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    67.5 roadster, M3, TR6 w/ 302
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  1. ol' 320

    Anyone want to buy new 320 vent window rubbers?

    May I suggest, if Phil Muffet or anyone else has a scan of some vent rubbers, that you start there. Someone on Ratsun must know somebody within the USA who can scan some vent rubbers without shipping stuff overseas..... Anyone?
  2. ol' 320

    Anyone want to buy new 320 vent window rubbers?

    Again: I looked into this extensively. I think a molded "one piece final product" is the only practical/marketable solution. It needs to be a ready made report that is ready to install of at least OEM quality. I almost certainly won't front money, but I will make a firm commitment to buy at least one finished pair of vent window rubbers if you can show me a finished ready to deliver product, assuming the cost is below $200 a pair. I still have a 320 "in the family" that needs a pair! I would like to see this happen. If someone gets serious and makes a commitment, I am happy to discuss offline.
  3. ol' 320

    Freebird: SR20VE+T 510 Wagon

    does Sam have a thread somewhere on his 521?
  4. ol' 320

    Freebird: SR20VE+T 510 Wagon

  5. ol' 320

    Stock leaf springs?????????

    I think lowered 720 springs are available new from Bell-Tech in Fresno. I have a pair on my 521 but I did not install them. They may or may not be bolt on as sold by Belltech, but in my case the fellow who modified my frame and c-notched it sank the front shackle into the frame to lower the truck even further. They ride really good, tho:)
  6. ol' 320

    Anyone want to buy new 320 vent window rubbers?

    I recall these are "opposites" so you would need a left and right mold.o find someone with a good pair or the best possible condition pair of rubbers to make molds from. It may be possible for a good mold maker to take good condition or even fair condition even rubbers and fill them with temp material to make god quality molds.... but this depends on who is making the molds.he At one time there was talk of having someone scan these and 3d print a set. These would not be adequate to use, form what I have learned about 3d materials, but a 3d scan might be able to be modified digitally to create a perfect model that could be translated into a permanent mold. In other words, scan the best used pair available, then fix it digitally and use that file to make a mold or to print a temp rubber part that could be used to produce a mold. I really don't have the expertise for this discussion as I have not personally molded or scanned parts like this. I did pay a lot of money about 30 years ago to reproduce some old oval window door latches that were made in a limited run, but that was "checkbook" parts making. Eric
  7. ol' 320

    Anyone want to buy new 320 vent window rubbers?

    I also looked at the other option.... having a tool and die guy make three piece molds that would result in nice glued together rubbers. These were more economical, but the process results in molds that would likely only hold up for a run of about 75 pieces before failing. I was targeting a retired Boeing tool and die guy who has made short run pieces for Toyotas and some older classic cars. It would have still cost about $300 a set to produce 75 sets, and then I would have to have gambled that I could sell them instead of ending up with a pile o' parts in the garage. Everybody says they want stuff until they actually have to write you a check:)
  8. ol' 320

    Anyone want to buy new 320 vent window rubbers?

    Newbie: I made several attempts to have new vent rubbers made domestically in the USA. I tried Lynn Steele (Super high end quality for classic car and hard to get rubber goods) and got a quote of approx. $7500 to make two precision molds (left and right). Then to make a practical short run (based on efficiency, not cost) was for a run of 50. This was years ago so I don't remember if this was for 25 sets or 50 sets. IF you do this, make sure you have an agreement where you "own" the molds, so the manufacturer is contractually prevented from selling these parts without your participation. Also, I suggest you discuss making these out of EPDM )Ethylene-Propylene-Diene-Monomer), which is well known for its excellent "ozone, weathering, and aging resistance." I copied that description from the manufacturer you listed, because it illustrates the material properties I was told by virtually all three of the rubber extruders I talked to. It would be a shame to go to all this effort and not upgrade to ozone-resistant material so these last longer than OEM before deteriorating. Most importantly, unless you have money to burn, I would want commitments from people who will buy these. With that said, there was a very unfortunate debacle a few years ago on this very site when people paid in advance for new extended cab 620 window rubbers. I would become a PM to take this offline so as not to cause angst on this forum or break any "for sale" rules. If the price is anywhere close to what you put out there in your post , I will buy two sets. I sold my 320 to a buddy, who uses it to haul his vintage Norton and BSA to bike shows. But someday this truck is most likely coming back to me. Before you do anything, search ratsun for the 620 extended cab rubber gasket threads. Just saying.... go into this with your eyes wide open. DOn't let me discourage you. There are a few of us who would dearly love to see quality reproductions made!
  9. ol' 320

