1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (Serial # 10255)
Concours restoration


Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Concours restoration back to original factory livery of Argento
25090A (silver) with Negro Franzi (black) interior


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Ferrari 330

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Ferrari 330 GTC

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Repair and reconstruction of
left front fender/ quarter panel

Headlamp locating ring fabrication

Final fitment of front fenders and nose
prior to priming and installation

Nose panel mounting bracket
Front bumper mounts and nose panel mounts

Engine bay panels and front superleggera
framework primed

Priming of front fenders

Nose panel ready for installation

Installation of nose panel assembly

Installation of front fenders

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Fitting nose to front fenders

Trial fit of hood prior finalizing
nose placement

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Trunk lid disassembly

Installation of rear cowl panel

Trunk floor completed and
ready for installation

Engine bay panels
completed and installed

Factory from shock tower upgrade

Rear quarter panels and
tail panel installed

New nose primed and fit to chassis

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Rebuild of tail panel assembly

Disassembly of rear bumper/
fuel tank mounting assembly
Installation and repair of fiberglass floor,
footwell and firewall panels

Seam sealing of floor pan,
footwell and firewall pans

Floor assembly,
footwell and firewall primed

Inside of rear quarter panels, tail panel,
and interior close out panel primed

Trunk floor panel support brackets, fit,
primed and ready for installation

Rear cowl panel primed
and ready for installation

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Rocker panel installation

Rear quarter panel repairs

Rear wheel close out panel installation

Seam sealing inner rocker close out panels
Fitting doors, rear quarter panels,
and tail corner panels

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Trunk floor construction

Right rear quarter panel repairs

Previous primer failure after media blasting

Preparing chassis for primer

Chassis primed

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Fitting of new engine bay close out panels

New flange panel for rear cowl panel

Rear wheel well close out panel construction

Trunk floor reconstruction

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Continuation of rear roof and cowl sub panel repairs

Rear wheel well replacement panels

Left engine bay close out panel reconstruction

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Engine bay close out panel reconstruction

Rear roof and cowl sub panel repairs and fitment to body

Rear wheel arch panel removal

Rear shock tower gussets and installation

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Rebuild of outer rocker substructures

Inner rocker cover panel replacement

Rear Shock tower cover panels

Engine bay side panel reconstruction

Engine bay side panel

Engine bay close out panel

Rocker Substructure reconstruction

New nose panel fitting and repair

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Body panels refit to the chassis for evaluation prior to panel work

Jake has now almost completed his repairs of the Superleggera tubing at the front of the chassis. Several sections of the old tubing have been replaced with new 4130 chrome-moly steel.

Plotting the location of the upper shock mount
Forward picture frame has been removed
for repair

This section has suffered damage from both
impact and corrosion
New lower engine bay brace fabricated and
welded in place

Forward picture frame has lost its symmetry

Frame is now symmetrical, straight and sound

Double walled chrome-moly tube now welded in
place for rear shock mounts

The following sequence of photos show the transaxle rebuild underway and also Jake repairing and reinforcing the front and rear shock mounts.

Transaxle will be fully rebuilt

Upper front shock absorber mounts will be
repaired and reinforced

Removing the front right mount revealed minor
rust lurking behind
All surface rust was ground away before being
sealed and coated in Wurth Body Wax

Jake welded a piece of angle iron behind the shock
mount panel to add strength

Welding the reinforced panel in position

Rear shock bar has been reconstructed using new,
heavy walled chrome moly tubing

Using infrared beam to ensure rear shock bar is
perfectly straight and level

Lots of progress in the engine shop and the CJ Coachworks.

Setting cam timing
Restored oil pan and baffle

The first new panels being fabricated

To be continued!

I am delighted to report that Jake now has the Ferrari body restoration underway.

Assembling the short block and installing the rebuilt cylinder heads.

I am pleased to report that we have now completed all of the machine work for this project and rebuilt/assembled both cylinder heads.

Honing rod wrist pin bushings to size
Hanging rebuilt rods on the pistons

Torque plate honing the cylinders to final size
Pressure testing with custom head gaskets trial fitted

Balancing the flywheel and clutch
Assembling the cylinder head and setting valve lash

Heads now full rebuilt and ready to install

We have now received your custom forged pistons. It's always fun to see the finished product when so much work has gone into the design and production behind the scenes.

Corey has been busy designing and machining a piston mold from which a new set of custom forged pistons will be made.

Custom Ferrari V12 torque plate
Heating block in oven to aid removal of seized studs

Squaring main caps prior to performing a much
needed align hone
Setting up for align hone with cylinder heads
bolted in place beneath block (essential)

Magnaflux checking rods
Honing rod housings

Setting up to hone new pin bushings

Rods now fully rebuilt

Preparing to trial fit main bearings
Surfacing one of the cylinder heads

Honing new valve guides
Machining for new valve seals

Measuring head cc
Pressure testing the engine block

Damaged oil pan spends a little time with Jake in the CJ Coachworks...

