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3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #1

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Is anyone looking for those hard to find parts for your classic? Well I have found out how Jay Leno does it with his hot rods. Jay Leno uses his 3 D printer. Say you have an older Cadillac, and you can’t get one of those beautifully ornate door handles. Jay Leno, takes the one on the left side of his car, copies it, use the computer to reverse it, and put that new part on the other side.

Re: 3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #2

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This is an interesting idea but I don't fully understand what you mean. It sounds like he uses the computer to create the image but how does that lead to actually getting the part needed? Does he take the image to a specialist who then makes it?

Re: 3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #3

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From what I understand you need to use a scanner first and then the 3D printer Jay Leno uses prints an exact replica of the part in plastic. There are companies on the web where you could send your part to have a prototype made. I read that it is not too expensive.

Re: 3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #4

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This is really awesome technology. No more going to the swamp meets. No more hauling your tools over to the salvage yard to find or maybe not find the part you looking for. This software can even scan and create the whole engine.

Re: 3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #5

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That's pretty fascinating! I've only seen those types of things used on reality TV shows. I think it was Orange Country Choppers that I first saw it and I thought it was really amazing. Computers are so amazing, what would we do without them? I bet that kind of printer is really, really expensive!!

Re: 3D and your Classic 7 years, 2 months ago #6

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Ebay has a whole section devoted to vintage and classic car parts. My neighbor found his hood for his 1973 Ford Falcon. He was looking forever until someone mentioned Ebay.

Re: 3D and your Classic 5 years, 3 months ago #7

I also think eBay is a great source for old car parts. If you find the right part and a seller with good reputation, you're in luck.
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