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jlmccuan
01-11-2012, 12:40 PM
This is sort of an intimidating project for me, the radiator cap from a 1933 Studebaker. I fell in love with the art deco detail. The chrome surface literally looks like a cheesegrater, but as I started working on the surface more and more detail is revealed. I've seen a few of these repopped and rechromed, but none retained the level of small details that are visible on this piece, I suppose due to the rechroming and the normal loss of detail in the repop process. I'm hoping I can retain the detail in this restoration as it is truly amazing.

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6809-1.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6821.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6837.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6835.jpg


http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6854.jpg

Removed chrome and started cleaning out pits.
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6864.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6867.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6900.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6899.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6898.jpg

Tossed them in ultrasonic bath overnight and hypodermic needle detailing starts

jlmccuan
01-11-2012, 12:55 PM
A couple of samples of what I want to avoid.
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/Avoid%20this/KGrHqVh8E7YsjCyvBPBTgmwdg60_12.jpg

http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/Avoid%20this/KGrHqVoME63ZyK7BPBUBTE0Q60_12.jpg

Compare to original detail
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x98/jlmccuan/1933%20Radiator%20Cap/DSCF6761.jpg

studerex
01-11-2012, 01:23 PM
To save you alot of trouble reconditioning that cap you should buy one from Jay Fisher. I loaned him my NOS cap and bird for patterns. His quality is far superior than any others that have been repoed.