Ferrari 356GTB/4 Daytona Fuel Vapor Canister

Over the last 6 months, I’ve been working with another shop to fabricate vapor canisters for the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Last fall I delivered some parts that I sold a guy and he let me poke around his inventory. I found a half-dozen vapor canisters that were for a Maserati but they were the same basic shape as used on the Ferrari Daytona. I purchased all 6 bottles and we went to work changing the clock positions on the hose connections and making the correct style bracket. Plating the canister was hard because it kept floating to the top of the tank so they had to fill them with water, cap the pipes and sink them. A rubber stamp was made to replicate the SAVARA logo. Please let me know if you are interested in one of these, as I write this, I only have 4 left.

These canisters are for show purposes only, they are “gutted” of all charcoal absorbent.

Fuel vapor canister for Ferrari 365

Ferrari Daytona SAVARA fuel vapor canister


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  1. Richard Jack said,

    February 16, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

    Are the Daytona fuel vapor canisters still available? If so, cost and delivery time?

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Lamborghini Urraco Engine Out Belt Service

While the Lamborghini Urraco didn’t overwhelm anyone in any way, be it journalists or sales numbers, I think they’re outstanding cars. Its fun to think of cars that were total flops to the general public but mechanics and engineers appreciate beyond reason.

The Urraco is my favorite car. I love the strange Bertone styled body and the crazy blocky seats, deep dish steering wheel and extremely user friendly interior. People compare it to the Ferrari 308GT/4 but I know better! Its just as ugly (or uglier) than the GT/4 but its better engineered with a lightweight unit-body and simple and lightweight McPherson struts on each corner. The Ferrari is a super heavy unit-body welded to a heavy tube frame and has unbelievably heavy and complicated suspension corners. The Ferrari 308 and Urraco both have 14″ wheels but they beautiful Lambo wheels are 1/3 the weight.

There are few jobs worse than removing an engine on a Ferrari 308, you’ve got to pull it up and twist and pitch it to keep from breaking the back window. On the Urraco, you just remove a few bolts and the rear subframe drops out with the engine directly in front of you on its own stand! This isn’t Lamborghini’s invention, I’ve seen this awesome design on Lancia from the late 1950s but Ferrari didn’t incorporate this design until 10 years later on the Testarossa.

I’ve always liked how Lamborghini  designed the layout of the engine and transmissions on their cars. The Miura copied the Mini Cooper where the transmission housing is cast into the side of the engine block to make an ultra compact unit and short unit. The Urraco is like a VW Rabbit where the transmission is off to the side all in an effort to keep the center of gravity low and everything accessible.  The Countach is like nothing else where the transmission is under your elbow as you drive the car and there’s a shaft that runs at an angle back to a differential deep under the front of the engine. Maybe not the best design but super cool! Lamborghini’s are fantastic.

I’m sorry about the dark and lame photos, I can email clearer photos if you request them.

Engine and transmission Lambo Urraco

Lambo Urraco engine on sub-frame

Subframe and engine P250 Urraco

P250 Urraco Engine Subframe

Block style upholstery on a Lambo Urraco

Lamborghini 4 seater, blocky upholstery

Urraco Suspension

Very simple and effective McPherson Strut suspension



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Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona A/C Evaporator Unit

This summer we had to repair a A/C Evaporator on a 1970 Ferrari Daytona so we thought it would be a good idea to copy the housing and make a “replica” unit. The original part had some very thin plastic which we remade in aluminum, otherwise this is a direct copy of the original.  This unit is complete with the core, blower, fan speed and temp controls, knobs, ID plate and little side doors for floor cooling. The main facia was originally a molded plastic piece but we made this one out of aluminum with black wrinkle finish paint which looks nearly identical to the original. At this time, I could probably re-make the part in plastic but need a perfect part to make mold.

Many Daytona’s were converted into competition cars in the past and things like the A/C components and other extraneous parts were taken out and thrown away. With Daytona’s becoming more valuable, some of these converted cars are being returned to their original configuration and need the A/C  parts re-fitted. If you need any help with A/C parts or a gasoline vapor canister (Charcoal cannister) please let me know, I may be able to assist you. I’ve got the A/C hose, hose ends and other components for A/C equipped Ferraris from the mid 1960′s to the mid 1970′s.

