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08-29-2012, 12:34 AM #1
[CLOSED] Carbon Fiber Hood Survey, Yes Again!
This is just a feeler for how many members would seriously consider buying a carbon fiber hood in stock design (no vents, or air scoops), just the usual carbon fiber look, probably a gloss topcoat. I would imagine it would come with the center hood latch but highly recommend the additional use of
a hood pin type of secondary latch.
Minimum quantity for the deal is 10 units, all the same. Price would be in the $450-$500 range. Shipping/tax of course would be extra.
Deposit for purchase would be 1/2 of the price, so figure about $225 or so to commit and retain a unit. Production would be only be about 3-4 a month so not everyone will get hoods at the same time, so order of commitment is important.
To initiate this project involves a pretty significant investment on my part, so speak up and be counted, and I'll decide if it is worth my effort.
BTW, I really want a CF hood for my car, and its REALLY hard to make a one-off unit. So this project is of course for selfish reasons, but I figure others could benefit too. Once the group buy is done, the company can still market and sell the hoods, but they will be probably $200+ more.
Ok, let me hear it!
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08-29-2012, 01:44 AM #2
I want one. I got screwed before, so I'm a little scared.
08-29-2012, 02:48 AM #3
I followed them too, almost jumped in too. This is a situation where I'm trying to work out a situation where financially I can get the shop to make a hood, so I have one to display and everyone can see an actual product installed. As a buyer, that would do it for me. I've given money before for projects with promises that never materialized, so I too am skeptical of such propositions. If I invested funds into such a project to get it going, I need to
consider the worse case scenario and how much I can lose. I'd feel bad if others lost their money so I would try to minimize that risk.
So, I'm just asking who would buy a CF hood, under good conditions, with a reputable supplier, and a demo hood to see.
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08-29-2012, 04:32 AM #4
I'm in for a stock CF hood with a factory style latch ONLY(I understand securing with a latches or pins is recomended) and the price point that is presented is very reasonable. However, I'm weary of dealing with suppliers that have little to reputation as well.
I know many people will be "totally in bro" but will flake when it comes time to pony up the cash, so as always, these surveys should be taken with a grain of salt.David H
85 P, LS6/R154/3.58/TrueTrac etc
08-29-2012, 08:08 AM #5
I would be interested but I would definitely have to see the initial product. I worked in the aircraft industry for 15 years making different assemblies out of kevlar, fiberglass, FRP, carbon fiber, graphite and other composite materials.
I understand the amount of work involved and that price is literally a steal for a piece that size. My concern would be the process for the making of the hood. Is it going to be using molds with a vacuum or press? or just a straight layup with no sort of compression? Also, how many plies would be used in the process?
Sorry for all the questions, but if I'm gonna make an investment, I want to make sure we would all receive a quality product.
Thanks for the interest and any parts that come available for the Supra are GREATLY appreciated.
08-29-2012, 09:00 AM #6
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- Atlanta, GA
similar concerns as the above posters but Don L is a forum asset so i trust he will do everything each and everyone of us would do to ensure no one gets scammed. i am definitely interested in one for sure! thanks Don!
08-29-2012, 09:05 AM #7
I am also interested in a STOCK style hood with original provisions for latches and hinges. Is there any way you can get any examples of the company's work posted Don? I think that with Don's attention to quality and detail, his word carries a bit of weight around this forum. If you can say that they are the real deal, I am sure the quality is high. If they are a quality builder, I can easily front the first deposit.
08-29-2012, 09:25 AM #8
Just like everyone else... I trust Don would only be working with a company who'd do it right. I'm 100% in.--Peter--
85 Supra P 6M-GE
08-29-2012, 11:51 AM #9
I don't take these efforts likely, and those who have dealt with me before know my committment to follow through. I really hope this CF hood thing is a
plausible endeavor! Will see....
08-29-2012, 12:39 PM #10
I'm in for one as well. Been looking for a cf hood for a long time.Hidden Content
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