Join Date: May 2006
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Ferrari Life Posts: 85
Further Update on The Repairs to My Dino
The next problem was in obtaining a rear body panel for my Dino. Auto Body Hawaii had obtained one from Eurospares (through FerrParts). During one of my visits I got to inspect the rear body panel and found it to be very, very rough and not very well made. The line where the beveled area meets the flat (it's really curved) panel housing the tail lights was very wavy and needed a lot of work. Even the areas where the tail lights are indented into the panel were very crudely made. I didn't want to use that panel on my car and went in search of a better rear body panel.
During my emails to Dennison Motorsport about the fabrication of the trunk pieces, they happened to mention that the owner of the company was going to be in Kona, Hawaii the following week for a short stay. Butch Dennison graciously found the time and agreed to meet me at Auto Body Hawaii to look at my Dino. While he was there, I showed him the rear body panel that was purchased from Eurospares and agreed that his metalworkers could fabricate a rear body panel for my car by taking all the dimensions needed from one of the Dinos that were currently being restored by his company. I had a great time meeting and talking to Mr. Dennison and by fabricating this part, he helped to get the repairs on my car off of the holding pattern it was in.
In fact, after finding it impossible to purchase any OEM exhaust headers for my car, I contacted Dennison Motorsport again to see if they would consider fabricating a set of exhaust manifolds with the heat shields. I was told that the fabrication of the headers would be simple (they would use an original part off of a car in the shop and clone that piece), but, I was told that the headers had to be wrapped with a heat shielding material before the metal heat shielding could be hand formed around the headers. This would be a time consuming task and would greatly increase the cost of the finished product. But, I wanted to get as close to an original replacement part as possible and they are almost done with the fabrication. I just received some photos of the fabrication process for the exhaust headers and I wanted to share them with everyone.
Finally, I want to again thank SCM246 for introducing me to Dennison International Motorsport and for his generosity in allowing them to use parts from his personal car so they could recreate those parts for my car. Thank you, thank you, thank you SCM246. You were truly a life saver in helping me to get the needed parts for my car's repairs. Here are the photos: