Register now to get rid of these ads!

Cost to stamp a 32' ford?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LarzBahrs, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Ive always wondered how much it actually costs brookeville to stamp out a 32' body including all labor time, utilities and steel. Probabaly would be impossible to answer but still i think its a good question just to ponder!:confused:
  2. BinderRod
    Joined: Jul 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,736


    Are you thinking about opening shop and doing some stamping? Just thought it was a question to ponder:confused:
  3. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,703


    Biggest cost is amortization of dies. Over a million $ there. And they have a finite life.
  4. Billybobdad
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 921


    The actual cost to stamp a body is probably pretty low. What you are paying for is the millions in development & tooling costs that it took them to get to a point to where they could actually produce a saleable product.
    Register now to get rid of these ads!

  5. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Haha, I wish I could be able to do that but just the equipment alone to accomplish this task would be enormous. Millions of dollars in cad development to get the pefect dimensions for the dies to stamp it! I think ill stick to the old hammer and dolly but it would be so f'in nice to pop out a fresh '32 whenever i wanted to!:D:D:D
  6. pimpin paint
    Joined: May 31, 2005
    Posts: 4,940

    pimpin paint
    from so cal

    Well, what's their retail price? I don't know about their '32 program, but I've heard their tooling costs for their '33-'34 is north of two million dollars! When you stop to figger how many people in the world today are actually in the market for a new '32-'33'-'34 Ford body and could cover the actual cost, you gotta figger the market isn't that big. If that investment captial was borrowed money,yikes! You can damn well bet that the guy runnin' Brookville's books better know actual unit costs, but makin that public knowledge ain't likely!

    Swankey Devils C.C.
    " Spending a nation into generational debt is not an act of compassion!''
  7. Hey Phil, getting away from the cost part of the question, how long do the dies last and are there ways to extend die life? do they use lubricants on the sheet metal or are the dies coated with any kind of non stick surfaces ? I also wonder who determines when the dies are worn out and are the dies destroyed or can they be rebuilt?

    I remember reading about a super slippery stuff that an engine builder was using on parts that was so slick that it wasn't turning the lifters in the lifter bores and the lifters were still holding up
  8. Scott K
    Joined: Oct 17, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Scott K

    The dies are most likely kirksite, maybe with some tool steel insterts for high stress / high definition areas like the body lines . Kirksite is hard enough to stamp parts but much softer and cheaper than tool steel. Kirksite is poured into a mold of the final component shape then fine tuned by hand to create the final die. The dies can not be hit as hard as tool steel, so the forming process is much slower. Lots of lubricant is used to prolong die life. When I was playing with chassis stampings, a kirksite tool would last from 100 - 300 parts, depending on the complexity, where a tool steel could make 10's of thousands before it needed freshening. Keep in mind that I was making crossmembers and such from 3-4 mm thick steel vs the thin sheet of a body skin.

    After the dies have been worked beyond limits, the kirksite is recycled / melted down to pour the next die.

    Back in the late 90's all the prototype shops around Detroit were booming and there was a shortage of kirksite. Some of my tools for a prototype vehicle were stored outside (in a fenced area) with other tooling after we had built our first batch of parts. Went to get the tooling for the second batch and found my tooling, and a whole lot more missing. Not sure how, but they think someone had a boom truck and would just go over the fence and grab what they wanted. Sure put me in a bind :mad:.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  9. sliderule67
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 367

    from Houston

    What Billybobdad said. The cash cost of manufacture is probably less than $2000 (guess) what is new, deep draw, high quality steel sheet going for nowdays? The biggie is development and tooling, and history is littered with people that tried to develop and market a good idea, and failed.
  10. Weigh a finished body, add maybe 20% for scrap, to get the direct material cost.

    Now add a few hours for assembly, a few more for stamping and set up,
    multiply by X a decent wage.

    Figure in depreciation on tooling and equipment.

    Then add Workers Compensation premiums, employee benefits, assorted taxes, advertising and promotion, etc.

    If you could sell, lets say, 1000 bodies a year, then add 1/1000 x the cost of the building (insurance, taxes, maintenance, electricity, heat, water, etc.)

    Now add return on investment, and profit.
    You COULD say it "costs" less than $X000 to make a body.
    But to get into a position to make them, will cost you BIG money.

    Don't worry, the Taiwanese will be making them soon.
  11. LarzBahrs
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
    Posts: 759

    from Sacramento

    Dont jinx us:eek::eek::eek::(:(:(!! I dont want a 1932 jiadong hahahahaha!

