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3200 GT

I was contacted by a work colleague to go and look at this vehicle which had been standing for about six months, as it wouldn’t start. I diagnosed the problem to be linked to the starter motor which fail to turn the engine over even with a freshly charged battery. A decision was made to bump start the car and drive it to my house for further investigation. As well as curing the starting problem, it also was in for some much needed service work. The car started fairly easily, and although ran very unevenly, was driven some twenty miles back to the workshop.

After some investigation, it was found that the starter motor had seized up and would require replacement. A new motor was obtained and fitted to the vehicle which cured the problem. It was then set up on stands whilst I looked over the whole car. Unfortunately I found a number of problems, mainly due to the length of time it had been standing, and some electrical gremlins which probably were to be expected.

The brakes were beyond repair due to corrosion, and the paint around the rear wheel arches had flaked off in some areas. The metal wasn’t very rusty, but immediate action would be needed before returning it back to service. The owner of the car decided that he wanted to have it restored to it’s former glory befitting such a lovely marque.

So work commenced, firstly with the engine and mechanical items and then on to the cosmetic issues. The engine was stripped of most of the ancillaries, including the induction and fuel systems along with cam covers etc. A new set of brake discs and pads were obtained, then stove enamelled gold. All the corroded components under the bonnet were shot blasted, stove enamelled and stainless fasteners replaced those rusty old original items. A great deal of cleaning up and corrosion removal had to be done, but gradually the project came together as can be seen from the pictures. The electrical problems were ironed out and the end result was a beautiful Italian V8 running perfectly as it should.

The car was taken locally to have the two rear wings repainted, and the finished job was so good, it was impossible to tell any work had ever been carried out.

The wheels were curb damaged on the front, so all four were shot blasted and refinished complete with new tires. The wheel nuts were re-chromed and the finished items looked absolutely superb.

I made a new front number plate bracket as the original one was designed for a small Italian plate, which made it very difficult to fit a UK one. The new bracket was made of stainless steel and a set of new number plates installed to complete the project. The car was then deep cleaned inside and out, with leather treatment applied to the upholstery and special polishes to the paintwork.

The car really came out well, and after all the hard work I was delighted with the end result.

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The vehicle recovered, ready for investigation.

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The right hand side of the engine.

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......and the left hand side.

Intake pipework.

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Many bolts refused to come undone and had to be drilled out.

One particularly stubborn bolt drilled out.

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The plenum chamber removed,  to gain access to the starter motor.

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The offending article, £470 from Maserati, I managed to source the identical item for £128!!

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The car set up in the work shop now, being stripped down.

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Front brake disc in very poor condition.

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Here you can see the started motor removed, deep in the V of the engine.

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Cam covers removed and various pipe work.

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Rear brake disc, definitely needing replacement.

New front brake disc, stove enamelled gold.

Brembo front brake pads installed.

Air filter assembly and catch tank.

Air filter being installed.

Cam cover shotblasted and stove enamelled.

New cam belt fitted.

Cam belt covers fitted and air filter assembly.

Wheels shotblasted and stove enamelled silver.

Car supported on stands, here you can see the brakes completed.

Plenum chamber dry fitted, waiting for intake seals.

Cam cover being drilled and tapped M4 for splashguard bolts.

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Splashguard fitted and bolts ‘Loctited’.

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Cam cover completed, ready to fit to the engine.

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Cam cover installed with new stainless steel bolts.

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Intake seals being fitted ready for the plenum chamber.

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Plenum chamber installed, along with the throttle body, intake pipes and fuel rails.

Plenum chamber installed, along with the throttle body, intake pipes and fuel rails.

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Here you can see the coil pack cover detail.

Refurbished wheel with new tyres.

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All four wheels with new tires, and my little “helper” Poppy.

Beautiful re-chromed wheel bolts.

Wheel fitted with new centre cap and re-chromed bolts. Definitely has the desired effect.

The finished engine, runs  beautifully smoothly like an Italian V8 should, with an awesome soundtrack as you would expect!

All the wheels back on, it’s ready to go to the body shop for the rear wings to be painted.

Back from the body shop, they have done a superb job, you wouldn’t know anything had ever been done. The paint work is now perfect all over.

A bit of a mess but it will clean up nicely. A set of new number plates will add a finished look and crispness.

The front number plate was a problem as the mount was designed for a smaller Italian plate and not a UK one. I made a stainless back plate mount so the new UK plates would be able to be attached with double sided tape.

Not the best picture I know, but here is the finished rear end with the new plates.

The new stainless steel backing plate cut out, ready to be fitted to the car.

All finished ready for the number plate to be attached.

The front end completed.

The completed car. All the following shots are of the finished project.

One gorgeous Italian Supercar.