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Katherine
Journeyman

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From: Albany, GA USA
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 11-24-2002 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katherine   Click Here to Email Katherine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am having my 66 mustang repainted, but since the bumpers are original -they are tarnished. The painter suggested I get replacement chrome.I understand it is more cost-effective to replace than to re-chrome. Besides no one in this town does re-chroming -Id have to send off. Where do you guys suggest I get all this chrome from?--including molding, handles, decals etc. Thanks a lot!

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cobravenom71
Gearhead

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From: Kissimee, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 11-24-2002 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you can afford it, I would strongly suggest keeping your original bumpers and having them re-chromed.
'Nordan' is considered to have one of the best line of repop bumpers, but even those are not perfect repro's. The edges are not as 'filled-in', and the chrome is only factory-new car quality, not show-chrome.
Spend the bucks to get yours redone in show-chrome and you will never regret it!

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mustangs68
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From: Hampton,Virginia,USA MCA#39406 M&M #12
Registered: May 99

posted 11-24-2002 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well the 1st question is the a daily driver or show car..
If daily don't spent the money for the re-chrome..todays baths are not the quality of years ago and the lay down (bright nickel) isn't that thick.You'll hear folk brag about how great their Chrome look today when fresh but 5-7 years down the road they tarnish and start looking bad unless the car been stored inside.

Click on one of our sponsors and ckeck out the price if she just a daily driver.

BTW I plated for almost 10 years were I work..we done Copper,Lead-Tin,Nickle and Bright Nickel and the products (to plate with) and EPA killed the process..we no longer Plate Componets.

sam

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Toronado3800
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 11-25-2002 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Toronado3800     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the Edwardsville, IL Mustang shop I spend $95 a piece on some repo bumpers. It seems they weigh a bit less than the origionals and they have yet to have to drive any faster than I can push the car, but they look fine to my untrained eye and the bolt holes lined up.

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cobravenom71
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From: Kissimee, Fl USA
Registered: Aug 2002

posted 11-25-2002 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I still say keep the originals.

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indyphil
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From: Lafayette, IN, USA
Registered: Jul 2002

posted 11-25-2002 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
according to several posts on the theme of restored Vs orignial I was lead to believe that reproductions often have better quality plating than original ford parts. If the ford parts have lasted this long then the repro parts should last forever.
Then its a straight choice between an MCA concours show queen or a driver. several hundred dollars for a rechrome and stay original or go cheap and get repop.

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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
Registered: Jul 99

posted 11-25-2002 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a comment worth slight less than 2 cents ...
I will never spend a lot of money on bumpers 'cos sooner or later they're gonna do what they were designed to do ... bump something.
I don't even think of them as part of the car really. They're just protection for what's underneath.

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itlbrnmoff
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From: Indianapolis,IN.USA
Registered: Nov 2002

posted 11-25-2002 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for itlbrnmoff   Click Here to Email itlbrnmoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Doesn't Mustangs Plus sell resto parts?

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 11-26-2002 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NPD does too, Nordan.

The last I checked, plating a pair of bumpers cost $650. What does it cost in your area?

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DaveK
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From: Sterling, VA
Registered: Dec 99

posted 11-26-2002 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DaveK   Click Here to Email DaveK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the bumpers on my old '67 cougar rechromed about 6 years ago and it was about $650.

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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 11-26-2002 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had Nordans on a few Mustangs and they are a great compromise between alleged concours and practicality. Granted; they are not perfect but after three years, regular polishing with windex and paper toweling has not hurt them. The last set I have has weak chrome on the very edge of the wraparound, rear, on a 65 Mustang. But the chrome is excellent compared to the crao that the ex Pro Products dealt out on a set of 65 style wheels, and their wheel centers for same. Also, their rear view mirrors pitted heavily. This on a garage kept car. Guess the Fl humidity took it's toll! By comparison, the chrome on a set of 69 ss wheels on a 68 is excellent and has lasted 32 years. Current chroming is not what it used to be. The last good chrome that I had done was about 18 yrs ago by a co. in Philly-Martin's.(on a 62 Vette). From what is told to me, a big part of the prob is environment and the chroming waste. Have seen a couple of the later Ford originals and they weren't that great. Have a set of bumpers for a 68 that have been mummy wrapped since about 1990 when the ex owner got them. Afraid to open them up!!

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sigtauenus
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From: Beaufort, SC
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 11-26-2002 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My car hasn't been garaged and the 7 year old Nordans are starting to no longer polish clean. The repo door handles only lasted about 2 years before pitting and after about 4 years looked worse than the originals I took off the car. NOS side view mirror is pitted now too, got about 3 or 4 good chrome years out of that.

Pete, thats disappointing man, I was hoping that after the next paint job and replacement chrome the garage would keep everything nice and new looking.

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