[/QUOTE]Try getting in touch with Jonathan Ward at Icon about the leather, his suppliers have top notch materials $$$$$$$$ but amazing!!!! http://www.icon4x4.com/
BTW... We've been trying for weeks to find some leather hides in this exact color to upholster the custom rear bench seat I've designed and it is proving to be very difficult. And by that I mean it might be impossible to find a match in the time we have left. Anyone out there in Expo internet land happen to be or know a custom leather supplier who can get 3 hides of this *exact* material by end of next week? Two weeks max.
This is a consideration on the table. Not a cheap one though.It might be faster and easier to have all the seats done with the same new leather of a very close color, redoing the complete front seats in the process. Like the old saying: fast, cheap or right...you get to pick two. :sombrero:
That's funny, automotive wiring for me is like taking Statistics all over again......I will will settle for the "B".In between all of the big things to do for this project, I still have to find time for the little stuff. Knocked this switch panel out tonight while waiting for my computer to back up files.
Also started prepping for the mirror wiring. I'll save the bulk of that job for when I need to relax and take a break. For whatever reason automotive wiring is like meditation for me.
Yup, fast and right...cheap gets left behind. I don't envy trying to get this sort of project done on your timeline. It took me 7 years to build my VW.This is a consideration on the table. Not a cheap one though.
Have you considered 3D printing as a low volume option? If you can draw it in Solidworks, the hard part is done.The problem is that the "masses" would need to be thousands of buyers before it would be even remotely feasible to manufacture these the right way with die casting and injection molding. Ford is in a way better position to take that on than I am.
I think everyone who's interested should email pictures of my van and the SEMA van to as many Ford execs and E-series engineers as we can find and plead with them to update the cut away van mirrors for the remaining years of production.