New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

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New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by JT68 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:14 am

by cole455 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:18 pm:

! I'm fully convinced that JT is the "Bob Ross" of Datsun parts. "....and we'll just build a happy little solex manifold right here". Thank you Cole!!!


I've been kicking around the idea of building a great looking, although not absolutely perfect copy of the U20 Solex intake.
This version would be a dry manifold, would be aesthetically excellent, look correct on the car, and have the following features:

Would support the original isolators
Would use the original solex water tube (for heater hose routing and proper linkage), but the manifold itself would be dry.
Would use the correct center pull linkage (no monkey motion cheesy rod setup)
Would not have ugly external welds and look homemade.
Would seal properly and be a correct fit - drop in replacement for OEM. Properly machined.
Would support linkage for OER and Dellorto carbs too if requested
Could also be built "better than OEM" in terms of performance.
Would look exceptional, correct aesthetics, almost as good as OEM, and not detract from the value of your car like a homemade project, instead it would be a "wow, thats a beautiful part" - perhaps the most beautiful piece under the hood.



The price would be 1050-1150 depending on some choices. Deposit would be required, but not until success was close.

I need one or two for existing projects and the webpage and probably need 2-3 other takers to make it viable. It will be built to my usual standard and will involve all custom CNC parts.

Please PM or post if you would commit to one (or more). Thank you! JT
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by JT68 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:38 am

Seems like this project is a non-starter for now. I know if I was to put a fabricated manifold on my car, it would have to be as classy as the rest of the engine, so cheap versions just don't cut it.

I'll turn my attention to more pressing projects!

Thanks! Jt
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by AidanDawn2000 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:48 pm

I think people really want a visual before committing to something this pricey. Also It seems like a hard sell to make reproduction for more than an original. Your stuff is the best though!
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by JT68 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:05 pm

So close your eyes and picture the most beautiful tubular aluminum manifold you can, Beautiful milled and chamfered flanges, no ugly welds, supporting all the original linkage and decked out with new rubber insulators - all brand new and highly original in appearance. Worthy of a BRAND NEW set of Solexes or OERS.-- Nice enough for J Baker's 2L. That would be it.

No worries. Project on hold for now. If I build one, perhaps I should build them better than new (like our resonators, linkage and other pieces!)
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by AC77 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:20 pm

JT68 wrote:So close your eyes and picture the most beautiful tubular aluminum manifold you can, Beautiful milled and chamfered flanges, no ugly welds, supporting all the original linkage and decked out with new rubber insulators - all brand new and highly original in appearance. Worthy of a BRAND NEW set of Solexes or OERS.-- Nice enough for J Baker's 2L. That would be it.

No worries. Project on hold for now. f I do build one, perhaps I should build them better than new (like our resonators, linkage and other pieces!)
That was beautiful. Thank you for that image. I did just what you said and closed me eyes too :)
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by bakerjf » Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:01 pm

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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by Alvin » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:36 pm

JT68 wrote: Would look exceptional, correct aesthetics, almost as good as OEM,
What makes the new part "almost as good" as the OEM?
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Re: New Reproduction U20 Solex Manifold Advanced Reservation Intro Offer

Post by JT68 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:54 am

A glimmer of hope.....Thank you JB!

Alvin the version discussed above is dry and so would not be an exact copy of OEM. I don't know anyone insisting on the water ports, in many ways it makes it easier, but a small subset might insist on an exact copy.

From a functional perspective, no difference. From an aesthetic difference, as minimal as is reasonable.

Regarding price, as the NOS parts become more and more rare, these would actually be less money.

An actual part is a few months away, and I have a few additional ideas. Maybe for the Spring...

Thanks for the input everyone! J
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