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Mondial Roof Latch Slider - New and Improved - Now Available

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  1. ronfrohock

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    Fellow Mondial Owners,
    I looked at reproducing the entire latch assembly but in the end, it's only the sliding part that fails so I decided to reproduce the sliding part only. Why pay for the entire assembly when its not needed?

    As we all know, the sliding part was aluminum cast from the factory and was not robust enough and sooner or later, they all break.

    The pasts that I will provide will be machined from a high strength aluminum that is commonly used in aircraft manufacturing (7075). The parts will be identical to the originals with one exception: I will be leaving in the material in-between the two holes where the pin is inserted which will be adding strength. (This was mentioned in a previous thread by another F-Chatter.) The parts will be black anodized.

    The cost will be $162.00 each plus shipping cost.
    I did my best to keep the cost down and Im not making much on this at all. The cost of the material, machining and anodizing all adds up and the part requires multiple set-ups as it is complex.

    Please see a picture of the specific "Slider Part" that I will be providing below. Again, I will be leaving in the material between the two holes.
    I am also providing a picture (provided by a fellow F-Chater) of a typical failure.

    Delivery will commence in about three weeks.

    And also keep in mind that I still have toggles available for $100.00 Each. Picture also provided below.

    Thanks
    - Ron Frohock


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  2. paulchua

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    Hi Ron , thanks for this. You can put me down for a pair, could you PM me payment instructions?

    Thabks
     
  3. Jake C

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    I am in for a complete set / pair - toggles and all. Please PM me with payment instructions!

    Thanks
    Jake
     
  4. syata

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    Hi Ron,
    I bought your toggles recently, do put me in for a set of the latch.
    You never know when you need them.


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  5. ronfrohock

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  7. Clnilsen

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    Put me down for a set as well! Pm me with payment info when you’re easy for $$.

    Great work as always!
     
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  8. davebdave

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    I posted years ago where Fchatter Gianluca hand machined two new ones for me out of stainless. He eliminated the spring and I don't miss it as they secure with the leather strap. However, if you are going for points at a show they probably should be there. Must have item!
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  9. geno355

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    I'm in for a set of latches. Email me at geno.kearney@att.net with payment info. Do the toggles fail often? You'd be shipping to 40391 Winchester, KY. Thanks,

    Geno.
     
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  10. ronfrohock

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    The Toggles fail most often. They were cast from the factory and they weren’t up to the structural task.
    Other people can chime in with their thoughts.

    I make replacement Toggles that will not fail as they are much improved.
     
  11. geno355

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    Okay, then. Give me a set of toggles with my latches. Just ship them all together to save shipping costs. Where will they ship from?Thanks,

    Geno.
     
  12. ronfrohock

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    I will contact you when I get the parts. Thanks


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  13. Mick5961

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    Hi Ron,
    I come from the Land Down Under :) Vegemite & thunder etc etc :)
    Can you PM me for toggles & latches & freight
    Cheers
    Mick
     
  14. ronfrohock

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    Sure. Just need an address. Thanks
     
  15. Mick5961

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    Sorry, delayed a bit - Brisbane, Queensland, zip 4109.
    Cheers
     
  16. ronfrohock

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    As an update: I expect to be able to ship soon. The parts are being finished this week. They are at the coaters being black anodized.


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  17. meunierj

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    Hi Ron,

    Looking for 2 of these to ship to Hogansburg NY. Can you message me please for details and payment if you have some available?

    Thanks,

    Jody
     
  18. ronfrohock

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    As an update....
    I was expecting to be shipping at this point but I ended up deciding to make a change to the design as I wasn't happy with the strength of the area around the two holes. I did a quick pull test of the original part and then a pull test of the one that had produced and the values only slightly better than the originals.

    At this point, I am making more, leaving the area between the two holes in place. This will prevent us from being able to use the springs but I think its a good tradeoff for producing a robust part.

    I will have these parts into weeks and will be able to ship them out then.

    I appreciate everyones patience. In the end these will be great parts that will not fail.

    Thanks
    - Ron Frohock
     
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  19. Clnilsen

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    Thanks Ron! Looking forward to another great project from you!
     
  20. James in Denver

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    I'd be highly interested! I bought your toggles but have not installed them yet. Any idea on ETA? How do you accept payment? --- James (CO, USA - 80112)
     
  21. ronfrohock

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    Started machining them today. I’m making fourty pieces. This will take me about five days and then I will send them out to the coaters. Less than two weeks and I’ll be shipping. Payment through PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo or a good old fashioned check.
    Thanks


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  22. syata

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    Ron,
    Thank you for making them. Please provide us with your PayPal email address.
    Stephen


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  23. Clnilsen

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    Ron - Are you taking payment for a set now?
     
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  25. paulchua

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    Thanks Ron, just placed my order!! Appreciate all you do for the community!
     

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