Join Date: Apr 2010
Ferrari Life Posts: 2,196
The owner wrote a great ad; it sounds too good to be true.....so caveat emptor + a very thorough PPI are in order:
1. Check the quality of the respray, but more importantly check for prior wreck damage. A good tech with a high quality DFT gauge should be able to detect paint anomalies & body work.
2. Why was the engine gone through, and was it done well? Don't just accept that it had oil leaks. Get the prior service history and talk to the people who did the rebuild.
3. Compression & leakdown checks would be mandatory. Also check for oil smoke on cold start and under high vacuum (deceleration).
4. Paxton's, like most centrifugal SC's, are noted for their ease and low cost of installation, so nearly any shade tree mechanic/shop can throw one on an engine. I would look carefully at the installation and especially the quality of the piping and the mounting of the supercharger itself. The SC should be well braced in all three planes; if not, it's liable to have alignment or belt throwing problems.
5. Speedline Mistrals are one of the most "knocked off" wheels around. Make sure you're getting the real thing, not Chinese knockoffs which may come apart on you at 100 MPH. There are numerous threads with pics on the Internet on how to tell the real ones from the knockoffs.
'99 550, Rosso Corsa / Nero, S/N:114654, Assy: 31836, Engine: 52084
High mileage, low compression, and missing on a few cylinders.....just like my cars.
Maranello Skunkworks Team Member