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  1. Sent my stp file into them; will let you know what I hear back.
  2. Thanks all for the really good information and education! I'll be looking into it and let you know where I end up. BTW, here's the car it will be going on when done:
  3. Thanks for the info, Gary and Friartruck. The step plate was at the other end of the country, so I had someone else create the file (I couldn't really ask the owner to risk mailing it to me) so I could decide later how to make it. It's off of a '38 Lincoln K roadster, so there really isn't any additional demand for it. The picture above was from a stp file reader I downloaded. I was thinking that rather than 3D printing it, it could be machined from a block of aluminium? At least I have the specs captured for now!
  4. Hello Folks - I have already had a CAD file created for a rumble seat step plate I need to have reproduced. I'm looking for a shop that can take the file (STP format, pretty generic) and make the part out of aluminum. Any leads?
  5. Yep, that's why I had a CAD drawing created. In effect, it's a digital mold of the part. Just need to find someone to make it from the computer instructions.
  6. It's aluminum, from a 1938 Lincoln K roadster. Not many of these later rumble seat cars were made and the earlier steps are not correct, which is why I'm going through all this effort. Thanks for the info!
  7. My wife pointed this out to me yesterday. Pretty harsh -- thoughts? http://www.automobilemag.com/news/by-design-1929-mercedes-benz-s-barker-tourer/
  8. About 5X6 with some height to it. Private message me if you know of someone who could do it. Thanks!
  9. I'm with you -- and I may be the test case . I've found similar things when researching 3D printing: Looks great until you start considering the *total* cost, including equipment, material costs and limitations, post-finishing, etc. That said, when reproduction running board *covers* for my car cost $2400, I've learned to grab onto something when getting cost estimates...
  10. Unfortunately it was at the other end of the country and I really wasn't in a position to ask they guy to risk sending it to me. At least this way we have a record of it if anyone else wants it. The other real advantage is that with a CAD drawing, you can engineering out any flaws in the original very easily.
  11. It is JFranklin, and I'm working closely with some folks here on the NC State University campus where I work to better understand the 3D printing technology (both from a research and personal perspective). For a part like this though, CNC machining is still probably best for now -- building up with 3D printing would take a long time and still involve a huge amount of hand-finishing. In contrast, I have some small plastic parts which are ideally-suited to the "build up" 3D printing process. I don't doubt as the cost / complexity of these technologies come down, you'll see more of this happening ...
  12. Hello Folks - Because my lower rumble seat step was missing, I had a friend let me borrow his to have a CAD drawing (STP file) made. I am now looking for someone with experience making parts from CAD drawings. I figured given the low-volume nature of a lot of Classics, someone here might have a lead. Feel free to private message me.
  13. This raises an interesting question: For *currently* reproduced tires (such as the Firestone tires by Coker), are both the blackwall and whitewall tires too large? Or is it just the whitewalls? I would think the problem wouldn't be limited to one or the other. I have metal tire covers so am interested in what you all have found.
  14. I agree whitewalls are often overdone (I mean, pickup trucks, really??), but as a counter-argument, they did indeed show up on some formal, high-end cars. Here's the build sheet for my Lincoln K roadster, and *no one* ever accused Lincoln of being flashy. The car came in a very traditional black with silver striping, *and* white wall tires. As a side note, I have WWTs on my non-classic '37 Zephyr coupe, and I think they work *much* better than black sidewalls would with the large pontoon fenders and the fender skirts.
  15. The driver looks pretty tall in relation to the car. I'm not sure he *could* put the top up, even if he wanted to.