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    Good luck with this and sorting out all the bits. I have done similar to a few cars and I have a theory that striping a car down to the last but and bolts fills 4 times the floor space of the original car. Hope your other half is happy to have random bits of Ferrari in the house !!

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    Excellent, looking forward to something I love to see but am completely useless doing

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbwoy84 View Post
    Yes, thatís the car!

    I collected it today, along with crates and crates full of parts.

    Iíve still got to pick up the engine and gearbox from elsewhere.

    Iím posting from my phone at the moment, but I have taken photos from today.

    The history file is very impressive. When I say file, itís a 35 litre container full!

    Every new part that the previous owner has bought for or fitted to the car has been highlighted on both the list and exploded diagram on a copy of the corresponding page of the original Ferrari Parts catalogue and cross-referenced to the purchase invoice. Itís the most obsessively/impressively documented history Iíve ever seen, which is fantastic.

    Also, the photographic documents show all parts being removed and packed away, so everything should be easy to find. This weekend will be spent opening crates in my garage at home and starting to refurbish the smaller components first as I wasnít planning to make a start on the body until after Christmas, but that said with 10 minutes of getting the car back I had the passengers door off and started work on getting it straight and smooth as it was annoying me looking at it!

    The shell just has thin coat of epoxy primer over it at the moment, which I think was sprayed on by the soda blasters that had the shell. As it happens, after checking the history file it is a blasting company only down the road from me and I know them quite well. Thereís plenty of work left to be done to the body, but itís fairly straight, the welding work is pretty good. Thereís just one area that Iíd like to give a little further attention to being Uber-picky and the panel gaps are excellent, which is always a good start, so Iím not starting totally from scratch.

    Iím pleased so far and it should be a good project.
    Aha! So now I can make the link as to how you saw my car at the auction. Yes, this is my best mates car, and I can confirm the history file is both exacting, detailed and 100% accurate. He is an absolute stickler for details. We had to get this car from his old house before the ex-wife got to it, along with the roller that hadn't moved in god knows how many years. was an interesting day to say the least.
    If you need any clarification on anything let me know and I can ask the question for you
    He has just finished an absolutely superb restoration on his 355, and its in fantastic condition. That is going up for sale next spring and will be a fantastic buy for someone, as literally nothing was left untouched, a total rebuild from scratch and its stunning

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    Thanks for that! There will no doubt be a few questions as I get through things.

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    Could any of you kind people with 308s please post a close-up photo of the front end, particularly showing where the front wing meets the front end panel?

    Just sorting the bodywork out and there's something there that I'm not sure about.

    Many Thanks!

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    Hi Mike - Not quite sure where you mean. If you maybe point on the attached I'll get some more.

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    That's great, thanks!

    Could you just get another one of the exact same area, but head on from the floor so to speak? About in line with the front indicator height-wise.

    Thanks again.

    Mike

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    OK, so I wasn't going to be touching the body yet, but a few things were annoying me to look at, so started doing a little bit here and a little bit there, which escalated into many, many hours of bodywork fettling, resulting in what just happened now.....

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    Not the best photos as yet, as it's a bit cramped in the prep/primer bay as it was wheeled in there semi-whimsically while I still had panels for something else I'm building.

    In short, it has had quite a heavy coat of primer, which helps show some of the areas which still require work. As we've been working semi-blind so to speak as we didn't know what had been done before and digging backwards as far as I really could, it's actually not too bad. There are a few areas which still need a little work and we've found one small dent, which was not visible previously, but overall I'm pleased. The back panel hasn't been touched as yet as the rotisserie has only just been removed this afternoon, so it still requires a lot of work prior to its first coat of primer and it's actually the worst panel on the car and will take some serious repair work.

    The bonnet was also quite badly distorted from the soda blasting, which is partially surprising given how gentle soda is compared to other types of blast media, but it can still happen. It is, however, nearly there now.

    We're going to leave the primer for probably around 2 weeks before touching it again now, then it will be blocked, re-work anything that requires it, followed by a very thin final coat of the same to flat. The car will then be painted all over in gloss black as a "test" coat so to speak as gloss black will show up the tiniest of imperfections, then that will all be flatted back prior to being treated to its final colour. I want it to be painted in Glasurit paint as that is what it would have been painted in from the factory. Albeit, we will be using a more modern and improved basecoat and lacquer. It's probably still the most expensive paint on the market and it's a bit of a pig to work with compared to some other paint brands available nowadays, but I'd rather stick with the brand that Ferrari originally used, plus the results should be stunning and the warranty on their product is streets ahead of anything else on the market.

    Also, the underside will be treated with a hot zinc gun and Upol Raptor, which is probably the best protection available against corrosion and general road damage currently.

    Hope to update again soon and I will be sorting through the 19 crates of parts that currently reside in my garage at home on Tuesday evening. I've made a start, but want a couple of other people around to assist me so as nothing gets mislaid or mixed up.
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    Any good?

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    Thank you, yes thatís perfect!

    Whoever had been working on the body before had left some odd lines there, which I was sure shouldnít be there, but wanted some clarification.

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