Today the Dino went off to be media blasted. Should be done friday, which then tells the whole story. The car is naked with nothing to hide!
Phase 1 consists of completely stripping every part off the car and taking apart anything that came off and sorting parts for various platings or powder coat and send the body off for media blasting to remove every bit of paint, undercoat etc.
It was decided to go all the way with the restoration so more parts came off today including the wiring. One more day to finish this part of the job, with everything stripped off and sent to be media blasted.
These parts I am getting ready for their various finishes. Powder coating, cad plating and zinc plating.
With the rear suspension out I put the car on the rotisserie so I could remove the floor pan and power wash all the gunk out. I think as of now this is about as far as we are going on disassembly, unless I hear differently from the owner.
Front suspension removed, heater boxes, master cylinder, front and rear glass, heater, horn compressor, trumpets, heater hoses and radiator hoses. Tomorrow rear suspension, headliner and a few odds and ends and I think this is as far as we are going on this. It’s so hard for me to stop!!
Much progress today as the interior was removed, the fuel tanks, all the side glass and other odds and ends. Tomorrow the front and rear windscreen and all the suspension. This is not a 100% strip but we are getting pretty close. Then there is always the question where to stop. You always find more to do such as the heater boxes today which I’ll need to do, broken fuel tank straps I’ll have to make, window cables in a rats nest and few other items that weren’t on the list. I should finish up by the end of the week, then off to paint and body.
A few interesting things today as I’ve never seen USA painted on the fuel tanks and also the body parts which are #600 seem very early for the serial # of the car.
I started disassembly today and so far found no surprises, only a Dino that has had no maintenance for years. All will be rectified and it will be like new. This car was painted in the late seventies or early eighties to Ferrari resale red. During this time period everyone wanted a red Ferrari. Times have changed and most want to go back to their original colors.