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post #1 of 25 Old 02-11-2007, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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308 GTB Service

I recently sent the 308 GTB in for a major service. The main purpose was to get the cambelts changed and replace a few leaky seals. Overall the engine and gearbox are in excellent condition.
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308 Service 2

As part of the service, we went through the car very throughly. The only place we found any rust was in the bottom of the door frames. Seems water would get trapped and mid 70's Ferrari rustproofing was not exactly....

Anyway we are replacing all the rusted door beams, overhaul the window motors, and then will rehang the doors.
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The engine bay and suspension are in good shape but could use a little tidying. Before we drop the engine back in, we will clean it up and repaint everything.

Hopefully it will be back on the road by mid March.
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Nobody can say you do anything half-assed!

I'm planning on changing my belts this year but I'm going to do it with the engine in the car. Did you also change the idler pulleys? How about the water pump? Funny how you wanted a fiberglass 308 so you wouldn't have any rust issues.

Thanks for posting the pics, gives me more stuff to look at on mine.

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Looks like you've got a couple of hoses that could stand a replacement. That firewall, are you going to repaint it silver or paint it black? Silver is correct but your car is already not stock and black looks better.

While the engine is out you should go ahead and change your ignition points also. Or is that already in the works with the major service? Those ignition coils look a little rough. That is a different mounting position than on my car. Are they easy to get to with the engine in? If not you might want to swap them out with a couple of crane cams PS-20 coils. Way better than the weak stock coils and they also come with a new ballast resistor. http://www.cranecams.com/?show=brows...62&showAll=yes

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Yes, we will paint the firewall and the entire engine bay matt black. Ignition points are on the list of items to address. Did check the waterpump, it is in good condition. All the worn hoses will also be replaced.

You are right on the fiberglass vs steel. The bodies maybe glass but the rest of the frame and chassis is steel and will rust. Goal is to get this one in great condition so that rust will not be a worry for many years.
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Looks like a fun project. To do the engine, transmission and engine bay took me 100 days. Keep us posted on your progress! Good luck. -Steve
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Wow, that IS major service!

Boxer, do yourself a favor and have the el-cheapo hose clamps replaced by some decent Oetiker clamps!! (http://www.oetiker.com/)

I nearly had to put down my Subaru-powered homebuilt aircraft in a field because one of the exact same clamps as you have (on one of the photos of your engine, near the thermostat) started to leak. These clamps are simply crap!

Landed the plane at my home field in a cloud of steam, with the firebrigade rushing out, thinking that I was on fire (and being disappointed when that turned out not to be the case). Had to take my cylinder heads off to have them resurfaced (wrapped because of serious overheating).

The clamps cost less than 1 euro each and are dead simple to fit, using the proper tool (also available at Oetiker, for 15 euro or so). Cheap insurance!

FWIW

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Thanks. I will get them to replace the clamps along with the hoses.
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Looks like we have a similar problem with the door hinges/bracket. Althought the hinge has cracked the fibreglass on the doors on mine, mainly the bottom hinges. I'm guessing the steel frame inside mine has corroded similar to yours. Maybe the new door seals that were fitted recently have not helped mine either. Good luck with the work Boxer, looks like your looking after her
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The work on the doors is being done in Lisbon. Let me know if you would like the contact information.
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The 308 GTB will finally be ready this week. The project grew to about twice the size of the original plans. A classic case of "while we have xxx out, we should also do xxxx !

The major areas were: cambelt change, repairing rust in the bottom of the doors, replacing all major hoses etc, and repainting the engine bay. The attached are at the start.
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And these were taken at the end.
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and the engine right before and as it was being dropped back in
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I also had the original seats refitted. This provides a lot more room in the cabin and the inner door panels retrimmed.

Next years project will be putting original side skirts back on, retrimming the dash and rear shelf, and possibly removing the rear lip spoiler.
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Boxer,

Looks really nice, you must be anxious to get her back and on the road. When she is all done, can you give us a total number of hours worked and the damage it cost you if you don’t mind me asking ? Just curious on the cost for fixing rust and engine bay.

She looks really good, cant wait to see pictures of it completely done.


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Boxer,

It looks like you'll be keeping this car for a long time now. Enjoy!
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really can't say much more than that. I guess "Stunning" would fit. No one can say that you don't make sure everything is done right the first time. Thanks for posting the pics.

Your 308 puts my 308 to shame. Actually, it probably puts all other 308s to shame.

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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really can't say much more than that. I guess "Stunning" would fit. No one can say that you don't make sure everything is done right the first time. Thanks for posting the pics.

Your 308 puts my 308 to shame. Actually, it probably puts all other 308s to shame.
Thanks but I am sure yours will be in the same condition after you do the belts this year. I do wish I had the skill to do some of the work myself.
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It looks like you'll be keeping this car for a long time now. Enjoy!
Probably another year or two but not sure. We will have to see how things develop.
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