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post #1 of 10 Old 04-02-2013, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I have frequently visited Ferrari life, but I am now a new member. I am currently a nursing student and will graduate in December with a bachelors degree in nursing, so I am several years away from considering the idea of actually owning a Ferrari but I have interest in Ferrari service work and restoration. I am curious of some opinions regarding ways to learn about Ferrari service and restoration.
The only previous vehicle restoration experience I have is the current project I am working on, a 1966 Land Rover dormobile, which is currently in disassembly, organizing and cleaning as I hope to start with rebuilding the front and rear axles, and possibly the engine this summer, but back to my Ferrari quest.. I would not expect to become a Ferrari mechanic, but I have interest in 'observational learning' from a Ferrari mechanic or restoration shop. I would also not expect to just walk into someone's shop and learn, I would expect to put time in at the shop cleaning or doing shop work (not related to Ferrari or car maintenance), but things such as taking out the garage, scrubbing floors or organization. Is such an idea practical?

Well that is all for now, I do not want to take up too much of any ones time..
Thanks all and have a great day!
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 04:58 AM
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Jonathan, welcome to FL.

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 05:50 AM
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Welcome to F life Jonathan. Make yourself at home

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 07:29 AM
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Jonathan- Welcome to Ferrari Life. Becoming a gofer at a Ferrari shop will not pay very well, so make sure you keep your day job so you can pay for the Ferrari. Quite a few of the owners here do their own maintenance, with the help of factory tech data and this online site. No reason why you cannot do the same.

If you go to, you can download a bunch of Ferrari tech data, including owners manuals and workshop manuals. The WSMs pretty much assume you are already a good mechanic, although the later ones are pretty well illustrated and cover more detail. Have fun wih the downloads.

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post #5 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 08:23 AM
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Welcome! Not sure where you live Jonathan, but one thought is to attend a few Cars and Coffees. Get to know some of the owners, then work your way in from there. Maybe consider joining your local FCA region if funds allow. If your passion as an enthusiast comes across like it does in your post, I'm sure someone will take you under their wing.

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-04-2013, 05:34 PM
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Welcome to the site and enjoy .
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-05-2013, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Jimmy, MC355 and Alex A thank you all for the welcomes!

Tazandjan, I took a look at the website and a few of the downloads. The website seems excellent, thank you for the suggestion.

Barcheta, I am in Wisconsin I am considering becoming a FCA member as there are a few events in my area this up and coming summer.

Does anyone plan on attending the 2013 FCA International Meet at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin? Luckily enough Road America is only an hour north from me, a great place.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-05-2013, 04:38 AM
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Welcome to FL Jonathan!
Becoming a member here is a great first step towards eventual ownership. I wish I had discovered FL before I became an owner, I'm sure it would have added extra value to the original purchasing experience...

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-06-2013, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Barry thanks for the welcome! I see that you own a few Ducati's, the first vehicle I ever purchased and still own was a used 620 monster ie.
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-07-2013, 01:26 PM
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Welcome to Flife, Jonathan, enjoy the place!
Great to have another fellow Ducati fan/owner here!


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