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1933 Grill on E-bay

How much and can this grill be saved, what do you think it would cost t get this back to look new....

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1933-...QQcmdZViewItem

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The grill looks structurally sound, but badly pitted. It would take a chrome shop a substantial amount of work to smooth it out with brass then chrome it. It would probably cost you $1000 or more to have it restored.

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I don't see daylight through it, so it could probably be saved. Vince is right about the chrome shop cost, maybe even a little low.
You could save some money by having it electrically stripped by the chrome shop.
Then take it home and sand it with 320 to smooth it some. You can fill in the really low spots with silver solder.
Take it back to the chrome shop to get it nickel plated, and then triple plated with copper.

Take it home and do the polishing yourself. That is where the money is. I was told by several shops that the good polisher guys are all gone now anyway, so doing the polishing yourself might get you a better job. Then back to the platers to have it chromed.

Alot of work, I know. That is why chroming costs so much.

Keep in mind that a vintage grill, with it's chrome intact and in good shape will sell for 3000.00 or more. I've seen it.

Also keep in mind that you can buy a drake repro of a 34 grill for 2450. They are not as desireable as a 33. ( I dont know why they didn't do a 33 instead. )
http://store.bobdrake.com/1934grille.html

The Drakes do need work to fit.

I think Vintique has one out now also. Sold by C.W. Moss.
I can't speak as to the quality, as I have not seen one.
http://www.cwmoss.com/grilles.htm

Could you send the pics to a chrome shop and get some input from them? If it was me, I'd call whoever I dealt with for my chroming and ask them to give a look.

I wonder what is the reserve? I'd think I'd ask the seller if the grill was as structurally sound as it appears. Those grills do alot of work holding the fenders and splash pans together.

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As Mike says, take it to a plater and have them electronically strip the grille of plating. Take it back home and inspect it carefully. Many pits? Rough surface?

It will take a bunch of handwork and very careful buffing/grinding, but you can probably do the job and it will be worth it if your plater is a good one and cooperative and your budget is fairly large.
You may take the grille back to the plater and have them copper plate it, Then home and sand again. Then back for more copper, then home....yah yah yah. Three or four times and you should be at smooth city. Have the plater inspect it and give you advise on final preparation. Then turn it over and see how nice it looks after they nickle it and then chrome it.

That's triple plating.....copper, as the base to grip the steel and fill any imperfections.....nickle to give the beautiful luster and depth......then chrome to seal and protect.

30 years ago one of my customers did this procedure with his 34 grille and it was magnificent. It cost him the princely sum of $300 at that time, would have been well above $500 if the chrome shop had done the labor (grinding, buffing) and of course they would not have done it. At that time an Argentine replacement 34 grille was less than $100 and NOS ones were selling for $700-up.
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I not sure if it worth all of that or buy a repop, I have a glass shell but was looking at these on E-bay. I do like the look of a total grill rather than the insert.

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Pasadena- you made me realize I made a mistake in my post. The nickel goes on after the copper I wrote the other way around.


I was getting all excited thinking about hand sanding and polishing all those teeth in that grill and got crossed up.

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