because I needed both with this project!
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:16 AM   #12
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I've already got the press. Don't have a lathe though. I'll have to add that to the list.


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Just bought my first ferrari- '78 308 gts. Looking for a good shop manual for usual spec's. any help?
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Just bought my first ferrari- '78 308 gts. Looking for a good shop manual for usual spec's. any help?
Become an elite member of Ferrari Life and you can download your manual here for free.


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Just bought my first ferrari- '78 308 gts. Looking for a good shop manual for usual spec's. any help?
good question, does anyone have a pdf copy of the 308 workshop manual ?


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I've registered and found the buyers guide on your site. guide is helpful but still looking for manual. any thoughts?
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I've registered and found the buyers guide on your site. guide is helpful but still looking for manual. any thoughts?
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Click on the members tab up top here, and then on the left you will see the elite member's box. Click on workshop manuals and download the 308 GT4 workshop manual. It is the exact same car just with a different body. Mechanically the 2 cars are identical. I've got the parts manual on PDF so PM me your email address and I'll send it to you.


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Is this still available?

I'm new here but have got several DIY posts on how to perform maintenance and improvements on my Dino; changing the six coolant hoses; replaced the 3 coolant pipes, alternator upgrade, accessing door interior panels; remove/replacing exhaust for ceramic coating, fabricating alternator heat shield, r/r water pump so we could fabricate a new one, changing engine oil, changing transaxle fluid, bench testing the external voltage regulator, sourcing a modern replacement for the problematic alternator fusebox, etc.
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Is this still available?

I'm new here but have got several DIY posts on how to perform maintenance and improvements on my Dino; changing the six coolant hoses; replaced the 3 coolant pipes, alternator upgrade, accessing door interior panels; remove/replacing exhaust for ceramic coating, fabricating alternator heat shield, r/r water pump so we could fabricate a new one, changing engine oil, changing transaxle fluid, bench testing the external voltage regulator, sourcing a modern replacement for the problematic alternator fusebox, etc.

Not sure but here is something I will be contributing:

My wife.

ya', she is going to be performing, depending on how the pistons look due to the evap recovery canister being toasted, in the Mondial T, the
- Engine out, tuneup, cams and belts and tensioners and heads, and waterpump and
- if needing a rebuild of the rings and valves, SHE, will be doing a bit of work on that too.
- Rob of Stewart Engr. has graciously allowed her to go at it.

She has done many Chevy's etc/. but I've seen her abilities, and this will prove a gal can do what most guys think is a man's world.

BTW, Rob's wife is a racer, beautiful Ferrari if ever I saw one, and if permitted I'll post a pic of that green, 308 coup beauty...

stay tuned to the thead postings over the next few months of:

Mondial T / 348 : Engine out Tuneup - By a WOMAN


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Yes, it should be.


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