1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Carter Secco (Dry Sump)

Ferrari 308GTB Dry Sump

Dry Sump 308GTB Ferrari

A week ago I pulled the trigger and bought this really nice 1977 Ferrari 308GTB Carter Secco. Carter Secco literally translates to “Dry Frame” but we use the term “Dry Sump” here in the US. Most of the Carter Secco’s are for European Delivery which is where I got this car. Notice the larger front spoiler, small fiberglass bumpers and the lack of rectangular side markers? Its so pretty this way. This car is super nice and sorted, has all the books and tools and was recently serviced. In a few weeks the car will be here with the early Lambo LP400.

The other Dry Sump 308GTB I purchased months ago should be here soon, it arrived in the US on December 31st but has been locked up in Customs for an Agricultural Inspection for weeks which really bothers me. I need the car here to inspect, photograph and resell, so many people are interested in the car and I need the cash! Keep an eye out for photos of that red/black car.

Here are more photos of the red/tan car

308GTB Dry Sump Carter Secco

308GTB Carter Secco

308GTB Dry Sump Engine

Dry Sump engine 308 GTB

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Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Wheels

Now that I am finished with my part of the project, these wheels are off to Syl’s shop to be painted. They came off a 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, affectionately called the “Queen Mother” in our small and incestuous community. These are really attractive wheels and are beautifully cast in Magnesium Alloy.  Along the rim edge is a very deep cut reverse curve that ends in a very thin edge. Every edge on this set of wheels was beat up by sloppy workmanship when changing tires or sloppy driving while grinding on a curb in an attempt to park.

Mag Wheel Repair to Ferrari

Wheel Repair to Ferrari 365 Mag Wheel

Ferrari Wheel Repair, Welding

Repairing Ferrari 365 Wheel

Ferrari Mag Wheel Welded and repaired

Ferrari Welded Wheel

 

I tried to weld only the busted areas but ended up welding along the entire edge and set it up in the lathe to re-cut that delicate area. It is amazing how easy this Magnesium welds once the whole part is warmed up properly. It builds up in such big bubble gum beads that it only took two passes to get enough material on to eventually cut it down to the desired profile. This photo shows only a small area welded but I ended up doing the whole edge for a uniform radius.

After the welding, I sent them to be crack tested as these wheels have a tendency to fatigue at the rim edge and cause the tire to blow out. I have also seen photos of the wheel breaking right at the hub area which is super thick so they must have had some casting flaws in some wheels.

The next step was to dip each wheel in an acid etch followed by “Anodine 1210″ solution to convert the wheel to a neutral condition and protect the casting until I could primer it to seal it against the atmosphere. Magnesium corrodes instantly so the Anodine protects the metal while it dries out. My last step it so shoot the wheels with Zinc Chromate Primer just like they used when the wheels were first painted. I can get this primer in Yellow or pale green so I stuck with the original shade.

365 Ferrari WHeels Magnesium

Magnesium Alloy Wheels for Ferrari 365

Syl will really make the wheels pop with some properly applied polyester filler and another coat of urethane primer which will be sanded to bowling ball smoothness. He shoots the wheels with a PPG basecoat in bright aluminum followed by a Clear Coat that has some flattening agent to dull them down about 20%. Wheels were never totally shiny because they would detract from the bodywork on the car. These wheels will be a little nicer than the original finish but we have different standards these days.

 

 

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Ferrari 512BB For Sale

After a few months of negotiation, I finally got this 512 Berlinetta Boxer into the shop from the Midwest. The car is very nice, a clean example with a legitimate 28,000 miles on the odometer. Even though the timing belts are well past their service life, I took the car down the road for a gentle test drive to see how the all of the components worked and was very impressed. The gear change into 2nd is smooth, shocks and brakes work very well and the steering is tight and responsive.  The engine is super strong but I wasn’t about to really crank on it knowing that the belts are factory original!

This car needs very little to be driven and enjoyed and in a few weeks I’ll yank the engine out of the chassis and get the belts and tensioner bearing changed, check the valve clearance and overhaul the water pump. While its out, I’ll address other things like the fuel hoses, clean the engine bay and re-paint a few items. I’m thinking of installing new Michelin XWX tires on the wheels and re-painting a few things on the body but I’m not going to go too crazy restoring anything

Carburetted Ferrari 512

BB 512 Ferrari

Late Production Carbureted BB

Weber Carburetor Ferrari BB512

A year ago I sold the blue 1979 BB512 and this spring I bought a 1982 Berlinetta Boxer in Mexico and imported it through the Laredo World Bridge Crossing. What a ride that was! Anyhow, I really like these cars and feel that they are a great value for the performance and rarity. With the instantaneous throttle response from the 4 Weber IF3C Carburetors and tons of low end torque, there aren’t any Ferrari’s that match the thrilling performance of one of these Carburetor equipped BB’s.

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1997 Ford Powerstroke Diesel

Ford Powerstroke for sale

1997 Powerstroke Diesel For Sale

Since I am desperate to get some inventory here at the shop, my old pal Branden found me this spectacular one owner 1997 Ford Powerstroke Pickup. These are such attractive trucks and have a bit of a cult following among the 20 year old country boys around here. I think I can sell this and make a little money so I can keep these clean Western Trucks coming east.

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Very Special Porsche 912′s

Over the last few months, I have been around a number of Porsche 912′s. Anyone who frequents this website knows that I really like early Porsche 911′s so it seems natural that I’d like 912′s but to be honest, I’ve only worked on a few of them but really don’t remember much about them.

