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KGlowacky
07-07-2007, 05:42 PM
Well today was the day that I was not looking forward to. I took my chrome and pot metal to the rechromers. Here is the recap

1 front bumper. straighten and chrome $375.00
1 rear bumper Chrome $325.00
1 front hood bar Chrome $300.00
1 front bumber bar Chrome $200.00
4 lugage rack post Pot metal (one cracked) $400.00
2 side moldings Pot Metal(pitted and broken) $200.00
4 mis small pieces (door s's and tail gate ends) $200.00
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$2,000.00
Forgot the bumper gaurds est $100.00/pc 200.00
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TOTAL $2,200.00
Well is anyone shocked???? I figured $1,500.00 before I got there. He claimed the pot metal is a real challange. I have seen his work and it is good and he does stand behind it. It just brings to light all these nice cars we look at everyday are extremely expensive to build. Well that's enough I need to go crush a lot of cans.

Dick Steinkamp
07-07-2007, 06:37 PM
Actually seems reasonable to me...IF the pot metal actually comes out nice.

Virtually all chrome shops can do bumpers and other steel parts...very few can do pot metal. I would carefully inspect his pot metal work and have him give you some kind of guarantee. A LOT of pot metal has been ruined by chrome shops. To do it right, they must silver solder the pits, then plate with copper until the piece is smooth, then start the rest of the plating process. Most shops will grind out the pits and the piece is no longer recognizable.

It's no fun to try to find replacement pot metal after a shop has made yours useless.



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Dick Steinkamp
07-07-2007, 06:37 PM
Actually seems reasonable to me...IF the pot metal actually comes out nice.

Virtually all chrome shops can do bumpers and other steel parts...very few can do pot metal. I would carefully inspect his pot metal work and have him give you some kind of guarantee. A LOT of pot metal has been ruined by chrome shops. To do it right, they must silver solder the pits, then plate with copper until the piece is smooth, then start the rest of the plating process. Most shops will grind out the pits and the piece is no longer recognizable.

It's no fun to try to find replacement pot metal after a shop has made yours useless.



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Scott
07-07-2007, 07:00 PM
Those bumper prices are quite good. I hope you get good quality for that price.

Scott
07-07-2007, 07:00 PM
Those bumper prices are quite good. I hope you get good quality for that price.

jnormanh
07-07-2007, 07:17 PM
Those prices are not high. Before you have him do the work, check him out. Look at his work, talk to others who have had work done there. There are a few shops which do good work, and many, many that do lousy work. Caveat emptor!

jnormanh
07-07-2007, 07:17 PM
Those prices are not high. Before you have him do the work, check him out. Look at his work, talk to others who have had work done there. There are a few shops which do good work, and many, many that do lousy work. Caveat emptor!

bams50
07-07-2007, 07:48 PM
Somehow a few of you missed this:


quote:Originally posted by KGlowacky

I have seen his work and it is good and he does stand behind it.

Dick's right about the pot metal, though; hopefully he'll know the correct procedure. I'd think he'd have some examples of his work on hand that he can show you, as any experienced chrome shop should know how tricky this is, and how nervous a customer might be.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
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bams50
07-07-2007, 07:48 PM
Somehow a few of you missed this:


quote:Originally posted by KGlowacky

I have seen his work and it is good and he does stand behind it.

Dick's right about the pot metal, though; hopefully he'll know the correct procedure. I'd think he'd have some examples of his work on hand that he can show you, as any experienced chrome shop should know how tricky this is, and how nervous a customer might be.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

KGlowacky
07-07-2007, 08:30 PM
I have used this shop for years on bumpers,ss and pot metal. He is real good. I know he is giving me a good price break as I have continue to bring him a lot of work from my old shop via the new owner. He and I walked around his shop and there is a lot that goes into chroming. He says in my price after all expenses he'll make about $300.00. I tend to think he is probally correct. The materials and labor hours sre high. I will keep you posted.

KGlowacky
07-07-2007, 08:30 PM
I have used this shop for years on bumpers,ss and pot metal. He is real good. I know he is giving me a good price break as I have continue to bring him a lot of work from my old shop via the new owner. He and I walked around his shop and there is a lot that goes into chroming. He says in my price after all expenses he'll make about $300.00. I tend to think he is probally correct. The materials and labor hours sre high. I will keep you posted.

KGlowacky
07-07-2007, 09:21 PM
One last thing. I took everything out of my truck and layed it on the shop floor. His first words were ah a Studebaker. The man can't be all bad. He knows what he is looking at.

KGlowacky
07-07-2007, 09:21 PM
One last thing. I took everything out of my truck and layed it on the shop floor. His first words were ah a Studebaker. The man can't be all bad. He knows what he is looking at.

Roscomacaw
07-07-2007, 10:40 PM
I recently had a front bumper straightened and chromed, a rear bumper - the same and 3 guards as well - all done for $380 or so. And they look NICE!

Pot metal, I'll pay the price to use guys with a PROVEN track record and lots of referrals you can call and talk to.

If they grind it to clear the pits, It'll BE the "pits" when you get your shiny, ruined parts back![V]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
07-07-2007, 10:40 PM
I recently had a front bumper straightened and chromed, a rear bumper - the same and 3 guards as well - all done for $380 or so. And they look NICE!

