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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Peter Laidler wrote:
While at Uni many years ago part of my production engineering phase was at PSF in Swindon - and elsewhere. Sometimes a simple pressing modification or extra holes here and there or even worse still, deleting something from a pressing is a total logistical and financial nightmare. One good example of the era was MG bodyshells where in 1970 or so - before my time - the grille became recessed by about 3" or so. MG wanted the raised section on the bonnet that formed the outline of the top of the earlier MG badge deleted and left flat (or rather as a contoured compound curve .............) Sit up at the back of the class......... Just this was going to cost hundreds of thousands to implement.. Much gnashing of teeth, finances and snottygrams between Abingdon (assembly), Cowley styling and Swindon and it was just left as-is, looking stupid! The same also reared its ugly head when the badges changed from MGB GT (in an octagon) GT had to be deleted for a stick-on badge(?). Just that took up all of the budget......

But luckily - or UNluckily the small time press shops have to cater for everyone and every Mk/type of car where the similarities are ever so slightly different. And enthusiasts know every nuance of course. When I had to re-roof my S in 1986 or so, the pressing cost £13 and that was the Unipart cost + 10%. Yep, the material was cheap and still is. Maybe they could just produce 'neutral' panels (or maybe they do...) so that you modify it to suit

Nothing really to do with tin bashing but I do wonder why replacement panels are so expensive. Maybe I've just explained it to myself

I know what you mean Peter. Similarly we often identify design improvements on products that have been in manufacture for years. However when you crunch the numbers the cost of change very often outweighs any real world benefit, apart from being obviously "better" . That said there are teams of people employed to identify cost improvements, I doubt their overheads are ever recouped. I'm just a simple engineer so it never was my place to worry about these things, bean counters always won over the engineers.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:19 pm 
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I had a chat with them at the NEC yesterday and they seem clued up. They're planning on making a complete Mark 1 Escort shell next year but at £15'000. :o

Quality seems excellent.

Heritage is an odd company. As Mark says it seemed to be a lot of ex ARG* bods. The way they dish out their 'Heritage Approved' logo to any old dick and harry says it all in a way.


*AAAAARRRGGGH!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:40 am 
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Yesterday, the rep on the Magnum stand reckoned the mk1 rear panel etc wouldn't be available until well into next year.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:01 pm 
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Costafortune wrote:
I had a chat with them at the NEC yesterday and they seem clued up. They're planning on making a complete Mark 1 Escort shell next year but at £15'000. :o

Quality seems excellent.

Heritage is an odd company. As Mark says it seemed to be a lot of ex ARG* bods. The way they dish out their 'Heritage Approved' logo to any old dick and harry says it all in a way.


*AAAAARRRGGGH!

Even at £15k it would be worth it to the log book fraudsters, as if it wasn't bad enough !


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