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.
StanceWorks has, since day one, stood as a beacon for unique cars from around the world. From countless countries throughout the globe, a community has been built around affection for these machines, often oddities and rarities found nowhere else. One of our favorites of the last year is Kai Coor’s 1979 Honda Prelude: a unique take on an otherwise forgotten platform.
The year was 2012: hard to believe 8 years have passed, but being able to look back in time at how different things were can be refreshing. It was the night before my second trip to California, and I knew that there was a 13-hour flight ahead of me, so I figured I would spend the night capturing a moment in time. I didn’t know at the time that the car wouldn’t be with me for much longer, though.