The Dream

The Dream 1
The Dream 2
Doors and exterior body panels were removed for repainting; the painted roof panel is part of the central tub.
The Dream 3
Curved aluminum hinge allows “butterfly” doors to swing up and forward.
The Dream 4
Many Enzo-specific components feature a hand-etched serial number (in this case, 703208).
The Dream 5
Original paint was removed by hand so as not to damage delicate carbon-fiber bodywork.
The Dream 6
After 60 days of hand-sanding, exterior panels were prepped for four coats of paint and three coats of clear.
The Dream 7
Careful taping was needed to re-create factory’s black-over-red paint on bodywork’s edges.
The Dream 8
Original wheels were resprayed in factory silver. The hole in the center of the wheel cannot be painted; if it was, the wheel might come loose after being tightened onto the hub.
The Dream 9
Interior and exterior carbon fiber, including the undertray, was hand-polished until it gleamed.
The Dream 10
Special carbon-fiber tape is used for minor repairs.
The Dream 11
Finished panels ready to be refitted to chassis.
The Dream 12
Cardboard template keeps Enzo’s timing-cover bolts, which are different sizes and lengths, in their proper place.
The Dream 13
Removing the timing cover reveals the V12’s four chains. The cam-shafts are at the top, driven by an intermediate gear; the crankshaft’s main drive gear sits below that, with the water/oil-pump assembly gear off to the left.
The Dream 14
Original clutch was still in good shape, but in the quest for perfection it was replaced with a new one.
The Dream 15
Cams and valves were clean and showed no signs of wear, so were left untouched during engine’s major service.
The Dream 16
Enzo features push-rod suspension, in which wheel movement is sent via mechanical linkage to horizontally mounted shock absorbers.
The Dream 17
With hood and front fenders removed, front subframe becomes visible. Note nearly horizontal placement of radiator cooling fans.
The Dream 18
Enzo engine bay sans V12. Shocks and springs sit atop crossmember; rusty metal beam helps hold transaxle in place once engine is pulled.
The Dream 19

ON AUGUST 21, 2013, the newly purchased Enzo arrived at Algar. About two weeks later, after an initial plan of action had been decided and the first batch of new parts ordered, the car was trucked the six-or-so miles to Karosserie, where the restoration began.

The first step was to remove the carbon-fiber body panels from the carbon-fiber chassis. This delicate task was entrusted to Rimvydas “Rimus” Galkauskas, who slowly and methodically removed each panel. Next, the windshield, Lexan engine cover, door windows, exterior emblems, interior door panels and so on were detached, disengaged and dismantled. Every nut, washer and bolt was bagged and labeled, and each of these items was placed precisely, almost lovingly, on a shelf.

The dismantling processes took three days, after which the body-less Enzo was sent back to Algar for mechanical work. Now it was time for the crew at Karosserie to return the car’s exterior to as-new condition.

Painter Claudio Campo and body man Tony Romano, who each have more than 30 years of experience in their respective fields, were tasked with the exterior carbon fiber. Remember that mission of perfection? Campo certainly did; he spent 60 days painstakingly hand-sanding the original paint off the body panels.

Once he deemed everything properly prepared, it was time for paint. After four coats of Rosso Corsa and three coats of clear, the bodywork looked stunning. Then all of the car’s screens, lower panels and ducts had to be repainted in flat black. The devil was clearly in the details; during a visit to the shop, I watched as Campo deftly applied a coat of black along the outside edges of each panel—on top of the fresh red paint he’d so carefully sprayed. This is the way the factory painted these cars back in 2003.

On another visit, I met master detailer Tarnie “T” Hunt, who received the body panels after they left the paint booth. Hunt lined up one panel next to another, just as they would be installed on the chassis, then verified that the finish on each was identical. Next, he color-sanded the panels by hand, then washed and polished them until he had achieved a perfect, wet-gloss finish.

With the paint finished, it was time for 60 hours of detailing. Hunt hand-waxed and polished the entire car, and I mean entire: the naked carbon-fiber chassis and interior panels, the painted body panels, even the carbon-fiber belly pan and its bolts. As you can imagine, the result is simply spectacular.

The same level of care was lavished on the Enzo’s wheels. After two full weeks of prep (which of course included lots of hand-sanding) by Dan Strohmeier, Mike Bergin and Vincent Torres, Strohmeier took the wheels into the paint booth and expertly sprayed them with three coats of factory-spec silver paint and two coats of clear.

McElroy was left to puzzle over how to strip then re-create the iconic red crackle-finish on the engine’s valve covers. The finished covers look amazing, but McElroy isn’t revealing how he did it.

Also from Issue 138

  • Luca di Montezemolo resigns!
  • F12 Berlinetta
  • 335 Sport
  • Ferrari wins Pebble Beach
  • Pirelli World Challenge
  • FORZA Tifosi Challenge: F355
  • F1 trials and tribulations
Buy Forza 138 cover
Resource ad 209x257 web
Connect with Forza:   Facebook Twitter Instagram