1967 Lamborghini 350GT (JC)
Total restoration
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney



 

 
Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Of the 120 Lamborghini 350GTs built at the Sant'Agata factory between 1964 and 1967, chassis # 0433 is an ultra-rare steel bodied example. We understand there may only have been two or three steel bodied 350s produced, although the precise number was never documented. Some put the number as high as six, but whatever the actual number, we do know that this particular 350GT is a very rare car indeed.

We will be carrying out a total restoration of this very special car in the original factory livery of Blu Notte Scuro (dark blue metallic, paint code A/20454) with Senape (tan) hide trim.

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Update report - March 11, 2021
The following photographs show Jake fabricating a repair panel of the left rear quarter using the rusty original as the template.



























































Update report - March 5, 2021




































Update report - February 26, 2021






































































































































Update report - February 10, 2021

Jake is making excellent progress in the Team CJ Coachworks.































































































Update report - January 26, 2021


With the chassis repairs completed, Gerardo has now sealed everything up in epoxy primer and the car has been placed on our custom 350 roll-around jig. We will shortly start the process of hanging the outer panels.
















































Update report - January 15, 2021

We now have your cylinder head rebuilds underway. The following sequence of photographs show Corey removing the old valve seats and installing the new bronze tapped guides.

























































Update report - January 13, 2020

The following sequence of photos show Jake making a new removable battery floor panel. On the early 350 models accessibility to the differential bracket bolts (beneath the battery floor panel) was extremely difficult. Making the battery floor panel removable will make servicing the differential much easier in the future, and the modification will be all but invisible.


























































Update report - January 8, 2020




























































Update report - January 6, 2020

Excellent progress coming along in the Team CJ Coachworks.











































































































Update report - November 19, 2020


Beautifully fabricated aluminum fuel tanks and a coolant expansion tank for our 1967 350 GT project.



Stunning workmanship
Fuel tanks have been painted satin black, per
the originals


































Coolant expansion tank will also be painted
satin black



















Update report - August 26, 2020

Your gauges have now been fully restored and rebuilt.















































Update report - August 7, 2020
Andy James has been making fantastic progress in the Team CJ Coachworks.











































































































Update report - July 29, 2020

Lots of progress in the Team CJ Coachworks!


















































































Update report - June 17, 2020

Lots of progress in the Team CJ Coachworks!







































Removing out skins of A pillars to deal with
rust beneath
Drilling out A pillar spot welds











Zero primer or rust preventative used when the
cars were built






















Main front inner substructure is now restored
and totally sound











Foot wells will be installed next week
Lots of progress!





Update report - April 24, 2020


Jake describes the recent fabrication work that's been done to the 350 GT.















































Update report - March 26, 2020
Jake continues to make great progress in the Team CJ Coachworks.



Trial fitting the new driver's floor pan





















































Work progressing well in the Team CJ Coachworks and also in the machine shop, where Corey machined new bronze bushings we needed to rebuild the pedal box.



Jake has been making great progress this week











Welding the new pedal box and toe board
panels in place
Corey machining new bronze bushings to rebuild
original pedal box in the Team CJ machine shop






















Assembling pedals with new bronze bushings

















Jake has been busy fabricating new footwell and firewall panels.



Making a chipboard template for the new
passenger footwell
Trial fitting the template in place










Trial fitting new footwell











Clekos hold the new footwell together
Now spot welded together










Left side firewall is in poor shape and will need
a lot of work












Fabricating new driver's footwell kick panel










Trial fitting the new kick panel and marking the
location of the holes required for the pedals










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Trial fitting the pedal box










To be continued..






Update report - March 2, 2020





Jake explains the repair of the right hand cowl and right hand engine bay panel





































Update report - February 12, 2020




Jake explaining the construction of the right hand cowl panel
 



Upper drain entering the right hand cowl panel
Exit hole for the lower drain in new cowl side panel










Cleaning off spot welds
Trial fitting new panel in place








Update report - January 30, 2020

Jake explains the construction of the body and outlines the work in progress


































Jake has now begun fabricating and welding new replacement panels into place. First up is the right hand chassis rail that runs the length of the body and has a jacking point at each end.




This is the front right jacking point shown with
the body inverted
Now shown with the body the right way up










The first of many repair panels fabricated












Jake welding the first repair panel into place






















After sealing all inner surfaces with epoxy primer, the
area is sprayed with Wurth Body Wax











Bottom section of the chassis rail now TIG welded
into place
On to the next panel!




Original starter motor and alternator have now been rebuilt and restored.





















Josh has your transmission rebuild well underway.









































































































Jake has been busy cutting away corroded sheet metal.



Jake is stripping the body down to a virtually
bare skeleton



































Rear section now removed












Original cracked plastic window gears have been
replaced by new bronze gears








Just received a new set of stunning Borrani RW3831 wire wheels for the 350 GT



The following sequence of photos show Jake removing the rear wings and license plate panel, as well as cutting away the floor pans.



