One of the frustrating parts of our passion is it can be tough to make… well parts for it. Sure parts can be specked and even made. BUT, the volume of people buying stuff may not encourage the remanufacturing of them. Demand! The ultimate decision maker. I run into this with many items, and in the case of this blank Data plate for sale on ebay for $235 on the surface may seem over priced. BUT. Considering it may be one of the last ones out there that’s blank. This is one of the last, since the market is not what it used to be. Same with many other parts and materials. Imagine yours is lost. You need a blank one to stamp in your own numbers. This is not a restorable part.
For example fellow Woody Boater Riverric is searching all over the planet for bleached white planking with black “caulking” stripes style of NAUTOLEX vinyl for the cockpit, and cabin soles on his cruiser.
Manafolds for most of the flatheads, There are new ones being made by Dave VanNess and Peter Hinkle for the K engine. But man oh man, try and find W parts. This is happening all over. Parts can be custom made, but will cost.. cost alot. And take time.
Fuel Sticks? Ya, 40 bucks a pop. Fun to have. A bitch to make and have a bazillion sitting around
So. when you see a data plate for sale for $230 bucks, you may think WTH? BUT. What if you cant find them anymore and need one. Lucky you, though cause these are made by fellow Woody Boater and fantastic guy Al Schinnerer at California Classic Boats, but not being remade. This is the case with many parts now.
This is a treasure trove of remade parts that are perfect, and a lot of effort was made to make them. These are around $120 bucks on this site. YOU CAN VISIT THEM HERE.