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.

Virtual Ferrari F1 2000, Come Play!

Virtually of course!

Although we couldn’t produce a real one to show you.., yet. We do have a second best option to “play” with today for a bit of diversion.

A 3D virtual Ferrari F1! That’s right, you can zoom, rotate, flip and in general get a great look at this fantastic example of 3D and great looking ultra automobile.

Remember that back in 2000 the F1 2000 won Ferrari the constructors championship as well as the drivers title for Michael Schumacher and the first title for Ferrari in quite awhile. Anyway you don’t need me to rewrite the story. You can check it out on the F1 Technical Blog, where you can read the full specifications of the car, along with it’s lustrous history.

But don’t forget, AFTER you’ve finished reading, come back and entertain yourself with this cool virtual one. All it would need is that Ferrari engine sound in the background and.., perfection!

To play with the virtual F1 press play (the arrow in the center) and after it loads the model, use your mouse to manipulate the car in any direction by clicking and holding your left mouse button down while moving your mouse around the screen. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out to get that up close and personal feel. Be sure and check out more automobile 3D models and other things on Sketchfab, it’s a pretty fab way to waste an hour or two.

 

Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee May 21 2016

And an unexpected event!

What an eventful day! We started out to enjoy it bright and early at Cars and Coffee in Aliso Viejo. The skies were overcast threatening rain so we were surprised at the number of people who turned out this weekend! Thanks to cloudy skies and colorful autos our photos were particularly popping! Lots of exotics this time around and one of our favorites was the corvette with the mini corvette sitting on top of the engine.

What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!

As usual, we stopped to chat with our friends and clients while admiring their automobiles Then we headed back to the shop for own version of C and C, we’re calling it Espresso and Cars. What can we say, we’re Italian, regular coffee isn’t strong enough!

At the shop, we helped a client repair a few annoying chips in the paint of his 308 Ferrari. We were lucky to be pleasantly surprised by one of our clients and friend who dropped in to invite us to the Nobles Family Museum in Fountain Valley for a tour, generously put together by our local chapter of the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California.

We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside…,

We raced off to the museum (raced, get it?) where we were treated to a light buffet, then a brief biography by the owner of this wonderland, Yes, Professor Anthony Nobles gave us the tour himself, explaining each car of the collection while we stood around gawking and drooling at them. He described his love for all his exotics and how he drives them in a rotation. He is a definitely a Ferrari enthusiast, with about a third of his automobiles being Ferraris. He even owns the F2001 driven by Michael Schumacher in 2002. We quietly followed him around at least 5 rolls of exotic automobiles, and that was only the inside, outside the entire parking lot was ringed with exquisite automobiles too!

We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!

The museum is not often open to the public. But the Professor sponsors and hosts all kinds of charity events at his museum. We were very lucky to get a chance to attend!

Unfortunately, our photos don’t begin to do it justice to the place although we’ve included what we took. At the bottom is a link to some truly amazing photography that captures the feel of Professor Noble’s dream garage.

A big thank you to Mark Snow, Professor Noble and the Ferrari Owners Club of Southern California for making this one delightful day!

Professional Photos Of The Noble Family Museum

Here is another link for more information about Professor Noble himself. Professor Anthony Noble.

Ferrari Owners Club SoCal

 

 

As told to me by Massimo Mondino:

Mind The Gap!

Mind The Gap! Click To Englarge

Recently we got in a 1964 Ferrari 330 that came from another shop where it was restored. It was suffering from a lack of performance; not performing the way it’s suppose to.., close to it, but just not quite there. So I began to search for the cause. What was holding this engine back?

After checking the distributors making sure the points dwell was right and also that the points were synchronized on my distributor machine, I moved forward to check the spark plug wires. I did a compression test and a leak down finding uneven cylinders. So I went ahead and did a valve adjustment, I found that the valves were too tight. After putting everything back together I set the timing to proper specifications and also removed the top of the carburetors and checked the the floats. I found that the floats were completely out of adjustment. I went ahead and set them to the right specs as well. After everything was reassembled I went for a test drive. Although the car improved a bit it still wasn’t performing as I expected it to. So at that point I decided to remove the carburetors because although they did look like they were (new) fully rebuilt, after finding the other miscellaneous problems on the car, I just had the feeling that something was still wrong between the carbs and the intake, maybe an uneven carburetor base, or too much free play in the shafts which I know from experience, that in the DCZs are a common problem. I went ahead and removed the carburetors completely placing them upside down on the bench, I checked one carburetor at a time for free play on the shaft and using a straight edge, checked the carburetor base to see if it was warped. When I got to the number 3 carburetor I noticed that when I would fully open the throttle the secondary shaft driven by gear, was loose and intermittently, would only open partially and when it did it was never the same. It would open every time at a different degree/angle. Basically the car was running with 12 cylinders and sometimes only with 10 and some. A simple loose clamp was the culprit that created this extremely frustrating, time consuming and hard to find problem.

