Saturday, June 30, 2012

A conversation with an old friend reveals an almost 30 year old photo of 01464

Today we made a most unexpected discovery. A visit to an old friend revealed an even older envelope that had not been opened in almost 30 years. Labelled with the stamp of the local dealer of the time, inside was a brand new copy of Prancing Horse magazine; the Ferrari Club of Canada publication. Leafing through it my friend said 'here is a photo of my friends Dino that was black and gold'. Sure enough some quick questions filled in the blanks and there was a pic (seen in the background next to another Dino) of 01464 before it was yellow sitting in the dealership floor at Gentry Lane. A little more digging on Google Earth shows that the building which once sold Ferrari's now sells Mitsubishi's and is about a mile away from my house. A small world indeed.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Solid as a piece of iron. The engine block is checked prior to machining

It is always a good idea to be sure of something rather than just assume that it is ok. Yes our engine did not leak but when it is all apart checking for cracks should be a minimum requirement. The cast iron engine block of 01464 was treated to magnaflux treatment to look for cracks and the cylinders were then sonar checked to ensure that they are are uniform thickness with no odd porosity or weak spots.

As expected, the engine block was given a clean bill of health and will next go to machining and cleaning before being painted and preppared for re-assembly.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Project Lesson: The Restoration Triangle

Over the past few weeks we have had time to think about our project, the experiences we have had with some of the companies we have worked with, and how these things relate to general project planning both for the Dino and in life in general. The more we thought about it, the more it became clear that all projects really rely on a balance of three factors: Quality, Cost, and Time. It is on this that I introduce ‘The Restoration Triangle’ a conceptual tool to stress the importance of achieving a good balance when managing a restoration project. Much of what we will cover is basic and logical but it bears repeating as we feel it essential to always strive for a balance in these factors that is in line with ones personal objectives. While this model is more outreaching, we will stick to illustrating our ideas in how they relate to a car restoration. Now on to the points:


Of course, in the absence of time and cost considerations, everyone wants the best quality possible. How many times have you heard someone say that ‘If I had all the money in the world I would want……’ That said before beginning a project it is a good idea to see varying levels of car restoration in different vehicles and deciding for yourself what level would YOU be comfortable with.


Normally the factor that controls things more than anything in a restoration is cost / available budget. Everyone would like perfect but not everyone can or is willing to pay the costs associated with that result. While it is generally true that you get what you pay for, it has been our experience that there is no direct correlation between the amount you receive for the expenditure incurred. For this reason it is critically important to find out what certain tasks cost from a number of sources before committing to a particular shop.


Last (but certainly not least) is the value of time as it plays a huge role. A car restoration is a very time intensive process so starting one when your wife is expecting triplets and on the cusp of a new promotion at work is probably not the best of ideas. Furthermore if you are subbing work out, those people should be respectful of ones personal time. Having your car apart for over a year to get the work done that an organized shop would do in a few weeks should come at an otherwise unavailable quality level or extremely low cost to make any sense at all.

 When you put the three together it becomes quickly clear that a balanced project should strive to meet ones personal beliefs as to what are acceptable time, cost, and quality levels. You need to be brutally honest with yourself as to where you want the project to go and if you see any one or more of the three factors going outside of what is personally reasonable then it should act as an alarm bell to correct the problem.

Sure it all sounds easy enough but you would be amazed how easy it can be to stray. Well enough with the lesson, I promise that the next post will have photos of Dino parts!

Monday, June 4, 2012

We're back with lots of changes in store. Time for a little catch up.

Wow I can't believe how much time has passed since our last post. Many thought that we had given up but nothing could be further from the truth. A LOT has happened and we will fill everyone in on the changes in due time with plenty of photos to bring home the drama and developments.

A great deal of effort has been put forward in the sourcing of rare and odd parts while equally strenuous work has been accomplished to forge ahead with existing projects. For now I'll leave you all with a single photo outlining the artistry that is to come. It is a tiny detail that is often lost on a repaired car or hastily created with body filler. In fact it should be, as shown here, sculpted in beautifully shaped metal as this is the cavity to which the door handle mounts.

Stay tuned for more regular updates.