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Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by wantatlc, May 19, 2006.
Excellent, Thank you steve
Steve - would you have a close up photo of this.. maybe of just a few letters? How did you do it? By hand with a brush?
Are the LCS bezels ones they made or ones they got from Gozzard?
I laid the bezel down, used a modeling brush and filled the letters with enamel paint then left it overnight, had to redo once in 8 yrs.
My other steel bezel loaned to good friend for his 45 he did the letters the same way......
In talking with the owner of the biz - Tim Simpkins - he makes them and they are theirs made by them in their shop where they make them
that's 2 words......
In a matter of speaking....yes, we have the mold for this part. No, we don't make them in our shop. We have a local Fiberglass shop make them as well as our other fiberglass parts we own.
I'll go 4 words
Too bad Texas is a concealed-carry state Butch for I'd be sorely tempted
1/2 my bad then... I was trying to recall a conversation from june 2005, and was more wanting to impart they are not a Gozzard... but yours
Also, when we talked about that odd sizing issue on the phone (see post #7 and #12) I recalled being under the impression you talking about having the mold and sizing should be all good..... as you made them in house
anyway... all worked out fine
that is insane.....
Even if one produced and sold replica steel bezels for half this price, I think one would come out ahead...
WoW $521 for the bezel... That about 1/3 of what I paid for my 63...
You can't see the lettering on the bezel in this pic but its there
here's my 'glass....i didn't do no purdy paint job like them texans, 'cause i don't have no purdy paint job on my rig. poor mask job and shot it with rustoleum
Think about it,
These have been non-existent since 1964. If making a stamped steel bezel would have been financially feasible, don’t you think that someone here in the USA would have made them already?
The average Land Cruiser enthusiast has a hard time spending money on his vehicle for maintenance items that need attention, let alone spending over 250.00us on a steel reproduction bezel.
Ehsan made some reproductions back in ’03.
He may still have some.
Check out his website, or PM him.
I tried him first back in 2005 when I decided to do this and he did not have any left then....
You are probably right, Steve. Though, judging from this e-bay item only, there appears to be a market or maybe someone just cannot live without.
There was a time when the plum crazy six-pack cuda was not desireable, now folks are paying in excess of 3/4 mil. for originals.
Until just lately Mr. T has been real protective of the words Toyota and Land Cruiser. You can get replacement tailgates for the FJ45LPB with the word Toyota stamped on it. Just a few years ago all the aftermarket replacements were not stamped Toyota. I know someone who was making the Land Cruiser bezel ten years ago until he got a letter from Mr. T's lawyers telling him to stop or get sued. When I first saw LCS bezels on eBay I thought for sure Toyota would have put a stop to it. Something changed at Toyota lately, they gave permission for someone to have a blank VIN plate made to replace a missing one on a restore.
Then that makes since. With Toyota owning the patents on the original bezels, they have that exclusive right.
As someone had already said, now I know what to search for as well.