’99 Ferrari 550 Maranello
We did a complete rebuild on the exterior, interior and driveline of this ’99 Ferrari 550 Maranello. The car was picked in Germany, and over the course of several weeks restored to it’s former glory. The restoration include an engine top end rebuild, a full respray, a complete strip down and rebuild of the interior and a transmission overhaul.
The car was in need of a full rebuild, so first step was a complete tear-down. We started with the exterior.
We removed the bonnet, doors, front fenders and bumpers.
Next up was de interior. As with many Ferrari’s of this age, the leather on the dashbord was crimping and had to be replaced. This meant that the complete dashboard had to come out.
The result is a fully stripped 550 maranello. Ready for the bodyshop. However, before it was being painted, we removed the transmission for a rebuild. The transmission was stuck in gear. We opened the transmission and replaced the shifter bushings.
With the transmission done, it was time to focus on the engine. Overall the engine was in good condition, but there was some overdue service work te be done. We took care of some know attention points of this engine. We replaced the timing belt together with all bearings. We replaced the waterhoses underneath the inlet plenum and replaced the inlet manifold gaskets.
Besided the service work, we cleaned the engine bay and recoated the valve covers.
With the driveline sorted, the car was ready to be resprayed.
The 550 being sanded:
In the spray booth:
With the exterior and the driveline sorted, it is time for the best part of the project: the reassembly. First it’s time to reinstall all the exterior parts:
All the panels that require the “sticky no-more” threatment:
The end result: