Cars & Coffee San Clemente July 29th 2017
We were happy to finally make it out to the Cars and Coffee San Clemente this morning bright and early. We arrived at about 6:00 and shortly thereafter the cars started to pour in. The first thing we noticed? How it was entirely surrounded by picturesque hills. Also, (being the parking area for a newer outlet mall,) the place itself was clean and upscale. With it’s large white parking area, it was the perfect backdrop for showing off all the colorful automobiles. It was great to see many new faces. Plus there were a lot of folks and their vehicles from the now defunct C & C in Aliso Viejo.
Ruby’s was serving up hot coffee and yummy pastries and for some of us missing our Panera fix after losing Aliso Viejo, it’s to the left as you drive in. We weren’t sure if it was open or not, but it’s still good to know it’s there. On a personal note, my favorite car this time was the Fiat Multipla. Massimo and his brother used this vehicle (well not this one but one very much like it!) as a working truck when they were young and I love hearing the stories they tell about it.
I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking. However, on a last note, it was totally worth it to make the trip down here and we plan to do it again in the coming weeks.
Espresso and Exotics March 26 2016
You may have seen us advertise that if you see us at the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee we’ll be at the shop having our own version right after. We call it “Espresso and Exotics.” Here is what it looks like. (Photos above) We drink espresso, eat cookies, look at engines and have lively discussions. Massimo also talks about the projects he’s working on while giving a mini tour of the place. Not only do you get to see engine parts you’ve never seen before, but it’s also a chance to have a rare look at what happens to your exotic after you bring it in for repairs.
On this day we actually skipped the car show and went straight to the shop, arriving around 9:AM. So I must now add that if you don’t see us at Aliso Viejo but still would like to have some added fun after the show, give us a call at 949.680.2799 just to make sure we’re there. Drop by, we’ll have a nice cup of espresso waiting for you, Italian style!
The Inner Workings Of The Ferrari 330 GT
What’s more interesting than working on a Ferrari 330 GT? Why sharing all the in and outs of our progress on the project with you folks! Seriously, how often do you get to see the inner workings of these rare cars? To that end we’ve made a couple of videos just to show you what this awesome Ferrari 330 GT looks like, on the inside.
We document everything.
We photograph and film or document everything, each step of the way. We do this for our own information of course, but also for our client who receives a copy of everything we generate during the restoration. This particular video is a quick look at the disassembling of the crank. You’ll also see the main crank caps, cylinder heads with valves and of course piston and rods. After all that the block then needs to be restored to it’s former glorious luster. The initial cleaning of the engine block surface is what you’re seeing as the video closes. Hope you find it as interesting as we did! We have other videos and you can watch them all on our.. Drum roll please,
Okay.., sheepish grin, although we have plenty of video in clips, we’ve only just begun putting them together for You Tube. As you can see we clearly are “amateur status” when it comes to film making. But we have 3 videos to show so far, and we are planning to create a lot more. Hopefully they’ll get better with practice.
Here is the end result of a lot of hard work done on the 330. Block, crank studs, all back together and engine in show ready condition waiting to be reinstalled back into the 330. Stay tuned..
Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo Dec 12 2015
This morning found us at the Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo, our favorite venue for cars, coffee and pastries from Panera Bread. This time we brought our own Ferrari to show off so we were there bright and early. We don’t know if there was something in the air this time, perhaps a bit of magic? But this weeks gathering was particularly captivating with many stunning vehicles and interesting folks in attendance. One BMW brought along some Christmas cheer to share with all of us (First photos) that we think set the tone for good lightheartedness and above all, fun for the upcoming holidays! We even had a celebrity among us or so it was rumored, a very well loved actor arrived driving car “42” do you recognize him? One photographer gave us the idea to take moon hubcap photos, shooting to capture the other vintage vehicle in the hubcaps reflection. We’re not sure we did a great job but what an excuse to capture more pictures of these awesome cars! After much laughter, chatter and of course a couple of pastries; pain au chocolat, we headed back to the shop where we indulged in our own interpretation of coffee, you guessed it, espresso, Italian style. All in all, we think this weeks Cars and Coffee was one of the best we’ve been to. We still look forward to next week’s though!
Remember, if you see us at Cars and Coffee wandering around, it means afterwards we’ll be headed back to the shop (It’s right up the street) for espresso. You are more than welcome to come and share some talk and some really amazing espresso with us!
Ferrari 330 update!
Work continues on the engine of the F330. As you can see the “before” photo gives you a pretty good idea of the state of the Ferrari engine block. In the “after” pics you can see as well, the block has undergone a a major transformation or an “extreme” makeover if you will, already, even though it is only at the midway point. There’s a lot more cleaning to do, and certainly more rebuilding! This process is always carefully documented and the next step after everything is restored to our satisfaction, is to reassemble what was taken apart, using said documentation. We’ll keep posting/sharing more on the Ferrari 330 update as the work progresses.
First look at the 330 shows lots of wear. It was running poorly and smoking. A leak down was performed with the results of 40% leakage with possible cracked rings in cylinders 3 and 4..
With the engine out and disassembled we found in the #3 cylinder with a broken piston ring and the number 4 showed damaged rings. This happened because the car sat for a long time with no oil lubrication, the liner built rust and by running the engine again, the rust caused the damage.
Aside from that the engine obviously needs extensive work to bring it back to working condition. Here are some photos of what the engine initially looked like and what we’ll have to work with.
Recent work at ItalTech GT includes a vintage 1964 330 Ferrari Series 1, (On the lift) a 1997 456 GT Ferrari and of course the 1997 355 Spyder with the 330 being the most extensive work we are looking forward to. The 330 has been sitting for a long time and to begin and we were told initially to do a engine reseal. However once inside the engine it is apparent it needs a lot more than that! Photos coming next post, stay tuned…
Welcome to the ItalTech GT website.
This is our first post. We’re open and are ready for business. Please take the time to explore our site. It has lots of information and very cool photos of our Italian and US auto adventures. We hope you’ll enjoy your time here and that it will encourage you to visit us in person. We look forward to meeting you and thanks for checking out our site!