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  • has anyone rechromed a 52 grille-pieces???

    Has any one out there had their grille sections for a 52 plated? if so what kind of money are we looking at? I would think that the 52 would be one of the most expensive to do? lets hear from you on this topic please as I would like to know before I paint mine and take the easy way out, thanks...Bob

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  • #2
    Bob , I had mine done , it was triple plated , one of the best jobs I ever saw on a 52 . This was back 15 years ago and I never told my wife how much i paid for it , it was $700 then . I doubt if you could get that same job for 3 grand today .



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    • #3
      How's your pot metal?
      Mine is so bad I don't think it could be re-plated no matter the cost. When it's time I'm going to check into the best faux-chrome powder coat I can find. As the years have gone by they are getting close to the look of chrome.


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      • #4
        Interesting - I have an NOS 1952 grille - but it may need to go on one of the 52 HTs I have - unless I convert one to a bullet-nosed convertible.

        Too many fantasies - not enough time.

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        • #5
          About 8 years ago I had most of a '52 grille, front bumper, and various misc., pieces (HT) replated in Seattle, not show, but nice. It seems like it was just under 2 grand. This was for a friend's car, and he has all then reciepts with him in Alaska.

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          • #6
            While Jerry Forrester probably can't even "ballpark" it without seeing it, maybe he'll have some insight...

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by kurtruk

              While Jerry Forrester probably can't even "ballpark" it without seeing it
              You are correct sir.
              And pictures do not help.

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              • #8
                I had mine done in the early 90's, if I remember right, it was in the $1500 range, and that was with mostly NOS parts, no pitting!

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by 55s

                  Interesting - I have an NOS 1952 grille - but it may need to go on one of the 52 HTs I have - unless I convert one to a bullet-nosed convertible.
                  Too many fantasies - not enough time.
                  An NOS 52 grill IS a fantasy of mine. The clouds would part and angels sing. That's some eye candy I'd like to see.


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                  • #10
                    The truth about 1952 Chrome:

                    It wasn't very good.

                    While there are zero pits, the chrome isn't close to today's show chrome standards, and the original chrome on 1952 cars never was. I have seen original 1953 grilles, and they also are not that shiny.

                    My understanding is that Chrome was hard to do due to the Korean War.

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                    • #11
                      The "korean chrome" was as I understand it, nickel with clear lacquer over it, as there was no chrome due to the war.

                      Jim
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                      • #12
                        War shortages of plating metals, plus the mass produced type plating process equalled inferior chrome that corroded easily. BUT, those '52 grilles are among my favorite, and look awesome when done!!

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                        • #13
                          quote:nickel with clear lacquer over it
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