Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Washington, Michigan USA
You're right - but you have to remember that the originals were made in high volume (thousands every day), in die-cast molds made from the finest tool steel, run in VERY high clamp-capacity die-cast machines. The repop molds aren't anywhere near as durable as the originals, and the parts are made in short runs in much smaller-capacity machines which are also used to run many different types/sizes of parts. The General had his die-cast machines designed and built specifically to run ONE kind of part, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long. Basic manufacturing economics - nobody can afford to make them like the General did on a low-volume limited-market basis, so they do the best they can with what they have in order to make them affordable.
'69 Z28 Fathom Green