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JDP
07-18-2007, 11:54 AM
Well, I have some real data to report. I found 4 pieces of NOS belt line for Christine, but one had some minor shop wear so I sent it off to Graves plating for a show replate. $250 for the one piece of of belt line in very nice shape. From that, you can assume maybe $1200 $1500 for all four if they were in driver shape or better.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

blackhawk61
07-18-2007, 12:09 PM
I sent the 3 pieces on the cowl from my Hawk last fall to Advance Plating in Nashville..........$400.00

1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q55/chevpartsman/61HawkChevypartsmanreduce.jpg
Lewisville,NC
(formerly chevpartsman)

blackhawk61
07-18-2007, 12:09 PM
I sent the 3 pieces on the cowl from my Hawk last fall to Advance Plating in Nashville..........$400.00

1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q55/chevpartsman/61HawkChevypartsmanreduce.jpg
Lewisville,NC
(formerly chevpartsman)

JDP
07-18-2007, 12:15 PM
That sounds consistent for the one long and two short pieces. The 58's is not as flat and easy to grind and polish and is more delicate, so may cost more.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
07-18-2007, 12:15 PM
That sounds consistent for the one long and two short pieces. The 58's is not as flat and easy to grind and polish and is more delicate, so may cost more.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

bradnree
07-18-2007, 06:05 PM
Is powder coating an alternative yet ??..............Brad

bradnree
07-18-2007, 06:05 PM
Is powder coating an alternative yet ??..............Brad

wally
07-18-2007, 07:50 PM
JDP, consider this question: I thought that the reason pot metal replate jobs were much higher was the labor expended in soldering and filling badly pitted parts. Since yours is NOS with shelfworn plating, maybe the job should be priced accordingly. Is it possible that the shop you chose has a fine reputation for high-quality work and such a demand for their service, that they can price it very high, and still have plenty of work? Would another bid be practical, at this point? This topic hits home with me, because I have some beltline mouldings that are pitted, and one of these days..... [:0]By the way--what condition are your old ones in? :)

wally
07-18-2007, 07:50 PM
JDP, consider this question: I thought that the reason pot metal replate jobs were much higher was the labor expended in soldering and filling badly pitted parts. Since yours is NOS with shelfworn plating, maybe the job should be priced accordingly. Is it possible that the shop you chose has a fine reputation for high-quality work and such a demand for their service, that they can price it very high, and still have plenty of work? Would another bid be practical, at this point? This topic hits home with me, because I have some beltline mouldings that are pitted, and one of these days..... [:0]By the way--what condition are your old ones in? :)

TX Rebel
07-18-2007, 09:50 PM
JP, you're just using the wrong plater!

Barry'd in Studes

Barry'd in Studes

TX Rebel
07-18-2007, 09:50 PM
JP, you're just using the wrong plater!

Barry'd in Studes

Barry'd in Studes

JDP
07-18-2007, 10:01 PM
I commented on the price quote and they assured me if the minor flaws in the plating did not go into the base metal they'd adjust the price. He did say that the fact that the part was dished and fragile, it takes a lot of care in grinding to keep the contour without breaking the part. I was not in the mood to shop around for just one part.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
07-18-2007, 10:01 PM
I commented on the price quote and they assured me if the minor flaws in the plating did not go into the base metal they'd adjust the price. He did say that the fact that the part was dished and fragile, it takes a lot of care in grinding to keep the contour without breaking the part. I was not in the mood to shop around for just one part.

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
08-01-2007, 11:37 AM
Just got the beltline part back from Graves plating, and can report it is flawless, so much so, I hope it does not stand out too much from the NOS ones on the car. At $250, they were not cheap, but it was less then 2 weeks round trip and a incredible job. Their web site is here, and I'll use them again when I want the best:

http://www.gravesplating.com/

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
08-01-2007, 11:37 AM
Just got the beltline part back from Graves plating, and can report it is flawless, so much so, I hope it does not stand out too much from the NOS ones on the car. At $250, they were not cheap, but it was less then 2 weeks round trip and a incredible job. Their web site is here, and I'll use them again when I want the best:

http://www.gravesplating.com/

JDP/Maryland
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

JBOYLE
08-01-2007, 12:13 PM
I used Graves for some brass work on my "other" toy.
Excellent work...
I don't know about their prices since I then had and still have nothing to compare it to.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

