RICHARD GUNN

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News Analysis -

It used to be ter­mi­nal cor­ro­sion that would send an old car off to the great scrap­yard in the sky. Nowa­days, mod­ern clas­sics are find­ing them­selves aban­doned be­cause of rel­a­tively mi­nor things like switches and sen­sors fail­ing. They tend to mal­func­tion more of­ten than ECUs, I’ve found. Ve­hi­cles them­selves may be in lovely nick, but if the head­lamps can’t be turned on or a dodgy sen­sor is telling lies, then it’s game over. At least un­til a suit­able re­place­ment can be lo­cated. I’m ex­cited about the growth of 3D print­ing how­ever. It’s still early days for this new tech­nol­ogy, but if a com­pany like 3Dealise can build a 1912 single-cylin­der en­gine, then the fu­ture must be bright for re­man­u­fac­tur­ing plas­tic parts where orig­i­nal items are no longer avail­able. How­ever, big pur­chas­ing power al­ways helps when or­der­ing a run of com­po­nents, so it would be nice to see clubs work­ing to­gether to fi­nance re­man­u­fac­tured spares that are com­mon to a num­ber of ve­hi­cles. Co-op­er­a­tion among clubs in­stead of ri­valry could bring big parts re­wards.

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