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Old 06-14-2018, 03:05 AM   #1
Mr. Tommaco
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Default Interested in new plastic side panels ???

I visited a plastic vacuum forming company with the Westy and asked about duplicating the side and 2 rear plastic panels. He would have a minimum order of 1,000 pounds of the material used for bumpers and typically around wheel openings on cars, it is UV resistant. He guessed that would make 75 sets. The cost would be $150 to $200 per set. He guessed the molds would run $6,000 or another $80 each @ 75 sets. Mold costs could be reduced if the rear was formed in one piece and then sawed apart. All these numbers are real preliminary. Mold costs could be reduced if a simple corrugated pattern was used. Or if someone here has a 3-D laser scanner and can produce a CAD CAM drawing.

I will check with a custom fiberglass company to see if that is an option. They may be able to create a mold from my existing panels.

How much interest is there in replacement panels at $300+/- per set?

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