Who is your trimmer? The workmanship is very rough.
Rear arm rests for LX Hatch
Posted 01 August 2017 - 10:22 AM
I think he did it all, from making it to trimming it.
Saved probably $340, as the one on FB were $400.00
Posted 01 August 2017 - 03:57 PM
They cost around $60 in total and are ment to be temporary to hold the new trim cards in place -stop them bulging, till the repos are avail in a year or so
You don't really notice them in the back.
I Could do a much better and more accurate job now that I've done it with these prototypes - maybe in a year if these repos don't manifest.
Just wanted to show how it could be done in a fairly simple way.
Edited by Claude, 01 August 2017 - 04:48 PM.
Posted 10 August 2017 - 11:31 AM
Rare as hens teeth (much like a hatchback console) and if you can find them they are falling apart and distorted. Many of the ones i have seen also have thin torn or split plastic on the shoulder of the retaining screw holes, so not great candidates to save. To replicate a one off set would be relatively easy but like anything not off the shelf I guarantee its not going to be for the faint hearted. Spoke to my paint guy and he knows someone who is getting a black set made a hatch but no idea of what $$ he paid. Will try to find out more next time I am down his way.
Spoke to the guy who got a set made it cost him $1k for the set inc freight. They where injection moulded with foam as per original + he also had to pay for the $800 mould cost. He had another set 3d printed in black which don't have the grain and those cost him $350 ea. Never cheap for one offs
Posted 11 August 2017 - 11:44 AM
But the mould exists now... right?
Yes he said he has it.
He is looking OS to get them to produce some at a much cheaper cost so he can recoup his mould costs. He said after months of trying no one in Aust can produce them for less than $500ea which even he said is way too high. The labour rates in Aust are just over the top to produce low volume, low profit items so as we talked about even at $525ea ($25 profit) he would have to sell 32 armrests to get his $800 mould costs back. I doubt people would pay that and even more doubtful the market demand would be for 16 sets at $1050 a set.
I have not yet personally seen the armrests, but he said you wouldn't know they where not from holden. At $1800 for armrests I bloody well would want them to get me a beer from the fridge whenever I felt thirsty.
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Posted 16 August 2017 - 02:34 PM
This thread pisses me off on about 4 different levels.
Care to elaborate why Daz ?
Posted 16 August 2017 - 04:01 PM
Posted 16 August 2017 - 07:29 PM
I have a set for sale in the parts for sale thread if anyone wants some.
Are these really worth $400 a set? Ive got a couple of sets I should sell if they are.
Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:46 PM
Care to elaborate why Daz ?
I think it's fairly self explanatory
Posted 16 August 2017 - 08:55 PM
Probably have to spend more to fix them up too.
Posted 18 September 2017 - 10:25 PM
Took a few photos of the armrests today. As per the price he paid they are indeed very good and look like they are original but they have been made much stronger through the mounting and use of modern black uv proof pvc plastic.
Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:09 PM
And then there's some foam that is cut and glued on, and then it's covered in vinyl?
I have NFI about trimming.
Posted 19 September 2017 - 12:41 AM
Heath they are vacuum vinyl wrapped which I presume is glued. Looks very much like how the factory armrests vinyl was done but on a much more solid pvc frame. The scan data and hrs to cleanup the mesh is what makes them add up to $500 ea at cost to produce. He got six made (3x lh , 3x rh) at $3k total delivered so not for the fainthearted.
Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:00 AM
It'd be interesting to find out what they cost when you could still buy them through GMP&A?
I'd guess 30 to 40 bucks each?
Posted 20 September 2017 - 01:00 AM
My memory was that 12mths after the LX ended gmh stopped producing all trim.
That was the std gmh practice for the end of any model.
Would have been cheap when available, but its all relative as s/h Torana Hatchbacks never sold for $70-$100k+ either.
Posted 23 September 2017 - 08:49 AM
They look great Cameron please let us know if they decide to produce them when you paying up to $400 for 2nd hand ones
I guess $500 for brand new Mickey Mouse ones is relative.
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