B ooks and tools are considered one of the important
things to look for in a used Ferrari. The toolkit is a rather expensive
thing to replace and is something of a wonder to behold. When you unroll
one you can almost feel the hands of the Old World Marenello employee who
put each of the tools in their place. The truth of the matter is, though,
that any 13mm wrench will fit the adjusters on the hand brake and a set
of made in China sockets worked fine to change the thermostat when it wasn't
opening all the way. I guess it's easier for me to feel this way as my
car did not come with a nice set of tools stamped with the factory seal.
Books and Tools
The manual, on the other hand, has already proved its
worth with me. I've had other manuals for cars but this is almost a Chiltons
as well. It has instructions on how to do all but the more complicated
services, a useful wiring diagram, operating instructions, and more. In
a pinch it can also serve as a mini-course in learning Italian!
Thanks to fellow GT4 owner, Robert Garven, you can now view the official
updates sent to dealers when the Dino was rebadged as a Ferrari. They
also include many changes and revisions to fix problems on early models.
Thanks to Dale Robley in Portland, Oregon I recently received reprints
of a couple of articles on the GT4. Here's one from Autoweek
featuring none other than another Ivory/black GT4. It's a rather large
file but should be worth it.
Here's a reprint from Road & Track featuring a 1978 model. One thing
to note on this is that the power was down about 40 horsepower from previous
years due to emission control equipment affecting top speed and accelleration.
There are three large files involved:
(with analysis chart)