Lamborghini 350GT (HS)
||Restoration log by Dan Mooney
What a glorious day it was at Concorso Italiano in Monterey yesterday! The sun shone down on 1,000 Italian super cars competing in the world's largest Italian car show. It was the maiden concours outing for our 350 GT, just days after completion of an intensive 9 month mechanical and cosmetic overhaul. Although we are obviously very proud of the work we have done to this beautiful Lamborghini, we were just happy to get her to the show on time and had no aspirations about winning any awards. Accordingly, we were absolutely thrilled when the car not only won its class, but also won 'Best of Show' for the best Lamborghini at the event.
Huge congratulations to the owner of the car, and also thanks to my team who really put in the hours just to get this amazing car to California. Thanks also to our friends Valentino Balboni, Jeff Stephan and Andrew Romanowski, all of whom made significant contributions to this exciting project.
|Cars all lined up before the gates opened
|Valentino Balboni inspecting the engine bay
||Having fun yet?
|Valentino Balboni makes an event
like this so special
|A nice surprise!
|First in class!
||Best of Show! What a day!
Putting the finishing touches to the new spare wheel well just a couple of days before the car is to be collected and taken across to Monterey, California for the Concorso Italiano event on August 17th.
|Jake is putting in some serious hours
new wheel well before the car heads to CA
|With the new well installed and painted,
underside of the car is greatly improved
|We also made a new wheel cover out of Beech
|New jack and tool roll are perfect replicas
of the originals
|Some of the team who worked extremely hard
this beautiful car ready for Concorso Italiano
The following sequence of photographs show Jake fabricating the new spare wheel well.
|Bead roll locations marked
||Shaping the second bead roll on the Pullmax
|After forming the rolls, flattening the
the planishing hammer
|Using a wood slapper to flatten deformation
caused by forming the beads
|New base will be an exact replica of the
|Trial fitting the spare wheel/tire
The following photographs show Jake fabricating new threshold trim and cleaning up the driver's door latch, which had been crudely repaired in the past.
|Damaged threshold trim removed
||Fabricating replacement threshold trim
|Trial fitting the new panels prior to
|Note crude weld repair on driver's door
||Jake managed to clean up the latch which is
|Repaired rear door panels have been
are ready to reinstall
|The repaired and re-polished door trim
We are continuing to work our way through a list of items to be corrected before the car is sent to the Concorso Italiano event in Monterey next month. The inoperative wiper motor has been removed and will be repaired. The first two images below show just how much of the dash has to be removed in order to access the wiper motor! In the meantime, Jake has begun fabricating a new spare wheel well. We are very fortunate to have a second 350GT under restoration in the Team CJ Works so we have an original wheel well to use as a template. We have also been busy refinishing the steering column and upper column housing and upgrading the coolant hoses to the correct 'wrapped' style hoses with OEM style Serratub quick release clamps.
|With the dash removed, Josh has access to
|Wiper drive is kaput and will be replaced
||Refinishing the upper steering column and
|The main housing is finished in black
the column is semi-gloss black
|Ready to reinstall
|Upgrading to correct style 'wrapped'
heater hoses and Serratub quick release clamps
|We need to fabricate a spare wheel well
one from another project car as a template
|Measurements of the original wheel well
|Jake planishing what will be the lower edge
|To be continued!
Repairing the right hand door trim finisher and installing the rebuilt Webers.
|Panel has been repaired several times
|Fabricating a new lower lip
|Welding the new lip to the original panel
|Installing the rebuilt Weber carbs
We have been looking for a set of original specification, Italian made, 40DCOE 20/21 Webers since we were first entrusted with the care of this 350 GT. With a HUGE vote of thanks to Andrew Romanowski of Lamborghini Club America, we now have not only a complete set of these rare and elusive Webers, we believe we may have the actual carbs that were installed on our car when it was new!
As if that wasn't enough, we are thrilled that Andrew had renowned Lamborghini technician and authority Jeff Stephan rebuild and restore the carbs before shipping them to us to be reunited with the 350 GT. Jeff did a spectacular job and we look forward to installing and tuning them in the next few days.
We have also been busy dealing with a few cosmetic issues, specifically some chrome and brightwork which requires straightening and re-polishing.
|Fully rebuilt 40DCOE 20/21 carbs
|Front side lamp housings had some cosmetic
and will be re-chromed
|Rear bumpers also removed for minor dent
|Several items will be sent out for
||Jake removing dents and metal finishing the
rear bumper blade
|With dents removed, bumper is now ready for
|Passenger window regulator in need of
|Note damaged teeth at full travel
||Door trim is damaged and will be repaired
|Both shut face trim panels have been gouged
scratched over the years
|Jake will repair the door surround trim
before we re-polish them
|Dents and scratches removed, panel now
|The A pillar shut face panels will also be
repaired and re-polished
Having completed a major mechanical overhaul over the last seven months, it is now time for the 350GT to spend some time at its new home! Later this spring we will be preparing the car for an appearance at the upcoming Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California.
The 350 GT is now fully assembled and ready for road testing!
|Entire braking system has been rebuilt
||Reworked Ansa exhaust now installed
|Back on its wheels for the first time in
||Almost ready to start road testing
Lots of progress in the last few days. We have now straightened the previously damaged driver's side window frame so the glass now rolls smoothly all the way to the top. Carlos has installed the new rubber door seals and mechanical reassembly is continuing at a healthy pace!
|Engine bay is filling up rapidly
|Carlos installing new door seals with
|New seals are a huge improvement
||Reinstalling the door trim panel
Time to install the rebuilt suspension and brakes and get the car back on its wheels.
|Installing the rear control arms and Koni
||Note OEM style beveled washers for upper
|Installing front control arms and Konis
||Rear hubs and rotors going into place
|Front hubs, rotors and calipers now
Cleaning up the air cleaner covers.
|Air cleaner covers have been painted bright
at some time in the past
|Original cream color beneath the stickers
|Covers have been media blasted
|Repainted cream, per original
||Original stickers saved and re-used
The modified Ansa exhaust has now been ceramic coated satin black and is ready to install.
