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    -- Group Message from craig001@mc.duke.edu --

    Hey All,

    A thread on zcar.com has been started concerning the rubber window squeegee and
    the fact that you have to buy the whole chrome trim assembly when the rubber
    deteriorates. Kinda pricey. Anyway, somebody there located a potential
    manufacturer, Steele Rubber, and suggested we all email the company and see if
    we can get them to make a replacement rubber piece. Here is my email:

    Dear Steele Rubber,

    Your company has been discussed on an internet forum for Datsun Z-car
    enthusiasts as a possible source for OEM-style replacement rubber, specifically,
    the window squeegee on the 70 - 78 240, 260 and 280Zs. This is an extruded
    rubber wiper/"fuzzy" that is stapled to the inside of the chrome trim at the
    outer top edge of the door and serves the purpose of keeping rain out of the
    door and wiping the window. At this time there is no source for this rubber
    piece, forcing the Z owner to purchase the whole trim assembly, at a cost of
    approximately $75 per side. With the same part interchanging between all 70
    through 78 Z cars and the youngest of these original parts being 22 years old,
    you can see that there are hundreds of thousands of potential customers for this
    part. The Datsun Z is being recognized by more and more people as a true classic
    and collectable auto and the restoration of these cars is a growing industry.
    There are Z clubs worldwide and the Z has a tremendous internet presence. The
    web site:
    http://www.zhome.com http://www.240z.org

    is a good place to gather information.

    I hope you agree that this would be a good market for your company to penetrate.
    In addition to the window squeegee, the other rubber parts of these cars (as
    well as its cousins, the 280ZX and 300 ZX) are ill-served by the aftermarket
    industry. OEM examples of these parts are available to assure exacting
    reproduction. A top quality automotive rubber manufacturer would find a large
    number of eager customers.

    *END OF SUCK-UP EMAIL*


    I think this is a good idea (even though I don't know anything about Steele
    Rubber) and wanted to pass this along and urge everyone to email them. The
    address is:

    gsteele@steelerubber.com

    You don't have to blab on like I did, just tell them "If you make it, I will
    buy". What do you all think? Maybe one of those eloquently worded essays from
    our Fearless President Carl would win the day!

    Damian
    71 240 with crumbling squeegees.


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    Good idea.

    Can you post his reply up on here.

    I do hope he did reply especially after that suck up .

    Good effort.
    George
    1973 240Z -The Green Beast- L28 FI

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    Just make sure if you cut and paste his email to not copy the *END OF SUCK-UP EMAIL* Part I dont think that would be good.

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    One more FYI the email address you supplied didnt work so i went to there website and got these email address of the president and other ppl so I would send the emails there. magosta@steelerubber.com; elail@steelerubber.com; wvaughan@steelerubber.com; jdancoff@steelerubber.com

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    Thanks Stryker....
    Mike

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    If they would make the squeegees, then we could glue/staple them on the old chrome strip and sell them to MidwestZ for $35 and get the money back!

    Mine were $40 each!!

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