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Posted 29 July 2004 - 07:47 PM
I bring this up again because of all the down in the dumps, "I'm so depressed there are no parts left for my soob" threads that have popped up. You guys want body parts???
To recap my previous post, I have the will and the know how to duplicate body parts in fibergalss, the only real problem is getting the molds made up, but if I can get my hands on a good piece, I can make a mold in a few days, I have some of the basics here, Gen I hood, Gen II hood and fenders, and Gen III hood and fenders, I can actually get these molds made up if I actually saw interest. Also, one of the more better things is that I can make whole hoods or fenders with scoops and vents and stuff made into, one piece, bolts right on. So if I can see a couple hands go up that think they would be willing to spend 250 on a set of fenders or 200 on a hood, I will be quite willing to haul the stuff outa storage and get too work. ALthough mind you, I leave next friday for Colorado to do Army stuff for 2 1/2 weeks, getting back just in time for WCSS.
On a side note, there are a number of other things that I planned on producing as well, but don't want to spend too much time writing it down on there, if you interested, look for the thread about NDJ Engineering.
Posted 29 July 2004 - 08:05 PM
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Posted 29 July 2004 - 08:23 PM
I totally missed your thread, I kind of go in spurts with the board, on constantly and then off for a couple days....
I think you've got a great idea. infact, I just today posted a thread about fiberglass fenders for a gen 1.
In a reply Craven pointed out that there are a pair on ebay right now. I will buy them provide some board member doesn't snipe me. I'd be happy to let you take molds off these when I get them in trade (partial or what ever) for a gen 1 hood (got any experience with carbon fiber?)
Anyway keep us posted and shoot me a pm i fyou're interested in the fenders for molds.
Posted 29 July 2004 - 08:50 PM
Posted 29 July 2004 - 09:48 PM
So I'm working on a way to mass ship a bunch of parts over to the left coast, one shipment would prolly consist of 5 sets of fender and 5 hoods. In about 6 months time IF I get enough orders I will have the ability to mass produce a pretty good amount of stock stuff in a pretty reasonably time (month to 6 weeks for like 20-30 fenders & hoods) provided the market is there.
But I don't want to limit to just stock repros, I would love to make one or two offs for people, hoods with scoops and vents, body kits for the street guys, flared open fenders for the offroad guys. I don't want to divulge too much info, but there are some pretty sweet stuffs in the works for you RX guys out there, would make any older soobs sweet rides that may even win awards at some serious shows.
As far as carbon fiber, I think I mentioned it above, I have no problem making stuff with it, as long as I can sell it (i.e. people will actually put down the green backs to pay for CF, cause it ain't exactly cheap)
Also, one thing that would cost some serious bucks, that I'm working on making, something that would prolly really make the RX guys drool, how would you like to shed a few pounds, how bout that rear hatch, ever try to lift it after the shocks go out?! hehe, imagine it weighing only a 3rd to a quarter that, I'm talking CF and lexan!!!!!
Posted 29 July 2004 - 10:15 PM
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Posted 29 July 2004 - 11:55 PM
Anyways...a few of my observations from my venture:
1. It's hard to sell parts that cost a significant percentage of the value of the vehicle, and for EA81/82 vehicles that's a tough proposition
2. Making molds always takes more time and money than you think, especially for custom stuff.
3. The price you can get for the part doesn't leave much margin for you if you are talking about hoods and sets of fenders selling for $200ish.
Now...if you are looking at this as more of a hobby and bonus fun money instead of a full time job, then yeah, go for it! Have some fun, and you never know what could develop.
That's how I started out, just as a hobbist. Soon I had a dozen orders and I was very happy. Then I lost my 'day' job, and had to try to make the parts business pay the bills. That was tough, esp. without any savings to work from and being at the startup phase. I'll be glad to return to hobby status, it was much more enjoyable that way.
Good luck with it. I know I will have some XT/XT6 projects done someday, but I don't expect to make much money off them, but I will get my own personal enjoyment out of it, and that will make it worthwhile to me.
PM me if you'd like to discuss further.
Posted 30 July 2004 - 02:54 AM
Posted 30 July 2004 - 03:19 AM
so prolly in a year or so I might be able to pull it off or even get in contact with you Adam
Posted 30 July 2004 - 07:12 AM
Im wondering tho...would it be possible tomake the center "hump" of the hood wider to accomodate an 04 STi hood scoop...???
Otherwise Im in.
Posted 30 July 2004 - 09:40 AM
or actually now that i thinka bout it taking a bit extra away from the mold ... had my casting process mixed up oops
Posted 30 July 2004 - 09:57 AM
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Posted 30 July 2004 - 10:34 AM
But then again I don't have any body panels either:confused:
Seems to me newer Subaru fenders, hoods etc... might be something to consider??? People will pay more for those parts. Once you make the molds the rest is just profit!!!!! ........... (Forester with hood scoop)........
82 SubaruHummer, custom body armor
01 Forester, ......Hood Scoop?.........:cool:
Posted 30 July 2004 - 01:12 PM
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Posted 30 July 2004 - 11:32 PM
Ohkay, no prob. I'm gonna be kinda stuck at home for the weekend, got lots of stuff to do before I leave, the yard is a serious mess from rebuilding my kitchen, yikes!
Great--give me a call at home (826-2093)--Sat morning I will be putting Lexan in the rear quarter-windows (at the shop)--plan to be back home about 2 or so--If you're in town, drop by the shop or call me later in the day or all day Sunday---
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