Thinking of reproducing frame rails and selling - Opinions needed

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  1. ADV1

    ADV1 Veteran Member

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    OK, So I have the ability to re-manufacture the frame rails that came on our cars. From everything I've seen it appears that you can only "Currently" purchase the replacements that go over the arch and back. What I have been looking into would be the lower front portion of each rail.

    My questions are this...

    1.) Am I missing something? Is there a manufacturer already out there that I'm not seeing?

    2.) If I do go forward with this how many of you would be interested?

    3.) Do you feel like there would be a market for this?

    4.) What would you be willing to pay for such an item?


    Once I proof out a part RH/LH I was thinking of marketing this through Ebay/Web Page & ultimately I would Love to get in with the dudes at OPG/Year One/Classic Industries etc...

    Opinions?
     
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    I have a really nice set of rear rails with torque boxes, if you needed a set for prototyping. I am not going to use them because I'm saving them for "some day" but I would release them with a deposit that I would get them back in a couple months

    There is definitely a market. A lot of 2nd gens, to this day, go to the junkyard only because of rear frame rails. I got rid of a very very nice car because of rear rails only.

    I would think you would need the price of the full rails with torque boxes, to be at or under $300 per side. Otherwise above that price people will continue to hack sheet metal + mig repairs on the rails.
     
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  3. ADV1

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    thanks!!!
     
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    theyre already made ebay number 260349876300
     
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    These go for $200 per side.

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    Those say they are for 70-73 models.........would they work for the 74-81's?
     
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    74 and up are larger and actually will slip over the earlier ones....or so I've heard. I think they used a thicker gauge metal on the later ones too.
     
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    I agree, I'd totally buy one of those if I was in the market for new frame rails:bowtie:
     
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    3_z28camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The above sounds like a really good idea if possible.
     
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    make it go all the way to frt,frame and slip over the rear 1/2 way up over the rear ,that way a bigger market ,would fit over 70-73 and but up to later ones,
     

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