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Appleton dummy spots by layman

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by 1954fordkustom, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. 57JoeFoMoPar
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    I have a set of these I purchased probably 6 years ago from King of Dice on my '57. I too would most certainly buy a set of they were to be made again. I recall paying in the neighborhood of $300 for the set, but the quality is amazing and I'd pay more for the same quality pieces.
     
  2. TinWolf
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    I need Appletons on a -48-53 era custom car , the last set of 552:s were made mid fifties possibly and superseded by the regular dummy spotlight design on Appleton handles , made by Appleton and sold by George Barris according to advertising in the little fifties custom car magazines , I think that was the origin of the "regular dummy" spotlight we see made today .
    The Kustom Kraft reproduction was a step in the right direction to make a "Appleton 112 / 552 looking spotlight" and they have beautified many customs , with the raised intrest for traditional customs and a original set valued between 800 - 3000 dollar depending on quality it should be a natural replacement for those that doesn't want to spend the big bucks for the few and far between original sets . If there could be a handle even if the spotlight is not working that be the ticket ! Good luck with endeavor .
    Wolf
     
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  3. RoRi
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  4. john worden
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    Producing complete real or dummy spotlights involves manufacturing a bucket/shell that accepts a rim, a rim, reflector, bulb, mounting bracket and fasteners, handle etc. All plated of course ......and affordable to boot.
    A huge, expensive and risky undertaking.
     
  5. 40fordtudor
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    The only improvement I can think of would be to put a chopped '51 Merc under a pair of them.
     
  6. barryvanhook
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  7. 54hotrodder
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    Scott, I PM'd you.
     
  8. 1954fordkustom
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    Hey guys I haven't been on in awhile. But here is an update the manufacture just came back with tooling cost and it looks like the numbers will work. I will be selling these between $300-400 a set. I will keep all posted
     
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  9. williebill
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    That's good news, especially if they look as good as the Layman version.
    How about functional repops of 552's? Wonder what the market would be for that?
     
  10. Will they, like everything else, be made in China??
     
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  11. texasred
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    Put me on the list
     
  12. The G00SE
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    When are you going into production? And are they going to be . Made in the USA?
     
  13. twisted sister
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    I'm interested too!
     
  14. 54hotrodder
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    Oh my you just made my day. The kustom world is gonna be improved aton. Insted of those dinky little cheap spotlights.
     
  15. 1954fordkustom
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    I'm going into production as of next week. I'm glad everyone is pumped on these. I have invested a lot of time into it. It's going to be nice to get some cool product out to everyone.
     
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  16. 54hotrodder
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    You just tripled my happiness from earlier today. I am going to give all of my kustom friends a link your way as soon as these are out. Like i said there is gonna be a whole lotta badassery in the kustom world soon to come.
     
  17. 392gogo
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    Awrite! I'm interested in a pair as well. Please keep me posted when ready for shipment. How nice!
     
  18. Devin
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  19. Very cool. I'm interested.
     
  20. kustomcar53
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    I'd definitely be interested in a pair.
     
  21. Choptop Joe
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    Great idea! I am interested in a set.
     
  22. The G00SE
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    Any update on your venture? !
     
  23. Any updates? I'd love a pair
     
  24. 1954fordkustom
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    Still work on them guys. I have to finish a couple other projects before I can move forward
     
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  25. The G00SE
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    Cool keep us posted. I would love a pair
     
  26. BJR
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    So... are they going to be made in the USA or off shore somewhere.
     
  27. texasred
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    Hopefully in time for Christmas shopping, my buick wants a pair real bad...
     
  28. The G00SE
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    Any news on the dummy spots?
     
  29. ky54mordor
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    I have a set of the same layman spots my dad gave me but they're missing the lens. Where could I acquire a couple lens or the material to cut it out of?
     
  30. scully_100
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    any update on these ? such a good idea to re-tool.
    I am in if it ever happened
     

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