I finally got my hands on the Honda K24’s intermediate shaft, which has allowed me to finally center up the engine. Once in place, I could finally confirm some ideas I’ve had about what tubes to add and where. I didn’t plan my weekend all too well, though… I ran out of tubing, slowing down my progress big time. Eventually, though, I got the two biggest tubes I’ll be adding to the car in place and fitted nice and tight.
Well, there’s no turning back now… I’ve taken a Sawzall to the chassis of the 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi… We needed room for axles on the turbo Honda K24 we’re swapping in, and some tubes simply needed to go. If you had asked me years ago if I’d be cutting up a vintage Ferrari, I’d have said you were nuts, but here we are… With those out of the way, though, we’re ready to start on engine mounts, now that we have some dry sump pan dimensions in hand.
Who needs an interior, anyway?! Today, I’m ripping the guts out of the Ferrari 308 GTBi, beginning with the gorgeous factory seats. I’ve bought a set of Bride Zeta IIs from Japan for the build, and have decided an F40-esque interior is more my pace. Out comes the carpet and the sound deadening… it’s all just unnecessary weight. Soon, we’ll begin the quest to find the “right” replacement carpet, and decide just how much of the interior should go back in.
We’ve decided to move forward with disassembly, this time with the front end. There’s a ton of components that lie hiding underneath the car’s hood, and almost all of it can be permanently remove.
The AC system makes up a majority of what needs to be removed, along with heating components. There’s a heavy brass radiator that we’ve removed too. All in, we’re talking about just shy of 100lbs of weight removed, although some will have to go back in.
Baselines and benchmarks are often monotonous if not boring… but before tearing the Ferrari 308 GTBi apart, I wanted to know what I’m working with, and I wanted it in numbers. I strapped the 308 to the dynamometer to find out how much horsepower it makes, and threw it on the scales to find out what it weighs. Surprise: it turns out it’s a chunky son of a gun.