My lens making thread.

Restoration

  1. Zymurgy

    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Mold has been completed, this one was a lot of work.

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    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    You've gotta be jazzed to see the first lens.
     
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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    Great work
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I have success, fresh from the mold. I now have available both sides of the rear taillights of the 1966 300

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    300rag Grumpy Old Man With a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Now we all know what unobtanium looks like.
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I need to thank Bill, @FURYGT for keeping on me to complete this lens, so he can offer them for sale at Carlisle. Otherwise it might have been delayed until wintertime.
     
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    65 500 Senior Member

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    Now all you need to do Mike, is to start casting the bezels in brass.
     
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    traintech55 Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    It is hard to tell, do you have all four lenses, or just the outer two?
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I have made all four I haven't made the inner clear lenses behind the red ones because there are plenty of those available
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I have thought about this. My problem is the guy that did a beautiful job chroming my originals said he would never do it again. I'm pretty sure when he was almost finished buffing out the chrome plating he bent the crap out of it had to start all over again.
     
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    It looks spectacular...
     
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    Do it in the right bronze alloy and you can skip the copper plating part of the chrome process.
     
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    Mike: This is a terrific accomplishment. Thank you, thank you!
     
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    That's some incredible work! As a former sculptor and caster I can relate somewhat. Nicely done!
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Made another set of lens for Goldie yesterday and installed them today. The taillights are now all my new lenses.

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    65sporty Old Man with a Hat

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    So are you going to put the originals somewhere safe wrapped in many protective layers of bubble wrap? Yours do look great, I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference.
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My right outer lens became a bit of a sacrifice, because the PO must have broke the top anchor point and proceeded to drill 3 holes to allow moisture to escape. 2 of the holes you could not see but one was actually visible but not really noticeable.

    Now that I repaired the holes as well, the one is noticeable because I used bondo for the repair. As far as the other 3 taillight lenses, especially the NOS on the left side will remain NOS and are safely packed away. :)
     
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    So, what's next?
     
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    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    For now I am taking the summer off from making any more molds and enjoy driving Goldie. I am going to make a few more lenses of my existing molds and more clips.

    Now if someone has a NOS lens I would jump on the chance to make a mold of it. My plan is to expand my catalog. I would like to experiment more with lens repair too, in order to make a viable lens for reproduction. I have a potential candidate to work on my repair technique.
     
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    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Well,you've earned a break, enjoy racking up the miles!
     
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