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From: Laguna Niguel, CA
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 08-02-2001 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HHuggins   Click Here to Email HHuggins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does it make sense financially to re-chrome anything? Just about any chrome part for a '70 is available as a re-pop. My louvre hardware, hood locks and Hurst shifter are pretty worn and pitted. I'm not sure what the cost to re-chrome small parts like this is. I've noticed that I don't hear a lot of talk from people regarding re-chroming original hardware.


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Harley D. Huggins II
Laguna Niguel, CA

1970 Mach I
1998 GT Convertible

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From: Bay Area, CA
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 08-03-2001 02:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JAAZZY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chroming small parts is expensive. The local guy I used in the past gave me reasonable prices but if a chrome part was already available the price would be close if not lower. The only thing though is that his work seems of higher quality.

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From: Redwood City, Ca. USA
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 08-03-2001 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Doc   Click Here to Email Doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I work in a high end restoration shop and we have all (even new repop parts) rechromed and the results show when one of our cars is next to a car with old or repo chrome. I think if your not going to do every little piece on the car you'll be able to see what's done and what's not so it might look worse than good old and repo chrome mixed, the cost is high and you run the risk of lost and damaged parts, having a bunch of pieces chromed the first time is a trial , many things must be disassembled and then reassembled without hurting the finish. But if you want the look it's not wasted time/money!

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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 08-03-2001 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, chrome plating has gone out of sight, pricewise. Part of it, is the EPA, Derm, and local zonging laws, etc. Repo chrome sucs ie Pro Products mirrors, taillight frames, GT light bezels, grille bars, and more. Maybe it's the humid climate I live in but the stuff pits! Plating pot metal pieces is really high, but if done by a quality plater, it's the best! On a driven car, I cannot afford rechroming, so I'll settle for repop. I'll take rechrome on bumpers, though. The latest batch of of "original Ford" is not that great either!! When the time comes for me to sell my 65, I'll put on new mirrors and tailight frames, etc. and let the next guy complain about it. LOL!

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From: sayville,newyork
Registered: Jul 2000

posted 08-04-2001 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66351stang   Click Here to Email 66351stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
been there done the rechrome scene, years ago.. nos is the only way to go for bumpers, and mirrors,any chrome needed.. and it is all out there, i found nos front and rear bumpers from a ford dealer(60 miles away) but was worth the ride, bought both from them. paid $230.00 for the front and $255.00 for the rear.. all were still in the original ford wrapping..

ponycar66,have you flown in a ford latley???????
glad i had a v-8 !!!!!!
84.5 gt350-61 falcon 302
have a great day!!!!!!!!

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From: New York
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posted 08-04-2001 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cynot65   Click Here to Email cynot65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going with new parts. The rechrome deal is way too expensive for what in essence will be my Daily driver.
Tony C*

65 Convertible 289 4spd
M&M Member#450

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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 08-04-2001 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ALmost $500 for 2 Ford bumpers. is a bit steep for me. Everthing is out there and if a person is going trailered concours it's the way to go. I have, however, seen some fairly recent Ford bumpers that were not any better than a top flight repro. I would love to have new Ford mirrors and would consider paying for those along with GT light bezels. But, as of late, ol' Henry and co. have let some stuff slip out that is NOT what one expect to get. That's why the "Gold" guys and the Shelby guys hold out for red oxide sheetmetal instead of the later black primered stuff. I can't tell the difference but they can or so they say. On another distant related post, it was pointed out that Ford racing lifters were not good. I put a Goodmark fender on a 65 and it wasn't bad at all. As time goes by, it will be increasing harder to find stuff. I'm NOT calling Perogie or Herndon!

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