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Were the V8 ornaments chromed in 51?

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  • Body: Were the V8 ornaments chromed in 51?

    My V8 hood and trunk ornaments appear to be made of stainless steel but have some small pits and surface crazing that looks as if they might have been chromed.

    I don't know if I should try to sand and polish them as stainless steel, send them to the chrome shop or buy new ones from SI. What are the thoughts of others that have more experience with these pieces?

    Thanks,

    Jim
    \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

    51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
    Jim Mann
    Victoria, B.C.
    Canada

  • #2
    Hi I have NOS ornaments if you are interested , Ed Jones

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    • #3
      Both emblems are stainless.

      On the front, the space between the legs of the V 9s painted shiny black.

      I have seen SOME (very few) of the rear emblems with the face of the 8 a clear gold color. Most of them are silver stainless with the 2 center 'holes' in the 8 painted black.

      Good luck.

      John

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      • #4
        The V8 hood emblem is chromed. I just tried to polish one... Took the chrome off.

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        • #5
          Mine are both stainless. The rear V8 with red trim in center and the front with black trim. I suspect, if they could be chromed or stainless, only intense research could reveal where or when the changes occurred. I conjecture either would be correct, as long as they look nice.

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