Archive for November, 2008

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

About a year ago we caught wind of a totally original low miles Ferrari 330 GT out in the western plains of the US. Many people in the Ferrari community knew about the car but they did not want to pay to high price the seller wanted. I think that these 2+2 Ferraris have a very loyal following and thought that it was worth the premium.

The seller was a man in his mid 70′s and back in the mid 60′s he ordered a Ferrari 400 Super America from a dealer, I think it was Ron Tonkin. The SA never came in so they gave the man this copper, possibly called Nocchiola (?) and the man only drove the car 3000 miles. Since he was a Army mechanic, he knew how best to take care of the car buy keeping the engine coated in a mist of light oil so the plated parts did not rust and added Marvel Mystery oil in the gas and crankcase so when he started it 2 times a year everything stayed lubricated internally. Adding to these preventive measures, the car was in the bone dry part of the country so there is not a spot of decay on the car. Even the interior smells brand new!

When we got it to our shop we drained the gas and changed the spark plugs. It had the original Marchall spark plugs in the engine! Other than one carburetor being slightly off tune as far as air flow, the car ran perfect and does not smoke. It is one of the smoothest 330 engines I have witnessed.

Since it has the original 40 year old Pirelli tires we have not driven it on the road but it moves itself with ease around the door yard. This is an outstanding car!

It has some unique features. It has an amazing book and tool set, and perfect interior and all of the correct and matching lights and details. What is very interesting is that it has Weber DFI carburetors similar to the much later 330 GTC’s. These carburetors are slightly different because they have the mixture control screws coming straight out of the bases and not on an angle facing backward as the later carburetors have. It also has two fuel pressure regulators with the glass filter cannisters. One is for the mechanical pump located on the side of the engine bay as all of these cars have, but the other is on the firewall.

It is so neat to see this car and we are going to bring it to the Cavallino Classic to try to win the preservation class.

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1972 Ferrari 365

We sold this Ferrari 365 GTC/4 last year and the owner wants us to put it on the market again so he can focus on his Lusso Project that we are overseeing.

This car runs and drives extremely well and has a documented thorough engine overhaul by a well known shop in the Boston MA. area.

We overhauled the brakes, tuned the carburetors and replaced the Michelin XWX tires last year so the car is ready to roll for next spring.

Except for the engine overhaul, the car is very nice and original and has great detailing. While the paint is old and not all glossed over, it is testament to the original finish and workmanship that these cars had from new.

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Shot at the shop

Here is a recent shot that I took at the shop.

The Blue Boxer is finished right now after a full re-paint, new adjustable ride height shocks and a major service.

The 166 is getting ready for assembly to make sure all of the trim fits and panel fit.

The 365 GTC/4 on the lift it getting closer to finalize the restoration. We are making sure all of the electrical things work and just sent the ignition key steering lock off to have a new key made after breaking the old one in the switch.

The Daytona was painted and assembled by another shop but came to us to diagnose a poor running condition.

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Ferrari Daytona Valve

We recently overhauled a Ferrari 308 engine and knew of the likelihood that the original “hollow” sodium filled exhaust valves have a tendency to break. We replaced them all with solid stainless steel valves.

Apparently whoever rebuilt this Daytona engine did not get the memo, an engine that had a few minutes of running after a complete overhaul had to come apart because of a broken exhaust valve.

The shop that overhauled this engine also used the factory Elring head gaskets which allowed lots of water to leak into the crank case and making a milk-shake looking mess inside all of the castings.

We just got the new valves and will have the car in the road again in no time.

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Another A/C system ready to be delivered

I have never advertised anywhere that I make Air Conditioning systems for Ferraris but somehow people continue to contact me to build a system for them.

A man in CA. heard that I have the jigs and know how to get all of the parts to equip his car with a very original style system with the original type hose ends and cotton braided hose. We also built brackets for the original style York compressor. Through various contacts, I located all of these parts, sent many things off for cadmium plating and sent off a diagram on how to wire everything and route the hoses and wires.

One thing that is missing to complete a system are the dashboard vents that double as temperature switch and fan speed switch. I am in the process of tooling up to re-make these vents and knobs that will work with modern replacement switches.

If you know anyone who needs these vents let me know. It will cost a small fortune to make the molds for these and I will also have to make the chrome trim pieces so I would like to have some interest to help out with the cost.

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1968 Porsche 911

With so many early Porsche 911′s “used up and put away wet”, this 1968 911 is a rare car in its original configuration. It does not have a G50 gearbox and a 3.6 liter engine, it is not a RS clone or replica, and it has not been converted into a heap of rust.

This car drives so nice and easy, it is a car that can be driven every day without issue and has great performance with a recent engine overhaul to “S” specifications.
The transmission was overhauled some 15 years ago along with a very high quality paint job and suspension, brake, shocks, overhaul.

Testament to how well the car has been taken care of, the interior is original and not deteriorated beyond comprehension. The door jambs were not painted when the car was re-finished and they look brand new. This car is truly an Irish green gem!

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The Back Story

It’s been a while since Steve has found time to post on this blog, so I’ll take the liberty of posting some back stories.

I took some photos of the shop that highlight recent capital improvements. Peter added a concrete skirt to the building this summer as well as an office (the little “milking parlor” on the north/left side of the barn). Peter had envisioned this when he built the shop almost 20 years ago, so he is very proud to see this dream realized. The old office was upstairs in a tiny cupola – a cramped, fume-y place that only the officially insane could work in for extended periods of time. The growth of the shop over the past several years necessitated a new place for the many files and papers that go along with it. We are so happy to be able to stretch our wings in there.

The office has a glass wall and door that looks into the shop. In the next photo, you can see Steve talking to Casey, one of the four mechanics at the shop.

The shop was also painted this summer. It’s looking quite impressive these days!

This is the second building (of 3 total).

And now, because I’m Steve’s wife, I will take a bigger liberty in showing off the other area of growth in the Markowski world in the past several years. Here are some photos of the youngest Markowskis (Peter’s grandchildren, Ruby and Roman) at Halloween. Steve was a sad scoundrel, the CEO of Lehman Brothers, although we realized after making the costume that the CEO is probably not as sad as many of the employees who left without golden parachutes. Hey, Mr. CEO, want to ride off into the sunset in a Ferrari?

Happy Halloween!

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