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Old 10-17-2019, 02:17 PM
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For those that aren't on Facebook, you may or may not know that Warren, the webmaster here, has purchased SSC and I'm working as liaison with finding parts (most of which are now NLA from previous manufacturers) and eventually fielding the orders and answering questions when we get the new website launched. It's been a struggle trying to find a fabricator that can handle the multi-part molds. We have someone currently that is trying their hardest to make it right.. some of the molds were in pretty bad shape after Dave sold the company several years ago. It wasn't Dave's fault, but the fault of the previous owner who simply tossed everything into a trailer.
Anyway, we want to make sure we have parts ready to go (read: correctly fitting parts), as well as all the accessory parts (hydraulics, rams, window hardware etc) ready to go from reliable suppliers before we relaunch the site. When that happens, this forum will be absorbed into the site with a new format.



The fabricator has been making progress... here's a first pull of a body and canopy to check for fit and finish. We will be out there next week to look at everything first hand.



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Old 10-17-2019, 07:52 PM
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Looks like a good pull!

What's the plan for the plastic parts, like the window tunnel? Still ABS or ???
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Fiberglass. We don't have a source for a plastics casting place.
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Having this site absorbed into the business is a mistake in my opinion. If the business fails, the site disappears? Would be a shame to see a forum that has been stand alone since its beginning, now dependent on the success of a business. Businesses come and go, these cars will be around as long as there are people who like them. Having all this valuable information, no longer available, would be a real shame.
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I'll have to discuss that with Warren. I *think* it'll still be a stand-alone, just linked through the business page.
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Some photos from Saturday's fit and finish session with our fabricator. Overall we're pleased with what's been done, albeit not with the quantity. We were hoping for more pieces to have been made by the time we got there.. some were still in the molds curing, so there's that at least. Quality of the body is top notch.. quality of the molds, not so much. There will be quite a bit of finish work needed to get the body to paint ready quality, it just wasn't as noticeable on Dave's black cars. On the white you can see every dimple and blemish in the mold. Oh well.. that mold has been around for quite a while! Still some work to do. Rear valance isn't fitting right so some mods have to be done to the mold to make it work. Side pods and front valance are fine. Louver and the plain hood were still in the mold; the nostril hood in the photo was "new old stock", hence the color difference.



Slowly but surely...
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Progress is progress! I will take quality over quantity any day.
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Looking good.

It would be so nice to start with a virgin body. It would take so much less time building one of these cars if the body was new and nice. I would imagine most builders will be painting their cars so a perfect body may not be that necessary. No matter what, I know I'd want to block out the gelcoat before I sealed, primed and painted.

I know it may have already be said, but, what is the chassis plan for the car? Will it still be for a VW pan or did you get the tube chassis in the deal and plan on going further with that?
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:55 PM
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Just the VW base for now. The tube chassis was junk - Dave never fully realized it and what he did make never really fit under the body without cutting away almost all the interior glass. If I was going to do that I'd throw it on a Fiero.



At some point yes, we will be looking into a tube chassis. Right now we've been talking with a company that has one but uses the Beetle front beam and rear torsion housings. So, really not much different other than the center tunnel can be made thinner for slightly wider seats. We haven't pursued that option yet since we want to make parts available first. It's likely this first body might be the mule for a tube chassis option.
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