This winter, a local man needed his 912 appraised to help settle his fathers estate. His father bought the car new and kept it in impeccable condition. It wasn’t restored, had a weak re-paint in the original color but everything else was tidy, solid and the car was complete with the books and tools and tons of records. Driving the car was a delight, it doesn’t sound like a racing car the way a 911 does but 4 cylinder 912 feels as fast as the 6 cylinder engine of the same year.

1969 Porsche 912

1969 Porsche 912 in original color, one family ownership history

1969 Porsche 912 interior

Original interior for 1969 Porsche 912

In February I visited a friend who just got another dark red, one owner 912 in his shop that he offered to sell me. He needed a month to clean the car, polish the paint and make sure it ran like new, then he would let me have first chance to buy the car. He sent me photos of the car after the clean up and I had to have the car and immediately sent him a check for his asking price. A few days later a very good customer of mine called and I told him about this 1968 912 and he held his hand high in the air for the car. It turns out that he bought the last “one owner” 911 that I had in 2011, the car I affectionately called ‘ol silver, a ’72 911 T Coupe.

Now Michael has two of my favorite “901″ cars, both of them under fastidious care from new and the tradition continues

1968 912 Coupe Burgendy for sale

'68 912 Porsche

1968 Porsche 912 in the shop

In the shop, next to 911 and Ghibli

1968 912 Porsche engine

Engine in the '68 912, original and immaculate

A few weeks ago I saw a beautiful 1976 Triumph TR-6 on ebay. I bid on the car but the next morning realized that I wasn’t the high bidder, I was off by $750. Fortunately, the seller, Branden in Seattle, called me the next to day to offer me the car because the high bidder needed a loan to buy the car and wanted the title sent before paying for the car! I pulled a muscle in my arm as I raised it so high for the car. Branded asked me if I was looking for other cars and I sent him my “must have” list. Within a few days he sent me photos of this 1968 912 in its original color, Polo Red. This car looked outstanding in the photos because it has a gorgeous interior without holes cut in the door panels for speakers and a perfect dash pad. The front pan, floors and longitudinal sections are absolutely straight and perfect, the bottom of the doors are perfect and other than the thousands of stone pecks on the front hood and old paint, the car is damn near perfect.

The car arrived on May 6th and I was absolutely blown away with the car and equally impressed with the care of ownership since 1968. There is a 3 ring binder in the car with EVERY reciept from new! Every part purchased, every oil change and service job! It has had a few owners but they all continued the tradition of maintaining the car and keeping record of every detail. What is it with these 912′s?

1968 Porsche 912 in Polo Red

Polo Red 1968 Porsche 912

1968 Porsche 912 Original interior

Original interior for the 1968 Porsche 912

Records for the 1969 Porsche 912

912 Porsche records for maintenance

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Super Low Miles on a 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS

1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV

308 GTSiQV LR

308 GTSi Quattrovalvole LR

Interior 308 GTSiQV

GTSi QV interior from the Top

For the ultimate Ferrari 308 enthusiast, I have located and purchased this spectacular 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSiQV with only 5600 miles for re-sale. It is totally complete with hand books, tools, jack roll, trouble light and often missing boot for the removable top. It even has the original Goodyear NC/T Tires!  This car is truly amazing and needs nothing to be shown or driven, except maybe tires that aren’t 25 years old!

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206 Dino

Ferrari 206 DIno

Ferrari Dino 206GT

Since I haven’t posted anything in awhile I thought it would a good re-entry to post a few photos of the 206 Dino that Roman and I delivered just before Christmas. The car has made a nice progression from when we first got it, wheels re-painted, bumpers repaired and chrome plated, all suspension corners were taken apart and rebuilt. This is one of the best Ferrari’s I have ever driven.

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Expertly Prepared XK-120 Jaguar

My father just completed the 2012 Mille Miglia with some friends and all I can muster is a photo of one of my favorite cars on the tour. I think we slept for a total of 6 hours over a course of 3 days and when you combine that with jet lag, I can hardly type this post.

This XK-120 is cool because not only is it well prepared mechanically, there is some artistic license to make it look sharp such as discrete exterior lighting and these huge holes on the hood. I especially like the interior, clean and purposeful while using some gorgeous materials and colors. Well done “Two Boars” racing!

XK-120 Jaguar Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia Prepared Jaguar

Jaguar XK-120 Roadster Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia XK-120 Roadster

XK-120 Jaguar Mille Miglia Prepared

Racing style Interior XK Jaguar

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1966 Ferrari 330 GT

Grigio Notte Ferrari

Ferrari Grigio Notte

Earlier this week I visited the passionate owner of this extremely nice 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 in its original color called Grigio Notte. Typical of Italian Style and complexity, Grigio Notte (dark silver) has a tiny drop of green mixed in to give it that exotic hue unlike “grey” colors that you see on other cars.

The owner picked me up at the airport and we drove the spirited car about 25 miles to a friends shop and then to his house to check out all the other parts and documentation he has acquired with the car over the last few years. After all this we went to an outstanding BBQ joint where Nachos were based on thick cut potato chips with beef brisket and the shrimp sandwich was out of this world.

I was blown away at how well the Ferrari drove with a very strong engine, smooth drive shaft and all electrical components working as they are intended. Equally amazing was the ownership history and service documentation that the owner pulled together as well as the often missing handbooks and pouch to make this a very complete and sorted car.

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How Does the Jaguar XKE Look?

XKE underside front

Under the front engine area

XKE Roadster floors

Floors from an XKE Roadster

Bottom of the door

Drivers door bottom, solid

It looks very good to me, solid and straight. There is more “top rot” on the car than deterioration on the undercarriage.

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