JBOYLE
08-01-2007, 12:13 PM
I used Graves for some brass work on my "other" toy.
Excellent work...
I don't know about their prices since I then had and still have nothing to compare it to.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

cortica37
08-01-2007, 04:17 PM
:)I've got the bumpers off the '40 champ that will need plating. Their a bit rusty in places but are straight and have about 80%-90% of the old chrome still on. Any guesses as to what it might cost to get these guys rechromed and any suggestions as to where to go to get it done?[?]

cortica37
08-01-2007, 04:17 PM
:)I've got the bumpers off the '40 champ that will need plating. Their a bit rusty in places but are straight and have about 80%-90% of the old chrome still on. Any guesses as to what it might cost to get these guys rechromed and any suggestions as to where to go to get it done?[?]

KGlowacky
08-01-2007, 06:10 PM
just paid $350.00 each for my 56 wagon bumpers. Good luck

KGlowacky
08-01-2007, 06:10 PM
just paid $350.00 each for my 56 wagon bumpers. Good luck

Roscomacaw
08-01-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm gonna send them the few pieces I want done for my 53! The price of this stuff is only gonna go UP! [^]

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
08-01-2007, 07:08 PM
I'm gonna send them the few pieces I want done for my 53! The price of this stuff is only gonna go UP! [^]

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

rockne10
08-01-2007, 08:31 PM
Just got a tail light back from LiBrandi for my '53 Coupe; $150 and perfect. The other tail light he obviously spent a few hours blasting, filling and sanding before he found a crack that blew apart and could not be repaired. Some of you may recall I was looking for a good core to replace this one a couple months ago.
Well, there is no charge for any time spent on the bad housing.

I have found (StudeBob, take note) a housing which I hope will offer itself well for plating.



Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://www.4wheelz.net/virtual/images/rockne/1928_rockne03_f820_th.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

rockne10
08-01-2007, 08:31 PM
Just got a tail light back from LiBrandi for my '53 Coupe; $150 and perfect. The other tail light he obviously spent a few hours blasting, filling and sanding before he found a crack that blew apart and could not be repaired. Some of you may recall I was looking for a good core to replace this one a couple months ago.
Well, there is no charge for any time spent on the bad housing.

I have found (StudeBob, take note) a housing which I hope will offer itself well for plating.



Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://www.4wheelz.net/virtual/images/rockne/1928_rockne03_f820_th.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

Roscomacaw
08-01-2007, 11:36 PM
SPEAKING of taillight housings.... I know I showed a find from South Bend to a number of folks from the forum, but I haven't said anything about it here.
What I found were a pair of '54 C-K housings that were BEAUTIFULLY cast in solid bronze! The metal of these is about 4 times thicker than the pot metal Stude used. Consequently you're QIUTE surprized when I hand you one the first time![:0]

Sadly, someone sawed rectangular notches into lower corners of both Housings. The good part is, these notches can be patched easily! Then I'll have pit-free TL housings to have plated for my coupe. God help anyone that ever backs into them. These babies WON'T GIVE![}:)]

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
08-01-2007, 11:36 PM
SPEAKING of taillight housings.... I know I showed a find from South Bend to a number of folks from the forum, but I haven't said anything about it here.
What I found were a pair of '54 C-K housings that were BEAUTIFULLY cast in solid bronze! The metal of these is about 4 times thicker than the pot metal Stude used. Consequently you're QIUTE surprized when I hand you one the first time![:0]

Sadly, someone sawed rectangular notches into lower corners of both Housings. The good part is, these notches can be patched easily! Then I'll have pit-free TL housings to have plated for my coupe. God help anyone that ever backs into them. These babies WON'T GIVE![}:)]

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

stude freak
08-01-2007, 11:42 PM
Twist my arm Bob ,I'll give ya ten bux for the not regulation taillight housings .:D[}:)];)

David Baggett '53 coupe

stude freak
08-01-2007, 11:42 PM
Twist my arm Bob ,I'll give ya ten bux for the not regulation taillight housings .:D[}:)];)

