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  • Dan Timberlake
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    Chroming brings the risk of hydrogen embrittlement.
    http://mechanicalplating.com/hydrogen.htm

    On a bumper, who cares. ON highly stressed parts, especially parts in constant tension like spokes, it might be a problem.
    The solution is several hours of baking above a certain temperature within a few hours of plating.

    I'd ask the shop about it, posing the question in a vague, general way that would not guide them toward any particular answer.

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  • Avanti82
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    Double posted my reply

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  • Avanti82
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    quote:Originally posted by buddymander

    Avanti82--Go with the suggestion of powdercoating. They have a super shine silver with a clear coat that is pretty magnificent. Go to some powder coating shops and see what they have that resembles chrome. Probaly cost $500 for all four.
    Thanks I will check on the powdercoating, great idea.

    Steve

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  • buddymander
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    Avanti82--Go with the suggestion of powdercoating. They have a super shine silver with a clear coat that is pretty magnificent. Go to some powder coating shops and see what they have that resembles chrome. Probably cost $500 for all four.

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  • buddymander
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    Avanti82--Go with the suggestion of powdercoating. They have a super shine silver with a clear coat that is pretty magnificent. Go to some powder coating shops and see what they have that resembles chrome. Probaly cost $500 for all four.

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  • Andy R.
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    I, too, admire those Chrysler wires on the Blackhawk.
    The redline tires are the perfect accent to Gunslinger's Magnum 500s, IMO.

    One caution when refurbishing wires, as my friend learned when he had some Borranis redone- If the spoke threads are chromed, there could be clearance issues with the threads in the rims, resulting in any number of problems from cracked plating/ thread damage to insufficient sealing.

    Careful application of tape and tubes may relieve the latter, but there's always that one spoke that doesn't quite behave.

    They do look great when finished, though.[]

    Andy
    62 GT

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  • Avanti82
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    BlackHawk61 that is one really nice looking Studebaker. I love the body style on that model and it really looks good with the black paint and wire wheels.

    Steve

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  • Avanti82
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    I have received one estimate to restore the wheels.

    With chrome spokes it would be $385 per wheel, with stainless spokes it would be $585 per wheel plus shipping.

    Replacement wheels will be around $2500 and higher per set.
    I am also going to spend some time over the next two weeks talking to some shops here in town about bead blasting and painting them. The wheels are in very good condition with only minor surface rust in spots and should clean up without a lot of repairs.

    Thanks again for all of your comments,

    Steve

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  • blackhawk61
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    quote:Originally posted by Avanti82

    quote:Originally posted by Gunslinger

    Here's what my Avanti looks like with Magnum 500 wheels...

    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.
    Great looking wheels but it appears they are real "Babe Magnets" and I am afraid my wife would not allow them.

    Steve
    Yeah ........Wire wheels do that too !


    1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

    Ken Byrd
    Lewisville,NC

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  • comatus
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    You know, you don't have to be that old for folks to see those fashion-model twenty-ish ladies hanging about one's car, and ruin the whole day by asking "Gosh, they're pretty. Are they your daughters?" And then you say no and they say "Daughters-in-law, then?" which sort of negates the pleasure of their company even if they have, like, advanced Art History degrees and all.

    Since all fellows in Studedom either have natural-beauty, ageless wives, or else expensive trophy girlfriends (YOU HOME JEFF?), I think that, just as the Board officially recommends a fire extinguisher in each Studebaker, we all need to hire a frumpy middle-aged housewife with a contary disposition to act as a sort of junkyard dog for the car when it is shown, parked, left by the side of the road, etc. Otherwise, any decent Stude will draw clutches of barely-clad attendants, writhing all over it getting suntan oil on the finish, and fogging up the wheel shine with their heavy breathing. And that's so much work to buff out.

    Oh, yeah, wheels. "Recent" finishes like powder-coating could be a very interesting change-up, and certainly cheaper than a re-chrome. If you use extreme care keeping track of your spoke lengths and angles, you can do rough re-assembly yourself and just pay a wheel-tuner to do the final truing. I used to do that with motorcycle wheels. That would make an interesting project, certainly worthy of a magazine article. Sorry none of us here had any tips on that. You get to be the guinea-pig.

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  • Avanti82
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    quote:Originally posted by Gunslinger

    Here's what my Avanti looks like with Magnum 500 wheels...

    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.
    Great looking wheels but it appears they are real "Babe Magnets" and I am afraid my wife would not allow them.

    Steve

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  • sweetolbob
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    Wheels, I don't see no stinkin' wheels.

    Bob

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  • Gunslinger
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    Here's what my Avanti looks like with Magnum 500 wheels...





    Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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  • Thomas63R2
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    To my knowledge, Motorspot is a marketing company that farms out all wheel restorations to other vendors - that no wheel restoration is done at their facility. Their address may be no more than a maildrop. They are in the heart of the 714 area code, yet they have a 760 area code number. I once saw them advertise whitewall tires at an attractive price and I wanted to pick them up because I live nearby - they refused, saying that they ship only.

    Here is a price sheet from a reputable company that may make your heart skip a beat - and you'll see why just buying new wheels is a legitimate suggestion.
    http://www.buchananspokes.net/categories/labor.asp
    The price for rechroming of your wheel rim and hub are dependent on condition and how much repair , if any, that is needed before rechroming.

    There are other vendors for wire wheel restoration, you should always ask if the wheel restoration is done in house or farmed out. Generally the vendors who do it in house will list higher prices because they tend toward high end jobs. The vendors that farm the work out tend to change sub suppliers of labor and chroming to chase low bids - their work can be more inconsistant in quality.

    Only special wheels, such as Borrani or other high dollar classic, make sense for spending big restoration money. http://www.borrani.eu/

    Thomas

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  • Skip Lackie
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    Depends on how big you want your tires to be, but if you want to use something close to the original size, probably 15x6. BP 5x4.5". I think a backspacing of around 3.5" or 4" should be about right. You should be able to get a more accurate answer on backspacing from the Avanti Club forum or right here by someone smarter than me.

    Skip Lackie
    Washington DC

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