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Username Post: Need a special part?        (Topic#355198)
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02-11-19 04:05 PM - Post#2759652    

I'm doing a little research and wonder if you could help me out.

What do you guys consider the hardest parts to get for your cars?

If you could "make" a part what would you make?

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02-11-19 07:08 PM - Post#2759676    
    In response to Tony

Green Cash and Time
Rod in AZ

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Loc: UK
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02-12-19 02:37 AM - Post#2759696    
    In response to rod

Lots of the rusty sheetmetal. There's almost nothing for the Sport Sedan (AKA 4dr Hardtop) - entire new bodies are available for the other styles.

1956 4 door H/T 210 RHD Original UK Import
1967 AMC Rambler Rebel SST Convertible 290 SST RHD
1968 AMC Rambler Rebel SST Convertible 290 SST RHD
2000 F**d Puma
2005 MG ZT-T
2005 Land Rover Discovery 3 (LR3)

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02-12-19 07:05 AM - Post#2759704    
    In response to Tony

any and all NOS parts for all 55 56 57 chevys
from bumper to bumper
PS wish I could find a warehouse of NOS parts
I mean a big warehouse!!!!

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02-12-19 09:42 AM - Post#2759723    
    In response to chevyman57B.C.

We'll get right on making everything. lol

I'm looking for a few that would have some impact.

The technology is using 3D printing so perhaps keep that in mind.

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02-12-19 11:42 AM - Post#2759745    
    In response to JohnE

I would like to see options for the stainless on my 56. Designs in the headlight ring, matching the hood bar, matching the turn signals etc. I like shiny, but every 56 is shiny. Inserts or designs in the door stainless aren’t available. Yeah, blasphemy, just something different.

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02-13-19 10:20 AM - Post#2759819    
    In response to TR56210

I found a old farmer in my area with trailer trucks full of n.o.s. Parts parked on his farm. It’s the biggest stash of parts I’ve ever seen. Bumper to bumper tri-five stuff. But I’m not telling where.

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02-13-19 08:02 PM - Post#2759878    
    In response to Tony

So if you're offering 3D printed parts, what material are they made of, what is the finish, and what is the thickness of each printed layer? What kind of definition/input is required (drawing, cad model, part to copy, etc.)? Size limits? What kind of tolerances (can they mate with other original parts)? Do you have examples? What about cost and delivery time?

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02-13-19 08:19 PM - Post#2759880    
    In response to Rick_L


All that to come. We may be getting a new sponsor and they will be able to cover all of that.

I am not personally involved with this, only trying to determine if they might have a good fit here.

We will only know if they join us.

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02-13-19 08:42 PM - Post#2759883    
    In response to Tony

I've not seen a hood for the 1956 in any parts
books. People asking about them all the time.

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Loc: Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
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02-14-19 08:03 AM - Post#2759912    
    In response to pauldian

Not sure about down south, but up here in Manitoba (yes Canada) i can find all the 56 hoods you could ever want. last year I went to a few farmers looking for parts & found over 50 56 chevys. Mainly 4 door Sedans, all still with the hoods on them in great shape. the floors are usually rusty, but lots are complete cars. Also many 55 & a few 57 units as well. some of these guys have over 250 cars parked in their fields, just rusting away.
If shipping was not the issue I would start picking up parts just to sell.

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02-15-19 08:54 AM - Post#2759988    
    In response to 56KIE

Hi 56KIE
Im from Manitoba as well but usually hang out in the 58 forum.
As for 3D printed parts Im assuming this would be for smaller items like lens etc. I dont know a lot about this technology but would think it has a few limitations regarding size material etc.
I guess we would need more info as to the suppliers capabilities and talents.


1958 Biscayne 283 Turbo-Glide 31,000 mi (now 35,000 and counting) driven daily
1966 Mustang Inline 6- C4 57,000 mi and growing daily
1929 Graham - Paige 612- the eternal headache that I will never sell

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03-02-19 12:47 PM - Post#2761125    
    In response to Original58

I would say the 57 FI distributor, specifically the 905. It seems to be the most value intense parts out there. The basic cast housing is the biggy. The shaft and gear are easy. The points cam could be scavenged from other distributors or made new. The breaker plate is a pretty simple stamping, and the top of the housing could be spun out on a lathe pretty easily also. There was a repro out there a few years ago but the guy died and that seems to be the end of it, for now.

Tom Ordway If you don't drive it, why have it?

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