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51bullet
01-11-2008, 02:43 PM
Hi guys new member here. I purchased a 51 champ 4-door in sept, Im looking to get my bumpers, and headlight, tail light trims, and hood ornaments rechromed, also looking to purchase the trim peices on the lower rear fenders(not sure what there called, mine are black plastic, looking to get chrome ones. Any help would be appreciated, up here in Ontario Canada.

wagone
01-11-2008, 03:10 PM
Rechroming can be quite an experience, as well as a major drain on the pocketbook. I've been trying for seven months to get a bumper redone. So far on this job two things stand out:
1. I don't know whether I'll ever see this bumper again and I believe it to
irreplaceable.
2. This bumper has been to two shops and I can't recommend either one. IF I
see it again the cost will have exceeded $1300. The shop that presently
has it is one that advertises in TW--they have now had it for eight weeks
and have been telling me that it should be any week now; but I'm getting
tired of their promises.
Good luck to 51bullet

wagone

wagone
01-11-2008, 03:10 PM
Rechroming can be quite an experience, as well as a major drain on the pocketbook. I've been trying for seven months to get a bumper redone. So far on this job two things stand out:
1. I don't know whether I'll ever see this bumper again and I believe it to
irreplaceable.
2. This bumper has been to two shops and I can't recommend either one. IF I
see it again the cost will have exceeded $1300. The shop that presently
has it is one that advertises in TW--they have now had it for eight weeks
and have been telling me that it should be any week now; but I'm getting
tired of their promises.
Good luck to 51bullet

wagone

N8N
01-11-2008, 03:19 PM
JP has had good luck with Graves; I had not-so-good luck with Qual-Krom.

Not sure how many other places will touch pot metal...

nate

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N8N
01-11-2008, 03:19 PM
JP has had good luck with Graves; I had not-so-good luck with Qual-Krom.

Not sure how many other places will touch pot metal...

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
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Studeman
01-11-2008, 03:20 PM
I have been dealing with plating and platers for over 20 years... I have had many BAD experiences and only a few GOOD ones. There are low-cost platers than can do a good job- if you have an excellent core. But that is seldom the case these days- especially with pot-metal.

For POT-METAL... there is only ONE place I send mine: Qual-Krom Plating, Great Lakes Plant, Erie Pennsylvania. http://www.qualkrom.com/

Bob Orr is as conscientious a plater as you will find. He's not afraid to tell you your piece is beyond "reasonable" repair. He can and has repaired some pretty nasty pieces for me over the years... and he will tell you when you need a better core- even if it means turning your business away. I have NEVER gotten a part back that I wasn't satisfied with. When Bob says you'll have your piece by XX-Date, then you will have it.

Bumpers and Steel- Guards, fog-lights etc...
I began using a company called Carolina Bumper in early 1990. They have since sold-out twice, but their workmanship and quality has remained the same. They are now Keystone Automotive Industries/North-Star Bumper (Plating division).
Chrome Prices have risen dramatically over the last 5-years. Hawk bumpers are now $350+... But I can't argue with the results. I have tried (2) different "low-cost" platers in the last couple years- and I had problems with both...

Keystone Automotive Industries Mn Inc (North Star Bumper)
5085 Wren Dr, Appleton, WI 54913-7606, United States
Phone: (920) 731-3030

Ray


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Specializing in Studebaker Restoration

Studeman
01-11-2008, 03:20 PM
I have been dealing with plating and platers for over 20 years... I have had many BAD experiences and only a few GOOD ones. There are low-cost platers than can do a good job- if you have an excellent core. But that is seldom the case these days- especially with pot-metal.

For POT-METAL... there is only ONE place I send mine: Qual-Krom Plating, Great Lakes Plant, Erie Pennsylvania. http://www.qualkrom.com/

Bob Orr is as conscientious a plater as you will find. He's not afraid to tell you your piece is beyond "reasonable" repair. He can and has repaired some pretty nasty pieces for me over the years... and he will tell you when you need a better core- even if it means turning your business away. I have NEVER gotten a part back that I wasn't satisfied with. When Bob says you'll have your piece by XX-Date, then you will have it.

Bumpers and Steel- Guards, fog-lights etc...
I began using a company called Carolina Bumper in early 1990. They have since sold-out twice, but their workmanship and quality has remained the same. They are now Keystone Automotive Industries/North-Star Bumper (Plating division).
Chrome Prices have risen dramatically over the last 5-years. Hawk bumpers are now $350+... But I can't argue with the results. I have tried (2) different "low-cost" platers in the last couple years- and I had problems with both...

