There are only two kinds of Ferrari OEM 308 fuseboxes: those that have left you stranded and those that will. One of the best things you can do to make the 308 electrical system more reliable is to upgrade the OEM fusebox to my aftermarket one.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE STOCK
The other problem with the stock fusebox is the design of the fuse holders. The European-style OEM fuses have conical ends that are held by clips with a hole in them, resulting in a very small contact area for the fuse. This means that it doesn't take much oxidation on the fuse or fuse holder to make a flaky connection. Furthermore, the type of fuse used in these fuseboxes is hard to find in the USA.
WHY UPGRADE YOUR
This fusebox upgrade is a complete aftermarket solution made to take modern (standard and easily obtainable) glass AGC-type automotive fuses. It grips them solidly and you have no more flaky connections. The fuseholders themselves are battle-proven ultra-reliable Made in the USA Buss fuseholders. There are no rivets making the electrical connections. It's all soldered with heavy 12 guage solid copper wire! Just to make them look as nice as your car, the aluminum mounting plate is CNC machined and anodized black.
WHAT ABOUT THE 512/Boxer?
Unfortunately, these blocks DO NOT work on the Mondial, 328 or 246 Dino. They used entirely different fuseboxes that are incompatible with these. If you have a Mondial, you can get your fusebox rebuilt by GT Car Parts. They also have one for the Testarossa now.
A pair of fuseblocks is $179.00 (308) or $189.00 (512). Cheap! Replacement Ferrari fuseboxes are over $200 for each one. Replacing a pair would be close to $500 and they still will be flaky in a few years. When you order, I need to know which year and model 308/512 you have. The bus bar arrangement is different for different models. You can pay me with a check or Paypal. I offer a MONEY BACK guarantee. If you are not happy with your fuseblocks, you can return them for a full refund within 30 days. There are several hundred 308s (including my own) using these fuseblocks now, in more than 10 countries and not a single return yet.
What comes with your order (308 GTB/GTS)
What comes with your order (308 GT4) $184.00:
The GT4 set comes with spacers and a second set of slightly longer screws if you want to use the spacers to run the wires behind the blocks as was done with the stock GT4 fuseblocks. The GT4 installation takes a bit longer. It's a tighter space to work in.
What comes with your order (512 BB/BBi)
This is a complete fusebox solution. You only supply AGC fuses.
** Please note that I do not label left and right for RHD (Right Hand Drive) cars because of inconsistencies in my information about layout. You will need to visually inspect the OEM fuseblocks when you remove them and simply match up the correct replacement for left and right. No biggie.
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All you add is AGC type fuses which are standard "glass" fuses available at Napa, Autozone, Radio Shack, even Wal-mart. They are very common.
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|Please note: Due to difficulty in obtaining parts and issues with QC of some of the parts I have been receiving lately, I am not currently taking orders for useblocks.|
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International customers please note, I CANNOT legally ship these as "gifts" to get around import duties. Sorry! Please also note that sometimes customs will hold these up for a week or more. Most shipping to Australia and the UK take 7-10 days, but I have had orders take as long as 4 weeks due to customs.
"Doing this install cured almost every electric "issue" my '78 308 had. Best money I've spend on the car to date..." -Bill, Maryland, 1978 GTB
"I bought Birdman's fuseblocks for my '74 308 GT4 last November--best purchase I ever made for my car. He is a very easy person to deal with--highly recommend him and his product." - Joseph, California, 1974 GT4
"I just completed install of Birdman's Ferrari Parts fuseblock kit on my '85 QV. Let's just say THATS the best 100 bucks I have ever spent!!! Everything works better, windows, dash lights, turn signals, HORNS! Took about 1 hr to do, and I really took my time about it. HIGHLY recommend this kit. Birdman, nice product." -Louis, California, 1985 GTSi QV
"These replacement fuseblocks are rare in the world of Ferrari: easy to install, perfectly functional and inexpensive. It really works well and if you want to go back to original, no problem. I have had no issues with the fuses for almost two years now. " - John, Maine, 1984 GTSi QV
"Bottom line: fuses don't blow, fuse panels don't melt, interior lights are brighter, switches work better...it's just a great all around improvement." -Jim, Maryland, 1985 GTSi QV
"Very easy and looks great, thanks Birdman!" -Andrew, Georgia, 1982 GTSi
"Do NOT buy Birdman's fuseblocks....unless you want your electrical system to function 150% better! All I can say is WOW!! My dash lights are brighter, the windows go up and down faster and even my fans are spinning faster!" Aaron, California, 1979 GT4
"You are producing an excellent product that has improved my 308 in all aspects." Peter, Toronto, 1978 GTS
"I want to thank you for the great fuseboxes that I ordered a couple of months ago. I wasn't having any problems with the old fuse boxes until a week prior to receiving yours. The contact for the fuel pump was melted and oxidizing and the car wouldn't start. Fortunately it did not leave me stranded and the new fuse boxes have given me peace of mind." Ed, Florida, 1985 QV
"I just ordered your fuseblocks. Can you tell me when I could expect to receive them? I need them baaaaaaaaad. Eugenio's Ferrari Service here in SoCal told me he installed a set in a 308 and it was like pure magic. Everything started working, even the windows...." Jeff, CA, '81 GTSi
Now that jeff has them...
