So here is what happened so everyone knows. The original wingstands looked like this:
Notice the inserts for the mounting points that were simply screwed into the stands. These became a major issue for people due to the fact that they were stripping out and actually pulling out of the stands. The original stands also had a disclaimer that stated that there were micro pinholes from the mold process that may need to be filled prior to painting.....no big deal.
Fast forward to last year. I decided to take on this project since the original manufacturer went AWOL. I took an original, reshaped it, created new molds and molded in the mounting points so they were impossible to remove without destroying the entire wingstand. Everything seemed fine and then for some reason, people started whining when they found some pinholes in my product and didn't want to take the time to fill them in. The reality is that whenever you pour a liquid product into a mold, you will get small air bubbles on some parts of the surface. The material that I use has a very fast dry time so I cannot put the mixture in a vacuum chamber to remove the bubbles prior to pouring the product. People complained about this and here we are today.....no more wingstands.
My plans are this:
Make a new mold that is a completely different type from the last one Use a different type of resin than the past batches Make sure that the product is flawless And unfortunately Blacktop Racing will reflect the price increase to you due to the price increase for me
This isn't my full time job and Chris has been very understanding in my real world work schedule so if people want a flawless product that will take more time to produce, it will be flawless.....and the price will reflect that.
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That last picture posted is my set. VERY original.
The pin holes are so irrelevant. EASILY filled in. This is the first that I have read of this, but even from a birthing age these needed a small amount of work. Minutes folks. A dime size amount of filler is over kill. I smoothed the edges down a bit to match the GT, then filled and sanded before paint. They still look like the day that I installed them years ago. I am still very happy.
I do hope that there is enough interest. Niche market and all, but probably easily adaptable for other cars.
Yes over a year ago we changed the name of our sports car parts company to Black Top Racing. The new website address is www.blacktop.racing
Yes we removed the product from our website. We sold out and when talking to Adam about making more for us we decided that it may not be worth it to put the product into production again. If we were making 5,000 of these at once we could do it in a professional industrial level but right now we were just glad to have Adam's help to bring this product back to market. Every time we made a batch they sold out soon.
The Facebook "Fiero" group raised a bunch of concerns and when Adam and BTR had discussions about them we decided maybe if people weren't happy with them we should just pull them from the catalog all together instead of offering an inferior product.
If the demand really is there and Adam has time maybe we can bring it back for a Version 3 attempt.
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I have to admit if I had a GT these would have been the way I went instead of the Dodge Shadow spoiler on an notchie. I like the closer to the decklid look and the shift back in conjunction with it is even better. Personally had I had a GT and went this way, pin holes to fill would have been nothing. I mean look at all the work needed on fiberglass body parts like noses and such.
Like Tony stated, It took me 5mins to fill pin holes, 10mins to sand and was ready for primer. Don't know what all the fuss was over two small parts that make a big deference in the appearance of your car.
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Out of curiosity, how bad could it really have been, even with the pinholes? I put a home-made replacement panel on a Fiero, had a friend spray paint it, and then took the car out for an opinion. Most of the comments were positive, but someone looked at the back of the fender, and behold, no paint. Oh, well.