[DML] Re: Has this been attempted?
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[DML] Re: Has this been attempted?

Doubt it;

Creative idea, however the front fascia, as designed, is an integral 
part of the vehicles impact absorption system... Therefore if you 
made a metal fascia, you'd want to have a fairly ugly `federal' 
bumper sticking out of it? works for trucks...but please don't...

On another note, any minor bump or collision would likely result in 
extremely expensive repairs as a metal (rigid) fascia would 1) be 
very expensive and easily dinged/dented 2) would damage adjoining 
panels when it is pushed backwards during a collision.

Regarding manufacturability: You'd have pretty ridiculous time trying 
to get someone to build a tough enough die from which to stamp 
something as complex as the front fascia.  Doing them by hand 
wouldn't any more feasible either.

Anyway, if you really want to do something about just as `out-there', 
I'd suggest getting composite panels produced to replace the 
stainless panels (I believe that was one of JZD intentions to do 
later either with the DMC-12 or a subsequent model).


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "coreysmoo" <coreysmoo@...> wrote:
> Has anyone else ever tossed around the idea of producing custom 
> fascias made from stainless?  I was thinking of calling some 
> manufacturers and getting their input on if this can even be done 
> not.  I thought I'd ask the list first because maybe I can save 
> a lot of trouble if someone chimes in with the right info.
> I just think it would be bitchin' to have stainless fascias.  No 
> warping...  I'm going to guess that this is a near impossible feat, 
> seeing as DMC could not keep grooved/gas flap hoods in production 
> because it was too hard to stamp them.  Have there been 
> in 25 years in stainless production?  Would this be a little easier 
> nowadays?  I'm still guessing that it would be costly no matter 
> way you slice it.
> Corey
> 2423

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