  12. Too late. They already make complete first generation Camaro shells.
    I've heard they also have complete Mustang and 'Cuda shells.

    All very thin, and poorly fitting.

    They only thing stopping them from making ANYTHING,
    is a sample to copy and someone to pay for tooling.
  13. xix32
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 483


    if osha continunes on their current course there soon will be no operating punch presses in america
  14. That will happen, one way or another.
    Between outsourcing, and red tape.

    The decline in the number of foundries in North America is shocking.
    Same deal with tool & die, and cnc shops.

    2 years ago, 80% of the machine shops in Windsor had closed.
    And it hasn't got any better.

    Our local paper has a section on Sundays, listing industrial auctions.
    2/3 of them are machine shops, mold making, tool & Die, and stamping.

    Thank you Wallmart.
  15. xlr8
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 651

    from Idaho

    One thing that irritates me a bit is that the 32 costs twice as much as the Model A. Look at the two bodies, there might be 5% more steel in the 32 and a few more compound curves, but I think it has more to do with original bodies being worth more, hence the new body costs more just cuz it's 32.
  16. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,703


    I used to get parts stamped for work. Most dies for lawnmower chassis, etc. are tool steel and polished like a mirror. Stamping is a few a minute, so no real time there. And no one buys new presses so not a lot of money. Parts were only a couple bucks a hit with our dies and mat'l. No lube on our stuff. But our new deep drawn stuff gets lube. Our parts weren't critical, so took a few thousand hits for 1/4" die wear stamping 3/8" material.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2009
  17. In the back on my mind I seem to remember reading some story of low-cost alloy for making the dies cheaper, but not as long lasting. Of course the R&D, CAD, and prototype costs to make any thing of good quality could chew up a lot of investment money. If the Brookville guys are smart they are pricingtheir product right at the point where a new entrant into the market would have to think that it's not quite worth it to compete with them.

    I want to say the article said zinc, but in my thinking it would just be too soft to move steel.
  18. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,243


    32's SHOULD be a bit harder to get when you consider the total number of A's built compared to the 32!
    They make some extra money...thats good to!
    They might stay in business!!!! :)
  19. Evilfordcoupe™
    Joined: May 22, 2001
    Posts: 1,817


    1.5M Minimum!!!

  20. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,770


    ...and, don't forget about the big ass mutha of a press that stamps that stuff. You are talking about a press that is probably at least two stories tall.

    Watch your fingers, -Abone.
  21. bigdog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2002
    Posts: 543


    It's called supply and demand.
  22. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,703


  23. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,214


    I recall reading about the first company that repro'd the 32 Ford fenders decades ago.....they had to schedule a time slot with Boeing Aircraft to rent their 600 ton press.
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,234


    How deep is the concrete footing?:rolleyes:
    kidcampbell71 likes this.
  25. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 969

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    I saw one press that was used for serious stamping.It was 7 stories tall!
    The guy had to buy the building just to get the press:eek:.
  26. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,290


    I read in an article that the 32 has more parts, the parts have deeper draws, and it's harder to assemble properly. I'd imagine that they should have some jigs by now, but from what I've seen and read, they are hand fitted in a lot of places.
  27. hlfuzzball
    Joined: Jan 27, 2005
    Posts: 215

    from Michigan

    I made replacement body panels in Detroit for several years. My stamping source gave me six months to pay them for the Kirksite dies.(Just the form made off of NOS parts I supplied them, they retained ownership of the Kirksite material itself)

    Well, things went fine,until one of my distributors conspired to provide parts and market input to a Taiwan stamping company. The bottom line is that they put me out of business by selling parts so cheaply that I could buy their part painted, packaged, and delivered to Detroit, cheaper than I could buy a raw, untrimmed stamping off my own dies, from across town !

    And yes, we had Kirkside dies stolen out of outside storage by thieves too.

  28. Were they melted for scrap, or exported whole ?
  29. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,644

    A Boner

    Brookville 32 dies are kirksite, and the model "A" dies are steel!

    Why, I don't know.
  30. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,703


    To limit the vibration into the ground, the footing should weigh about three times what the moving parts weigh, so a 20' deep footing is not uncommon. As neighborhood grew around him our stamper had to leave doors closed and could only stamp with 1000 ton press in daytime hours.
    kidcampbell71 likes this.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!


Copyright © 1995-2020 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.