    Happy Turkey Day

    Bigtanker: While you were making gas, I was processing Thanksgiving gas ... Turning turkey into methane.
  10. ol' 320

    70 521 "lina bear"

    Carlos .... the Chuck Norris of Ratsun. Drives his 521 off a cliff, rolls and it bursts into flames. "I'm starting to feel the hit I think. I'm a lil sore."
  11. ol' 320

    70 521 "lina bear"

    For sale ... Never driven in anger Carlos, hope you are ok That hit looks like it hurt
  12. ol' 320

    DATSANITI - '80 210 Wagon VQ35 Swap

    The wagon is cool, but I want the Model A!
  13. ol' 320

    Canby 2019 can't wait

    Ray: The large car events we hosted in Visalia in 1998 (40,000 attendees) and in 2000 were recreations of some famous road racing events from the turn of the prior Century (Visalia Road Races). Despite the fact we staged vintage race exhibitions that were the subject of a FOX network 90 minute show, and drew cars from all over the US and even Europe as entrants, with AAA as the major sponsor, we would have gone broke if it had not been 100-plus degrees that day in 1998 and people had not bought about 25,000 Cokes. We needed every penny from the soda sales to pay the bills! We accepted vendors who were selling collector car ins, miracle waxes and so on, and all sorts of trinkets. A lots of hamburgers and churros. Whatever it took to make the event work, we tried it. I guess that was the point I was trying to make. I would have taken money from Anderspon Windows for a booth at that point. I think we had to spend $5,000 on porta potties alone or something like that! This is in a very nice County park, but this park won't work for an overnight camping venue. It does work for a one day car show, though. We get a bazillion lowriders every year from all over the state for a pretty bitch'n lowrider show. Ray, I don't remember .... Is that new JCCS venue permanently fenced or was that all temporary? Do the organizers have to put that up?
  14. ol' 320

    Canby 2019 can't wait

    I cannot comment on the Canby show, because I have never attended. It has been a goal to go for years, so I hope the show continues in some form. JCCS: I first attended three years ago largely based on BigTanker's posts. He made it seem like an inviting event and it is only 206 miles from Visalia. This is a great show. I attended twice at the Queen Mary site and then at this year's new venue. New Site: It was hot as hell, so I felt just like I was home in Visalia.... except I could see the ocean;) Ray and others who are close to JCCS organizers ... some positive criticism on a great event: 1) Please have more bottled water. Seeker is correct, all vendors were out of water by 10am. 2) Porta potties are not what most people want to spend there money on, but when ya gotta go;) 3) I don't care about the Anderson windows folks. I have organized several large events - including one with a crowd of 30,000 and one with a crowd of 40,000. You have it have a certain amount of cashflow to cover costs. If not car-related stuff, then take what you can get:) I go to shows like this to see nice cars, sure. But I've seen thousands of nice custom cars over the years. I like to meet JDM fans and learn more about whatever car mods they did and why owners made these mods. I've met some great people from the Ratsun world at JCCS. I hope Canby survives in one form or another so I can meet some nice folks from up north. Especially since my 521 is finally back on the road!
  15. ol' 320

    Figbuck Chronicles...

    Figbuck: Time for you to share another adventure! Did you ever meet Captain Sunshine while in the Bay area?

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