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Author Topic: New replica of the Charger 69 center plastic grille!  (Read 30283 times)
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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2011, 06:36:27 PM »

So, no chance in hell the original mold, machines, equipment, are sitting around somewhere?  Maybe?

Don't quote me but I've heard a bunch of the original moulding and dies were destroyed in a fire way back when.

i  read  , that in the 70s  chrysler sold  all the tooling for sheet metal  ,  & engine blocks  , for scrap !!   but who knows  shruggy popcrn

Saw a thread about arm rest bases where someone discovered/noticed a second supplier of plastic trim pieces.  Wonder what the chances are that every part had a 2ND / backup supplier?  Probably a rhetorical question. Because if I had a mold sitting around, I would probably be checking into what it was for, and if there was any demand.

I wonder if a "repair jig(s)" could be produced affordably?  Just thinking outloud.
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« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2011, 11:33:49 PM »

Yea, that was my Jim Robbins Co. thread. http://www.dodgecharger.com/forum/index.php/topic,76694.0.htmlI When saw Jim Robbins Co. on my arm rest bases that's exactly where my mind went. I thought, 'what other parts were farmed out and where are those moulds and dies!?'
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« Reply #27 on: January 31, 2011, 11:04:27 AM »

Sounds great bec i dont want to be any problem for mopar

Any updates? Progress? Pics?

I know the entire Mopar community is eagerly waiting.
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« Reply #28 on: January 31, 2011, 12:41:06 PM »

I hate to be a wet blanket (or realist) but unless this part is done correctly it's not worth doing. Premier Plastics did the same thing and it was a major setback for those of us who need these parts. I hate to say this but I believe the only way we're ever going to have grill parts nice enough to rival the originals is when someone is willing to lose about $100,000 on moulds.
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« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2011, 01:58:10 PM »

Dont worry, we will do this, we know what we are doing
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« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2011, 02:12:13 PM »

Is it just around the corner? what kind of time frame are you looking at. shruggy
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« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2011, 02:19:54 PM »

We shall meet the production guy in Feb and discuss how to begin the process.
Let us try and i send you guys a test product to validate Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2011, 02:42:40 PM »

We shall meet the production guy in Feb and discuss how to begin the process.
Let us try and i send you guys a test product to validate Smiley


Cool! Best of luck and ready to see how it turns out . . . then you can do the '68 next  Cheesy
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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2011, 02:47:17 PM »

we have already talked about the 68 yes Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2011, 03:17:03 PM »

we have already talked about the 68 yes Smiley

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« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2011, 04:21:19 PM »

Is there a way to mold the plastic around some type of metal frame to prevent the warpage problems? There should be a good market for these if the finished product is good.
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« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2011, 03:29:19 PM »

Sure thats possible but thats not the things we will try this time.
Today we prepared the product.
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« Reply #37 on: February 01, 2011, 04:12:06 PM »

Dont worry, we will do this, we know what we are doing

I'm not worried, I just don't believe you can make a replica of the original part without replicating the original process.
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« Reply #38 on: February 01, 2011, 04:19:24 PM »

I understand you thoughts, as i say it will be a replica and some of you would not like it and some of you will.
The product will have the same strength  as the original part or even more.
As i say, a replica and not a Mopar original.
When its done i send one over for you to validate?

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« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2011, 11:50:41 PM »

Sure, I'll take a look. If you can convince me you can convince anyone.
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« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2011, 12:03:11 AM »

Sure, I'll take a look. If you can convince me you can convince anyone.

No argument there  smilielol

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« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2011, 11:45:43 AM »

I will  Wink
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« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2011, 06:42:42 PM »

Sure, I'll take a look. If you can convince me you can convince anyone.

But you have a '68, are you sure you are qualified to judge a '69 grill?   nana
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« Reply #43 on: February 03, 2011, 04:11:49 AM »

The idea has occurred to me to make things from two pieces fastened together.  Make the outer surrounding areas of the grille that need to be strong (the silver painted stuff) in fiberglass, and just use some other type of injection-molded plastic for the center slatted areas. 
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« Reply #44 on: February 03, 2011, 05:49:19 AM »

So, no chance in hell the original mold, machines, equipment, are sitting around somewhere?  Maybe?

Don't quote me but I've heard a bunch of the original moulding and dies were destroyed in a fire way back when.
Anything Important to old cars always seems to be gone via some fire.  Like all the record keeping for Mopar and GM classics.
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« Reply #45 on: February 03, 2011, 10:16:03 AM »

Having been one of the very limited people who actually received a grill from Premiere Plastics, I'd be very interested in seeing this Charger grille too. Not that I am an expert at the methods of how plastic parts are reproduced, but I sure can tell the difference between a decent & usable piece, from a total POS. Also, & something just as important, customer service had better exist.

I used to defend the Premiere Plastics Cuda grille as a halfway decent repro part even though the customer service was a joke. I had thought it would have been usable for a driver, not a show car, but after having it in storage packed safely away & seeing it warp, forget it. I'm sure it would have been usable once installed & supported by the grill frame, but for $550 it was overpriced.
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« Reply #46 on: February 03, 2011, 11:02:38 AM »

I am sure that the end product will be as solid as a Volvo  Wink

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« Reply #47 on: February 03, 2011, 03:10:24 PM »

It will ! Smiley
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« Reply #48 on: February 04, 2011, 02:31:35 AM »

If its gonna be made in Sweden it might be the first actual part that will be cheaper to purchase for the European guys than for the home country.
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« Reply #49 on: February 04, 2011, 03:28:24 AM »

This is very interesting  popcrn If it is good, I might be interested  2thumbs
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