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Old 07-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #71
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Kevin Not a stupid question at all and Tom you are correct.
As a recap.
What I did was polish as best I could an existing lens. Then make a mold of that lens. Then I used the mold to make the "prototype" you see. It looked just like the original including pits and scratches etc from years of wear except I used a solid not clear cast material.

I filled the pits and scratches and now am in the process of polishing it as best I can. I will take this black one once polished then cut it in half carefully with a thin jewelers saw and make molds of each half. Then cast the clear red and then the amber. After both have been cast they will be joined and a final polish done.

So it's black just because that's the casting material I had on hand. The final will be the red and amber. I might be able to do the red as another cast all together. I'll have to see how this goes. I'm close but there are still a lot of things that can screw up and keep me form ever getting there. I'm hopeful and determined not to let this one beat me.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:59 PM   #72
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.......... I'm hopeful and determined not to let this one beat me.

Don't be discouraged - your standards are probably higher than ours. There is no other source, short of installing the crude aluminum adapters that UHaul sells.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:06 PM   #73
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I stumbled across someone making lenses in my quest for decals. Thought I'd post that link here and bump this thread back up:
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The site is worth checking out, he does some interesting work, a craftsman.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:21 AM   #74
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Lanny, I'm another UH owner just waiting in the wings for a set of two color lenses... Thanks for putting so much work into this!!
Its really interesting also, to see just what goest into crafting something like this.
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:44 AM   #75
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Thanks for being patient. I didn't get to start back on this till first of Aug but I've made a good bit of progress and hopefully will have a set done by end of the week.

I've once again changed direction and now using a new material which I think will be stronger. I have to cure each lens at 112 for four hours so it's added a bit more time to each set but things are finally looking good.

I'll keep everyone posted. I have both halves cast and need to trim them up and glue them together. I've found a special adhesive which is UV and elements resistant and should hold well. I have been trying different gluing jigs to hold them accurately in place and and think I have one that will work. Once I get the first set done I will send it to my friend who first asked me to make a set and get his evaluation after it's mounted.

I'll let you know.
Here is a pict of the unfinished halves and another of the new lenses I have added to my offering. Not had time to post them to the web site yet.
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It looks like you're almost there! Very nice work.
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Very nice indeed.
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I love it when someone has a vision and the fortitude to stick with it!
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #79
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Horray!

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Thanks for being patient. I didn't get to start back on this till first of Aug but I've made a good bit of progress and hopefully will have a set done by end of the week.

I've once again changed direction and now using a new material which I think will be stronger. I have to cure each lens at 112 for four hours so it's added a bit more time to each set but things are finally looking good.

I'll keep everyone posted. I have both halves cast and need to trim them up and glue them together. I've found a special adhesive which is UV and elements resistant and should hold well. I have been trying different gluing jigs to hold them accurately in place and and think I have one that will work. Once I get the first set done I will send it to my friend who first asked me to make a set and get his evaluation after it's mounted.

I'll let you know.
Here is a pict of the unfinished halves and another of the new lenses I have added to my offering. Not had time to post them to the web site yet.
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Excellent!!! I'm still standing in line as well!
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Put me on the list for 2 red ones too! They look great! Make it 3 total for a spare!
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Lanny, are you still working on this project?
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:39 AM   #83
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Good news! They look great!! I'm still in for a set and a spare.

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Old 02-20-2013, 05:35 PM   #84
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I have finished a couple of sets that are I think acceptable. Been a long road but here are a couple of picts. They are not with out flaws and may be slightly thiner than the originals. I have no way of measuring that they just seen a little lighter.

Since the mixture of yellow to orange to get amber is VERY difficult to measure there is some variation in the density or color of the amber. The actual mix should be 2.5 drops of yellow and .33 drops of orange. I could double that but would waste a lot of casting material.
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