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Posted by fiorano94, Nov 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm
Dude, that's a 95 355 challenge. That is literally THE 355.That is a factory race car with a VIN, thus allowing you to drive it on the street.
Posted by fiorano94, Nov 13, 2013 at 9:51 am
I've seen that car in person. It's incredible.
Posted by fiorano94, Nov 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Then by that definition, they're double super cars.

2 clutches, just not actuated the way a clutch should be.
Posted by fiorano94, Nov 5, 2013 at 8:05 am
Not too far off...

Gone are the days of clean and elegant design.

Posted by fiorano94, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:07 am
I honestly don't think any of the new gen of hypercars look that great, with the exception of the Huayra.

Ferrari really bombed the LaF in the looks department. I think it's crazy that they all introduced the cars so early into the development stages. Ferrari is having issues getting the car EU crash test certified. McLaren is hiding Ring activity, and Porsche is taking their sweet time.
Posted by fiorano94, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:46 am
Read this:

A leakdown test will give you a VERY good indicator of valve health.

Myth #1:

All 1995 F355 have valve guide issues and need their original valve guides replaced


Completely false. According to FNA technical director Adam Williams, only about 20% of all 95-model year 355’s experienced excessive valve guide wear and needed them replaced. And in fact, about half way through the 1995 model year the factory changed over to a different type of valve guide (the ones that they replaced the old ones with on the early cars).

Myth #2:

Some have stated that since the valve guides were not sintered (formed and hardened by heat and pressure) then accelerated wear will also be seen later.


FNA confirmed that this has never ever been an issue. The problem stemmed from improper seating of the guides and if no problem occurred early on then it will not be a problem in the future other than normal wear associated with running the car. PERIOD, END OF STORY!

Myth #3:

Valve guide issues can occur at any time during the life of the car and are more prone to experience these issue in higher mileage cars.


According to the Ferrari factory in Italy and re-affirmed by Adam Williams, 90% of the valve guide issue occurred almost immediately or within the first two years of ownership. The few that have occurred in higher mileage cars cannot be confirmed to have happened at a specific point in time and likely could have been present for quite some time. Certainly the older valve guides may wear out faster but they don’t go from being in good shape to wearing out overnight.

Myth #4.

This is only a US problem due to the high sulpha content in our fuel and that Euro cars had different valve guides.


Sorry but totally false. It was a small problem on Euro cars as well and the gas issue is inaccurate.

Myth #5:

Valve guide issues were only present on 95 models.


Also false. Even with the newer valve guides post 95 production 355’s problems arose. A bad batch of valve guides found it’s way into several 97’s and at least two 98 355’s. Ferrari of Washington alone had two 97’s and one 98 355 that had valve guide issues discovered when each of those cars had higher than normal oil consumption.

Myth #6:

If the valve guides were changed on a 355 by the dealer then there must have been a problem. In other words why would the dealers change them free of cost if there wasn’t a problem.


The amount of disinformation being spread in the past few years made it impossible for dealers to move 95 model year 355’s, even ones that had later production dates and didn’t even contain the old style valve guides. FNA finally decided to have all early production 95’s changed over even if there were no problems.

Myth 7:

Only 95 model year cars had any engine problems.


I have already mentioned a bad batch of guides in other production year models but in addition some 96 and early 97’s cars had connecting rod failures (issues with the connecting rod bolts). There are also a few 98 specific engine related problems.

It amazes me how much inaccurate information on this issue is repeated by people many of whom, neither own a 355, have any experience with them, or don’t even own a Ferrari or have never worked on them. Because half a dozen people claim something is valid doesn’t make it so. Remember 99.9% of the population at one time believed the earth was flat.


Jon P. Kofod
Posted by fiorano94, Oct 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm
355 has a bypass valve issue. Interiors will get sticky over time, and the exhaust manifolds are prone to cracking. There's also the difference between 2.7 and 5.2 engine management systems. The 2.7s have twin mass airflow sensors while the 5.2 only has one. The 2.7 is the earlier car. A thorough PPI will reveal a lot. Compression should be 180+. Timing belts are every 3 years or 30K miles.

The bypass issue can be ignored. It just causes more noise at idle.
The Manifolds can be replaced by units with higher flow.
The interior can be sent to Robby on Fchat to be fixed.

If I were you, I would go the 355 route. The ones you've been looking at are HALF THE PRICE of the TR. That yellow one that Roy has might be worth a trip to go see. The price is certainly right. I'm sure someone on Fchat knows the car.
Posted by fiorano94, Oct 11, 2013 at 5:48 am
A guy on YouTube does nothing but hang out at Monza and film awesome cars. Pure sound, no music or other nonsense. Thought you all would enjoy.

Posted by fiorano94, Aug 15, 2013 at 11:47 am
Cats glowing red is always awesome.