This Ferrari 246 GTS came to us as one of the worst cases we have ever seen. The vehicle had been barrel rolled and cartwheeled and the body-shell was barely recognisable. Already striped down to component form and no more than a pile of bits, this restoration was clearly going to be one of the most trying we had ever encountered.
Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
The first stage was to piece the chassis back together and repair all damage and of coarse rotten areas that the 60’s and 70’s Italian cars were renowned for. This involved an awful lot of measuring and jig work. A rotisserie jig was designed and fabricated so the chassis could be rotated through 360 degrees in order to access all area easily. This will come in handy later in the restoration when it is time for the paintwork.
Once the chassis was repaired it was onto the outer shell. This was reasonably non-rotten but incredibly bent and damaged. We had to re-manufacture most panels, wings, door skins, bonnet, boot and engine cover. This allowed us to get all the panel gaps set to perfection. Once the panels were ready and trial fitted they were removed and the chassis painted and the fibre-glass inner panels fitted. The inside of the outer panels were prepped and primed then fitted to the chassis ready for the paint-shop.
In the mean time the mechanics and running gear were restored. A full engine, gearbox and carburettor overhaul were carried out along with the restoration of all the suspension and braking system.
Once the Dino returned from the paint-shop the re-assembly began. The fitting of a new wiring loom initially then the pipework and suspension.