Weighing connecting rods after cleaning
Ferrari rods of the era had the weight stamped
on them - in this case 514g

Complex timing chain idler sprocket
Water pump bearings and gear badly worn

Timing gear idler assembly
Damaged timing gear

Scary looking banjo bolt
Custom torque plate

Crack in oil pan rail
Badly installed thread repair for oil pan drain plug

Oil pan has several previous weld repairs

Several cracked/damaged fins will be welded
and reshaped

Repaired pan looking virtually new once more

We know from service records that this engine had been rebuilt back in the 1980s and has been driven very few miles since. Unfortunately, the quality of the rebuild leaves much to be desired, and we therefore have a full rebuild underway.

Inappropriate valve springs were used, resulting in coil bind, the valve stem to guide clearances are huge (over .004"), and piston skirt clearances range anywhere from .004" to .009". One of the most telling signs that this car did not receive the engine rebuild it deserved was the presence of a knurled piston. Knurling pistons is an old school practice designed to give extended life to worn pistons. Knurling a piston skirt actually helps 'take up the slack' in the case of loose skirt clearance, but the high spots created by the knurling process wear very quickly, so the remedy is very short lived.
Despite the use of the knurled piston, the skirt clearance in that particular cylinder was .009", or .005" out of spec.

Disassembling the cylinder heads

All the valve seats had different widths
and heights
No to valve jobs were the same!

This line clearly visible on the bottom coil is
evidence of coil bind
Pressure testing cylinder heads

This cylinder had .009" skirt clearance!
Knurled piston is cost saving old school

Stem to guide clearances were huge
Valve stems measured inconsistently

Engine tear down underway in the CJ machine shop.

Strong fuel smell in oil pan

First head removed

Amazingly slimline V12 block
Signs of fuel wash and scuffing on pistons
and cylinder bores

I was very pleased to come across the very first Ferrari 330 GTC prototype on display in Las Vegas last week. Chassis number 6431 was originally built on a 275 GTS chassis and was apparently regularly used by Enzo Ferrari himself. The car has dozens of detail features not seen on any other 330 GTC.

Koni have done a stellar job rebuilding
your original shocks
The prototype Ferrari 330GTC

We have now received the restored fuse board and superb quality wiring harness that was made for us in Italy. It really is a very impressive piece of kit.

The original fuse panels have been restored
and completely rewired

Every terminal has been carefully labeled

Front suspension rebuild underway - and some beautifully restored Borrani wire wheels...

Suspension and brakes will be completely rebuilt
Separating the springs and shocks

Road springs will be replaced, Koni shocks
will be rebuilt at the Koni factory

The Borrani factory in Milan have done
a fantastic job with your wheels!

Back from being media blasted to back to bare metal, a few minor rust issues are exposed, and also evidence of some sub-standard 1960's Italian bodywork.

Preparing the Ferrari for blasting back to bare metal..

Removing the fiberglass dash and floor pan in order to gain full access to the chassis..

Fiberglass dash/firewall is first to be removed

Panel has slight damage around transmission
mound that will be repaired
Framework of the dash exposed

Hundreds of rivets hold the floor pan and front
and rear bulkheads in place
Panel beneath rear window is aluminium

Removing rear window panel/upper rear bulkhead

Rear panel now removed

Main floor pan now lifted away

Removing pans was essential to gain full access
to the chassis
Many rivets were broken or corroded

Chassis will be blasted back to bare metal, repaired
and refinished to new condition

Unusual view from beneath the car with the
floor pans removed

Time to remove the engine and gearbox...

Lowering the 5 speed gearbox to the ground
With the gearbox out of the way, removal of
the engine is a simple matter

Chris Scarborough carefully extracting the compact
V12 from the engine bay
Engine is angled in order to clear the firewall
on the way out

Almost clear...

With the engine on the ground, the mechanical
tear down is almost complete

Tear down continued, a glittering new Borrani wheel, and unspent shotgun cartridges hidden beneath the gas tanks...

Front suspension now removed

Removing rear suspension

Note thick bondo lurking behind front bumper

Left rear strut mount
Right rear strut mount slightly damaged and pushed
upward, causing car to ride low in right rear

Strange assortment lurking beneath gas tanks
Unspent shotgun cartridges, Italian newspaper
clipping, glue, lipsalve and screwdriver

Glittering new RW 4039 Borrani spare wheel

Tear down, continued...

The only significant rust so far..

Drain hole in left bumper tube requires minor
rust repair

Next task is to remove the rear suspension

I am pleased to report that this important restoration is now officially underway!

First task is to remove all the glass and interior

Some photos are for reference purposes only

Jake and Carlos double teaming the front
windscreen removal

One last inspection by the proud owner before we get this project underway!

One last opportunity for the proud owner to see the
car whole before the restoration gets underway

I am delighted to report that your car is safely inside the Team CJ workshops and we will have this exciting restoration underway very shortly!