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Old 07-04-2019, 08:43 PM
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Just bought a 67 as restoration project. Lots of corroded chrome. Convertible top hardware, door handles. window cranks, bumpers etc. Is it practical to have them refinished, or buy new?

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The bumpers absolutely if they fit. The vent window yes all others will most likely cost more to have redone then would be to buy new
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The bumpers absolutely if they fit. The vent window yes all others will most likely cost more to have redone then would be to buy new



Cheaper to re-chrome original bumpers. Around the windows is polished aluminum, you do not need to chrome. All other chrome parts are much, much cheaper to purchase NEW on a C2 Corvette. Not sure on a C1 Corvette.
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Congratulations! And welcome to the forum. Lots of helpful folks here.
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Hi OldVetteguy84,

Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting a picture.

Lots of potential and fun with your car. Is the plan to fully restore it or make it a functional driver?

Most of the corvette supply houses have sales around the major holidays with a percentage off and free or flat rate shipping, so if you can wait and build a list its less expensive and shipping will add up fast. Also consider Rock Auto for Chevrolet parts vs Corvette specific parts. Lots of savings there.

Post more pictures - we would love to see more

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I find that any "original" part that I can reclaim by polishing or replating is a whole world better than most of the reproduction junk I have bought from various vendors throughout the years.

I prefer good used original parts to new reproduction part any time I can find them regardless of price..

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Originally Posted by Bill Pilon View Post
I find that any "original" part that I can reclaim by polishing or replating is a whole world better than most of the reproduction junk I have bought from various vendors throughout the years.

I prefer good used original parts to new reproduction part any time I can find them regardless of price..

Bill
Agree with Bill!!!
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Whats the second car in that pic?
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Whats the second car in that pic?


Looks like a Vinyl Hard Top - '67?

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Originally Posted by 14decoys View Post
Whats the second car in that pic?
Beat me to asking by 3 minutes!
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You know I never noticed the other car till I looked st pics. He had a number of them all covered with tarps. Must have taken tarp off for something while we were working.

I was was jet lagged and very intent on getting this one started so I could hear it run before I made an offer.
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Don't know why those lines were in my message either!
Still learning.
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Don't know why those lines were in my message either!
Still learning.
I think it has to do with the options like bold, italic and underline (B, I, U in the upper left hand of the box where you type the message. The next one is an S with a line through so you may have hit that by mistake.

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Thanks!
Live and learn.

How is do I polish parts?
was thinking of buffing wheel on my bench grinder?
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Cheaper to re-chrome original bumpers. Around the windows is polished aluminum,
Nope. The exterior trim (reveal moldings) around the window openings are stainless steel stampings - there are no aluminum exterior trim parts.
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I was going to buff my stainless but got scared I may bend one up so I sent them out to get the dings removed and polished.
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I was going to buff my stainless but got scared I may bend one up so I sent them out to get the dings removed and polished.

Who does that kind of work?
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I’m sure there are lots of shops chrome/stainless repair shops. Just google stainless trim polishing and repair in your area to see who is close. Or you can ask for recommendations here. It wasn’t cheap, but nothing on this project has been. Except for me stripping the paint. Lol. I had mine done in Ft Worth.
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Originally Posted by elwood13 View Post
Iím sure there are lots of shops chrome/stainless repair shops. Just google stainless trim polishing and repair in your area to see who is close. Or you can ask for recommendations here. It wasnít cheap, but nothing on this project has been. Except for me stripping the paint. Lol. I had mine done in Ft Worth.


Unforntally, with the high price of labor....it is often much cheaper to purchase new. No one cares if it is stamped in back of a car part made in China or U.S.A. They just want you to sell your car to them for a bargain price.
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