Re: [DML] Remanufacturing Body Panels
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Re: [DML] Remanufacturing Body Panels

This one comes up from time to time.
The general consensus is that the dies and press needed to reliably stamp reproduction panels would require such a large initial investment that the sales of new panels could never provide a return on that investment.  Since there are so many wrecked cars out there for parting out, no one would ever pay many thousands of dollars for a reproduction panel when a OEM panel is still available for far less.  In other words, it is not economically feasible (unless you know someone with far too much money who would do this as a 'gift' to DeLorean owners!)
Technically possible, but realistically improbable and non-justifiable.  
-----Original Message-----
From: wylldshark@xxxxxxxxx
To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 4:24 PM
Subject: [DML] Remanufacturing Body Panels

Hey guys,

Is it possible for a person to take a panel and make a mold of the 
shape to make a stamp? 

I was thinking about the feasibility of making new panels and that 
seemed a good way to make new panels since T304 stainless is readily 
available instead of having a custom shop hammer and roll a new panel 
at an ungodly price.

That way a company could become a limited run provider of panels for 
cars that needs new panels, mainly left front fenders, but any panel 
or maybe even plastic panels? 

What do you think?

Rob Greenhaw

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