*sigh*.... not good. bad bad bad. I need more chrome in my engine bay, and I need to polish and chrome up some of the items I have in there...
Anyone know how much it *should* cost to get something polished and/or chrome plated? Here are the things that I'm thinking of...
My Performer Intake manifold is uuuuuuuugly, needs to be polished My new dull-gray brake booster needs to have SOMETHING done to it. I need a new master cylinder cover New air filter cover for my shiny Holley Hose covers Wire loom covers My alternator is PEELING. I don't know if I should just get a new one, (this one is working fine) or get it cleaned/polished/plated? The bracket is in bad shape too My exhaust manifolds are ugly too... I need to get manifold paint or add some manifold covers...
Vette(s): 1969 Monza Red Black Conv / Black Vinal hardtop
454/480 Tremec 5 Speed 308 Posi.Black Leather Interior, PS, PW, Air cond., tilt/tele,AM/FM Cass.-5 Pack CD, Hurst Shifter, side pipes
2004 Yellow convertible with black top and black interior
Chrome parts $$$$$ chrome plating $$$$$, trust me I know, my checkbook and wife are still complaining and I haven't bought that much ! Look through Eckler's or MidAmerica and you can find LOTS of chrome goodies. Look through Summit and find all the other chrome stuff. You could always try to just restore the parts you have and get them back to original.
I've tried restoring my parts back to original as much as possible, but there's only so much you can do. And the motor being already modified by the previous owner doesn't help things either. Does anyone know if it's cheaper to just buy a new part already chromed or to get an older part plated? Any rough guidelines as to how much it'll end up costing?
I'm assuming like a Harley place would be a good start to find out this info..
Vette(s): White 73 convertible - 350/auto, A/C PS, PB, PW, leather, t/t, two tops
Also had a 69 t-top 20 years ago
For chevy parts, it's always cheaper to buy new chrome, as the aftermarket is full of them. Just be careful of the real cheap stuff, it won't last. The labor to clean and polish your parts plus the plating costs are pretty high. It seems to cost about $100 and up to chrome anything. Joe
Vette(s): Re-acquired 1982 Bright Blue Vette from the guy a sold it to 13 years ago. 1993 40th Anniv. Ruby Convertible- purchased for my wifes 40th birthday-It has Chromed Grand Sport Wheels, Grand Sport Flares and a functional rollbar.
I agree $$$$$$ to have anything chrome plated. Have you ever seen ceramic powder coating? It is somewhat cheaper and looks pretty good in the polished silver, almost looks like chrome. I am considering having the hood hinges and components powder coated instead of paying over $500 for the new chrome stuff. Another thing I did with some luck was to use Mothers metal polish. Things like the tubes that go into the AC compressor shine up real nice with this stuff. I also used a polishing pad on the Dremel to polish alot of that little bitty metal stuff.
GREGO & Lyndy K
1978 Corvette Dark Brown Metallic-sold 09/80
1982 Bright Blue Metallic-sold 7/03 reacquired 2/16
1993 Ruby Convertible
1979 Corvette Yellow-sold 12/04
Well, I ended up buying a slew of chrome goodies from Summit, it came out a lot cheaper than I thought it would. For less than $40, the engine compartment went from a 2 on a scale of 1-10 to probably around a 7ish. Here's what I got:
Chrome Air cleaner Chrome Master Cyl. cover Chrome Breather Chrome Vacuum Advance cover blue convoluted tubing
Thanks a lot! Yeah, it was a LOT cheaper than expected, I especially liked the blue hoses, it really brought everything together. Now that the engine is coming out to be rebuilt, I can't wait to get everything inside cleaned and painted.
On top of that, I'm getting the alternator cover and the fan-shroud cover powder coated in a metallic blue. And the intake manifold is getting blasted and coated "chrome-like"
Should be ready for carshows then! I want some "Best Engine Compartment" awards!
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