Keystone Automotive Industries Mn Inc (North Star Bumper)
5085 Wren Dr, Appleton, WI 54913-7606, United States
Phone: (920) 731-3030

Ray


http://www.ncsdc.com/TEMP/azavatar.gif
Specializing in Studebaker Restoration

Mark57
01-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Hey Bev. Welcome to the Forum!:) Wish you success with your Stude project and hope you will get lots of enjoyment from it.[^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar
3E-6/7-122 </h5>
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Mark57
01-11-2008, 03:40 PM
Hey Bev. Welcome to the Forum!:) Wish you success with your Stude project and hope you will get lots of enjoyment from it.[^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar
3E-6/7-122 </h5>
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65cruiser
01-11-2008, 03:50 PM
I didn't see it mentioned in this thread, but I've heard those rear stone guards are made of unobtainium.

Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
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My next Studebaker is in the future, but now getting my hair messed up in a Sebring ragtop!
Almost as fun as a Studebaker!

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65cruiser
01-11-2008, 03:50 PM
I didn't see it mentioned in this thread, but I've heard those rear stone guards are made of unobtainium.

Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

My next Studebaker is in the future, but now getting my hair messed up in a Sebring ragtop!
Almost as fun as a Studebaker!

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/sebring.jpg

mbstude
01-11-2008, 04:14 PM
quote:I didn't see it mentioned in this thread, but I've heard those rear stone guards are made of unobtainium.


Nah, just regular ole stainless steel. [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg

mbstude
01-11-2008, 04:14 PM
quote:I didn't see it mentioned in this thread, but I've heard those rear stone guards are made of unobtainium.


Nah, just regular ole stainless steel. [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg

vegas paul
01-11-2008, 04:26 PM
Yeah, but they are still pretty much unobtainable, thus the unobtainium moniker. I've been looking for a long time, and I've seen a few pair, bid on 2 different pair, and gotten outbid at arouned the $5-600 range! I'll let my fenders go naked if that's what it costs to cover them. Someone was taking about getting them repopped if there was enough interest, but they were still going to be in that price range.

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/1462673_2_350.jpg?t=1180041622 http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude.jpg?t=1180041703

vegas paul
01-11-2008, 04:26 PM
Yeah, but they are still pretty much unobtainable, thus the unobtainium moniker. I've been looking for a long time, and I've seen a few pair, bid on 2 different pair, and gotten outbid at arouned the $5-600 range! I'll let my fenders go naked if that's what it costs to cover them. Someone was taking about getting them repopped if there was enough interest, but they were still going to be in that price range.

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/1462673_2_350.jpg?t=1180041622 http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude.jpg?t=1180041703

mbstude
01-11-2008, 04:32 PM
Are the rubber gravel guards being reproduced?

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg

mbstude
01-11-2008, 04:32 PM
Are the rubber gravel guards being reproduced?

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg

vegas paul
01-11-2008, 04:57 PM
I don't know of any aftermarket/reproduced gravel guards (stainless or hard rubber) for the 51, and especially rare are those for the coupes. The 4-door guards are different, and won't fit. I've just about talked myself into liking my fenders just like they are!

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/1462673_2_350.jpg?t=1180041622 http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude.jpg?t=1180041703

vegas paul
01-11-2008, 04:57 PM
I don't know of any aftermarket/reproduced gravel guards (stainless or hard rubber) for the 51, and especially rare are those for the coupes. The 4-door guards are different, and won't fit. I've just about talked myself into liking my fenders just like they are!

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/1462673_2_350.jpg?t=1180041622 http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude.jpg?t=1180041703

bensauber
01-11-2008, 06:14 PM
I've got a couple for a 50 commander 4 dr in SS will they fit a 50?

36 dictator
48 starlite
50 starlite

bensauber
01-11-2008, 06:14 PM
I've got a couple for a 50 commander 4 dr in SS will they fit a 50?

36 dictator
48 starlite
50 starlite

bensauber
01-11-2008, 06:15 PM
oop's 51?

36 dictator
48 starlite
50 starlite

bensauber
01-11-2008, 06:15 PM
oop's 51?

36 dictator
48 starlite
50 starlite

mbstude
01-11-2008, 06:29 PM
Yes, they will work fine on a '51. They're might be some differences in how the details of the guards look, but they'll go on the car just the same. :)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg

mbstude
01-11-2008, 06:29 PM
Yes, they will work fine on a '51. They're might be some differences in how the details of the guards look, but they'll go on the car just the same. :)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/Scotsman%20pickup/0000_59_truck__avatar_december.jpg