Cutting away welds around the left
rear wing












Repeating the process on the right side










Rear wings, cowl and license plate panel
now removed
























Cutting away the rusted floor pans
















The following sequence of photographs show Jake removing both front wings to reveal previous accident repairs and damage to the Superleggera framework beneath.




Jake preparing to remove the nose section























Note damage to Superleggera tubing and
failed welds























Separating welded seams in order to remove
the RH front wing























Inner structure behind RH front wing looks to be
in reasonable condition











Lots of evidence of previous accident repairs
Drilling out spot welds at the rear edge of the cowl






















More evidence of previous bodywork repairs











Corrosion at the rear edge of the LH front wing












To be continued!




The threads in Lamborghini rear hub carriers are often damaged because the steel bearing retainers can become seized to the aluminum housing. When this occurs, subsequent removal of the steel retainers can damage the much softer threads in the alloy carrier. The solution is to machine oversized threads in the housing and machine similarly oversized steel bearing retainers. The images below show each stage of this process.




Note damaged threads in hub carrier











The carrier on the left has now had new threads
machined
Fabricating the oversized bearing retainers











Cutting the threads on the bearing retainers










Special tool to install and remove the bearing
retainers


















Now that the body and frame has been media blasted back to bare metal, the full extent of corrosion and previous damage repairs can be seen.





























































































The following sequence of photos show the car during the blasting process. Initially the panels were blasted with crushed plastic media to remove the paint, then 120 grit aluminum oxide was used to strip everything back to bare metal.





















We have now placed the 350GT on one of the roller-hoop jigs and we will be blasting the body back to bare metal next week. Jake removed the outer sills and the obviously rusted lower rear quarter panels as we need to make templates for the replacement panels.






































































































































Valentino Balboni

Happy to introduce you to my 'special adviser' on your restoration
, John!



Our 1967 350GT project is now stripped to a bare shell.



Interior roof lamp











Removing the headliner foam
















































Note battery tray in rear of boot compartment











The main wiring loom has been carefully labeled
prior to removal























Firewall and dash now completely stripped










All of the glass has now been removed











Sturdy inner frame structure on show peering into the
car through the grille opening
3 vintage Lamborghinis in the Team CJ Works today!




The disassembly process is well underway!



Godwin has been busy stripping the engine bay
Hector has been carefully removing the interior trim










Hidden beneath the passenger seat was the previous
owners copy of a 400GT workshop manual
Interesting that the late Mr Borin always thought
his car was a 400 GT Interim model






















Note quilted vinyl padding on firewall
Elaborate boot and spare wheel well lining










Trim at base of handbrake is our best example of
the original Senape (Italian for mustard) color
























Polystyrene glued beneath carpeting










The rust color is actually trim glue on to
of the Polystyrene
Hector starting the laborious process of scraping
away the Polystyrene









To be continued!
Floors appear to be pretty solid









Curiosity got the better of us this morning and we removed one of the cylinder heads and confirmed that we have 77mm
bores, meaning this is a 3.5L engine - and the car is unequivocally a 350 GT
, not a 400 Interim model



This restoration is now officially underway! During the disassembly process we will be observing and documenting everything in minute detail. One of the interesting things about this particular car is that it was thought at one time (by a previous owner) to be one of the 'interim' 400 GTs, although at this stage it seems much more likely that it was actually one of the late production 350 GTs that were built using a steel (rather than aluminum) body. In due course we will measure the cylinder bore which will tell us whether we have a 3.5 or 4L. Watch this space!

We are very lucky to have our good friend Andrew Romanowski of the Lamborghini Club America advising on points of originality for this project. We already know that the car was built 5/18/66 and the original chassis plate, as well as the chassis stamping in the engine bay, both identify the car as car number 0433. Furthermore, the chassis plate also describes the car as a 350 GT. The rear of each cylinder head is date stamped 5/65, exactly the same date stamped on the heads of a 1965 350GT we also have under restoration, although the 65 car's engine number is 174 units earlier (0241 versus 0415). This leads us to believe that a significant run of cylinder heads were cast in May 1965, possibly enough to last throughout 350 production.






Matching number engine block










Chassis number stamped at right hand front
corner of the engine bay
Godwin removing the right bank of Webers










Josh helping out with the other side











Out with the engine and transmission!
























Both cylinder heads are date stamped 5/65










Engine and transmission weigh 532 lbs
Tran weighs 112 lbs, meaning the engine is 420 lbs




I am delighted to report that your car has arrived safely in the Team CJ Workshop and we will have this exciting restoration underway in the next few days.















Touring Superleggera badges











Original bonnet badge
Steering wheel, radio and dash mounted
400GT badge are later additions











4,910 kms showing on the odometer, true miles
unknown at this point










Original looking pedal pads show very little wear,
so it is possible this is a very low mileage car











Typical Touring design feature
All of the glass in the car is original and in
excellent shape










Original color was Blu Notte
Original interior color was Senape (tan)










Original door seals have furflex on the interior
side, rubber to the outer
Chassis rails are 100% straight and look to be
extremely solid and rust free










Spare wheel well rests on rear chassis legs
Inner wheel well is trimmed in leatherette





















To be continued!
Matching number engine and correct 20/21 Webers




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