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DOKA Dave
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

Iím new to the forum side of things as far as posting, (mainly active on Australian Forums) but have been using theSamba to buy parts for the last 15 years.

The reason Iím replying, is that Iíve read this post from the beginning to end, after trying to buy a couple of dashboards from John only to find he doesnít do them. He seems to no longer be making them anymore for whatever reason, and there seems to be a strong demand for good quality early style dashboards.

My background is Industrial Design, However I have worked in the Movie Industry for the last 20 years. In that time I have become highly experienced with Patternmaking, Toolmaking & Moldmaking. I am interested in picking this up where John left off, and producing early Type 3 dashboards using a similar technique but with faster turnarounds and better materials.

I will start with RHD dashboards due to my own necessity, and then if the demand is there, I will tool up to do LHD dashboards if I can get a good one to take the mold from. When the RHD product is up & running, I will start a new thread.

Obviously I donít expect much response considering this is my first post & nobody here knows me from a bar of soap, but this is similar to what I have been doing for close to 2 decades, so Iím very familiar with whatís involved in the process.

Cheers, Dave
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

I think a lot of people will be interested in seeing what you can do. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

I will likely make these again it's just that right now I have other work priorities and fitting in the dashes is difficult with the time and attention they take to make.

It's a four day process where different materials are added each consecutive day, each day or step must me done within this 24 hour window so once I start I am committed to it so it really takes some focus to do them. And then 16 hours of being cured in an oven too.

My business is within the composites trade (originally shipwright/boatbuilder) where we specialize in carbon fibre parts and other products, patterns, mould making and process development etc. Since 1986.

Sorry I just can't make these right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:03 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

Hey John. Iíve tried contacting you on FB to see what your future plans are, but havenít managed to get your attention yet. I need at least 3 high quality dashboards and I need them soon, hence my decision to start producing them.

Iím not interested in taking business from you if youíre actively pursuing this & plan to continue producing them, however itís been 7 years since you first started doing them & youíve been quoted as saying youíre not doing them anymore.

Iím also guessing your RHD mold is reaching itís upper limits for age & the amount of pops youíve already done anyway. Iím familiar with the brand of silicone you used for the mold as itís one that we also use in the movie business, & thereís no way that mold is popping out many more before it deteriorates, if it hasnít already. No amount of mold release & extra silicon oil is gonna keep that thing producing quality dashboards for much longer, regardless of the care youíve taken.

Thereís no doubt the dashboards youíve produced are easily the best so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:14 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

The face mould surface is in fact like new with 51 dashes made so far since this is protected by the dash surface coating from the harsher expanding foam resins.

The back side is becoming more difficult but seems to keep going with coats of Vaseline.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

DOKA Dave wrote:
Iím new to the forum side of things as far as posting, (mainly active on Australian Forums) but have been using theSamba to buy parts for the last 15 years.

The reason Iím replying, is that Iíve read this post from the beginning to end, after trying to buy a couple of dashboards from John only to find he doesnít do them. He seems to no longer be making them anymore for whatever reason, and there seems to be a strong demand for good quality early style dashboards.

My background is Industrial Design, However I have worked in the Movie Industry for the last 20 years. In that time I have become highly experienced with Patternmaking, Toolmaking & Moldmaking. I am interested in picking this up where John left off, and producing early Type 3 dashboards using a similar technique but with faster turnarounds and better materials.

I will start with RHD dashboards due to my own necessity, and then if the demand is there, I will tool up to do LHD dashboards if I can get a good one to take the mold from. When the RHD product is up & running, I will start a new thread.

Obviously I donít expect much response considering this is my first post & nobody here knows me from a bar of soap, but this is similar to what I have been doing for close to 2 decades, so Iím very familiar with whatís involved in the process.

Cheers, Dave


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

Iím still interested in one if they become available. Forgot to add that Iím needing a LHD wrap around
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

Same here, very interested in an early to mid LHD ^_^
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

I bought one of Johns dash pads about four years ago. Bloody good piece of kit in my opinion.
The type 3 world needs more reproduction parts!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

Otto1969 wrote:
I bought one of Johns dash pads about four years ago. Bloody good piece of kit in my opinion.
The type 3 world needs more quality reproduction parts!


Fixed it for you.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: Re: Original replica RHD dash, another one! Reply with quote

if john ever does lhd dashboards, i'd at least take one in red (pigalle). my offer to provide my pretty good dashboard as a template is still valid.
and what about ratlookvw?
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