As some of you guys know, I took delivery of my second 355 on 11/2/2014:
1995 F355 Berlinetta, Rosso Corsa 300 / Beige 4208
VIN: 100386, Assembly: 17344, September 94 build date
Current miles: 26010
This is a very early production 355 and I'm excited to have an early part of the 355 history.
This car has been driven only 22 miles in the past 6 years. The interior is extremely filthy and it certainly needs a major service as well as other mechanical and cosmetic work.
The valve guides has been changed but by a 1 man, unknown shop so I will be inspecting the work.
I've decided to start with the interior since I just cannot stand to look at the dirt and I want to get the leather conditioned as soon as possible to save whatever I can.
Goals and Objectives:
The plan is to restore this car to original condition, to the highest level of pristine that is practical. I have no plans to repaint the car although I will be doing a full paint correction which I believe will really bring the finish back to life.
The interior will get fully dissembled, including removal of the carpets to properly clean them.
My objective is to restore every part that is practical instead of replacing with new. Obviously, some new parts will be required. But, the first attempt will be to salvage whatever possible.
This project is about blood, sweat (hopefully no tears) and the limiting of cash outlay. Whatever work I can do myself, I will.
I'm looking forward to this journey as I learn more about these awesome machines.
I'll be sure to tap into the respected wealth of knowledge on this board.
I'll be keeping a log of my time and certainly a tally of parts and costs.