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Old 10-02-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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I am starting this thread to document this project and partly to gauge interest in them. Seems people mention having them re-produced but does not seem its actually been done....

My 1970 Boler did not come with the metal BOLER emblems and I recently obtained a set. The original metal emblems are pot metal and were then chromed.

The set I have are badly pitted so I sought out to have them re-produced at an aluminum foundry. I wanted cast aluminum ones as they can be polished and will never rust or pit out.

I have been in touch with over a dozen foundries now and seems very few want to touch them. Everything from NO to quotes of over $200 per emblem. I found one company out of Ontario that is on board and am sending him my emblem this week in the hopes it may be used as a mold.

The only cost effective alloy is a ZA12 alloy which is a modern variation of pot metal with a small percentage (12%) of aluminum. It should polish up nicely but may tarnish fairly quickly, but clearcoating would solve this.

I am also considering the option of a high luster faux chrome powder coat or possibly even ceramachrome as a final finish....paint is of course the least expensive option....regular chroming is far too expensive.

I am paying for a run of 10 emblems and will see how they turn out before I offer any sort of official run of these. I figure I can always sell off the extras on Ebay or elsewhere to cover my cost. My main goal is to have a nice set for my own trailer with a back up set.

Photos below is the one I intend to use as a mold. Its rough but cleaned up what I could...
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hi Kurt,

Let us know when you have final pricing for 2 of these. We would like to have 2 for our 17' 1980 Boler.

Thank you.
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Will do, its ultimately gonna come down to how they are finished. I suspect the casting, overhead and shipping back to me may bring these up to around 30 a piece....I will know more once he has a look at the 'sample' first had. I am sending it to him tomorrow so I should know more later this week.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:26 PM   #4
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Hi, I would be interested in one also.Thanks
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:15 AM   #5
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I would be interested in two as well.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:03 AM   #6
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Will do, its ultimately gonna come down to how they are finished. I suspect the casting, overhead and shipping back to me may bring these up to around 30 a piece....I will know more once he has a look at the 'sample' first had. I am sending it to him tomorrow so I should know more later this week.
Haven't heard anything since last Feb. How's it going, EH?
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:47 PM   #7
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Hi there,

We would definitely be interested in buying atleast one, possibly two.

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Old 10-05-2011, 10:54 PM   #8
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its been sent, just waiting now....

Sorry James, am I missing something?
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its been sent, just waiting now....

Sorry James, am I missing something?
Sorry to confuse. I read d-m-y and not m-d-y as I would normally see.
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Hi Kurt, you can count us as interested too -- though the final price will be a determining factor. Eager to see the results you get either way.
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Depending on the price I'd prolly be down for two as well.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:38 PM   #12
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Just got the email, the emblems are being poured tomorrow Should not be long now
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Can't wait to see em!!
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Just got the email, the emblems are being poured tomorrow Should not be long now
Great Kurt, post pics as soon as you get them!
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