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    Default Mori Seiki and Mori Clone Gearbox Nameplate Reproductions Available

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    I recently had the opportunity to make a replacement gearbox nameplate for the restorer of an older Mori Seiki. After posting photos of his new plate on social media, I received quite a bit of interest in replacement plates for other Mori machines and the Mori clones (Webb, Cadillac, YAM, Hwacheon) that share the same plate layout with the 1800 max RPM spindle.

    I have since had a trial batch of four processed by a commercial etching house using my vector artwork. These plates came out really well, and I'm posting here to see if there might be additional interest out there among the Mori community.

    Being completely candid, these plates are large, very complex, and costly to make compared to the smaller tags I usually do for restorers. Due to the cost of this initial order, I'm floating a trial balloon at $225/plate for individual orders but will discount for multiple copy orders. I cannot process less than four at a time, but I can make as many as the community needs in multiples of four with a 4-5 week lead time.

    Photos attached below so you can see the quality of what you'd be receiving. They are made from 0.032" brass sheet stock and will come undrilled so you can match drill to your original plate for a perfect fit.

    If your Mori has a different ratio set, I would like to talk to you about scanning your original so I can flesh out artwork for the rest of the Mori lineup. DM me and let's talk.

    Best regards,

    Tom Utley

    Edit: the photos make the background appear almost black, but it's a dark navy blue similar to the original plates from Mori.

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    FYI, you can still buy the speed/gear/threading name plates from Cadillac/Yang USA distributor in LA for about 25$. I bought one for my Mori clone Cadillac 2260 two years ago.

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    Markp,

    Thanks. Did you get an etched brass plate for $25? Or a decal? The gentleman I spoke with at a prominent SoCal importer/dealer mentioned he has an Asian source for repop plates and decals. However, he told me his own cost for the plates is much more than $25. I’m not sure what he sells them for.

    If there’s a source out there today for $25 plates, then I’ll need to bundle up a lot more quantity to get down to pricing that low for a high fidelity plate like this.

    Best regards,

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    The plate I got from Yang was aluminum with rivet holes. Looks like it was silkscreened onto the plate. I put a lexan sheet over the plate using silicone adhesive to protect it
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    That makes a lot more sense now! The plates I’m offering are traditional acid-etched brass. The etched relief area is filled with dark blue color for good contrast like what these machines would have shipped with originally.

    You really had me scratching my head on the cost—I have the better part of $25 just in the raw brass sheet stock! Ha.

    Thanks for the follow-up post!

    Tom

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    I would be interested in purchasing one.
    PLUS do you have ALL the other small pieces that show the other settings.

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    Hi there, I have one new gearbox plate remaining. Unfortunately, I have not been asked to reproduce any of the other Mori Seiki plates. We’d be starting from scratch on artwork for those.

    I’d be happy to talk you through the cost to get to the first copy of the other plates, starting with photos of what they look like to give me an idea of their complexity. It won’t be inexpensive, but it’s definitely doable now that the most difficult of the plates is done.

    My direct email address is [email protected]nindustrial.com.

    Thanks!

    Tom


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    Quote Originally Posted by markp View Post
    FYI, you can still buy the speed/gear/threading name plates from Cadillac/Yang USA distributor in LA for about 25$. I bought one for my Mori clone Cadillac 2260 two years ago.
    Have contact info for them?

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    Update: I have sold the last of this first batch of Mori gearbox plates. Future orders will require a new min batch qty of six plates.

    The semi-good news is I have already paid the non-recurring setup cost for the silkscreens so the next batch will be a bit cheaper if I can aggregate enough requests to place the order.

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