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How to make your 348 faster

Discussion in '348/355' started by davey_jones, Mar 27, 2004.

  1. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    Well, I think I've figured out how to get an edge on those pesky 355s out there.
    If you see a 348 going down the highway with no driver, dont be alarmed - it's just me sitting on the floor.
    If I can just find a good carbon fibre cinder block I'll be all set :)
     
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  3. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    My driver seat was looking a little out of shape. I considered recovering it but after seeing the cost, decided to have Aldens down in louisiana tighten it up and re-dye it. He did such a good job, I'm sending all the tan interior parts down to him. take a look (the pic color is off due to lighting but inperson it's correct & dead-on)

    before and after:
     
  4. he did do a very good job. Most automotive leather just has problems with it comming loose and wrinkly if it was always it would look better. Nice job
     
  5. wax

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    Smart move to stretch the dollar and re-dye tightened leather.
     
  6. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    You can't go wrong for a hundred bucks!
    Beats new covers at who knows how much.
    I'll post pics when everythings bolted back in.
     
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  8. ernie

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    Nice work Davey. But if you want to make it ever faster, take out the door pannels and windows. 100 pounds easy. LOL
     
  9. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    I bet that front window is at least 70lbs! LOL
     
  10. Ksullender

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    Did I understand you correct that you said $100?
     
  11. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    Less expensive than you think! He should have my entire interior tomorrow (thur). Can't wait to get it back :)

    Here's his # 504-469-0527 call him and ask cost for whatever part
    you want to do - you may end up doing them all though.

    dave
     
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  13. Robin

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    That's amazing.. any idea how difficult it would be to do a color change on an interior? Can you dye black seats to make them tan, etc...?

    -R
     
  14. Ricambi America

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    Dave/Ken -

    I just spoke with the folks at Alden's Auto Trim, as you suggested. They were inspecting your dash pieces when I called ! I'm probably going to send my radio-door to them for stretching and recovering too. I was quoted about $70 for foam, leather, etc. In my car, the radio cover just isn't "drum tight" and looks slightly chunky. For that price, you can't miss !

    If anyone else is looking the address is:

    Alden's Auto Trim
    2620 Bainbridge Avenue
    Kenner, LA 70062


    -Daniel
     
  15. Fan512bbi

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    Ultimate weight saving?
     
  16. davey_jones

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    Robin -

    Some of the "purists" out there may not like this but I always liked the tan leather that went back between the rear & side glass. To my knowledge, all 348s have black leather back by the window. I pulled the (6) pieces of black trim out from back window area to be re-dyed in TAN. Alden said it wasn't a problem at all as long as no scratches. Should look a lot better IMO...
     
  17. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    that rust bucket needs a little "shinola" !!

    daniel - i know what you're referring to - my door cover "speciale" label wasn't real tight either - he's going to take a look at that too
     
  18. Just_some_dude

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    That rusty 348 needs to be taken to Maaco!
     
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  20. Ricambi America

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    Are those Keith Collins mats? Where'd you get them?

    -Daniel
     
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  22. davey_jones

    davey_jones Formula Junior

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    LOL - I think this might be a trend!
     
  23. Ade

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    Soon as I get home, I'm rippin the seats out of my 355. I can't let you 348 dudes get the edge... I might make a hole in the floor too, and go flintstones-style for an extra 5bhp. Beat that!
     

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