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Old 07-10-2019, 11:03 PM
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I am sure that I spent more redoing original parts than buying new reproductions but I believe most C1/C2 Corvette owners (especially on this forum) are not into these cars thinking they are cheap. I mostly used/purchased original Corvette parts, too many stories of ill fitting reproductions or less than new finishes on these repros. I highly recommend Sherm's in Sacramento CA, they did all my chrome needs and polishing parts too. And I will add that chroming/polishing is pricy whether it is for the cheapest Chevette or the most expensive Corvette.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:24 PM
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Reproduction parts, chrome, emblems and others have very bad quality, fitment and finish. I learned the hard way during the restoration of my 59. The reproduction parts that I bought were awful and very expensive. At first when I started the restoration I was exited and gung ho to buy reproduction parts until I started receiving them and realizing that I would not put them in my car as they had very poor quality. My car was sort of a barn find as it had been stored in an open garage seating idle for six years. So it has taken me one year and eight months of hard labor to restore it to like new condition. The hood and the trunk emblems I was going to buy reproductions but after close examination I found out they are very bad. The letters are rounded off and looks cheap. I spent four hours on each emblem carefully restoring them and they look beautiful.
Moving forward I will either re-chrome or polish the original parts or try to get NOS parts. I will have to be desperate to buy reproduction of anything for my car. Part of the hobby is getting these parts. My front lights hats had very small pitting and I took them to get a quote for Chroming them and they wanted $425 /each so it forced me to look around and I found original NOS for $350 for both. I polished mine and decided to accept the very small pitting that only me can detect.
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