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Mylar logo'd sunshades - Completed

Here's the final count:  

20 members have voted

  1. 1. Here's the final count:

    • [b]240-Z[/b]
      38
    • [b]280-Z[/b]
      4
    • [b]DATSUN[/b]
      18


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Who would be interested in a Bolder Tint?

If you are older than 40, you remember them. Mirrored mylar with block-letter logos that stuck to the inside of your windshield, like so:

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After several years of looking, I have made a breakthrough. I have located and contacted the original manufacturer of the Bolder Tint brand. While the company no longer does automotive products, he does still have the original dies for the S30 windshield, and is willing to do a batch for us. These would be the real thing - true Bolder Tints by the original maker, not replicas.

Here's the ground rules, and where we stand on this:

1.) This would be an exclusive to CZCC. The manufacturer wants it to be a club-related project. No direct offers would be posted on other Z sites.

2.) Minimum order is 100 units.

3.) The 100 units do not all have to be the same logo, but there would be a minimum of 20 units per logo. Logos available would probably include "240-Z" (as pictured above) and "280-Z". If we can get 20 or more commitments on either of "260-Z" and/or "DATSUN" those may be possible as well.

4.) Estimated price per unit would be $30-35 each, including shipping within the USA. Perhaps a small break for multiples to the same address, although any break may not be much, as each unit will come pre-packaged with instructions in its own mailing tube. So multiple shipping savings may be small.

5.) At prices in that range, I should be able to break even, or perhaps there may be a buck or two "profit" over my costs. If so, any amount over and above true cost and shipping will be donated to CZCC. There will not be any personal profit for the facilitator (me).

The plan is this - We'll start with this poll, to try to determine demand. Don't send money yet. If the demand is such that we feel comfortable with the possibility of selling at least 100, the next step would be to accept pre-paid pre-orders. Once enough pre-orders come in that I am certain that costs would be covered, I will order the units, and then shortly begin shipping them out. If it breaks down before the parts are ordered, refunds for pre-paid orders will be given.

So here's step 1 - the poll. I've set this up to allow people to vote for more than one choice, so vote for as many as apply. This poll is not a firm committment to buy. But please don't vote if you aren't fairly certain, as we need a pretty accurate count to proceed to the next step.

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You tha MAN Arne! You tha MAN :) . Funny, i was looking at the Rev-Tec banner on Ira's blue Z on page 45 August '09 of Grass Roots Motorsports when i saw this. Amazing they had the dies all these years.

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You don't have a list for "DATSUN 240Z" Not available or too big?
Too big. Not even certain about the "DATSUN" choice, as we can't remember if he ever did a plain DATSUN for S30s. Trucks, yes, but can't remember about S30s.

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You tha MAN Arne! You tha MAN :) .
I'm not da man until we can get the 100 minimum spoken for....

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No surprise, it looks like "240-Z" will be the most popular. Remember that in addition to the 100+ total, we will need a minimum of 20 for any one logo. Currently only "240-Z" shows that kind of life.

And remember that "DATSUN" might not be available at all, even if we can get to the 20 minimum.

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For $3000-$3500 someone could buy 100 and sell them for more on eBay.
Possibly, except the manufacturer is not interested is making any for a profit-oriented venture. He says the original idea was a car club project, and that's all he's interested in doing now.

Plus I'm not sure that they'd sell for enough more than $35 to make it worth the effort. In fact, I'm not certain we can find buyers for 100 even at this price. We'll see.

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Perhaps but I know it's one of those items that people have been looking for over the years. I remember adding one to my car back when I bought it in the mid 80's. Clearly you want one enough to go to the trouble that you've gone through and I thank you for that. My point was that if for some reason we couldn't get enough to do the full 100 it might make sense for someone to go ahead and buy enough to ensure the 100 and sell the extras on eBay.

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Well, the original deal was that they all had to be sold through the club. What a club member does with any he/she has purchased after that is beyond my control.

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It looks like it would obscure vision for a tall guy (I'm 6'2.5"). My head almost touches the headliner in the 280 - not so bad in the 240 (lowered the seat).

Is it see through?

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They are transparent, but reduce the amount of light. If you want to see how much, go to a local window tint place and look through the silvered mylar tint.

I've been looking for one of these since the first day I bought my current Z. If it helps, get us to the 100 unit minimum order, I'll buy three.

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Put me down for two please Arne. Thanks for doing this.

Jim

Jim, please vote in the poll at the top of this thread. Or let me know which logo you are interested in.

We've passed the first milestone - we have the minimum number required for the "240-Z" logo. I'm a bit surprised that there haven't been more 280-Z votes.

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I have to admit, it's not looking especially good for the 100 at this point. I was afraid this might be the case... :cry:

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Still a few votes being added now and then, so I'm going to bump this to make certain that most people have seen it and had a chance.

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Does your guy only do the block print style? I had one on my 7 that looked just like the fender emblem badge - more of a script style. I purchased that one at the dealer in the early 80's.

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As far as I know, the only type-face still available is the block font.

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Well, if the supplier can make 'DATSUN' we are about half-way there. We're going to need a higher percentage of '280-Z' votes in the second half, but both '240-Z' and 'DATSUN' will make the 20 piece minimum. Not looking good for '260-Z' though.

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