Kerry's 330 GT Restoration

The Push

The next step was to finish the wet sanding and polish the paint.

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The wheels are bagged because I had borrowed a set of Borrani's that were in immaculate condition and I didn't want to polish off water spots.  My alloy wheels were waiting for the paint to harden before having new tires mounted.  I used PPG Delstar, color DAR 32498, Marlin Silver Poly*. To that I added PPG Urethane Flattening Agent, DX 685, to make it a semi-gloss (per instructions on can).  I also removed the trim rings in the center of the wheels and had them re-chromed.  Click here to find out how I did this.

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At this point we are now into early July and the tour to Whistler was scheduled to start on the 14th.  My wife was beginning to wonder why I hadn't started everything a couple of months earlier.  But this is just like a software project.  It will fill all available time plus more.  While I was working on mechanical issues or the paint, my wife was cleaning and feeding the leather, cleaning and polishing the various trim pieces and anything else I asked her to do.  This included using contact cement to glue some trunk carpet to the cardboard backing.  I don't think I'll ask her to use contact cement again as she wasn't very happy about having smelly sticky fingers.

I wet sanded down the trunk lid, fixed up the grooves where the reducer removed the primer and then re-primed it.  On Wednesday the 12th, I re-sprayed the trunk lid.  The paint fish-eyed.  This is where small indentations occur in the paint surface usually caused by having silicones present on the surface.  Well, I was out of time for screwing around with the trunk lid, so it was left to dry with the fish-eyes.

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Trunk Lid with Fish-eyes in Paint

We were polishing and putting on trim on Thursday the 13th.  It was time for a test drive as it hadn't been driven for more than a couple of blocks in 10 years.  So down to the local gas station to fill the tank.  Then onto the freeway for a 50 mile run up the freeway to Snoqualmie Pass (3000' elevation).  Then off the freeway at an exit after about 7 miles to check on the overheating.  Hmmm, a little hot.  After cooling a while, a fresh gallon of anti-freeze was added and we headed back home.  As it was downhill with less load, we made it home OK and gave it a good wash.

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So much for taking it on the tour.  So the van got loaded and an extra Ferrari trunk emblem was stuck in the back window.

* I just ran across a Ferrari technical bulletin from 1971 where they specify how to paint the Cromodora Magnesium wheels:

Technical Information no. 182

Ref./Cromodora Magnesium Wheel Rims

When a respray of magnesium wheels is required, the products to be used are the following:

- Acrylic metallized paint - gray 2427078
  (smalto metallizzato acrilico grigio ghisa 2427078)
  [ed: literal translation is metallic cast iron gray acrylic enamel]

which can be ordered directly to:

- ITALVAR - Via Privata Bolla, 27 - Milano (Italy)

The paint should be applied with viscosity 37" (Ford type viscosity meter - orifice 3), and baked at 212F (100C) for 40 min. in the over or under stoving lamps.

Kindest regards,

I painted the wheels about 15 years ago and never cleaned the insides.  With a couple of concours' coming up. I thought it would be good to pull them off the car and give them a good cleaning.  I had some Zymol wheel cleaner (courtesy swag from Zymol back when I volunteered at the Pebble Beach concours) and it really worked.  Thank you Zymol.  The insides are back to the silver paint.


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