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Thread: Someone's Ferrari engine modifcation - lots of aluminum welding and machining

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    Default Someone's Ferrari engine modifcation - lots of aluminum welding and machining

    I've subscribed to Grassroots Motorsports magazine for over a decade and and from time to time get e-mail links for digital archived articles and the like. Today I got a link to a build thread. A guy buys a 308 Ferrari (Magnum PI car) and eventually decided to replace the small displacement V8 with a V12. I spent this evening looking at the images in this 15 page thread. At first I was going to post this in the welding subforum but there is so much machining involved, I figured I would post the link here. If you like welding and machining "porn", allow a bit of time to peruse this: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/fo.../148959/page1/

    BTW, I'm amazed by the tiny TIG torch image (about 2/3 down the first page) that he used to weld inside the passageways of the heads. I'm a bit numb after looking at his build thread (11 years btw). Between Saturday and today, I spent the better part of a day machining a chunk of aluminum to be a spacer that will allow me to mount a radiator fan from a '73 Triumph GT6 into my '71 GT6 (3 ODs, one thru hole, 2 c'bores for alignment, one large c'bor for clearance and (4) 5/16 UNC threads - kind of insignificant compared to what this guy has done.

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    WOW!
    I've only very quickly skimmed over the first page and I can already see myself going back to actually start reading the whole build.
    Like I say, only briefly skimmed the fist page to see what it was going to contain but this looks like a gearhead's obsession.
    The man is possessed, as well as very determined in his goal. Also a very talented and resourceful individual.

    Thanks for the link.
    Home, down in the valley behind the Red Angus
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    Holy crapballs, ladies and gentlemen. Heavily reworked Testarossa heads on a 400i engine, Ducati throttle bodies, he made his own freaking cams.

    That, my friends, is skill, dedication and artistry.

    Doc.
    Doc's Machine. (Probably not what you expect.)

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    I'm in awe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Nickel View Post
    Holy crapballs, ladies and gentlemen. Heavily reworked Testarossa heads on a 400i engine, Ducati throttle bodies, he made his own freaking cams.

    That, my friends, is skill, dedication and artistry.

    Doc.
    that is still understatement!
    More precise description is ”Ferrari engine build from TIG rods” 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Nickel View Post
    Holy crapballs, ladies and gentlemen. Heavily reworked Testarossa heads on a 400i engine, Ducati throttle bodies, he made his own freaking cams.

    That, my friends, is skill, dedication and artistry.

    Doc.
    On the cams, how he do it without a steady rest? WOW!!

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    Amazing work for sure!

    It amazes me how much time some people will spend on one project. A guy has to be retired and really really want one thing in life.
    Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by vpt View Post
    Amazing work for sure!

    It amazes me how much time some people will spend on one project. A guy has to be retired and really really want one thing in life.
    Some people waste their time watching tv.
    Helder Ferreira
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    wow, thanks for the link, that'll be a pleasant way to spend a coffee break

    I did enjoy the "I did this, then found that it caused this problem, fixed that, which caused this problem" series of events. Not necessarily the best way to engineer something, but fun to read about.

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    WOW!! Half the morning is gone and I'm only part way through.

    So, do you think somebody could take the finished car to a Ferrari shop for maintenance?

    Again, WOW!!

    Mike

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