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Old 09-28-2008, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Took a bunch of stuff to Charlotte and dropped them off with Qual-Krom. Thought I'd share some of the prices as NOS prices rise and the supply dries up:

Bumpers: $380 each
65-70 Outside door handles: $65 each
65-70 Outside door handle buttons: $15 each
65-66 Trunk lock bezel: $30
65-67 Hood letters: $20 each, $80/set
MUSTANG pin letters: $20 each
65-67 Convertible header chrome panel: $125
65-8 Quarter window frames: $130 each
65-8 Front vent window frames: $165 each
65-67 Hi-po valve covers: $150 each
67-70 Big block valve covers: $180 each
65-66 Heater control bezel: $65
65-68 manual shift floor bezel: $50
65-66 radio knobs: $20 for each piece ($80/set)
65-68 Ignition switch bezel: $15
65-66 Power top switch bezel: $20
65-66 radio face: $70
65-68 manual shift handles: $65 each
65-66 rear view mirror support: $70

One thing that was a big shocker was the cost to re-chrome fold-down seat trim. It was something like $175 for each long piece and $60 for each side piece! With the hinge and everything, cost was around $1300!

I'd have to go back and compare, but I don't think the prices above are too far off from when I did a bunch of stuff in '05. Had heard talks that chrome cost had gone up dramatically, but doesn't appear that the place that I use has gone up much.
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Those prices don't seem as bad as I would have thought
but boy that's crazy for the folddown chrome!

How about the front A/C bezel?
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure about the a/c piece, I would guess maybe in the $250 range.
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Thanks Charles for the report.

I'm going to check with a couple around here, going to see if I can try out some flash chrome on some of the engine parts if I can get someone to do it

Sure adds up quickly - at least I've got un pitted stuff to start with
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm hoping you guys can answer a question....most of the chrome on my 66 coupe is in good shape, but some has minor pitting[by pitting I mean little bumps], can these pieces be rechromed?? How would I prep thses pieces, or would a pro be better to do that??Do you just sand/wire wheel chrome on the pittted spot, and leave the rest alone?? Thanks as usual for your help....Lenny
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Charles, I didn't realize Qual-Krom was in Charlotte. Their website shows Erie, Pa. Where in Charlotte are they located?
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QUAL-KROM are from Erie PA, they just do the swap meets from time to time and Charlotte NC was one of those shows.

they made a killing from Charles and I that weekend. have sold one of my kidneys since returning home to Australia just to cover the re-chrome bill.

there invoice sits on the notice board just looking down upon me. didn't expect the costing to be so high but its all going to a good cause.
now i cant wait for those parts to be completed and finally used

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Thanks for posting this Charles. This will help me with my cost planning for my Hertz 1968 Cougar XR7-G. Once question: will rechroming cause me to loose the date codes stamped on my valve covers ?



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Good luck with that Cougar, the shop that did my vert work had a 68 XRG, "X" code motor and his chrome bill was $2500+ just for the misc. exterior trim pieces (not including the valve covers, etc.). He did get the Editor's choice award at the 40th anniversary Cougar display at Carlisle last year.
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QUAL-KROM are from Erie PA, they just do the swap meets from time to time and Charlotte NC was one of those shows.

they made a killing from Charles and I that weekend. have sold one of my kidneys since returning home to Australia just to cover the re-chrome bill.

there invoice sits on the notice board just looking down upon me. didn't expect the costing to be so high but its all going to a good cause.
now i cant wait for those parts to be completed and finally used
Gees Phill, one kidney, I am glad I got mine done here in Oz at comparable prices to what is mentioned on this site and I don't have to freight them from the US. And, I might mention, at very high quality.

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I told them about the date codes on the valve covers and they assured me they would remain.
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Oh! Now I see why it costs so much to restore a car these days. $10K for the car and $40K for chrome!
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Just got back from the local chrome platter.

Air cleaner lid 67-69 style - $80

Pr of valve covers - $150

Since these do not have the details similar to vent frames I'm not as concerned about details.

Will wait to see how everything comes out but was surprised by the price. Is being done in house
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Oh! Now I see why it costs so much to restore a car these days. $10K for the car and $40K for chrome!
Try doing a car from the 50s. Especially an upscale car like an Eldo or Buick Super.

You'll have a $50K chrome bill before you are done.
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Does the rise in cost for chrome plating have more to due with enviro regulations?

Would some entreprenuer be smart to open a chrome shop in Mexico or Guatamala with secure shipping and lower prices?
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