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Cruise control on 348

Not a major engineering project but last 500+ mile trip in the 348 I told my wife I would like cruise control so I had an aftermarket set up on the shelf for another project and installed it on the 348, it works wonderful but a little to sensitive so I will make a larger throttle cable guide to make it less sensitive to the servo motor pulling the cable. Pretty straight forward, and the first step is find a source for the speed signal, the off the self unit used a pick up that goes between the speedometer cable and speedometer head unit, well the 348 has a electronic signal similar to what I needed but after tapping into it found it unusable so I went to use the signal coming off the ABS system which didn't work either so I milled slots on the back side of the front rotor and put my own mag sensor which worked perfect. The cruise control switch is located in a convenient place on the column and out of the way, when turned on it activates the speed control unit which activates the servo motor control unit .

On long trips this gives the foot relief and prevents tickets if you have it set at the right speed.
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Here is the picture that wouldn't load, I changed the name and it loaded!
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Cruise control in the 348?? Nice!

What's next for it, Bluray player?

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Cruise control in the 348?? Nice!

What's next for it, Bluray player?
Heated seats.
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Jack- Very nice. Would be handy on a bunch of Ferraris.

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Jack, you truly are a mad scientist.

It's good to see some pics up here... I've been going through withdrawals lately.
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Heated seats.
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Thanks Terry your about the same age so you can appreciate some of those luxury's of driving.

Bret, I was wondering what the heck is going on, no new projects......... Guess everyone is in the garden instead of the garage.

Chris I do want heated seats someday even if I have to buy a 575 to get them.

Come on guys someone put a turbo on a lawnmower or something.
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Come on guys someone put a turbo on a lawnmower or something.

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Just took a pleasant 1,200 mile trip with my F430 and having cruise control would have made it better

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I'll have to say I'm impressed on the cruise control.

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Just took a pleasant 1,200 mile trip with my F430 and having cruise control would have made it better

430 doesn't have cruise control? I thought that it would be standard with a 430, the 612, 575, have drive by wire and most of them have it.

Granucci, I would put it on that 456 for sure, thats a car I would drive cross country in a blink of an eye.

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Jack, that's a really nice mod and you've done a great installation that looks OEM. As you say, it's surprising some of the bigger GT's didn't have this as a factory option. For the 456 it's a no brainer, and the 550 would have been a good application too.

I realise your speed sensor is already setup, but for anyone else considering doing one of these, Dakota Digital make all kinds of clever signal converter boxes: Dakota Digital - Digital Instrumentation and Accessories. They also make complete, single box cruise control setups for either cable driven or electronic speedos.

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John that unit is far better than the vacuum unit I installed and less work involved, I would recommend that type unit for those considering cruise control. Having one on the shelf already I guess I took the cheap way out, I purchased my vacuum unit years ago for the GT40 but never installed it.

Thanks for that info!

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Bret, I was wondering what the heck is going on, no new projects......... Guess everyone is in the garden instead of the garage. ...
Just two more years and I'll be ready for my next big project.

Man, I've been so darn busy lately with work. I need to retire!
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I can't believe how quite the modifications forum is, it scary. When I sell the GT40 I will need something to replace it, I'm thinking front engine V12 ferrari something, just not sure yet.

Bret get Alison through school then retire. )
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I can't believe how quite the modifications forum is, it scary.
Don't know about everyone else, but I'm still out in Yellowstone for another week. Lots of critters are out & putting on a real show for us. Snapped this old girl nursing her cub with my iPhone through my spotting scope at 70x yesterday. Not exactly National Geographic stuff, but one of those situations where you really had to be there.....
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Wow John thats way cool, we drove through yellowstone last August, it was crowded then, but I did like the fishing in Dubois WY.
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Awesome fish there Jack!

Yellowstone and the surrounding area is like paradise for us. We come here every year to unplug from society & technology for awhile and decompress.

The roads are unbelievable too. Perfect for Ferraris.......

We're currently browsing for a cabin so we can spend the summers up here when/if I finally retire in a few years.

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Just took a pleasant 1,200 mile trip with my F430 and having cruise control would have made it better
I can understand a 348 or 355 not having it, as it adds weight, complexity and cost... but I am utterly astounded that a car with electronic throttle control would not have cruise... There's literally no reason not to.
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