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Discussion in 'Detailing & Showroom' started by reinerkaiser, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. reinerkaiser

    reinerkaiser Karting

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    I did a bit of Frankenstein work on my 348, this
    is the result. You likey?
     
  2. VROOM!!!

    VROOM!!! Formula 3

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    I'm confused.... something looks different but i can't tell what it is...
     
  3. Spasso

    Spasso F1 World Champ
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    No cheese graters.
     
  4. sparetireless

    sparetireless Formula 3
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    Looks good, well done.
     
  5. LetsJet

    LetsJet F1 Veteran
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    Cheater.................

    LOL

    I like
     
  6. matkat

    matkat Formula 3

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    I don"t like it,sorry but You asked.
     
  7. AR!

    AR! Formula Junior

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    I like the design of the 355, so yes, your car looks good (although the 348 is a good looking car, too ...).

    But does this conversion make sense? I suppose the body panels and material are as much as the price difference between a 348 and a 355, so why not go for the real thing?
     
  8. Fan512bbi

    Fan512bbi Two Time F1 World Champ
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    I was confused when i first read 348, i would be interested to know how much was spent on the modifications, it does look nice btw.
     
  9. doraemon

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    Looks pretty convincing! What does the tail look like? Did you get the 348-355 tail light conversion done?
     
  10. stevep

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    looks very nice
     
  11. sportveloce

    sportveloce Formula Junior

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    The 348 conversion is certainly interesting!

    I really like the look of the 348, more so than the 355. The fins down the doors of the 348 really make the car. The rear of the 355 looks better than the 348, a hybrid might be the happiest medium. I have seen some conversion kits. I believe a name brand Japanese styler (can't remember who) makes a 355 tail light conversion kit.

    Does this 348 cross the line into kit-car territory because it is somewhat trying to be something it isnt? (no offence intended - just wondering what the consensus is)
     
  12. Chiaro_Slag

    Chiaro_Slag F1 Veteran

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    Those rims are fantastic!
     
  13. reinerkaiser

    reinerkaiser Karting

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    Thanks for the compliments, I picked up 355 used body parts
    (sides, front), and some were traded even steven for my 348 parts so actually
    only paid for the paint work... I always loved the 355 look much more
    and let's face it guys, the cheese graters do make the 348 look a bit more
    dated (80s) a la Miami Vice, but I did leave the 348 rear because
    1) the rear conversion to make it look right is a lot more involved (welding)
    and 2) I do like the open design, better cooling.
     
  14. tacoz4sale

    tacoz4sale Formula Junior

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    ----No offense intended----

    too bad the door line doesnt line up that nicely....its a very good swap though. if u look at the pic closely...u can see how the alignment is a "bit" off....i dont think others will notice unless they are picky.

    So are u gonna add a prancing horse on the grill?....i think that makes it all "complete"

    btw- i noticed that u kept the rear deck lid......*thumbs up*

    kiinda reminds me of the end of the production date of the 348 and beginning of the 355.

    ....like a concept
     
  15. dmeyer

    dmeyer Formula Junior

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    I was quite confused at first when i was it....i was thinking 348 was a typo. Mabey you should call it a 358....anyway looks pretty cool, the body work is good (despite the minor flaws pointed out by tocoz4sale).
     
  16. amenasce

    amenasce Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Dont like the wheels.
     
  17. GoFerrari28

    GoFerrari28 Formula 3

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    Better looking than Al Franken.
     
  18. Ed P.

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    Did the guy you traded with put the cheese graters on his 355? :)
     
  19. reinerkaiser

    reinerkaiser Karting

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    One of the reasons why i posted these pictures is to really show that the 348 and 355 are basically the same cars body-wise, and can be relatively easily converted if you have access to inexpensive body panels. The wheels are not everyones thing but I did like the deep dish design with the polished lip and the curved spokes, makes the car look more muscular imho.
    (btw they are Antera 18s, I got the widest possible wheels, together with Yokohama Sport tires). Together with the kevlar seats, the challenge exhaust and the chip update to '93 spider chips I have a car that I really like to drive...
     
  20. dmcgill

    dmcgill Formula 3

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    That looks sweet....you almost had me fooled there for a minute!
     
  21. Ferrari0324

    Ferrari0324 F1 Rookie

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    Looks good..... for a 355. But your car is a 348, you should keep it looking that way.
     
  22. Put 355 wheels on it, The seats give it away a little but its still looks great.
     
  23. bludevil12

    bludevil12 Formula 3
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    Looks good I guess, Im sure youll fool a bunch of people. Do you have any rear pictures?? Im also interested in why you didnt just sell your 348 and buy a 355....
     
  24. Meeyatch1

    Meeyatch1 Formula 3

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    Looks okay...but makes no sense really. Now you have a fake F355 and kind of look like a pretender. The 348 is a great looking car on its own and it probably cost you as much to make it look like an F355 as it would have to actually just sell the 348 and buy a real F355.
     
  25. reinerkaiser

    reinerkaiser Karting

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    thanks all for the compliments. Once again, I pretty much traded my old 348 parts EVEN for the used 355 parts, i.e. other than paint and mounting I did not have to spend that much... if it makes you feel better :)

    I think everyone agrees though that the 355 has a much fresher 90s look and just looks more finished and well put together... so... why not move in that direction if it's feasible?


    Of course if you have to pay Ferrari prices a conversion like this will easily be ~20k....
     

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