Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
Mike, how did you find out there was water in the cylinders? "Mayonnaise" on the opening of the header tank? That discovery is what led to me to having my 1975 308GTB fettled.
Turned out to be a crack in one of the heads. Became one of those "while we are about it, let's do the following..." As a result obtained a recon head from Germany and had both heads crack tested and then converted to run on unleaded fuel. Crank found to be sound, forged pistons installed as old pistons with newer piston rings not ideal. New radiator fans installed. Aircon removed (ineffective at best and a lump of weight high up in the engine bay) and suspension rebushed. And Stratos Group IV rims fitted (in 60's-70's Ferrari racing gold!) Niggling problems persisted and thankfully have now found a superb expert and sympathetic Ferrari specialist thanks to Onno and he is fine tuning the little red berlinetta for safe, fast and reliable Summer motoring. Just had Birdman fusebox installed and having rear arches widened to accomodate the 345 wide rear tyres. In the long run cost a lot more than expected but no regrets as this car was sensational on FLED 2 in the Alps with her fettled motor. One of the best driving experiences of my life. And nearly a week of this motoring high in the company of fellow FLifers!
In the longer run this superb specialist and I will design to a program to bring the car up to scratch without trying to make a brand new car, rather making her safe, fast and reliable, to be driven far and fast in the spirit of a 308 GTB Group IV stradale.
So what I am saying is that costs can run out of control but use this as an opportunity to get your 308 to what you want her to be. My recommendation is to make sure you have a specialist who both knows what he is doing and really likes the 308. And then to do things properly, not a licence for the specialist to print money but also no short cuts. This is an opportunity to really get the details both big and small right.
It was been well worth the pain to fettle this magnificent little Ferrari. I hope you will rediscover motoring nirvana with your lovely 308 GTSi.