"Well I installed Birdman's Fuse Blocks today. Straight foreword installation. I received everything required to install. I have noticed a few differences now that the electrical is working right. The windows go up and down much faster now. 3 seconds to go down and 4 to go up. This is compared to 4 seconds down and 7 seconds to go up before the new fuse blocks. Even the headlights appear to be brighter. I noticed that the cigar lighter heats up faster. Also, not as much static on FM station either. It is hard to believe that such a difference can be made in just changing the fuse blocks. If you have not changed over, I highly recommend using his fuse blocks. It really is amazing." Jeff, CA, 308 GTSi
As many of you know, Eugenio's Ferrari Service is renown for being one of the best Ferrari independent shops in the USA. Here is what Eugenio himself says: "Ciao Jonathan, I've been promoting your fuse blocks for a couple years now.......You have good products and I wouldn't hesitate to buy from you. I will send more people your way :) Ciao ! -Eugenio" <--From the man himself! (Eugenio has now installed half a dozen sets of these into customers cars).
"Did my 'Birdman' install last summer. They are the best and easiest upgrade that you can make to a 308. If you haven't done it, you are on borrowed time. Just get a set and take a few minutes to do the upgrade. They really make all the electrics in the car work better and more dependably, plus no chance of meltdown like with the stock blocks. No affiliation, just a very satisfied customer." -Steve, NJ '78 GTS
"I installed my Birdman fuse blocks last October and they fixed all my electrical problems. I was so frustrated with my car I almost sold it and then I bought the Birdman's fuse blocks and all is well again. I guess I'll keep it. Thanks again Birdman." -Gary, '85 QV, Michigan
"Jonathan, Mission accomplished! They work great and increased my window speed 2X. All lights seem brighter and the radio seems to work better too for some reason. Great product and super easy to install (due in part to very clear instructions). Thanks again for your help." -Bill, 308 QV, Indiana
"A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of driving through the Colorado foothills with a great group of car guys and gals. On the way to Golden I lost power and had to be pushed onto the shoulder. It didn't take long to figure out that I had the dreaded Fuse Block Syndrome that seems to haunt the 308s. I could kick myself because I was aware of the possibility of failure and I ignored it for too long. Anyway, I cut the drive short, went home, and ordered Birdman's fuse blocks. Simple and quick installation and now everything works better, even the windows! The best part is the renewed confidence in the car. Can't wait for the next run. If you have not done this yet, do it now. Thanks Birdman!" - Mike, GTSi 308, Colorado
Greetings from Australia, I thought you might like a little feedback from Down Under.
Well, the panel is installed and works like a hot damn! All electrical functions including windows, lights, AC have benefitted from the swap. On another note. This is my first 308, it's an 84' GTSi that has 44,000 miles and has been maintained its entire life. Gotta say that having owned a 95' 355 manual and a 92 512TR Euro spec prior to this 308, I flat out prefer the 308. It's not as fast as the others but the simple, telepathic feel and tightness of the chassis is unreal. Especially for a 30 year old design. It has mare than enough real world power, but is so balanced. I am almost embarrassed of the fact that I had dismissed the 308 as not a " Real" Ferrari prior to owning this example. In fact, I have a 2003 Porsche 911 Turbo x50 package. The 308 is far more engaging and fun to drive. Even at 30 miles an hour I have a huge smile on my face. Every aspect of the 308 drive us fun, in the Turbo things get fun only when you put your foot into it. The 308..... Best kept secret. It's a keeper! -Francesco, Alberta, Canada.
Please note: these are the experiences of actual customers. I do not guarantee that your lights will be brighter or your windows will go up faster. Sometimes this is the case, but the 308 windows, for example, have their own additional set of issues not related to the fusebox. Birdman fuseblocks are designed to provide current to the circuits in your car without dropping voltage at the block. In many cases, high-draw circuits get more voltage because of this, and work a lot better. What I guarantee is that Birdman fuseblocks do not develop resistance, get hot, melt, or leave you stranded like the lousy OEM fuseblocks!
These fuseblocks are all over the world, making 308s run better! In addition to the USA and Canada, they have been shipped to Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Singapore, France, Sweden, South Africa and more! Cool fact: ~10% of the 308s in the world now have Birdman Fuseblocks! "Birdman Fuseblocks: Keeping classic Ferraris running for 8 years and counting!" :-)
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