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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:23 pm 
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I am doing a AOD swap from a manual and I have a plastic P-R-N-D-L that has some cracks at the mounting holes, and it's a bit yellow from time.

I have been doing some searching and can't seem to find a good re-pop replacement. There are some but the positions aren't labeled the same so here's a thought.

I am going to use my current one to create a mold, then use some super clear plastic resin to make copies. Is anyone interested in a copy if they turn out OK or am I just a goof and nobody cares but me.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:34 pm 
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As brittle as they are, as we both know, having a nice clear one available one would be a good deal. I'm in.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:16 pm 
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I have a honey do list this weekend but I will see what I can do to make a mold and casting. Could be fun. I am waiting for garage space to free up anyhow before I can tear down my ford. My Corvair goes to winter storage in a couple of weeks and that opens up a a stall. In the meantime I can cast.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:46 pm 
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I'm doing the swap also. Mine has a 302 with the AOD. My P-R-N-D-L is in the same condition as yours with cracked corners. If yours turns out, I'm in.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:40 pm 
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Hi Guys,
I'm doing my '54 Ford with a late model C-4 and a 302.
I found this shift indicator lens a few years past at Mid ' 50 Ford Truck.
They no longer supple it but I found it at
Truck shop in orange Calif.
800-243-8947
part# 53-16800 also may use part #59-16801
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:56 am 
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Status on the process...

Well given this is my first attempt at mold making I am not entirely surprised the mold I created this weekend seems a bit off. Oh it picked up all the details properly, it was more of my dumba$$ mistake at making the mold. I could go into details, but suffice it to say I have to try the mold a bit differently.

I may try casting with the mold I have to test out the resin to see how clear it really is, and to get some practice in. Who knows it might turn our better than I think (yeah right).

On the positive side, I now know how to make the next mold using far less mold material which means I can make multiple molds with the same quantity of material, and by extension, increase production to have a few on hand when the need arises.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:28 am 
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Update:

Ok first casting went well? Ok not super well, but certainly encouraging. The mold seems fine, but the resin has a few too many bubbles because it was a bit too thick to allow the bubbles to come out before it got solid.

The resin also didn't get fully cured after 24 hrs so it was a bit tacky as I pulled it out of the mold which makes the surface less smooth in the picture.

So the search is on for a thinner resin and give it another try.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:17 pm 
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I appreciate your tenacity.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:29 am 
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I've also been tossing around the idea of recreating these.

I'm going to pursue having one made on a 3D printer and see how it turns out.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:50 pm 
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Dave I'd like to have one also, if possible.

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