Complete A/C Evap Unit Ferrari

Daytona Evaporator unit


Top detail of 365GTB/4 Daytona Evaporator


Side view with blower Daytona Evap unit


Evaporator Core connections Ferrari Daytona


A/C Evaporator housing with Side door and knob


  1. Christian Scott said,

    February 8, 2019 @ 1:25 pm

    So glad to see you posting again. I love seeing the projects that you work on!

  2. admin said,

    February 16, 2019 @ 7:27 am

    Thanks Christian. I’ll try and post more. Thanks for your support!

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Plastic Parts Made for Ferrari and Lamborghini

There were few replacement parts made for Ferrari and other Italian cars because the production numbers were so minimal and any stock was exhausted long ago. Many of the mechanical components for Ferrari’s are common to most models but the body and trim parts are getting hard to find.

I have taken it upon myself to make some parts. Long ago I made Air Conditioning vents, knobs, and little parts for 330GTC/GTS’s and 365′s. Every 330/365 at our shop is missing the alternator junction block cover and knob so I have re-made these parts. Often, the junction block itself is melted from years of engine bay heat and electrical heat so I make the complete units too.

Awhile ago, I made the thumb screws for Lamborghini air cleaner lids with the FIAMM logo.

Now, I am working on making some shift knobs, interior knobs and trying to make the vent window knob for the 330GTC so let me know if you need any of these parts.

If you need a part made, please let me know. Its easier to make a copy from an original part but I can make a part from a mechanical drawing as well. I am learning the techniques to make the molds, hard point holders and account for the shrinkage of the liquid plastic as it sets up.

Here are some of the parts I am making so far.

Plastic Reproduction Ferrari parts

Ferrari replacement parts, Plastic reproduction

Alternator Junction block Ferrari

Ferrari 330GTC Junction block


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  1. admin said,

    February 3, 2019 @ 6:56 am

    Hi Jacqui. THakn you for the inquiry about the part for your 365. I havent had great success making that part but just found a new process that may make this work. Please let me know if you still need the part and hope we can get this sorted out for you. Please use my main email address, RPM@RPMVT.COM

    Thank you.

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Fall Drive

It was cool and rainy when we started the drive but as the day progressed, the sky cleared and the roads dried out. A number of Ferrari’s were on the drive as well as 3 generations of Porsche Turbo’s, a 1976, 1994 and 2011 that blasted over the leaf covered roads. A friend took some lovely photos of the cars at speed and here is one of my favorites. The car looks as though its hovering above the road but swimming more than hovering in the air.

Ferrari 275 GTB/4

4 Cam 275GTB.

Zach, Bill and I organize a few of these day long tours and you can learn more about them through the Europa Mothership website.



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1984 Porsche 911 Carrera “M491″

I was wondering what the “M” in “M491″ “Turbo Look” meant.  This Carrera has all the paperwork showing the $11,390 option “Turbo Look” which is described the same way on the Certificate of Authenticity. On the underside of the front hood, it shows the sticker with options showing 491 as one of the option codes. Option translated into German is “Option”. It does say M_Ausst but I don’t know what this translates into. Any hints anyone?

Turbo Look Carrera Coupe Option

Porsche Turbo Look Option

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Photos of Tool Kit for 330GT 2+2

Most Ferrari’s of the 60′s had tool kits that were very similar so if you want to see some photos of a 275/330 or late 250, here are some images. This 330 has a remarkably complete kit with some of the little juicy bit like the Dunlop brake bleeder tin and the small tin box with spare tire valve cores and caps. Its crazy to see how well preserved and vivid the colors are. Typically, the tin containers are dented from rolling around in the trunk but these items are nearly as perfect as are the rest of the tools.

Ferrari tool kit valves

Ferrari tool kit bleeder tube

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Here are some more photos of the tool kit. The adjustable wrench isn’t supposed to be there.  “King Dick”.

Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Tool Wrap Kit

Ferrari 330GT2+2 tool wrap

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More Photos of 330GT 2+2 Details

I used an example in the previous post of the subjective nature of how bright a Borrani wheel should be. Borrani was an industrial supply company so I doubt the chrome was highly polished nor was the alloy rim. The rest of the chrome on Ferrari’s was similarly dull in comparison to the super straight and mirror like chrome on restored cars.  In my personal opinion, when you are restoring a very expensive car, the chrome and paint should be brilliant. The body work should be laser straight, the panel fit excellent and interior perfect.

When you look at an original Ferrari, you can see so much bare steel and layers of bodywork sandwiched together without any protective coatings or seam sealer. A recently restored Ferrari should restored where everything should be sealed up to be preserved for much longer than originally intended.

