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Offline Guyon

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - NEW - Steering wheel (racing)
« Reply #75 on: November 27, 2008, 02:17:24 am »
You guys forget something. When it's time to re-sell the car... you just cannot say you've done it yourself. Well, you can if the car is a E30 325i... but not in an F car, where a difference between a well-documented car with bills and officially-mainatined, and a car where you've done the job yourself can be HUGE :no:

I mean... some people, when they have to chose a car where the job has been done by a specialist, and a car that has not, they'll pick the first... even if there're some ??? of difference. For me it doesn't mean nothing if the job has been carried be a specialist though... but people tend to think so :whistle:

Still, owning a 348 (big service apart) doesn't seem as expensive as I thought it would be... :)
If you can sell it more if it was professionally maintenanced, would it make up the money that you spent on the professional maintenance?

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - NEW - Steering wheel (racing)
« Reply #76 on: November 27, 2008, 03:51:04 am »
Biggest problem is that the engine has to get out of the car for belt change. That's why it's so hard to do the service yourself.

Agree.

To me the following are the issues :
1. Lack of garage space to keep the engine once it is out of the car
2. Cant get a 2 post / 4 post lift inside the garage
3. Minimal mechanical ability
4. Worried that it may turn out to be a 4-5 month project given that I travel a lot on work and can attend to it on the weekends only
5. Wife will kill me (read long absences due to #4)
6. Might miss something critical

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - NEW - Steering wheel (racing)
« Reply #77 on: November 27, 2008, 03:54:21 am »
If you can sell it more if it was professionally maintenanced, would it make up the money that you spent on the professional maintenance?

Yes. Documented Service from a well known shop will definitely make the car easier to sell. A DIYer job may make it tough to sell unless you document every step with photographs and can convince them that all the important steps were taken.

Anyway this is the first major service under my stewardship - I will make sure that it is done perfectly. Maybe 5 years later, my mechanical know how would have increased and I would be brave enough to do it myself.
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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - NEW - Steering wheel (racing)
« Reply #78 on: November 27, 2008, 07:56:06 am »
I agree... I could do all the services on my own cars but I rarely get the time and so we get it done professionally.


Very cool wheel too dude!!!!  :good:

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway
« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2009, 06:26:33 pm »
Last week just before my flight to Europe, I drove my car to Norwoods Performance in Dallas for its 30k service. I picked Norwoods primarily because of its fantastic name and reputation across the US.

My car had its last major in 2005 - a DIY job by one of the previous owners. It has been about 4 years and 11,000 miles since then - time for a comprehensive service! Remember that the major is a function of time and not just miles. Typical service intervals are 5 years but as my car was last worked on by a DIYer who made some changes along the way, I wanted to give it in a little earlier and get it done properly.

I have looked through the various threads on ferrarichat and have incorporated all the good stuff in my service:
- New (not re-built) water pump
- Hill Engg tensioner bearings
- Inspection of fuel lines
- Cam leak on the right side
- Inspection of lower drive pulleys and bearings
- Fix brake squeal
- Four wheel alignment
- Investigate tapping sound on left bank
- Normal 30k service items

The clutch while a bit heavy is operating fine and so is not being replaced/serviced.

Working with Norwoods is a pleasure. They love to talk about what they are doing and answer my numerous questions along the way. It is more like dealing with a trusted friend than with someone who you don't trust and need to constantly audit what they are doing.

Fortunately no major issues have come up as yet.

On the lift for the initial dis-assembly
Some of the initial dis-connects are done, wheels removed.



Drivetrain removal
Remove all the connects, drain the fluids including the a/c. Engine and sub-frame comes out as one unit. This was the first 3X8 Ferrari where engine out service was required - was a outcome of their racing development - they wanted the whole unit for quick replacement.
 

The engine and gearbox come out together (it is the bright silver object towards the rear end of the engine). The exhaust muffler/tips was removed separately but the cats remain with the engine unit.



Engine bay
See the fans for the radiators and fuel pumps (twin silver cylinders) and the coolant overflow tank (black tank on right side). The size of the fans and the immense oil and water capacity is what makes this car impervious to overheating on the road or track.

« Last Edit: March 06, 2009, 06:28:25 pm by sameerrao »
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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #80 on: March 06, 2009, 06:44:54 pm »
Its awsome to have people like theose in norwood!
the local mechanics get cranky on the first question!

i realy like how ferrari's are made ... the engine bay looks filled but itsnt that hard to work on?(or is it?)

good luck with the service ... hope all the problems get rectified
keep us upped! :cool:

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #81 on: March 06, 2009, 06:49:47 pm »
Engine details
Engine front - see the timing belt cover and lower part of the belts

Left bank

Right bank

Love the enclosed exhaust headers (gold lump)
Right bank and shock tower




Head off
Left bank

front of engine - timing belt mechanism now fully exposed with a degree wheel inserted. The water pump is located just above the degree wheel in the picture below

right bank

 
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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #82 on: March 06, 2009, 06:51:37 pm »
Its awsome to have people like theose in norwood!
the local mechanics get cranky on the first question!

i realy like how ferrari's are made ... the engine bay looks filled but itsnt that hard to work on?(or is it?)

good luck with the service ... hope all the problems get rectified
keep us upped! :cool:

Thanks!

There are a lot of DIYers for 348s because it is relatively simple to work on compared to later cars which requires you to buy a lot of computerized equipment.
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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #83 on: March 06, 2009, 09:54:58 pm »
You have had some years to save up :D A friend of mine told me how much he spend on the service of his 348, I was shocked :scare:

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #84 on: March 06, 2009, 10:41:36 pm »
You have had some years to save up :D A friend of mine told me how much he spend on the service of his 348, I was shocked :scare:

how much ?

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #85 on: March 06, 2009, 11:27:49 pm »
Nice set of pics! It's always nice to have your car proprely serviced :)


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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #87 on: March 06, 2009, 11:42:15 pm »
Over ?5000,- ......

it's always expensive driving a supercar or just a ferrari !!!

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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #88 on: March 06, 2009, 11:52:02 pm »
Over €5000,- ......
holy moly its almost the price of m5e34 lol :shocked:

Saamer I hope they will be spare you with the costs for service ;)
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Re: My 1991 Ferrari 348 TS - Major Service underway!
« Reply #89 on: March 07, 2009, 12:08:38 am »
holy moly its almost the price of m5e34 lol :shocked:


what M5 Alex - do you buy one and heading on RR2009 ?

 

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