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 Mar 12th 2016

You would think that after visiting so many cars and coffee events that people might eventually become bored with the whole car scene. But for the owners and their car fans, Saturdays are always worth getting up early for; passion never grows old.

What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today?

Whether making a new friend, showing of a vehicle, or oohing and ahhing over a new arrival,  C&C mornings like these are relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. What exotic, vintage, strange or rare vehicle will show up today? Mix that with the passion in the air and it’s never boring, no matter how many times you attend.

As the crowds snap photos of the cars and the car owners chat the latest gossip, there’s an under currant of anticipation; people’s faces light up and are filled with delight like little kids at a carnival. Some are imagining their dream car, that one there, right in front of them, but instead its sitting in their own driveways.

Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories.

It’s a pleasure to meet up with old friends and tell of new automobile adventures while planning new adventures for the future. But I think probably the best part of attending a Cars and Coffee event is the reminiscing. Once in awhile you see an automobile that brings back memories. At one C&C awhile back there was a Corvair which was the first car I owned after I got my first drivers license. To look at it brought back flashes of joyful moments and life experiences long forgotten.

This time the bittersweet moment a BMW M1, happened for Massimo. He had rebuilt an engine of an M1 back in Colorado for a avid collector of BMWs, (This man had the largest collection it the state at the time.) They were good friends and of course the M1 reminded him of this man. This collector had since passed away, but Massimo still has the valve adjusting shims from that project tucked in his toolbox.

Before I get too sentimental here, without further ado, here are my photos captured from the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee this past weekend and of course as always, see you next week!

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!

The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The guys took to the highway to attend “The Best Of  France and Italy” car show on Sunday Nov 1st 2015 in Woodly Park, Van Nuys, California. They came back with a bunch of photos.., um, that were so bad I couldn’t use. Nevertheless I thought I’d post the 5 good pics as they capture some of the coolest cars ever made, including one artistic handmade newcomer based off of the Italian Piaggio, a 3 wheeled motorcycle, body wrapped in gleaming chrome. The owner even created a matching helmet for it!

The day was perfect for this laid back extremely European festa/celebration of fine French and Italian vehicles. This is a once a year event thrown by the kind folks from Autobooks-Aerobooks and I’m hearing it was one of the most attended since it’s beginning 14 years ago. Needless to say there were plenty of folks to show their cars and others to admire all the entrants with just about every make and model of Italian and French vehicles represented. Participants were allowed to come and go with said vehicles, (hence the laid back description.) and there was plenty of parking for all the spectators, which is always an important detail.

“The sleekest car there.”

While Massimo’s friend showed his 308 Ferrari, Massimo wandered the park. He was most impressed by these 3 vehicles (probably why the photos came out so well.) The Piaggio, the black and  yellow Bugatti and his ultimate favorite, the Zagato. “The sleekest car there.” He felt that the design was so elegant with the graceful dip it it’s roof; there was just nothing else that compared.”  Of the French cars he said; “Amazing, some of those cars I haven’t seen since I was 14.” Which in my mind literally means you’d have to had grown up in some exotic locale in Italy or France to have seen these vintage beauties as daily drivers…, sigh.

All in all The Best Of France and Italy was a fantastic day for car lovers of all kinds and the extraordinary techs who love to work on them and next year it will be the “guys” and the gal in attendance.

http://www.franceanditaly.com/

Cars and Coffee Aliso Viejo All Hallows’ Eve

Most Saturdays find us at the local car shows as you know, after viewing all the cars, our visits and chats with the owners, some coffee and of course pastries, we’re back in the shop, finishing needed projects and preparing for the next week of work. The car shows and especially this one, energize and inspire us for the week ahead which is what they should do; spark dreams and ignite passionate ambitions.

Today’s’ (Saturday Oct 30th 2015) Cars and Coffee was as inspirational as ever and there was nothing spooky about it, being Halloween and all that is. There were a couple of skeleton dogs and one guy dressed up as a viking.) Lot of Ferrari’s here today as well, but what interested us this week were some of the more unusual automobiles like the Topolino. We always love to see these vintage automobiles and it’s always a treat when you realize that it may be the last time to actually see in person that very auto you’re admiring at that moment!

To see all these beautiful automobiles week after week never gets old. There is always something new, something unique or flat out strange, to enjoy. Obviously we aren’t the only ones who feel this way as each week we see familiar friendly faces ready to chat with us. Here is our take in pictures of autos not seen at the Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee previously.

 

Cars And Coffee, OC Fairgrounds Aug 22, 1015 short report. Yes, the cars and coffee rumors I wrote about in my last post were all true, (but you all knew that!) and this morning we found ourselves at the OC Fairgrounds eager to check it out and share in the fun. There was a nice crowd for it’s debut and we spotted many unusual automobiles including a Ferrari La Ferrari, an F99 Ferrari, some very vintage Fords, (the kind you have to turn in the front to start) and also Steve Mcqueen’s vintage Jag XKSS. Apparently Doug Cavanaugh the founder of Ruby’s Diner was responsible for this perfect space by negotiating a deal with the State of California and the Marketplace and Ruby’s had a booth set up, supplying the “coffee” part of the event. All in all it was a successful morning for the new Cars and Coffee OC Fairgrounds offshoot and it was a pleasure to attend. The Aliso Viejo Cars and Coffee will continue on so now we have two car shows to attend on Saturday mornings, very awesome if you are a car enthusiast!

Here’s the Car and Coffee OC’s flyer to download: Click here

Or you can read it online here.

There’s a map and directions to the State Fairgrounds on the website. They have an extensive list of requirements so be sure to visit to see if your car qualifies!  OCCarsAndCoffee

For vendor info: info@ocmarketplace.com

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!

Photo of the Ferrari 330 Engine Out. If you build it

Once you’ve pulled an engine out of a car you can have unforeseen and new sets of problems, especially for a 1964 330 Ferrari engine, one of these problems being how to hold it? Of course, back in the day, there were engine stands to hold these and other types of exotic engines but today.., eh, not too easy to find, actually lets just say impossible to find. So what do you do when you need an epic engine stand to not only hold, but manipulate this magnificent engine in order to work on it?

If you build it…!

But how to build this specific stand? Thinking it out, we realized it would have to be flexible, able to hold different models of vintage engines, not just this one in particular. We didn’t want to end up having engine stands lining our walls we just needed one all purpose one. It would also have to be able to hold an extensive amount of weight. Additionally it had to hold the engine stable and in certain positions where we needed it to be, and it had to able to rotate 360 degrees so we could work on any part of it as the project progressed.

We envisioned it in our heads, and drew it out, several times, on paper. When we were satisfied we hit the metal yard and bought steel cut to our measurements. We than brought the pieces back to the shop and had them welded together. Then we held our breaths, would the stand be substantial enough? Would the welds hold? Would the engine fit?

When put to the test, the stand functioned perfectly and as a final touch we painted it, Ferrari yellow! Below are photos of our stand project and the final results.

1964 Ferrari 330 Engine

1964 Ferrari 330 Engine

 

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.