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Mold has been completed, this one was a lot of work.
You've gotta be jazzed to see the first lens.
I have success, fresh from the mold. I now have available both sides of the rear taillights of the 1966 300
Now we all know what unobtanium looks like.
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.
Now all you need to do Mike, is to start casting the bezels in brass.
It is hard to tell, do you have all four lenses, or just the outer two?
I have made all four I haven't made the inner clear lenses behind the red ones because there are plenty of those available
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.
It looks spectacular...
Do it in the right bronze alloy and you can skip the copper plating part of the chrome process.
Mike: This is a terrific accomplishment. Thank you, thank you!
That's some incredible work! As a former sculptor and caster I can relate somewhat. Nicely done!
Made another set of lens for Goldie yesterday and installed them today. The taillights are now all my new lenses.
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.
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.
So, what's next?
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.
Well,you've earned a break, enjoy racking up the miles!