[DML] stamping dies and auto manufacturing
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[DML] stamping dies and auto manufacturing

I believe Consolidated wanted the dies so they could resume production in 
the US, thus the one-way trip to the sea.  I even remember a newspaper 
article from the mid-80's about someone diving to look at them, but the 
recovery cost was deemed too high.  Even if Stephen Wynne had pristine 
dies sitting in the warehouse, I doubt he would be stamping more parts. He 
DOES have the fiberglass molds and could theoretically make more bodies.

The only purpose for the dies would be to make hundreds of panels, and the 
only reason to do that is to resume production.  DMCH could actually 
produce a small number (500 or less) of "new" cars with minimal 
bureaucratic entanglements but it doesn't seem cost effective when they 
can easily start with a donor car and do a frame-up rebuild.

There are low-volume auto manufacturers out there, if you've got the cash:


I'm surprised JZD didn't try going that route instead of trying to start 
another high-volume car company.

Gus Schlachter
VIN #4695
Austin, Texas

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