I should say that the body on this car is incredible. The door gaps and shut lines are perfect. The paint looks good from the top but there are many ugly areas down low at the rocker panels. There are many touched up areas on this car that I believe to be done at the factory. However, if Pininfarina spent some more time sealing up the nooks and crannies, fewer of these cars would have rusted into the storm drains of Paris and Milano.

Ferrari Paint Orignal details

Ferrari 330 Pininfarina Nocciola

Notice the light application of paint under the rocker panel trim.

Ferrari Pininfarina 330 2+2

Bottom of the door showing primer on a Pininfarina Ferrari 330

Pretty scary finish details on this door. Mostly primer protects this door.


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Very Orignal Ferrari 330GT 2+2

If you ask someone who remembers owning or servicing Ferrari’s back in the 1950′s or 1960′s, they will probably tell you that they weren’t very well finished. My father often says that we make the cars significantly better than they were when new. Judges on the show field have been known to deduct points for a car that is “over-restored” which must be a very hard thing to determine.

Most Ferrari’s from the 50′s and 60′s have Borrani wire wheels. How brightly they are polished seems like a bit of a sliding scale. If you spend $5000 to have your wheels rebuilt, don’t you want them to be highly polished? I have seen many photos of a Ferrari chassis rolling on Borrani wheels while the body is being constructed at a coach builders shop so there is no way the wheels were shiny after that gritty process. I would guess that Borrani used more of an industrial chrome plating on the spokes and hubs and lightly polished the alloy rim but you wouldn’t need sunglasses to look at them!

Another example is the satin black paint on the chassis and engine bay. From what I have seen, it appeared to have been hastily applied by brush right over dirt and weld spatter. I’ve always tried tried to imagine how the rubberized undercoating was applied and picture someone holding up cardboard to prevent over-spray while blowing it on in heavy coats.

Pininfarina used some different practices than Scaglietti but overall, I think there was lots of similarity. Pininfarina used super heavy rubberized undercoating that looked like sagging elephant skin. Scaglietti used a lighter coat of “pebbly” rubberized undercoat.

Anyhow, we had a incredibly orignal 1964 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 in the shop last month. This car has 3000 miles and was perfectly preserved in a dry climate so you can see all the evidence of the original build practices. In the next few blog posts, I will show some of the intricate details on how this car was finished 50 years ago. If you are interested in getting a flash drive of all the details of this car, let me know.

Rear Leaf Spring Ferrari 330GT Chassis

Ferrari 330GT Chassis Rear

Here, you can see the thick “elephant skin” undercoating and other details like black oxide radius arm bolts. You can see lots of gold over-spray on the thick undercoating. This may mean the car was painted after the undercoating or the car was touch up after it was assembled. There are many other areas of touched up paint on the car.


Front Suspension detail of Ferrari 330GT

Note the think Dijon mustard colored paint on the bottom of the cross member but the thick dripping black paint on the radiator support. The Chassis does not appear to have been painted like many restored cars. It is more a blend of over spray and rubberized undercoating. Note how sloppily the yellow tamper evident paint was applied!

Undercoating details on a Pininfarina Ferrari

Undercoating on a Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Look at the heavy undercoating on the chassis tube.



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BMW 3.0CS Fjord Blue

Over the last few weeks, we have had three BMW E9 3.0CS’s in the shop. A silver CSi was here for service, a green CS just sold and this blue car is still looking for a new home. This is a very clean CA car with all records from new. It has all 3 sets of keys which is a blessing as they are so hard to duplicate.

1972 BMW 3.0 CS

BMW CS 1972

The car has some tasteful modifications like Weber Carbs, tube headers and Alpina wheels. The interior is extremely nice and appears to be original but I can’t tell for sure if its been re-upholstered. The carpeting is original brown loop and the trunk lid mounted took kit is complete and nearly perfect.

Original BMW Toolkit

BMW 3.0CS Toolkit

Having lived in dry climates, this car is extremely solid. The front fenders were repainted but the rest of the paint is faded original and considering the age, its really nice. BMW E9′s were built by Karmann Coachworks and had a tendency to rust away very quickly. There is a cavity in the front fender area that fills with debris and moisture causing massive structural damage to the car. Using a mirror and flashlight, this area is solid on the car. It appears that other problem areas are clean and solid except for some rust caused by abrasion from the wheels on the rocker panel covers.

BMW E9 on the lift



Interior on BMW 3.0CS Leather


Tube Headers, 3.0 6 cylinder


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