Ferrari Dino 246 GT (1972)

Following initial inspection of this iconic Ferrari and subsequent discussions with customer the decision was made to return the Dino to its former glory.

With vehicle on a ramp all fluids were drained and a start made on removing components from vehicle to allow safe removal of the engine.

A thorough inspection of individual parts was carried out before documenting and safely storing ready for overhaul, replacement or refitting to vehicle.

With the dashboard removed from vehicle this was stripped down to include the removal of all switches and levers. Gauges were removed and packaged ready to be sent away for specialist overhaul and refurbishment.

The four corners of suspension were stripped on the bench and individual components separated ready for required plating. Front hubs were also stripped down and a full list of all new required parts drawn up.

With engine out, the waterways were drained and components such as the clutch, flywheel, exhaust manifold and intermediate plate were removed. The engine block and gearbox were split before mounting the engine onto stand to allow further strip down.

Having removed rear quarter glasses from vehicle the chrome surrounds were carefully removed before cleaning away existing sealer and wrapping glass to allow safe storage.

In preparation for the vehicle shell being media blasted the cockpit and boot floor rivets were drilled out and sections carefully cut allowing floors to be removed. Upon return from media blasting the front and rear brake discs were prepped, primed and painted to ensure correct cosmetic appearance was achieved.

Distributor housing was also prepped and painted before being rebuilt ready for refitting to vehicle upon completion.

With all the gear box shafts stripped, each synchro hub assembly has been dismantled and inspected. The selector forks and interlock mechanism have been cleaned, de-burred and refitted into the casing. Lay shaft, main shaft and selectors have been refitted into the gearbox casing and main support bearings pressed into place.

With the return of the engine block and cylinder heads from specialist machining, engine assembly could be started.

With the block, pistons and crankshaft assembled the oil pump and front cover could be installed. With the vast majority of the internal engine work completed we proceeded with fitting all the ancillary items. Checked all surfaces on gearbox and engine block and refit together with all new fixings, install flywheel, bell housing and gear assembly for final fitment and alignment purposes.

Rebuild top of engine including cam covers, distributor, all breather hoses, fuel rails and hoses, throttle linkages, alternator mountings. Install carburettors and linkages to check alignment and operation before engine re-installed to vehicle.

With the engine block now mounted onto the gearbox and the majority of ancillary items fitted, the engine and drivetrain unit are now virtually ready to be installed back into the vehicle.

With the metalwork repairs now completed, the filling and levelling continued to complete the o/s of the vehicle, additionally the bonnet, screen surround, boot lid and engine cover were completed. The bonnet and the two rear covers were then fitted and aligned appropriately.

The front and rear lights and indicators were fitted, the front grill was fitted and the apertures were reworked accordingly to ensure correct fitments. The shell and panels have now all been completely levelled, reshaped and all fitments and closing panel gaps set.

The body shell is now prepared in readiness for the next process. Before being painted in original Viola Dino 106-A-71.

Once dry, the body was very fine sanded and blocked to achieve the final body lines. This is followed by further wet flat sanding and machine polishing to achieve a show finish. The underside of the body and chassis has been sprayed with Satin Black and authentic stone chip coating as required.

With the body now back in the mechanical workshop the rebuild has commenced.