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Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by TTR, Aug 1, 2020 at 11:57 AM.

  1. TTR

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    Over the years I've spent researching, studying and working on 365 GTB/4s, a.k.a. Daytonas, I've come across at least 4-5 slightly different (from each other) design/style OEM thumb nuts for securing the air cleaner lids and relay board covers.

    Over the same period, I've bought 4-5 different (from each other) reproduction sets from various suppliers/vendors, but not a single one of the reproduction designs/styles matches any of what I believe to be OEM supplied ones ???

    Are "they" not even trying make them exact or are there possibly more OEM designs that I just haven't ran across yet ?
     
  2. Smiles

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    Interesting.

    I'd guess that the factory used a variety of fasteners with the same pitch and diameter, but I'm just speculating.

    I'll step aside and let those who know comment. But I'm watching with interest.

    Matt
     
  3. TTR

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    Well, there’s couple of different points I’m attempting to make.

    First, this (again) proves that no matter how specialized a car manufacturers products may seem or how large/small their production runs are, one shouldn’t make assumptions of each example of every model is/was identically built.

    Secondly, just because someone (myself* included) reproduces and/or sells replacement items, even if intended for very limited specialty market like vintage Ferraris and alike, they’re not necessarily accurate/authentic/correct. Some not even by long shot.

    * Having designed/fabricated/(reverse)engineered/recreated/reproduced (& still doing) numerous replacement items/parts for variety of vintage cars, incl. Ferraris, I’m more than familiar of limitations, including & especially cost-effectiveness involved producing anything, especially complex components for very limited market, but wouldn’t think reproducing correct (appearing) thumb nuts is that difficult.
     
  4. Texas Forever

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    Back when I was young and stupid, I'm now old and stupid, I used to restore '60s Triumph motorcycles. To say there was a wide variance between bikes was an understatement. I finally figured out the problem was Timmy. He was a good lad, but sometimes he would have a pint too many and the Bobbies would have to, ah, help him get home. Unfortunately, his vision would be blurry the next day, and he would often mistake a green wire in the parts bin for a red wire.

    And don't get me started on Nigel in purchasing.
     

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