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Feeling things out. What plastic components are in need of reproduction? by retroman
Started on: 04-06-2014 11:44 AM
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I recently accepted a corporate level position at plastics company. I feel that this is a perfect opportunity to feel out the feasibility of bringing some hard to find components back from the dead. The company is capable of high and low volume production as well as prototyping. They also design and build their own molds. I think it would be easiest to list smaller Fiero components first, but if there is a large item with enough demand, I may be able to convince my bosses that it's worth doing a run. So that said, please feel free to start making suggestions. Thanks!!
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Seems folks are always asking for the skeleton for the center console.
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GT Tail lights, GT Quarter windows (with the correct shape- see PokeyFiero. He may still have his stuff), ash tray doors.
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Report this Post04-06-2014 12:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jackhill83Click Here to Email jackhill83Send a Private Message to jackhill83Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
yeah center console stuff since most peoples original stuff is warped
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although it's not a small item, the part that I am perpetually in search of is the front air deflector on the 87 and 88 notchbacks.
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Front license plate bracket
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The trim piece that contains the 12v/Cig lighter and has a cover over the ALDL plug. The holes on those always break and a replacement is nigh impossible to find.
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Lens parts in general. Isn't the trunk light a part that usually fails? Dome lenses as well.

All the little trim parts that get overlooked. Actually if someone would make a nice full interior kit that actually replaces the parts rather than put wallpaper on it I bet that would sell.

You could see about making the glove box add on but I don't know if anyone actually wants that.
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Im inline with the center console stuff. Radio and shift surrounds.
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Radio surround face plates with the brushed metal finish, lighter trim piece, clear lenses for the auxiliary gauge pod. Generation 1 headlight motor gears since the ones currently available are not of the proper diameter and the teeth are malformed. Seat belt guide/recliner mechanism covers in the proper colors. Seat recliner handles that will last more than a few months.
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1. Front license plate clips for aero
2. Plate over 12V power
3. Fiero Store version glove box
4. Center console, back to front
5. Back panel behind seats, without speakers

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Originally posted by mkiker2089:
You could see about making the glove box add on but I don't know if anyone actually wants that.


Well, at least 3 other people want it.

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Radio surround face plates with the brushed metal finish, lighter trim piece, clear lenses for the auxiliary gauge pod. Generation 1 headlight motor gears since the ones currently available are not of the proper diameter and the teeth are malformed. Seat belt guide/recliner mechanism covers in the proper colors. Seat recliner handles that will last more than a few months.
All of these could easily be made.

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Ash tray doors and notchie tail light covers.
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Well, at least 3 other people want it.


That would be the controlling factor. Selling enough parts to at least recover costs of the molds and tooling. I and so many others have encountered the I'll Take One encouragement then it takes 3 or 4 years to sell the pieces we've made.
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Power window rocker switch push button. Not the whole switch but rather just the grey rockers which have a nasty tendency to get white and chalky, dirty looking and get worn thin at their edges. I know they make reproductions but they too are susceptible to the same problems.
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P.S. GT horn button contact black plastic pin. People are forever asking for these in the Mall!

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Originally posted by Kitskaboodle:

Power mirror rocker switch push button. Not the whole switch but rather just the grey rockers which have a nasty tendency to get white and chalky, dirty looking and get worn thin at their edges. I know they make reproductions but they too are susceptible to the same problems.
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P.S. GT horn button contact black plastic pin. People are forever asking for these in the Mall!



Same for the gray hatch rocker!

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I'm thinking GT tail lights. Probably just the lenses.
A radio trim plate with a Double DIN cutout. Maybe flip the radio and heater controls, so the heater controls are on the bottom.
I'm surprised that nobody mentioned T-top A-pillar and B-pillar caps (assuming there's enough demand. Somebody might already be doing these.)
I wouldn't mind having a blank console trim piece. Remove the hole where the lighter would go.
How about a panel that screws on underneath the bottom instrument panel cover, that provides storage pockets for cell phones and pens and such?
How about a replacement map light that uses LEDs instead of bulbs, and has room (or even a cutout) for a Homelink transmitter? (I put a Homelink in my overhead console. One of my favorite mods.)
I could get carried away with this.

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DIE, thread, DIE!

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DIE, thread, DIE!

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You are such a meanie!!! Why would you ruin someone's dreams with a harsh dose of reality???


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You are such a meanie!!! Why would you ruin someone's dreams with a harsh dose of reality???



I was talking about ME.

I have a way of stopping interesting threads dead in their tracks, simply by posting in them.
I'd really like to see some new goodies.
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If they want something that would even cross to other cars, Shift knobs.

Spoiler stands might be another good one.
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I was talking about ME.

I have a way of stopping interesting threads dead in their tracks, simply by posting in them.
I'd really like to see some new goodies.


You too huh?
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Originally posted by Raydar:

I'm thinking GT tail lights.

I agree!

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I addition to some of the thing mentioned - gaskets for the rear spoiler and maybe the mirror ones as well.

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Well, that's quite a Christmas list. Thanks. I had thought about GT lenses as I am also in need of them, and that may be a good place to start. Some of the interior pieces mentioned look promising as well since they apply to all years and don't require large molds to produce.
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Originally posted by fierofool:


That would be the controlling factor. Selling enough parts to at least recover costs of the molds and tooling. I and so many others have encountered the I'll Take One encouragement then it takes 3 or 4 years to sell the pieces we've made.


Yes, I know what you mean. Even people that have one for sale often don't reply. Of course, sometimes a part worth, say, $100 comes out for $600. I won't pay $600 for one, but $100 is in the ballpark.

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Originally posted by tesmith66:

GT Tail lights, GT Quarter windows (with the correct shape- see PokeyFiero. He may still have his stuff), ash tray doors.


I would like some better tail lights on my GT, but for $200 they had better NEVER delaminate.

Chris Cook makes GT quarter windows, but isn't the best communicator.
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Originally posted by BrittB:

Ash tray doors and notchie tail light covers.


The Fiero Store usually has ash tray doors.
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How about caps for the screws in the armrests? My understanding is that there never were any, but it looks badly without.
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Originally posted by tshark:

How about caps for the screws in the armrests? My understanding is that there never were any, but it looks badly without.


Russ88TTop has sourced these and the work very well. Drop him a note.

I second the switch covers in both gray and black. I am surprised that some enterprising person has actually sourced the switches (TFS parts are absolute garbage)

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Feeling things out. What plastic components are in need of reproduction?

ALL of them!
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