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  1. uzz32soarer

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    Hey Jeff, long time no hear. Good to see you grace my page.

    Engine is now sitting back in the subframe. Pics tomorrow.
     
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    #279 uzz32soarer, Jan 18, 2014
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    I put the engine back into the frame during a Melbourne heatwave. We averaged 42 - 46 degrees last week. It was amazing. Working in the garage was like living in a blast furnace, but the pressure was on and I was in the 'groove' so just kept on going. Had to slow down a bit towards the end, but got the clutch refitted and then the reduction gearbox and quill shaft went together.
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    Is that a custom heat shield in the last 2 pictures? Mine has dimples.
     
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    Not that I'm aware of Christian. My 87 and both 88's have the same style but my 512M has a totally different shield made out of a heat resistant woven fibrous material and it is also physically smaller. Maybe they changed the heat shield on later models?
     
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    Regarding the construction of the Heat Shield, I recall on my 87 Testarossa that it was made from stainless steel sheet, and on my 89 and 90 Testarossas it was same weird material that has on his 512M.
     
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    Makes sense. Mine is a 1990.

    BTW, that engine is almost too pretty to put back in the car. Living room art.
     
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    Love to see a project that doesn't stop!
     
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    F Friend Robert can't stop ! :D
     
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    Great Pix Robert. Thanks
     
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    Gorgeous pics, you are a very skilled (car)pornographer ah I mean car photographer : )
     
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    Wow! "Like New" takes on a whole new meaning, bravo!
     
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    looks great robert,
    but why you use not allen screws for the drive shafts as original?
     
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    Romano, mine are like Rob's, from memory they are special bolts with a reduced thread diameter. I'll go to the workshop later and take a photo as my drive shafts are on the bench.

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    thx phil,

    but to tigthen those srews you can not use a tool nut because of less space, you only may use a open wrench, and with this the torque is limited. that is why I use allen screws.
     
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    Agreed Romano, they are a pain to remove and fit :)
    The important part of this bolt is the diameter. It is a machine toleranced (if there is such a word :D ) bolt so that the diameter fits perfectly in the CV joint.

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    I was able to use a standard socket/long extension to remove the bolts, but only the bolt at about the 5:00 position (as I recall). so I would remove a bolt, rotate the shaft until the next bolt was at 5:00, etc. Wasn't an issue.
     
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    I love the attention to detail. This tread, Newmans 512, and the F40LM resto thread are wonderful!
     
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    Hi Romano,

    Phil's picture shows the correct bolt but this is only used at the differential end. At the wheel hub end there are allen head bolts.

    Tim in CA is 100% correct. A narrow wall socket can get in there but only at the 10.00 o'clock position, so do them all up reasonably tight whilst rotating engine, then do them again to torque correctly.

    There are absolutely no bolts, nuts or fittings used on this engine that are not either reconditioned original parts or new parts supplied from Ferrari.

    The hardest part in fitting these bolts is actually folding over the steel lock tabs once everything is torqued correctly. Now that will test anyone!
     
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    #299 uzz32soarer, Jan 26, 2014
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    IT'S FINISHED!

    Australia Day downunder and what better present could I give myself but to finish the engine and subframe.

    Spent the day cleaning up around the place ready for Phase II. This will be the cleaning and restoration of the engine bay ready to accept the big lump.

    Had to take all the cars out of the shed, clean things up, then re-organize things so I can bring the car down and work on it whilst standing in the engine bay with the hatch raised.

    Here's a bunch of images of the finished product ready to go back in. Don't mind the suspension bolts which haven't bee done up yet. I like to put the weight of the car on these before I do things up tight so that the new bushes will not be pre-tensioned when the weight of the car is on them. Ditto for the top of the shockers as these have to go through the frame of the car when the engine is installed.
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    #300 uzz32soarer, Jan 26, 2014
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    A few more images.

    Pleased to have this behind me I must say. It's so difficult trying to do this sort of a job, on your own in a home garage, and in Australia to boot. Times like these you really want to live in the USA or UK where parts are available quickly and at quasi reasonable costs. Freight is the killer down here. Getting stuff from Ricambi or Eurospares is fine, but then the bloody postage will kill you. Add to that is the feeling of being somewhat of a 'Maverick'. I'm sure if I was in the USA I could just ring up Jeff or Shamile or Brian, or Newman, and say, hey mate, where's this damn part go! Or 'where can I get one of these?'

    But being on the other side of the World to you blokes we are at a slight disadvantage when it comes to jobs like this.

    But thanks to the support from you guys here on F Chat, and the general info available via the Internet, it just goes to show that anything is possible.
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