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In 1959 Ferrari began production of the new 250 series “outside plug” engines. These engines had the spark plugs moved from the center of the engines to the lower side of the heads near the exhaust ports. At about the same time Magneti Marelli supplied a new series of red coils. These coils were in two configurations. The earlier version used a small tubular-shaped resister that resembled the American “Tootsie Roll” candy, hence the nickname “Tootsie Roll” coils. These were used as late as the early 250 GTEs. The can, bracket and the resister were painted red. The second series used a square-shaped ceramic resister. These coils were painted red along with the ceramic resisters. I believe that both the cans and the square resisters were painted the same color; however, over time the resister color might change a bit due to heat build-up. The coils with the square resisters had a separate mounting bracket with the bracket, pinch bolt and nut, and mounting screws plated with silver or white cadmium. The square resisters had the ohm rating silk-screened on the top surface. Both of these coils used a truncated oval Magneti Marelli foil sticker located 1/4″ from the bottom of the can on the “front” surface centered in line with the resister. The changes in pieces like these, which were supplied by outside vendors, normally did not coincide exactly with Ferrari model or yearly changes. The records of the timing of these changes are sketchy at best so teh restorers and judges are always looking for original components and photos to try to document the timing of the changes. Oval Foil Magneti Marelli Coil Stickers.
Most of the serious restorers use reproduction batteries designed to look like the orginial “Tar Top” ones. Ferrari used batteries from several different manufacturers. The correct battery for a particular car can be found on page four on the cars that have “build sheets”. If the build sheet information is not available I suggest that you look in Keith Bluemel’s wonderful book Original Ferrari V 12, 1965-1973. The batteries are listed along with most of the major electrical components. The reproduction batteries usually have a 4″x6″ smooth panel, on the long side, for the manufacturer’s logo. When you call for a reproduction battery you will need to know all of the dimensions, the positive and negative post layout and which side you want to use for the logo. A sketch helps. The battery company people cannot relate to Ferrari models and will be looking for this information. 4″x6″ reproduction manufacturer’s logos for batteries. SAFA 65 N85..Used on the 275 GTB/4s
With the electric fuel pumps there is a fuel filter also made by F.I.S.P.A. The filter element is contained in a steel bowl which is painted gray or an industrial green color which has a decal telling the mechanic to be sure to change the filter. These filters are always packed with mud and rust on the old cars. Be sure that the tank is near empty before removing the filter bowl. Yellow FISPA decal(FISPA letters printed in yellow on clear background)
With the introduction of the Daytona series Ferrari began using a large foil service sticker on the top of the air cleaner. This sticker is 70x120mm, has “Warning” on the sides and lists the service intervals for the emission control components. It is mounted on the top of the air cleaner, in the front, turned so that it can be read from the rear of the engine. A lot of these types of details can be seen on the Daytona registry web site www.daytonaregistry.com. Daytona Air Cleaner Service Sticker