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Garage => Test Drive => Topic started by: floyd111 on 12 October 2017, 01:52 AM

Title: remanufacturing or reproducing NLA parts
Post by: floyd111 on 12 October 2017, 01:52 AM
Lots have been said about this before.
After receiving a very friendly quote for a batch of 6.9 baffle plates in glass fiber, the factory guy asked me if there would be other parts I would like to see reproduced.
First thing that came to mind were the firewall grommets. Easy job, once the 1200usd tooling costs has been paid for(!)
I also mentioned the hyper costly 6.9 suspension parts. We have a 6.9 standing here, and we'll be slowly looking into refurbishments and reproductions.
Still, I would like some input from those that know more about this then me.
For panels, as well as such grommets, the tooling cost seems to be the same for both.
In that light, what could be a good part-candidate for such a venture?
Title: Re: remanufacturing or reproducing NLA parts
Post by: ptashek on 12 October 2017, 04:42 AM
If you want to do this on a commercial basis, better lawyer up first. Daimler is sure to go after any unlicensed design use.
Title: Re: remanufacturing or reproducing NLA parts
Post by: floyd111 on 12 October 2017, 07:55 AM
I wasn't planning commercial ventures. I have an income already, and no need to squeeze the system for more.
I am also aware that, whether I want to profit or not is not a legal consideration for MB.

I am merely thinking creating the product, so people can help themselves to what they need at the producer's, without me involved
Getting some parts produced is not enough of an effort for the Wages of Sin become a must.
Title: Re: remanufacturing or reproducing NLA parts
Post by: marku on 12 October 2017, 11:46 AM
Mercedes classic department will re-manufacture. Have read of them doing a few really obscure parts for the early SLs etc. You get to pay for the re-tooling and then they offer the part generally.
Title: Re: remanufacturing or reproducing NLA parts
Post by: rumb on 12 October 2017, 01:03 PM
I contacted a company today and am exploring some sort of urethane casting.  material will be tough and flexible.  more later.