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  • N8N
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    the factory chromed valve covers also showed the spot welds, they were not perfectly smoothed prior to plating. Of course they didn't have factory chrome valve covers in '58 but I get the impression that that does not bother you

    nate

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    Hearing about those scenarios, I hate to think what it will cost (and how long it will take) to replate pitted 58 Packard belt line moldings, tailight housings, trunk handle, scoopbezel, wing vents, and the moldings around the tailight housings. [:0]Recently, I had the valve and valley cover(s) "tanked" at the machine shop. except for some pitting at the rear of the valley cover, which has some rust pitting, they are in very good shape. Was thinking of plating them, too. But, the valve covers have dimples from factory spot welds all across them to secure some inner braces, which may make plating them impractical.

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    Hearing about those scenarios, I hate to think what it will cost (and how long it will take) to replate pitted 58 Packard belt line moldings, tailight housings, trunk handle, scoopbezel, wing vents, and the moldings around the tailight housings. [:0]Recently, I had the valve and valley cover(s) "tanked" at the machine shop. except for some pitting at the rear of the valley cover, which has some rust pitting, they are in very good shape. Was thinking of plating them, too. But, the valve covers have dimples from factory spot welds all across them to secure some inner braces, which may make plating them impractical.

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  • 52hawk
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    Sore subject here... Took my Hawk stuff in about 3 months ago.Turn-around time '6 weeks'....Not back yet.my guestimate on your stuff though-$3k.

    LaSalle,Il
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  • 52hawk
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    Sore subject here... Took my Hawk stuff in about 3 months ago.Turn-around time '6 weeks'....Not back yet.my guestimate on your stuff though-$3k.

    LaSalle,Il
    61Hawk
    60Lark

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  • rockne10
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    I had the thirteen pieces around the windows, two tri-stars, two v-8's from rear fenders and two rear view mirror bases repaired and triple plated to show quality for $1700. Sent the same shop my grills and, after they had soda blasted them, they said they were too gone for them to do but recommended another shop. There was no charge from the first shop.

    The second shop soldered all the pits in the grills and did another beautiful job for $1600.

    Both shops looked at parts first and quoted a price. The first shop required no payment until completed. The second shop required 50% up front and the balance upon completion. Both shops took 3-4 months and both gauranteed the work.

    It should be noted on NOS or repo chrome, neither will be as good as quality triple plating. The originals were not triple plated and the chrome was thin and sealed with a clear coat. Repops with good chrome would be prohibitively priced to be profitable.

    I have yet to do the light rims, bumpers and wing vent frames.

    SASCO does still have the license guard bumper NOS and SI has repoped the tri-star, the "S" and the rear fender medallions.

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  • rockne10
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    I had the thirteen pieces around the windows, two tri-stars, two v-8's from rear fenders and two rear view mirror bases repaired and triple plated to show quality for $1700. Sent the same shop my grills and, after they had soda blasted them, they said they were too gone for them to do but recommended another shop. There was no charge from the first shop.

    The second shop soldered all the pits in the grills and did another beautiful job for $1600.

    Both shops looked at parts first and quoted a price. The first shop required no payment until completed. The second shop required 50% up front and the balance upon completion. Both shops took 3-4 months and both gauranteed the work.

    It should be noted on NOS or repo chrome, neither will be as good as quality triple plating. The originals were not triple plated and the chrome was thin and sealed with a clear coat. Repops with good chrome would be prohibitively priced to be profitable.

    I have yet to do the light rims, bumpers and wing vent frames.

    SASCO does still have the license guard bumper NOS and SI has repoped the tri-star, the "S" and the rear fender medallions.

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  • Jeff_H
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    I had chrome for my '53 K done over a period of about 4yrs with 3 different places.

    Outfit #1 I tried out with the grill shells only. They were gone for a year and I spent the last 6 months of that pestering the shop and even getting my CC provider involved to put some leverage. Cost somewhere around $400 (its about 8yrs ago now). The shells were rough and they did a OK job given what they had to work with. The chrome is a little thin tho and the copper is starting to come out now. Place went out of business since.

    Outfit #2 I had do the front and rear bumpers and the front guards. The place had a drop off at a local body supply shop so I just left them there and picked up about 2-3 months later. Excellent work. About $500 or so. They only do bumpers though.