David Baggett '53 coupe

JDP
09-13-2007, 10:45 AM
I'm waiting waiting for the estimate on some chrome work for the R2 Hawk, but I'm certain it'll be a shocker. They told ne $650 each for the bumpers for example and I've been paying $250 each from Bumper Boyz for a so-so job. He is willing to cut the nickel buffing step from the valve covers to get them down under $500 pair and still be way better then the factory flash plating. If I'd never seen the quality of Graves plating before, I would have been satisfied with the run of the mill stuff I had been using.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
09-13-2007, 10:45 AM
I'm waiting waiting for the estimate on some chrome work for the R2 Hawk, but I'm certain it'll be a shocker. They told ne $650 each for the bumpers for example and I've been paying $250 each from Bumper Boyz for a so-so job. He is willing to cut the nickel buffing step from the valve covers to get them down under $500 pair and still be way better then the factory flash plating. If I'd never seen the quality of Graves plating before, I would have been satisfied with the run of the mill stuff I had been using.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

Allan Songer
09-13-2007, 11:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

I'm waiting waiting for the estimate on some chrome work for the R2 Hawk, but I'm certain it'll be a shocker. They told ne $650 each for the bumpers for example and I've been paying $250 each from Bumper Boyz for a so-so job. He is willing to cut the nickel buffing step from the valve covers to get them down under $500 pair and still be way better then the factory flash plating. If I'd never seen the quality of Graves plating before, I would have been satisfied with the run of the mill stuff I had been using.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)




Paid $220 to have a '55 Truck hood ornament rechromed by George Iverson--it had only a very few pits and was still nice--that's why it was so INexpensive! Geesh . . .

Had one truck bumper replated here locally--$275. Thankfully, truck bumpers don't have to be as nice as $60,000 GT Hawk bumpers!!

Allan Songer
09-13-2007, 11:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

I'm waiting waiting for the estimate on some chrome work for the R2 Hawk, but I'm certain it'll be a shocker. They told ne $650 each for the bumpers for example and I've been paying $250 each from Bumper Boyz for a so-so job. He is willing to cut the nickel buffing step from the valve covers to get them down under $500 pair and still be way better then the factory flash plating. If I'd never seen the quality of Graves plating before, I would have been satisfied with the run of the mill stuff I had been using.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)




Paid $220 to have a '55 Truck hood ornament rechromed by George Iverson--it had only a very few pits and was still nice--that's why it was so INexpensive! Geesh . . .

Had one truck bumper replated here locally--$275. Thankfully, truck bumpers don't have to be as nice as $60,000 GT Hawk bumpers!!

jnormanh
09-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Tri City Plating does good work at reasonable rices. They're a large, bumpers only shop. Many local "platers" actually send your bumpers to them.

No financial interest, just passing this along.

http://www.tricityplating.com/

jnormanh
09-13-2007, 12:39 PM
Tri City Plating does good work at reasonable rices. They're a large, bumpers only shop. Many local "platers" actually send your bumpers to them.

No financial interest, just passing this along.

http://www.tricityplating.com/

Alan
09-13-2007, 02:53 PM
JDP, There is a guy just a couple of miles from Bumper boys called Ultra Mega Bumper off of Santa Fe and 55th that does show chrome on Stude bumpers for $225 each or $250 with overriders. I started taking my stuff there after a few rounds with the Boyz.

Alan
09-13-2007, 02:53 PM
JDP, There is a guy just a couple of miles from Bumper boys called Ultra Mega Bumper off of Santa Fe and 55th that does show chrome on Stude bumpers for $225 each or $250 with overriders. I started taking my stuff there after a few rounds with the Boyz.

jbwhttail
09-13-2007, 06:10 PM
I used Bumper Boyz and received an excellent rear bumper for my 56J the cost was 275.00 with a core.

I had numerous parts chromed by a local plating shop here in Indianapolis called Metal Finishing, the guy isn't fast with his work but if you saw the mountain of work in his shop you can understand why. I take the volume of work as being an indication of the quality of work. I was very satisfied with his work. A quick cost comparison, center hawk grill 450.00 side grills 200.00 each ashtrays 40.00 each. He would have done my bumper but we found it had a twist just a few weeks from the National Meet.