Pot metal, I'll pay the price to use guys with a PROVEN track record and lots of referrals you can call and talk to.

If they grind it to clear the pits, It'll BE the "pits" when you get your shiny, ruined parts back![V]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

wally
07-07-2007, 10:58 PM
Just Curious, Glowacky--What Kind(year--model--body style) Of Studebaker is it? Yes, I know the pain of sticker shock for fixing up pot metal chrome-plated parts. S'why I look around for as long as I can for the best NOS or used pieces to work with.

wally
07-07-2007, 10:58 PM
Just Curious, Glowacky--What Kind(year--model--body style) Of Studebaker is it? Yes, I know the pain of sticker shock for fixing up pot metal chrome-plated parts. S'why I look around for as long as I can for the best NOS or used pieces to work with.

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 12:56 AM
56 stude wagon 2dr. I did wait, bought one NOS piece. The wagon NOS trim(pot metal) a litle hard to find,

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 12:56 AM
56 stude wagon 2dr. I did wait, bought one NOS piece. The wagon NOS trim(pot metal) a litle hard to find,

8E45E
07-08-2007, 10:18 AM
quote:Originally posted by KGlowacky

56 stude wagon 2dr. I did wait, bought one NOS piece. The wagon NOS trim(pot metal) a litle hard to find,


I hope that NOS piece was the one roof rack support post that was cracked. Apparently, pot metal loses its structural integrety even after it has been welded up. I'd search out for one that isn't cracked before having the broken one rechromed.

Craig

8E45E
07-08-2007, 10:18 AM
quote:Originally posted by KGlowacky

56 stude wagon 2dr. I did wait, bought one NOS piece. The wagon NOS trim(pot metal) a litle hard to find,


I hope that NOS piece was the one roof rack support post that was cracked. Apparently, pot metal loses its structural integrety even after it has been welded up. I'd search out for one that isn't cracked before having the broken one rechromed.

Craig

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 10:43 AM
No, the NOS piece was????? Let's see if anyone can figure it out. Just for fun. I have no prize other then respect. No trick here it is a stock piece that I did not mention in the recap that is chrome. This should be easy. Also my luggage rack piece is not cracked per say. It looked like someone shot it with a pallet gun. Kind of a star looking puncher. It should weld up without any stucture questions.

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 10:43 AM
No, the NOS piece was????? Let's see if anyone can figure it out. Just for fun. I have no prize other then respect. No trick here it is a stock piece that I did not mention in the recap that is chrome. This should be easy. Also my luggage rack piece is not cracked per say. It looked like someone shot it with a pallet gun. Kind of a star looking puncher. It should weld up without any stucture questions.

Roscomacaw
07-08-2007, 02:10 PM
I'd say the hood ornament OR the badge on the hood. Or is it TRULY wagon-specific?

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
07-08-2007, 02:10 PM
I'd say the hood ornament OR the badge on the hood. Or is it TRULY wagon-specific?

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

sbca96
07-08-2007, 02:23 PM
I had my Avanti bumpers rechromed at Vernes, it was 600 bucks, which
included straighting the front, and building up two large rust spots
on the back bumper. They did a very nice job. He also knew the front
was a 3 piece deal, and the later Avantis had thinner material.

Tom

http://www.verneschromeplating.com/index.html

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

sbca96
07-08-2007, 02:23 PM
I had my Avanti bumpers rechromed at Vernes, it was 600 bucks, which
included straighting the front, and building up two large rust spots
on the back bumper. They did a very nice job. He also knew the front
was a 3 piece deal, and the later Avantis had thinner material.

Tom

http://www.verneschromeplating.com/index.html

'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 03:39 PM
If any one knows where I can get NOS stanchions and tubes I will buy them. It will be a week or two before he gets to my chroming. Thanks. Also Mr Biggs no it is not the hood emblem (I did forget to bring that to him), thanks.

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 03:39 PM
If any one knows where I can get NOS stanchions and tubes I will buy them. It will be a week or two before he gets to my chroming. Thanks. Also Mr Biggs no it is not the hood emblem (I did forget to bring that to him), thanks.

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 03:42 PM
Mr. Biggs, It is not wagon specific. It is a bolt on part.

KGlowacky
07-08-2007, 03:42 PM
Mr. Biggs, It is not wagon specific. It is a bolt on part.

s1b
07-08-2007, 05:01 PM
Thats a great price! As long as the quality is there.A buddy did a little custom work on a 56 Chevy rear bumper and took it to have it chromed........Well lets just say he's out $1500 ,all they did was chrome the thing.This was also at avery well known shop.

Orlando FLA
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s1b
07-08-2007, 05:01 PM
Thats a great price! As long as the quality is there.A buddy did a little custom work on a 56 Chevy rear bumper and took it to have it chromed........Well lets just say he's out $1500 ,all they did was chrome the thing.This was also at avery well known shop.

Orlando FLA
http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r216/sbittla/studebaker56.jpg

showbizkid
07-08-2007, 08:26 PM
Between the cost of copper and the Gub'ment interference, the $1,500 bumper is a lot more common than the $400 rechrome.


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'63 F2/Lark Standard
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showbizkid
07-08-2007, 08:26 PM
Between the cost of copper and the Gub'ment interference, the $1,500 bumper is a lot more common than the $400 rechrome.


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