I don't think the price is really that bad but those knobs aren't really special to my eye

On second blush the price is terrible too 

Troy Sloan posted:

Socal Imports in Long Beach. Available in black, ivory or cream. 

Very cool man. Thanks!

The knobs are a fraction of price ($5 each) and look good enough for me.

I just filled up my cart with goodies ($75) - but upon checkout see that they only have a flat rate shipping (international) of $149.. (for knobs! - ha).. so there goes that idea.

For instance - my shifter set cost $30 shipping, bluetooth radio ($28), and a hell of a lot of stuff from Sierra under $50.. so - not sure where they're coming from with $149.

Anyway, the quest continues..

Got them from Cip1 - great customer service. Reasonable shipping. Ended up ordering $2,200 worth of junk I probs don't need..

But the knobs were a bargain.

You can easily machine a $3.50 VW knob with the help of a screw inserted in a drill, a file and sandpaper, it takes about 20 min per button.

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chines1 posted:

We make exact repro large and small ivory knobs locally.  They have a small pilot hole centered and can be drilled and tapped for any thread

 

@chines1  

I am interested!  Can you give more info on how to order?

Benoit posted:

You can easily machine a $3.50 VW knob with the help of a screw inserted in a drill, a file and sandpaper, it takes about 20 min per button.

knob

Can you show us video from start to finish please...

Carey maybe you could simply make a quick list of what else you sell on your site ... with a note to call the office to get them .  

EMPI makes them for seat sliders (think set screws are seat), the 3 dash knobs (screw on) and radio (push on). 

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but billet dash knobs on a Speedster just screams:

“I’M A REPLICA!! “

Personally, I’m ambivalent to whether someone uses all VW-style knobs (Same shape as the silver knobs just above) or the Porsche-style Mushroom jobbies, but neither ones should be billet silver.  No,  No,  No.......

I happen to have VW style stuff for a simple reason over the Porsche style:  I like them!

I'm using the VW dark grey safety rubber knobs currently. I prefer dull billet over the aftermarket often chrome knobs.

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Benoit posted:

You can easily machine a $3.50 VW knob with the help of a screw inserted in a drill, a file and sandpaper, it takes about 20 min per button.

knob

I tried to reshape some ivory VW knobs from CIP1 and found they are hollow.  I broke thru to the inside!  Does anyone offer solid knobs?

Gordon Nichols posted:

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but billet dash knobs on a Speedster just screams:

“I’M A REPLICA!! “

 

And some people even have powder coated dash knobs. 

I'm OK with powder coating them....Really.

Maybe it's just the silver/metallic look I object to, and then, it's probably just me.  And as I keep typing I'll just dig a deeper hole for myself so I'll stop.  

@Carlos,  We had a client request all mahogany knobs for her roadster and I sent a knob set to Everett Every (forum member who custom makes shift knobs for me) and he duplicated them all, including door buffers, to match her shift knob and steering wheel.  It wasn't;t cheap, as expected with one off items, but they looked great.

@IAM Ray, just not enough time in the day.  i actually removed over 50% of the parts on our website because we didn't have the time to, not only support parts sales,  but to explain the differences between all of the parts used by various manufacturers.  Those that don't know, expect that "part X" will fit any speedster replica built from the 1970s to today...   

That makes a lot of sense ... there is a whole education to be had for most new owners and unless the volume is high .... time is money as they say

Gordon Nichols posted:

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but billet dash knobs on a Speedster just screams:

“I’M A REPLICA!! “

...  says the guy with the widebody. 

I couldn’t care less if something screams “replica”. If a thing is cool to me, it will be cool regardless of what anybody else thinks. 

BlackRice posted:

I don't mind spending on nice reproduction pieces. But seriously - $560 for a set of 14 replica knobs for my replica speedster?

http://www.sierramadrecollecti...6C-60-65-p25685.html

Plastic knobs? Really?

Anyone know of a China alternative or something a bit more affordable?

Thanks

I have spent stupid money on my Speedster but if I ever spend almost $600 on knobs someone please shoot me.

They aren't even attractive IMHO.

Gordon Nichols posted:

I dunno, maybe it’s just me, but billet dash knobs on a Speedster just screams:

“I’M A REPLICA!! “

Personally, I’m ambivalent to whether someone uses all VW-style knobs (Same shape as the silver knobs just above) or the Porsche-style Mushroom jobbies, but neither ones should be billet silver.  No,  No,  No.......

I happen to have VW style stuff for a simple reason over the Porsche style:  I like them!

Worse than billet knobs to me are those reproduction instruments with black faces.  (no jokes, pls).

BlackRice posted:

I don't mind spending on nice reproduction pieces. But seriously - $560 for a set of 14 replica knobs for my replica speedster?

http://www.sierramadrecollecti...6C-60-65-p25685.html

Plastic knobs? Really?

Anyone know of a China alternative or something a bit more affordable?

Thanks

I have spent stupid money on my Speedster but if I ever spend almost $600 on knobs someone please shoot me.

They aren't even attractive IMHO.

Rusty S posted:
Benoit posted:

You can easily machine a $3.50 VW knob with the help of a screw inserted in a drill, a file and sandpaper, it takes about 20 min per button.

knob

Can you show us video from start to finish please...

https://youtu.be/kVZh-iBqCAs

IMG_20170507_205932523_HDRIMG_20170917_193953451_HDRI guess I'm guilty of Gordon's worst sin. I got my billet knobs at cip1.com. They are threaded, no set screws. I believe they look more "right" than plastic, but to each their own I say. Everything on my car is metal, except the car itself! Steel, aluminum, silver hammertone paint, etc. The aforementioned knobs sit on the white dash with OE Porsche keyswitch with aluminum bezel and aluminum start button. Turn signal knob w/dimmer switch in the end: aluminum and stainless(oh yeah, and handcrafted, by me). Billet steering hub: Carey Hines. Original style e-brake: Jim Dubois(handmade) powdercoat silver. Still need to install my aluminum shifter lever by Carey Hines. 

Bottom line, white plastic would look crappy in my white Spyder, but that's just me. Besides, Michelle polishes my aluminum knobs for me. Who would say no to that?IMG_20170507_205757163

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If you really want white knobs, you could buy those cheesy billet aluminum ones, pay a machinist to cut them to OE P-car size, then powdercoat. It would be a bargain even if you farmed out the machining and powdercoating to professionals compared to that insane $500-600 price!

I think Marty(or is it Lane?)has a powdercoated shift knob.

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Danny, I’m not normally a metal knob fan, but it really looks just right against the white paint. Nice.

I think Marty powder-coated his knob (bet that hurt).  I spray painted mine (Duplicate-Color Sahara beige) ivory.

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