A long time owner of a well driven 308 Ferrari found a racing oil filter cartridge that filters to 8 microns. He wanted this 8 micron filter for his 308 Ferrari to help enhance the longevity of his motor. He had the company that sells this 8 micron filter cartridge modify one of their aluminum filter canisters to fit his 308 Ferrari. He wanted it because it uses this 8 micron high flow racing filter cartridge.
This 308 owner says:
It has always struck me as odd that no matter how much time and money I spend on an engine to make it perform and appear better, at the end of the day, I have to stick a tin can on its top or on its side to filter its oil. And unless I cut it open, I have no idea what kind of filtering material is in it or how good the construction of that filter material is in that can. And unless I cut it open before disposing of it, I have no idea what it trapped.
Now you have an option that was developed for racing engines. The everyday parts store steel can filters use a pleated paper element trapping harmful elements only down to 20 microns. This synthetic fiber particle racing filter cartridge traps particles down to 8 microns.
The ease with which it can be changed means you can change your own filter element in few minutes and you can easily see what it is filtering out of your oil.
I call it “peace of mind” insurance and it is the best thing that ever happened to my engine oiling system.
IMO the aluminum filter canister this company made looks terrible on a Ferrari. It is about an inch taller than the Baldwin B253 oil filter. It is seriously smaller in diameter than the Baldwin B253 oil filter. It has grooves cut into it but IMO they do not look appropriate. IMO it looks totally out of place on a Ferrari. Personally I would never put it on my 348 Ferrari. It also does not have an o-ring on one end of the ID of the filter cartridge which could allow some unfiltered oil to pass thru.
This 308 owner sent me one of these filters and asked if I could redesign it. I looked at it for more than several months off and on pondering how to redesign it. Working with a very talented local engineer we have finally finished the design. Many hours were put into designing this. It is almost the same height as the Baldwin B253 filter (it is as short as we could make it). It is about 1.5 mm taller. It is the same diameter as the Baldwin B253 oil filter. They have a stand pipe. The cap is held on with Allen head screws so it is very easy to take the cap off to replace the filter element.
I hope to have them machined, anodized and available for sale in the next couple of months.
They will be hard anodized black. This provides a nice super durable, scratch resistant satin black finish. This IMO will look more like what it would have maybe looked like had Ferrari made them. It will blend in well in your engine compartment. I will also make some with smooth sides that should look very nice with wrinkle paint on them.
It fits the 308 Ferrari and, I assume, many Ferrari's such as the 328, 348, 355 etc. The tapped hole is 3/4 x 16. If there are variations of the tapped hole in other models I can make additional center pipes with different tapped hole sizes. If you know of any let me know.
Paint them in a wrinkle finish!
One can take this canister body and cap and paint them wrinkle black or wrinkle red. I'm excited to see how this will look. As soon as I have them on hand I will try this in black wrinkle paint and show my results. The nice thing about being hard anodized is if the wrinkle paint does not turn out as you like it you can use any common hardware store paint stripper, strip it and do it again until you get the wrinkle look you like. One may have to paint it a few times to get the wrinkle just right. The wrinkle is dependent of the thickness of the paint when applied. If you put it on too thin it wrinkles very little. Using a heat gun as it is drying enhances the wrinkle affect.
A sneak peak at them:
These will be in stock hopefully soon. I have found they have some scratches on them from chucking them to make the opposite side cuts so I am putting them in my lathe and hand sanding them. A huge job and then some. Plus I'm going in for a hip replacement on January 22nd.
They also need to go out to be anodized.