Putting some miles on the 348


1/3/14

I had told the people at Sport Auto in Summerfield that I would bring back their oil filter wrench I had borrowed in the 348. Did that this morning.  I wanted to break in the clutch gently so some road miles were in order.

 

 

1-3-14 Ricambi 1-3-14 Ricambi 2On the way back, I decided to visit with Daniel at Ricambi America in Winston Salem.  They are one of the premier Ferrari parts providers in the country.  Daniel had to get a photo of the 348 next to his Pinzgauer. It would be perfect for those areas north of here that have been hit by heavy snow. I almost did not stop at Ricambi on the way back but sure am glad I did as Daniel was a most gracious host. Enjoyed the visit.
1/4/14

 

 

My wife and I put some more miles on the 348 as we attended a Ferrari club event today visiting the Sports Leicht Restoration facility in West End, NC.

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht 3 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 14 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 8 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 7 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 4 sm1-4-14 sport leicht 10There was a most impressive lineup of cars with Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Rolls, Mercedes and Porsche represented. Matt did a great job of leading our Charlotte group as we arrived exactly on time. And that Daytona must have a fantastic heater as it arrived sans top. It was very cold!!!

 

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht 2 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 27 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 22 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 32 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 35 smThe Sport Leicht Restoration facility was outstanding. I was most impressed with the variety of types of cars they work on. Bjorn did a great job of explaining the cars and how their business works. I also talked a lot with John, their master fabricator, who gave me some additional insight into some of the cars and projects they have worked on.

 

 

 

 
1-4-14 sport leicht 21 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 18 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 36 smI was particularly impressed with the Gullwing chassis. Here was a 1955 car with a fuel injected, dry sump motor wrapped in lightweight chome moly tubing. What a revelation this car must have been in its day.

 

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht 39 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 23 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 24 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 25 smAnd the 330GTC was so beautiful. The deep blue color was very rich and worked so well with the dark tan interior.

 

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht 19 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 20 smThe Mercedes 190SL wore the classic Mercedes colors of Silver with a red interior.

 

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht 41 smAlso attracting my attention was the Chrysler that they are building for the Pan American race in Mexico. It has a period Hemi with a modern Camaro front clip.

 

 

 

 

1-4-14 sport leicht sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 29 sm 1-4-14 sport leicht 30 smThe variety of cars that they work on was vast.

 

 

 

 
The lunch and discussions at the Pinehurst Country Club in Southern Pines, NC were perfect for a car nut like me. Everyone was gracious and welcoming. We had a great time.

 

 

1/10/14

 

 

1-10-14 battery lid smDuring the course of the service I discovered that I was missing the lid that covers the battery. The new one came today and was installed.

 

 

 

 

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Also, my wife, and anyone else who rode in the passenger seat, complained that when you fastened the shoulder belt to the latch on the seat, the release button was on the inside. I looked at it today and decided that the mount had been mounted backwards. I removed the lower seat trim on the side, removed the latch, turned it around and re-attached it. Now the seat belt release is on the outside where it should be. I wonder why this latch would have been installed this way originally.

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