Revive your vintage vehicle with 3D Printing, the ultimate solution for hard-to-find parts

Posted on

Restoring classic cars can be thrilling but challenging, especially when sourcing rare and elusive parts. In a nostalgic tale, [Emily Velasco] shares her frustration with the high prices and scarcity of vintage vehicle components. Determined to find a solution, she turned to 3D printing.

When faced with the daunting task of replacing all four marker lights on her 1982 Toyota pickup, [Velasco] refused to pay the hefty $160 price tag. Instead, she replicated the marker lamps using her trusty 3D printer. Taking inspiration from a popular pickup model, she used a cheap marker lamp replacement as a reference to create accurate replicas at a fraction of the cost.

One impressive technique employed by [Velasco] was her approach to capturing the lens’s unique shape. Photographing it on graph paper eliminated any distortion and achieved a precise silhouette. While this method may not be suitable for highly intricate shapes, it proves invaluable for creating parts with complex curvatures in a 2D format. This clever trick opens up a world of possibilities for various DIY projects and hacks.






Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.