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    Default Ferrari 348 engine bay and rear end restoration.

    Hi guys,
    Firstly I would like to say what a great site. Full of interesting info and informed members. We all need to turn to it from time to time Im
    sure. Ive owned my car for getting on for three years and ive always had a plan in mind to do what Ive done in the last few months. I combined it
    with the need to renew the cam belt and carry out a service which as we all know requires the engine out to do this properly. As for myself ive been in the motor trade all my working life (35+years) and restoration is not an alien subject to me having done quite a few cars over the years. This is my first
    Ferrari resto though. This phase will just deal with the rear end of the car taking in the engine bay and associated framework, rear suspension, rear panel etc. I wont harp on about stuff thats already been covered on the site in much detail, ie cam belt replacement , timing , brake bleeding etc as I dont see the point in repeating spot on information. The whole process was carried out in a fully kitted workshop using both ramps and floorspace.
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    Pic 1 Car on two poster ramp. I did most of the prelim stripping here. Fluids drained etc etc.
    Pic 2 View of engine being stripped. All looks a bit scruffy.
    Pic 3 Car positioned in floorspace with rear unit removed. Two jacks used plus the added security of stands. A must.
    Pic 4 Unit removed.
    Pic 5 Engine and gearbox removed from subframe.
    Pic 6 Subframe totally stripped apart from top suspension arms. The mounting bolts were seized to the middle of the bushes on both sides so had to be carefully cut of with a air hacksaw. Not hard but time consuming. General condition of frame was good. Solid with only some surface corrosion. Just looked mucky. More to come later.

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    Very much looking forward to reading this - thanks for posting

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    Just to say at this point in the project ( Ten days in) I fell over on some damp grass and broke my right wrist. Now it became somewhat difficult to
    work but I battled on. Its amazing how agile your left hand becomes with some practice.. At least I had managed to strip everything down before my accident so could get it all off to the powdercoaters and have an easier two weeks while waiting for the bits to come back. Got on with
    some lighter work in the mean time. There was a lot of it. Here are some pics of the restored subframe. I was looking for a factory sort of finish so I went for a textured look. This works for me. Name:  DSCF8285.jpg
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    Some more restored engine parts and dry sump tank.

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    Main oil pipe between tank and engine had a cracked flange. Not a bad leak. Only a weep but still made a mess on floor over time. This repair was
    carried out by Pirtek Gloucester. He knew all about Ferrari pipes and the issues that go with them as he had repaired many over time. Mostly for a
    local specialist. He reused the tank fitting as they cant supply this sort of item. Perfect job and fitted spot on. Dont overtighten or they WILL crack
    the nut. Then you are looking for a very expensive pipe. Same goes for any other oil hoses on the car. If one is leaking from the connector and
    there is no obvious crack try loosening the nut and re-seating the pipe a tad. This has worked for me in years gone by. If not you need to strip out and inspect the components. You will obviously need to drain the oil for the last operation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangea View Post
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    Some more restored engine parts and dry sump tank.
    When can I drop my car off? You do take orders I take it? Those look great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosevi View Post
    When can I drop my car off? You do take orders I take it? Those look great
    They look a bit stark in those photos. Wrong setting on my crap camera. They look better in later pics.

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    Default Great thread

    Looking good, I know the hard work involved, great thread and posting takes a lot of time that I have failed to do well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pangea View Post
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    Nick - What process did you use on this and what exactly was the finish? Did you do the same with your top suspension mount brackets (the ones that remain in the engine bay)?

    Couple more questions

    Did you also replace all your hoses whilst out?

    Where did you source the small clutch fluid pipe clips / clamps that screw to the subframe?

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    Sorry, not clutch fluid pipe, the wire things that connect to the cats!

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