Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
Congratulations Barry, she looks beautiful! Really nice colour combination of black on black with tan carpets, inspired choice.
As for the fuses and wiring, some personal experience with the Michalone that may help. Driving to Calais to take ferry to England for FLED 3 in October 2009 and I turn the heater on. Soon smoke comes out of the dash. Stop, turn off heater, carry on, no more smoke. That evening after Stratos rims fitted, turn on lights. Soon smoke comes out of the dash. Turn off lights. Drive back to hotel in the dark. Next day to auto-electrician who advises me to fit Birdman fusebox and isolates heater so I that I now have headlights back.
Enjoy fantastic FLED 3. Driving back to Dover for ferry to Calais in driving rain and wipers stop working. Occassionally they stutter across the windscreen. Drive like this to Dover and then in the pouring rain from Calais to Amsterdam. Specialist repairs wipers, gets heater working and installs Birdman fusebox. Life is good. No more driving around with fusebox cover off to keep fuses cool.
Earlier this year, put on headlights, slight misfire, headlights off, misfire gone. Specialist goes through wiring of car and finds a short at wiring for centre console lighting. Aparently the centre console lights up at night with headlights on. This has been sorted out now so that no lighting for centre console (it never worked anyway). During 4500km drive in September this year no issues whatsoever, including long stretches during the 17 hour drive back with heater on, lights on, wipers working and sat nav plugged in.
In summary, my experience suggests fit Birdman fusebox and at the same time go through wiring to make sure there are no dud wires causing shorts. Then enjoy many happy and safe miles in your beautiful classic Ferrari!
Current: 365BB, 550 bluebird and a few 911's
Past: 246gt, 512BB, 308 GTB "Michalone" and a few 911's