    Outfit #3. From bad experience with #1, I sent the rest of my pot metal (except grill shells and rear Tri-star) to place recommended by a 3rd party. Nightmare! It took 3yrs and threat of legal action by the DA's office in that city to get my parts back. I made the mistake of paying by check after getting a quote (this was after I sent the parts in for their inspection). It all seemed reasonable going in.... Turned out the shop was run by dirtbags. I did get my parts back and they did do a decent job on them though. I think the lady(?) that ran the office was the bigger crook than the guy in the back. Cost $1100 and many grey hairs, phone bills, and sleepness nights.

    Total about $2k for work done. When it was looking pretty black on #3, I pieced together nearly a full set of replacement parts since it looked like I was SOL there for a while. So, the total cost was even more.

    If I go through this again, I might seriously look into DIY. There are plating supply outfits that can set up the small shop.

    Jeff in ND

    '53 Champion Hardtop

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  • Jeff_H
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    I had chrome for my '53 K done over a period of about 4yrs with 3 different places.

    Outfit #1 I tried out with the grill shells only. They were gone for a year and I spent the last 6 months of that pestering the shop and even getting my CC provider involved to put some leverage. Cost somewhere around $400 (its about 8yrs ago now). The shells were rough and they did a OK job given what they had to work with. The chrome is a little thin tho and the copper is starting to come out now. Place went out of business since.

    Outfit #2 I had do the front and rear bumpers and the front guards. The place had a drop off at a local body supply shop so I just left them there and picked up about 2-3 months later. Excellent work. About $500 or so. They only do bumpers though.

    Outfit #3. From bad experience with #1, I sent the rest of my pot metal (except grill shells and rear Tri-star) to place recommended by a 3rd party. Nightmare! It took 3yrs and threat of legal action by the DA's office in that city to get my parts back. I made the mistake of paying by check after getting a quote (this was after I sent the parts in for their inspection). It all seemed reasonable going in.... Turned out the shop was run by dirtbags. I did get my parts back and they did do a decent job on them though. I think the lady(?) that ran the office was the bigger crook than the guy in the back. Cost $1100 and many grey hairs, phone bills, and sleepness nights.

    Total about $2k for work done. When it was looking pretty black on #3, I pieced together nearly a full set of replacement parts since it looked like I was SOL there for a while. So, the total cost was even more.

    If I go through this again, I might seriously look into DIY. There are plating supply outfits that can set up the small shop.

    Jeff in ND

    '53 Champion Hardtop

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  • JDP
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    I paid $4800 4 years ago for a 57 Golden Hawk, the coupe should be a bit cheaper, but then prices have gone up, so that should be ball park figure unless your pot metal is pitted badly.

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    64 R2 4 speed Challenger
    63 R2 4 speed GT Black
    63 R2 4 speed GT White
    63 GT Hawk
    63 Avanti
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  • JDP
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    I paid $4800 4 years ago for a 57 Golden Hawk, the coupe should be a bit cheaper, but then prices have gone up, so that should be ball park figure unless your pot metal is pitted badly.

    Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
    Studebaker News Group
    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.studebaker
    64 Daytona HT
    64 R2 4 speed Challenger
    63 R2 4 speed GT Black
    63 R2 4 speed GT White
    63 GT Hawk
    63 Avanti
    62 Daytona HT
    53 Coupe


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  • N8N
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    Bob, if your friend with the Speedster decides to get the chrome redone, I have some parking light housing cores that are going up on eBay in a week or two. I just wanna get rid of them, so no reasonable offer refused. They need a LOT of filling, and all the pass. sides need repair in the bumper bolt area. Have him drop me an email if he's interested. The center grill and v-bar are not nearly as hard to find decent used.

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

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  • N8N
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    Bob, if your friend with the Speedster decides to get the chrome redone, I have some parking light housing cores that are going up on eBay in a week or two. I just wanna get rid of them, so no reasonable offer refused. They need a LOT of filling, and all the pass. sides need repair in the bumper bolt area. Have him drop me an email if he's interested. The center grill and v-bar are not nearly as hard to find decent used.

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

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  • dclewallen
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    I'm facing the same problems with my 53. You mentioned that some of the pot metal stuff was changed to SS in 55. Does this include the pot metal trim below the windows? Are any of the things changed the same part as on a 53? Thanks,

    Darryl C. Lewallen

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  • dclewallen
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    I'm facing the same problems with my 53. You mentioned that some of the pot metal stuff was changed to SS in 55. Does this include the pot metal trim below the windows? Are any of the things changed the same part as on a 53? Thanks,

    Darryl C. Lewallen

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