restoration concours guide
Has anyone done a guide for restoration for a Ferrari? Jaguar E types have some excellent books on the subject noting original finishes and plating and even down to the bolt markings. I find these books to be very interesting and important for clarification.
Dave, your attention to detail is outstanding. It is important to keep the Ferrari F355 period correct.
"The engineers are our Hellenes, from them we receive our culture" - Adolf Loos (1910)
My favorite book of all time has to be the "Restoration and Preservation of Vintage and Classic Cars" by Jonathan Wood. Chapter 10 at the end of the book discusses "The Aesthetics of Restoration". He talks about hand made cars as being the Workmanship of Risk vs. machine made cars Workmanship of Certainty and the different level of finishes and quality inherent in both. He also mentions the importance of good design but ends the chapter by stating:
When you come to restore your car, aim to reproduce the state in which it left the factory.
Avoid the use of materials that were not current at the time.
Do not plate things that were not plated in the first place, or paint items that were left in their natural state, and visa versa.
By all means clean metal surfaces, but do not polish them unless you use your car on the track.
If you carry out this advise, you may not win every Concours d'Elegance you enter, but you will, at least, be running a car which has retained its historical integrity. By contrast, the polished and plated vehicle will appear as incongruous as a chromium-plated penny in a handful of change.