When parts are not available, we are very fortunate to have talented machinists who can make them for us on the team. Corey fabricated a complicated, multifaceted, brass fuel line fitting for the 350GT, as well as a new bronze bushing for the steering box cap.
|Headers and exhaust have now been ceramic
coated in satin black
|Inside tips have been powder coated in
International Orange, per original
|Ansa stickers add the finishing touch
|Brass stock for fuel line fitting
||Finish fuel line fitting
|Original bushing in steering box cap was
because of a previous lubrication issue
|Boring out the recess in order to press fit
bearing bronze bushing
|Machining the new bronze bushing
||New bushing now installed
We have now received the rebuilt and restored Konis, fabricated and installed new "Cavis' plug wires with Bakelite plug wire ends, and begun the process of fabricating the new engine bay fuel lines. We should have the exhaust back from being ceramic coated early next week, along with the new fuel line banjos which are currently being Cad plated.
|Header flanges show evidence of exhaust
||After cleaning, the flanges are being
to promote a better seal
|Left hand flange has been surfaced flat
||We used a CAVIS stamp to replicate the look
the original plug wires
|Modern performance and reliability with the
look of the original plug wires
|Plug wires and rebuilt distributors now
|Starting to lay out the fuel lines and
the fuel line banjo fittings
|Banjo fittings will be cadmium plated
||Rebuilt and restored Konis with new springs
Good progress with the suspension, brakes and exhaust.
|The suspension control arms have now been
coated semi-gloss black
|Godwin pressing the new bushings into the
|Jake and Josh working on fabricating
sections from headers to main mufflers
|Jake TIG welding the new exhaust sections
|Trial fitting the new driver's side
|Grinding back and metal finishing welds
||Starting to mock up the new passenger side
exhaust connector pipes
|Josh has now rebuilt the calipers and
||Preparing to reinstall the rebuilt main
Rebuilding the brakes, steering box, suspension, etc.
|Front and rear suspension has been removed
|Front and rear suspension will be
||Removing all the old, worn out bushings
|Boosters and cylinders will be rebuilt,
uprights were damaged and will be replaced
|Steering box should be lubricated with 90
oil, not grease
|Steering box cap showing clearly that box
not adequately lubricated
|Much needed rebuild of steering box
|Replacement rear suspension uprights
||Corey polished the steering shaft and
bronze bushings in the machine shop
|We discovered that one of the rear control
|This angle demonstrates the issue more
|With the control arms straightened, we will
them blasted and powder coated semi-gloss black
|Brake calipers were in a terrible state
|Rebuild in progress using new seals and
|Valve covers have been refinished
||Angle drive that sits on the back of the
camshaft (see bottom left of image below)
|Time to reinstall the intakes and rebuilt
Lots of progress in the last couple of weeks.
|Distributors have been completely rebuilt
||Rebuilt differential now installed
|Pirelli Cinturatos - as fitted to the car
||A little engine bay clean-up while the
valve covers are removed
|Overly complex quarter light latch
required adjustment to remain closed
|Mechanism will be re-plated during next
|Time to rebuild the Webers
||Coolant expansion tan removed for repairs
|Expansion tank has been repaired several
in the past
|Rear rotors were badly scored
||New rotors have been sourced and installed
The differential has now been completely rebuilt and will be reinstalled in the car on Monday.
|About to get the differential rebuild
||We had initially thought this steering arm
|It turned out the cap had been tack welded
new arm to look like an original
|Jake welded the original cap back in place
|Removing cam covers for refinishing, Webers
be fully rebuilt
|All gasket sealing surfaces were ground
|Damaged flanges will be resurfaced
||Machining the flanges flat on the lathe
|We fabricated several new bushings using
|New crown wheel and pinion now installed
|Confirming perfect gear mesh using paint
|Diff is now fully rebuilt
|Diff will be reunited with the car on
|Correct fuel lines and fittings
|Thanks to Valentino Balboni who kindly
with a new and correct Ansa exhaust system
Differential rebuild underway.
|Differential removed for rebuilding
|Tag denotes 4.27 final drive and 1965 model
||Metallic powder in the gear oil confirms
need for a rebuild
|There are some gouges in the output shaft
|More damaged splines
|Ill fitting splines
|Worn clutch pack will be replaced
I am pleased to report that we now have the first stage of the mechanical overhaul underway. As we work our way through the repairs we will also take the opportunity to correct a few points of originality along the way as the owner wants this car to be as original and concours correct as possible. For example, the DCOE 40 Webers currently installed are Spanish made. As production of Webers moved from Italy to Spain in the early 1990's, clearly these carbs cannot be correct for this car. Our research leads us to believe that the 350GT had Webers specific and unique to the 350, namely DCOE 40 (20) and DCOE 40 (21).
|Impressive front grille on display with the
car raised in the air
|Suspension control arms will be refinished
||Aftermarket ride height adjustable shocks
replaced with shocks and springs of correct spec
|Spare wheel well is incorrect and will be
||Distributors will be rebuilt and refinished
|Seized fuel sending unit was the cause of
inoperative fuel gauge
|Amazingly intricate cog wheels of the fuel
looks like it was designed by a Swiss watchmaker
|Webers are incorrect and will be replaced
Italian made originals
|Fan thermostatic switch is defective
||Several bushings have perished and will be
I am delighted to report that we will have this exciting project underway very shortly.