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Posts: 7From: Cedar RapidsRegistered: Feb 2003
KirkTaylor
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Tuesday, February 04, 2003 2:08 PM

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I have a 1987 328 GTS which has the stamps for the service up to the 30k service. The car currently has 29,000 miles. I have had the car for a year and drove it 10,000 miles with expected mileage to be less then 4,000 this coming year (learning to use a trailer!).

Everything I read when I bought the car said major service would run $3,500 so lucky me, I call the Ferrari Dealer in Chicago and they tell me $6,000.00 (Inflation again?). The thought has now entered my mind to buy the parts and do it myself with a friend who does his own Porsche rebuilds. I know, not a Ferrari but everyone says that backyard mechanics can do their own 328's. How true is this? Also, where can I find a detailed list of what is involved on the major service (parts, and procedures). I am also considering letting the local european car mechanic do the job as he has done heads on 308's before, but again if I do let him do it I want to know what all is involved.

Any information you can provide would be most helpful.


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Posts: 1202Registered: Dec 2001
BillBadurski
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Tuesday, February 04, 2003 4:26 PM

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The Owner's Manual is where to start. The tables will indicate what needs doing and when. Prices for "major" services will vary depending upon what is required. For example, if the engine is out, or partially dismantled while in the car, it makes sense to change cam seals and rebuild the water pump, etc as they are now accessible. These extras add up, but make sense. That's probably why the fluctuation in prices. There's no DIY manual for this type of work. Check out ferrarichat.com for some threads from owner's who've been down this road already, then decide if you want to tackle it.

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William V. Badurski
FCA Technical Chairman


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Posts: 7From: Cedar RapidsRegistered: Feb 2003
KirkTaylor
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Wednesday, February 05, 2003 9:33 AM

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Bill,

Thanks again for this response. I checked out www.ferrarichat.com and got some quick answers and even help on parts questions that I had. I do appreciate it and look forward to a response on the insurance question.
Kirk


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Posts: 3From: St LouisRegistered: Jan 2009
Nick M
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Sunday, January 11, 2009 12:28 PM

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<< The Owner's Manual is where to start. The tables will indicate what needs doing and when. Prices for "major" services will vary depending upon what is required. For example, if the engine is out, or partially dismantled while in the car, it makes sense to change cam seals and rebuild the water pump, etc as they are now accessible. These extras add up, but make sense. That's probably why the fluctuation in prices. There's no DIY manual for this type of work. Check out ferrarichat.com for some threads from owner's who've been down this road already, then decide if you want to tackle it. >>



Hi Bill. New guy here. Is there not a factory repair/service manual that can be purchased?


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Posts: 153Registered: Feb 2004
Tom Manchester
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 12:30 PM

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I did an engine out major service on my '87 328 a few years ago. It is do-able if you're an experienced mechanic and have a good selection of tools. I worked as a motorcycle mechanic for years, and that experience helped a lot. I was able to adapt a Suzuki shim tool for valve adjustment purposes. I ended buying a few new tools in the process, and I bought a selection of valve adjustment shims. It took me about 3 weeks in total time. As Bill Badurski said, there's a whole bunch of things that you may as well do at the same time. I rebuilt the water pump and the alternator and replaced the clutch and throwout bearing, and replaced everything rubber that I could find (CV joint boots, hoses, upper motor mounts, etc.)I eventually had to remind myself that I was doing a service, not a restoration!

If you're going to do it, you need to be patient and take the time to be sure you're doing things properly. The penalty for messing up is pretty severe. Ferrari camsahft timing is completely unforgiving.

The good news is that, when you're done, you will know your car extremely well. You'll be in a much better position to diagnosis any problems that occur in the future. You are driving a 22 year old car, so things will go wrong in the future!

Anyway, if you go forward with it, I will be glad to answer any questions and loan you whatever I can.

TM


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