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  • No stupid questions ?

    Hey guys,

    There's no such thing as a stupid question? Try this one....I'm looking for a ballpark figure on the cost of getting vent window frames chromed. I know absolutely nothing about this end of the neighborhood. I'm hopeing some of you folks that have been down this road can school me a little. Does all the present chrome need to be removed before sending it out? Will it be less expensive if I remove it myself? Does it usually take forever to get the stuff back, as I've herd mentioned? Are there many rip-off artists doing this type of work? How do I locate a reasonibly priced, honest shop, who won't take forever? I don't need show quality but I don't want it peeling off either. As always, any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jimmy '37 CE Project

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    Jimmy
    I suggest you contact Jerry Forrester, forr62@bellsouth.net Nice work, reasonable prices, and the parts will be done while your still able to put them back on.

    Pat Skelly
    62 GT Hawk
    53 Studillac
    37 Dictator Coupe

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    • #3
      Jimmy
      I suggest you contact Jerry Forrester, forr62@bellsouth.net Nice work, reasonable prices, and the parts will be done while your still able to put them back on.

      Pat Skelly
      62 GT Hawk
      53 Studillac
      37 Dictator Coupe

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      • #4
        Fourteen years ago I had a set for my 51 Coupe plated at Paul's. I removed all hardware and got show quality for $152. That included the latch handles, before I knew they were still available NOS. I sent a set from my 53 to LiBrandi's last week sans latch handles. Haven't got a price yet but will post as soon as I hear.

        Brad Johnson
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        33 Rockne 10
        51 Commander Starlight
        53 Commander Starlight

        previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          Fourteen years ago I had a set for my 51 Coupe plated at Paul's. I removed all hardware and got show quality for $152. That included the latch handles, before I knew they were still available NOS. I sent a set from my 53 to LiBrandi's last week sans latch handles. Haven't got a price yet but will post as soon as I hear.

          Brad Johnson
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          33 Rockne 10
          51 Commander Starlight
          53 Commander Starlight

          previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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          • #6
            I recently got a pair done for $50 bucks. Where? I don't know. An acquaintance of mine had an "in" at a place that did lots of chrome for the low-rider fellas in the LA area.
            Remember that these frames are steel and steel's alot easier to plate than pot metal - that's why bumpers can still be replated fairly inexpensively.
            The shop I speak of would "chrome" anything you threw at them, I decided to chance some NOS pot metal that had never been plated before. They TOTALLY destroyed the stuff.[V] It was shiny - that's ALL you could say about it. $45 bucks for each of the parts before they were plated. Another $25 for the plating and destruction and reaffirmation that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Heed this and learn from my mistake. Of course - having been in the old car hobby since 1973 I full well knew the dangers of chrome "deals". SOME TIMES you get lucky - more often not. I took a gamble (fortuneatly with stuff that wasn't super-rare - yet) and lost, but I did so only after they'd proved they could do decent work on steel parts.[B)]
            From what I know of decent shops, I'd think you'd have to pay in the $100 to $150 range to get these frames plated.

            Miscreant adrift in
            the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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            • #7
              I recently got a pair done for $50 bucks. Where? I don't know. An acquaintance of mine had an "in" at a place that did lots of chrome for the low-rider fellas in the LA area.
              Remember that these frames are steel and steel's alot easier to plate than pot metal - that's why bumpers can still be replated fairly inexpensively.
              The shop I speak of would "chrome" anything you threw at them, I decided to chance some NOS pot metal that had never been plated before. They TOTALLY destroyed the stuff.[V] It was shiny - that's ALL you could say about it. $45 bucks for each of the parts before they were plated. Another $25 for the plating and destruction and reaffirmation that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Heed this and learn from my mistake. Of course - having been in the old car hobby since 1973 I full well knew the dangers of chrome "deals". SOME TIMES you get lucky - more often not. I took a gamble (fortuneatly with stuff that wasn't super-rare - yet) and lost, but I did so only after they'd proved they could do decent work on steel parts.[B)]
              From what I know of decent shops, I'd think you'd have to pay in the $100 to $150 range to get these frames plated.

              Miscreant adrift in
              the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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