Moral of the story? In my line of business when it comes down to particular repairs, like a carburetor rebuild, you make sure that when you start putting it together you finish the job, you don’t walk away in the middle of it. It is too easy to forget a really important technicality. Attention to detail is essential in this business. The clamps forgotten by the last mechanic, not only affected the performance of the car but caused concerns for both the customer (prompting them to take it to another shop) and for me, in trying to track down the problem they left behind.”

Ferrari Water Pump Shaft and Gear

Ferrari Water Pump Shaft and Gear

(This is a reprint from my first blog, Sept 2007, of one of Massimo’s most memorable Ferrari stories and one of my favorites as well since I was around and actually saw what had happened, it was fascinating and I thought it was time for a re-share.)

MIA or Missing In Action

A client came in with a blown head gasket due to over heating, on a 1985 308 4 valve Ferrari. Massimo pulled the engine out, pulled the heads off, replaced the head gasket and thermostat. He than checked the water pump and looked through the water pump housing pipe as well, everything appeared fine, no leaks..,

So why had it overheated?

Massimo is meticulous and always double checks everything. And on a hunch, he pulled the water pump cover, but again no obvious reason for the trouble, the shaft had no play on the bearing, seals looked recently done, no problems right?

Wrong.

When he tried to turn the shaft by hand the shaft would spin without consistently engaging the gear. In other words the shaft is supposed to be locked onto the gear so that it doesn’t move at all! First thing he thought of was that the Woodruff key notch, a piece that sits on the key and fits into a spot on the gear wheel, was completely worn out. But when he pulled the front engine cover off and saw the gear bouncing on the shaft he was intrigued.

Moving? He thought, this thing wasn’t suppose to be moving around at all!

After getting down to the Woodruf key itself he saw clearly that there was no notch at all! As you can see in the photo there is nothing attached to the shaft! Instead, the Woodruff key had been pressed in. It is very likely that the shaft came like that from the factory, hard to tell, but because the notch wasn’t milled onto the shaft, the water pump circulated sporadically, which in turn caused over heating and finally catastrophic failure.

So Massimo replaced the water pump shaft and the problem was solved.
But he later confided to me that this was really strange and he’d never seen anything like this in all of his years working.

Cars And Coffee Photo, Aliso Viejo. Jeff Henyan and Massimo Mondino

Cars And Coffee Aliso Viejo. Jeff Henyan and Massimo Mondino

Cars and Coffee, Aliso Viejo, Aug 8th 2015. Spend another glorious morning with the cars and coffee crowd. Posting these pictures kind of late as tomorrow is Saturday again with another cars and coffee event coming up, but we couldn’t resist posting these photos from last weekend, of these beautiful automobiles, such a shame to leave these beauties languishing on our computer!
Boy has c&C Aliso Viejo become popular. The event has gotten so large compared to it’s former humble beginnings that it is barely recognizable. We remember when not even a quarter of that lot was full and maybe included 3 rolls of vehicles! (I’ve posted a couple of photos of this so you can see what it is today) Autos take up almost the entire parking lot now, packed from the front to the back. So now instead of a cars and coffee event, it’s officially become THE Aliso Viejo Cars And Coffee “Event.”
While Visiting one of our happy customers was delighted to pose for a photo with us along with his car and we were delighted to have a chance at a snap with him! Here is Mr. Jeff Henyan with Massimo Mondino and his Ferrari 360 Modena behind him.
On a light note, there was a bit of gossip floating around that because the Aliso Viejo cars and coffee had gotten so big that there might be a split so to speak, into two ventures with the new second venue being held at the state fair grounds. Now this is completely unconfirmed gossip mind you, but if it were true, what a intriguing development. What have you heard? Let us know in the comments.

We got up early this morning to attend the Cars and Coffee in Alisa Viejo, and boy was it a blast! We brought a Ferrari work in progress to show, but were surprised that almost every vehicle imagined was represented, from Fiat 500 to Rolls Royce! People were laid back and friendly as they sipped coffee and chatted about of course, cars, theirs and others. All the makes and models presented a perfect photo opportunity so we snapped quite a few shots; a riot of color and shape. We’ve uploaded what we saw, including our artistic attempts, so you could see them too! We love Cars and Coffee event in Aliso Viejo, (and anywhere else for that matter,) what a seriously cool way to spend a leisurely Saturday morning!

Ferrari Invasion 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…

ItalTech GT Office Front

 

 

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