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showbizkid
03-12-2007, 10:35 PM
Has anyone tried re-plating the plastic '62 - '63 taillamp lenses? If so, who did the job and how did it turn out?


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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hank63
03-13-2007, 08:06 AM
I was chasing this in 2005, only to find I could not use any company in USA. The method used is "protected" (or something), and the US military wouldn't allow plating for "foreign" customers.
I sure didn't know my light reflectors could become dangerous weapons!!!!! You should be OK, though. (San Diego is still considered part of continental USA ???)
/H

rockne10
03-13-2007, 08:56 PM
I had the grills for the '53 restored and plated at Pot Metal Restorations, a division of Custom Coatings, in Tallahassee, and they did a beautiful job but, from the information I had, they actually specialize in chroming plastic and fiberglass. I've not had any done. Could be worth a phone call. http://www.customcoatings.net/

I would think others could be found through Hemmings or a Google search.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

N8N
03-14-2007, 09:40 AM
I thought that these had been reproduced?

nate

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theGman
03-17-2007, 03:19 PM
I had a set of taillights chrome-plasticed by a place in Vancouver, Canada, and they turned out great.
I'll try to remember the name now.

Trying hard,

Paul

rockne10
03-17-2007, 07:52 PM
Realize those spokes were only backplated. The plastic itself remained clear.

showbizkid
03-17-2007, 09:44 PM
They have been repopped, but I hate to waste a perfectly good pair of lenses just 'cause the vacuum chrome came off!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

StudeRich
03-18-2007, 02:06 AM
Yes Nate; just last year they came out, however there are no Chrome rings on the '62's and NO '63's with the "spiders" at all! You have to use a bare red '62 on both! [xx(][xx(]

The Mirror-Chrome inside, is just WAY too expensive to ever get your money back in 20 years at $150.00 each!


quote:Originally posted by N8N

I thought that these had been reproduced?


StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

N8N
03-18-2007, 07:02 AM
Ah... but doesn't SASCO still have some spiders?

Anyway, I just remember that they were repopped FINALLY after I finally found some "acceptable" ones for my '62 :) (just like the '56 taillight lenses were repopped after I finally coughed up for some "good used" ones, and I expect the 55-56 taillight bodies to be repopped any second now...)

nate

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62beater
03-18-2007, 10:17 AM
Wait they repop those? I found one NOS 62 lens in a trunk of a clunker(along with two backup lenses and the invoice from sasco from '91) I bought for the od trans. Pretty good day that was, the lenses are going on mine but I still need another new tail light lens. Sasco wants like $55 but thats better than $75....btw the chrome ring usually pops off with little argument the spiders are another story :(

showbizkid
03-18-2007, 12:59 PM
SI's got 'em in the catalog.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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dictator27
03-19-2007, 04:34 PM
Hey GMan that wasn't CV Vacuum Plating was it? I do some work for a company that is next door to them in Mission BC.

Terry

jpvill4th
03-19-2007, 08:35 PM
SASCO has been trying to get these 61 lenses remade but according to Dennis the original process is not used anymore and is far too expensive to justify a run of 61 lenses. In addition the original lenses were injected molded in red and clear and some included red plastic in the small side lens (the ones on my Lark were surface colored in that small side lens). According to Dennis the new process will not hold up to moisture accumulation between the lens and the lens body with the plastic used to mold the lens. For all of you that will argue this, Dennis went to the original manufacturer that made the 61 lenses and he has spent considerable money and time trying to get a lens that is affordable and that he can actually sell. Studebaker had a good design in 59 and 60 they just needed to improve the lens body to make it more corrosion resistant. Money would have better been spent on a stainless body for the lens mount. The 60 style could be vacuum molded in ABS and then chrome plated which would make for a nice repro to be used on all 59-61 cars with an option for where the socket is installed. If one used 60 rear fenders on a 61 you could put in two sockets for brighter rear lights. Paul