Like many others, I'd be interested if the price was right.
well, update is... while i haven't made the mold for this yet, i have made two other molds as "practice". i'm getting married next weekend and have recently bought a business, and both of those things have been occupying all my normal time, plus free time. so, i'm still a little while out, but it's still on my to-do list. don't give up hope! keep the encouragement up and find others to join in so when i can actually get them made, i can satisfy lots of type85 owners
I'm on the late but I'm in for the front bumper spoiler whatever it's made of but I'd recommend to make some with fiberglass for these reasons:
1-you can't have them molded out of flexible plastic like the original for a decent price unless you plan to produce thousands of them
2-I work on coach buses which have lots of bodyparts made of fiberglass so I know by experience that fiberglass is cheap, easily available, easily repairable many times with few tools
3-you can put metal brackets in the fiberglass while moulding to make strong brackets for the edges and to attach it to the bumper and under the car
4-IMHO flat black or paint matched to the car will fit better with the 4k look than carbon fiber finish
My 2 cents.... and I REALLY want one for this summer!!!!
hey everyone! how are ya'll?
While i'm not necessarily closer to producing the spoilers yet, I did finally make something!
It's not perfect, but it's my first one, and I've learned a few things I need to do differently on the next round. I'm gonna try and get a second one in the mold tonight!
I just stumbled across this while perusing the forums and I am more than interested in both purchasing a front spoiler once you get them out of production as well as one of your radiator shrouds. Whatever the price is lay it on me (Hopefully Cheaper than 2B). My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you could just get a hold of me directly through email that would be great!
Still trying to find someone who can do the work for a reasonable sum. I checked with a local fiberglass shop and the guy was pretty hoity toity telling me with confidence that the mold would cost anywhere between $3-8k.... and that he would like to make the mold with CNC, and that brings the price up quite a bit...
Trying to find an enthusiast who will do proper work.
I'll be making a run of the top shrouds once it warms up a bit outside. My shop is kinda cold now for making parts. I have a guy committed to a couple already, so I'll shoot to make 10 or so. Price is $150.
For those interested in the spoiler, Ideally I'm hoping to have them made in CF around $400. That's vacuum bagged and a good enough finish to be bare for those who like CF finish. That's competitive to 2Bennett and theirs is wet layup in Fiberglass, somewhat heavy and they also don't have the vents in the front (not bashing, just stating the differences). I prefer the vents and to be honest, I don't want a heavy spoiler hanging off the front bumper as if we don't have enough of that problem as it is
Price of course could be different, but that's my goal. I know it's not cheap, but I'm not going to sell anything garbage, and being that it is a specialty piece that's fairly sought after, I would like to see them get into the hands of those who really love these old cars.
Ok, so I talked to the composite guy yesterday, had a realistic and interesting conversations. Basically he said, this spoiler is very complex to copy, doable, but labor intensive. It requires a 3 piece mold. His suggestion is to make a new one, that is altered in design a bit. A bit taller to give the mold more room to work in, and open the four front openings a bit more and make them more functional in the end.
The idea is to take the horizontal seam/line that goes around the spoiler, and make it about .75" taller there, to allow the front openings to drop down a bit farther towards the bottom of the spoiler. I could try and draw one by hand to give a rendering, but my question is, is that what the people are ok with? I'm not just making this for myself, and If it has to be changed to make the part more affordable, then I want to know that people will still be interested in it.
what do you guys think?
3/4" would be fine with me. I am using it to cover up a intercooler that hangs down a bit below the current bumper cover so I think the extra coverage would be good. I am also ok with slightly larger vents.
A pic would be helpful.
Did you get to discuss the cost?
How about a time frame?