Reproduction Malibu Wagon Interior Parts Interest

Firetruck1

Firetruck1

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I have a very close friend who has the ability to reproduce plastic parts. These will be primarily geared towards the wagon community but some will work in 4 door cars as well and many of the non Chevrolet variants. He has already made the part that goes at the very bottom of the door jam for the rear doors where you transition around the seat hinge (bottom corner of the C pillar). The parts are made or UV resistant and paintable ABS with an accurate texture. To the best of our knowledge, no one makes these parts or currently markets them. My question here is what would the interest for these parts be to the general G-Body world?

He has plans to make molds and run copies for the following parts;

A pillar Covers
Upper front door panels
Lower front door panels
B pillar covers (long side)
B pillar lower section
Upper rear door panel
Lower rear door panel
Rear door handle inserts
Tailgate covers
Tailgate cover insert
D pillar cover
 
Ribbedroof

Ribbedroof

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Tailgate panel is a biggie, either sun-baked or gouged to hell, or both.

I do question why repros use abs rather than one of the TPO/TEO families as original?

People also seem to ask for the rear seat handle pretty often. And of course, the infamous air deflector caps.
 
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Tuffregal83

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Rear speaker grills for a wagon ?😁
 
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PBGBodyFan

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4 door interchangeability helps locate some of those parts but I’d say the B pillars are hardest to find in good shape, A pillars too plus any wagon specific rear panels.

The large rear panels might be too big for him to do I’m guessing?
 
ssn696

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ABS is not a good candidate for the gate panel. It cracks too easily. The first load on it will end it.
 
Firetruck1

Firetruck1

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At this point, the size of the part is not a obstacle. It is a matter of gauging interest. We cant invest the time to develop and refine a mold only to make a limited number of parts. Careful selection of plastic materials will come into account depending on the complexity of the part, its intended use and the total overall size.
 
ssn696

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I would be I interested to know what a minimum run of parts is. I imagine it's a function of how difficult is creating the mold?
 
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PBGBodyFan

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I’d be curious too as too how many people are seriously interested. I’m new to the wagons but it seems to be an underserved area, but I also notice many wagon guys are interested in going fast primarily, not really caring about the restoration end of things such as this, maybe I’m wrong though.
 
ssn696

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Catch 22. Price is a factor. What they cost to make vs. what people will pay is the problem. Thermoset ABS is cost-effective, but is often too brittle for the long-term.
 
Ribbedroof

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Hopefully whatever is made, and the material used, are better than the repro coin trays for MCSS consoles and package tray ends for Malibu. I was pretty disappointed, especially with the package tray ends....were not even close to the OE part.

Probably a pipedream that G bodies will ever get injection molded trim parts of OE design and material.....but we can dream!
 
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