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Hey folks,

I did a project here at work that involved making custom USB memory sticks that looks like our products.  Now, some you know that I drive a 1965 Corvair Corsa as my fun toy and so it may not be a surprise that the two blended in my brain and I approached the vendor about making a "Corvair" memory stick and well.......

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I am about to pay the tooling costs and we will be getting this underway!!!!  I have a website http://www.classiccarusb.com that is in process of being programmed now (Programming being done by a member here BTW)

They will be about $15ea for 4gb version and $50ea for 64gb versions.

So, which sewing machine should we do next???????


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Aston Martin DB9 please!
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Aston Martin DB9 please!


Yeah... I am SURE that there is a market to justify that...LOL

BTW - $500 just for the tooling up front PER design, minimum order is 100 units.

So it would be at a minimum a $2000 order.....

Let me know when you are ready! (hehe)

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And there was me thinking it would be easy peasy!! [bawl] 
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Neat. I do think a Mustang would be cool, tho probably not the 72 Grande that my folks sold the week before I got my license. (I'm sure it only feels like they sold it the week prior.).
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Neat. I do think a Mustang would be cool, tho probably not the 72 Grande that my folks sold the week before I got my license. (I'm sure it only feels like they sold it the week prior.).

I feel this. When I was 16 my mom traded in the '63 Chevy II that was supposed to be mine. What she traded it in for? A freakin' Ford Pinto.

Steve, I'm sure you'll get many responses for ideas so I'll just say it doesn't matter to me but I'll take two.

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The goal for this is actually to get most of the Corvair line then branch into other 60's cars Ford, GM, Dodge etc.

But I was thinking that some treadles or handcranks might lend themselves to a version of this...

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Back to the cars, I suppose if a loop was added for keyring use it might look like a tow rope, totally nixing the cool muscle car vibe. [smile]
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Make a Porsche, of course!
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What make was the car in 'Christine' (Stephen King book, but you know that too, of course)?
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I thought you meant sewing machines. No cars for me unless it's a 66 Impala, 67 Tempest, 78 Camaro or a 69 Chev shorty stepside.

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I did.... 
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1965 230SL Mercedes with European specs I brought back from Germany in 1980 and still driving the thing. But I am getting to old to remove the hard top so we an use it as a convertible. Looks good with the rag top too. I love the old cars that have the rag as well as a hard top.
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Steve I know you love the antique sewing machine and I'm just throwing this out as an idea. The post war Japanese sewing machines often look like car dashboards.

There were two different Plymouth models used in the movie "Christine" , the Belvedere and Savoy but they identified it as a '58 Fury.
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How about a 1965 Ford Mustang?  I've never had one, but my husband always wanted that car -- we could never quite find the money for it!  And, compared to today's prices, cars were cheap back then -- of course, our wages weren't that great back then, either!  

I've attached a photo of a couple of flash drives I obtained from my son's work (all legally purchased, of course)!  And, I suspect you've probably seen them in all sorts of "shells" for the flash drive!

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Hey folks,

I did a project here at work that involved making custom USB memory sticks that looks like our products.  Now, some you know that I drive a 1965 Corvair Corsa as my fun toy and so it may not be a surprise that the two blended in my brain and I approached the vendor about making a "Corvair" memory stick and well.......

20161125_161750-800x600_SMALL.jpg 

Corvair - Rendering - Regal Red_SMALL.jpg

I am about to pay the tooling costs and we will be getting this underway!!!!  I have a website http://www.classiccarusb.com that is in process of being programmed now (Programming being done by a member here BTW)

They will be about $15ea for 4gb version and $50ea for 64gb versions.

So, which sewing machine should we do next???????

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How about a '68 Dodge Charger, no Landau top please![smile]
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OT some more. I got some respite time over the week end. One of our stops was Swope's antique car museum. It is worth a little ways out of the way to go see.
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That is a fantastic car museum. Pat and I spent a couple of hours looking at all the antique cars. Near there is a Coka Cola museum that has the one in Atlanta beat 10 fold. Glad you had a good time.
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We were there a long time, too. There are some things you just can't see very fast.
I didn't see any info on the coke place. Fort Knox was impossible to navigate.

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How cool!

I know they make USB sticks that look like sewing machines already, but they're very cartoonish and generic looking; definitely not any one specific machine.

I'd love one that looks like a Rocketeer!  That's the first vintage sewing machine I ever fell in love with.  I like it so much I've even considered incorporating it into a tattoo.

A FW shaped stick would probably sell well. 

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hmmm, a featherweight memory stick WOULD probably sell well.....  
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What's already out there -
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Novelty-shaped-Pink-Vintage-Sewing-Machine-4GB-USB-Flash-Drive-Memory-Stick-/321968512474?hash=item4af6d19dda:g[biggrin]usAAOSwT~9WjUzs

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sew-Easy-Sewing-Machine-USB-Memory-Stick-/152482814208?hash=item2380af1900:g:LAcAAOSwx6pYrBRt

http://www.ebay.com/itm/152193554774?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I really like the Brother one, having a hard time resisting it. Neither one of my Brother embroidery machines use a flash drive though.

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Hmmm.  How about one I could hardly hope of owning....like a Singer Turtleback or something equally rare??


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Cari,

That Brother stick is definitely the best-looking sewing machine shaped USB stick I've seen, and the only one I've seen that looked "realistic".  The ones I've seen all look like the first couple you posted - cutesy, generic, cartoony, often with flowers for some reason.  Cute, but not to my taste at all!

On that Brother one, I like that the stick is very ordinary looking when you pull the sewing machine body cap off.  That's always an issue for me with "novelty" USB drives...most of my ports are usually full and/or close-together; not a lot of space for a bulky USB drive body unless I unplug something else. I love them for gifts, though - every year at Christmas I buy a bunch of MP3's for my spouse and pre-load them onto a USB stick; I try to find quirky drives to put them on so it's more fun to unwrap.  

Steve - if you're doing more auto drives, have you considered old VW's?  My dad collected them and I know there are still tons of vintage VW collectors out there.  Split window and/or oval window VW drives might sell well.

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I agree the Brother is better than the other sewing machine USBs that are out there. I thought that a few years back there was a featherweight USB but only 2G. I can't find a picture of it. I was thinking that maybe something like https://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Machine-Collectible-Pencil-Sharpener/dp/B01D0NBOF8 I have two - one with a sharpener and one without. If it had a paw foot base type sewing machine or some of the hand cranks that had a base for bonnet or bentwood case.

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Sorry to be negative, but...aren't there copyright laws (or the equivalent) on these designs?
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I would imagine that since this "artwork" is created from scratch then it should be OK.  It COULD be possible for GM to serve me with a cease and desist, but I cannot imagine that they would find any benefit or motivation for doing so
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I think you might run into some trouble if you started using their branding and trademarks (logos for Ford, Chevy, etc.) but if it's just a "generic" car that happens to look an awful lot like a classic I think you're pretty safe.
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What? The 'Stang won't have a pony on the grill? Bummer! [smile]
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Might be able to get away with that.  Especially if you slightly modify the tail or one of the leg positions or something and don't explicitly call it a "Ford Mustang".  But then you run the risk of looking like a Chinese knock-off.

Its not a Ford Mustang!  It's a "Forb Mustay"!  LOL

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Very cool Steve!
I'm a fan of the Corvairs too.
I think you'll find a ready market for the classic car ones.
What's sad is your basic flash drive has the same capacity as my desk top.
Memory has come a long way.
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