OK I lied....I'll do it again for the "right" car, I love the chase.....

jbwhttail
09-13-2007, 06:10 PM
I used Bumper Boyz and received an excellent rear bumper for my 56J the cost was 275.00 with a core.

I had numerous parts chromed by a local plating shop here in Indianapolis called Metal Finishing, the guy isn't fast with his work but if you saw the mountain of work in his shop you can understand why. I take the volume of work as being an indication of the quality of work. I was very satisfied with his work. A quick cost comparison, center hawk grill 450.00 side grills 200.00 each ashtrays 40.00 each. He would have done my bumper but we found it had a twist just a few weeks from the National Meet.

OK I lied....I'll do it again for the "right" car, I love the chase.....

JDP
09-14-2007, 07:22 PM
OK, got the quote for more chrome work:

Horn ring $250 (lots of hand work)
Valve covers $400
grill shell $600
air cleaner and cover $325
The owner told me he'd done maybe 4 Studebaker's a year until 3 or 3 years ago, now it's that many a month. It seems a few years back, 4-7K plating bills for a Studebaker did not make any sense. His stuff is almost too nice for a Studebaker, but I want this car done right. I may well pass on the $1300/pair bumpers though.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
09-14-2007, 07:22 PM
OK, got the quote for more chrome work:

Horn ring $250 (lots of hand work)
Valve covers $400
grill shell $600
air cleaner and cover $325
The owner told me he'd done maybe 4 Studebaker's a year until 3 or 3 years ago, now it's that many a month. It seems a few years back, 4-7K plating bills for a Studebaker did not make any sense. His stuff is almost too nice for a Studebaker, but I want this car done right. I may well pass on the $1300/pair bumpers though.:)

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

jbwhttail
09-14-2007, 11:24 PM
"His stuff is almost too nice for a Studebaker,"

I'm not sure how to take that, is the Studebaker brand not worthy of a 1st class re chrome? Or is it the resale value will not support a 1st class chrome job?[B)]

OK I lied....I'll do it again for the "right" car, I love the chase.....

jbwhttail
09-14-2007, 11:24 PM
"His stuff is almost too nice for a Studebaker,"

I'm not sure how to take that, is the Studebaker brand not worthy of a 1st class re chrome? Or is it the resale value will not support a 1st class chrome job?[B)]

OK I lied....I'll do it again for the "right" car, I love the chase.....

mbstude
09-14-2007, 11:33 PM
Joe, I understood it to mean that original Studebaker chrome wasn't "great", to say the least. ;)

Hey, how'd things pan out with that 'new' car? Shoot me an email...

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA

Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/provingground2.jpg

mbstude
09-14-2007, 11:33 PM
Joe, I understood it to mean that original Studebaker chrome wasn't "great", to say the least. ;)

Hey, how'd things pan out with that 'new' car? Shoot me an email...

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA

Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/provingground2.jpg

JDP
09-14-2007, 11:40 PM
Matthew gets it. Graves says that Studebaker pot metal is some of the worse he's had to deal with. Some does not survive a media blast or a acid dip it corrodes so badly. And yes, some Studebaker's resale still does not support better then factory plating. 6K to do a Speedster is one thing, a 4 door 55 Champion, perhaps not.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
09-14-2007, 11:40 PM
Matthew gets it. Graves says that Studebaker pot metal is some of the worse he's had to deal with. Some does not survive a media blast or a acid dip it corrodes so badly. And yes, some Studebaker's resale still does not support better then factory plating. 6K to do a Speedster is one thing, a 4 door 55 Champion, perhaps not.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
09-17-2007, 03:37 PM
A forum member sent me a lead on a plater in Baltimore that does good work and "WAS" a lot cheaper. I drove down there today with the GT bumpers and got a $1000 pair quote, that's cheaper then $1300, but not as cheap as he recalled.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
09-17-2007, 03:37 PM
A forum member sent me a lead on a plater in Baltimore that does good work and "WAS" a lot cheaper. I drove down there today with the GT bumpers and got a $1000 pair quote, that's cheaper then $1300, but not as cheap as he recalled.

JDP/Maryland
64 R2 GT cost to date $55046.57
64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 Lark 2 door
58 Scotsman
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)