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Old 01-26-2011, 03:19 PM
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I am going to chrome the "bird" ornament just forward of the hood, two pieces of the driver side mirror and the hood "scoop" which is pot metal. I received 2 quotes here in Northern Ca. One was $225 and the other $400. Both seemed high. Does anyone have a good, reasonable chromer contact? Shipping for those parts probably wouldn't break the bank.
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Ray had once refered me to a shop in AZ that I have used several times for smaller and mailable items. I have been satisfied with their service and quality.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:26 PM
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Have you considered new, reproduction pieces? Any chromed potmetal I have bought is first rate.

Also see elsewhere a thread on spray on chrome.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:30 PM
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Contact www.archerchrome.com! They were at the swap meet last year in Louisville Ky. I looked at some of their work and it looked awesome. They even do pot metal and had some pieces there to show before and after!
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The retail price on this 1960 hood bird is around 40.00, but is listed at not concourse quality. You might consider this rather than the rechrome or the repaint route.
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Martin there are some valid points made to the repro parts especially the emblem, as they are quite nice. The mirrors and hood scoop are a different matter and if you can get them rechromed ( quality finish ) for under $225, I would say go for it. Anytime you can get three (3) pieces rechromed ( again quality finish ) for about $75.00 a piece that's a good thing. I had the front / back bumpers, hood scoop, headlight plates and the valve covers done for $1500 two years ago and they turned out great.Just a suggestion, if your are getting the hood scoop chromed ( I would suspect for added accent ) have you considered your head light plates as well
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Thank you for the suggestions and contact information, I will send pictures off to them tonight. Here are the items I wanted re-finished. I have a Harley and did alot of re-chroming last year. I had my primary, transmission and rocker covers done as well as lifter blocks, belt guard, coil and battery cover done for $500. This bird stuff represents about 1/5 of that conservatively. So I figured no more than $150. Of course prices here in Ca. never stop going up!
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Martin there are some valid points made to the repro parts especially the emblem, as they are quite nice. The mirrors and hood scoop are a different matter and if you can get them rechromed ( quality finish ) for under $225, I would say go for it. Anytime you can get three (3) pieces rechromed ( again quality finish ) for about $75.00 a piece that's a good thing. I had the front / back bumpers, hood scoop, headlight plates and the valve covers done for $1500 two years ago and they turned out great.Just a suggestion, if your are getting the hood scoop chromed ( I would suspect for added accent ) have you considered your head light plates as well
Thanks Dan...I'm trying to make Angelina a little different which is why I am only chroming the hood scoop. Wait until you see the color of the paint being done!
I tell ya...doing one of these cars, you end up being a contractor, interviewing people and weeding out the BSers. I'm not complaining too much. I'm really having a blast! The painter/body guy is allowing me to do grunt work on the car for him. He said with me helping it should take 2 weeks longer...
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All my chrome was done by Southwest Chrome in San Antonio. 210-658-8087. Tell them that you know me if you call them and remind them I am the guy with the '59 yellow Tbird. Their prices are quite reasonable and they have things done pretty fast. I have had things chromed for others outside the US, and I think they have been pleased with the results. I will tell you though, that chroming pot metal is problematic, and they told me so. I went through three air scoops to get one chromed that would fit and it still does not fit that well, but it is on. Also, the curved tail pieces in the rear are hard to chrome also. One of mine bent during chroming, but I was able to get it on. Keep that in mind.
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One of mine bent during chroming, but I was able to get it on. Keep that in mind.


YIKES!!! I think a little too much heat or current at the chromers.
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