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Nope. Just curious if they are different grades. After you check yours perhaps someone that has an aftermarket molding will check theirs.


304 s/s, the good stuff is non magnetic and will get a better shine because of it's composition and hardness.
I couldn't remember which was which, so I had to look it up.
https://www.mtm-inc.com/ac-20110117-...ss-steels.html


304 is more susceptible to being magnetic, 316 is the least susceptible.


But like Pugsy said, 304 looks prettier when polished.

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I couldn't remember which was which, so I had to look it up.
https://www.mtm-inc.com/ac-20110117-...ss-steels.html


304 is more susceptible to being magnetic, 316 is the least susceptible.


But like Pugsy said, 304 looks prettier when polished.



304 in sheet form is not magnetic, but can become slightly magnetic from machining, bending, grinding , etc. But a magnet will never stick full force and it does not change the material it's made of.



430 in sheet form is magnetic. This is how we get our fridge doors to stick when we make them.
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The stainless trim on the '53 does draw a magnet just like a piece of steel.

Does that tell us what alloy it is made from?

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The stainless trim on the '53 does draw a magnet just like a piece of steel.

Does that tell us what alloy it is made from?

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430 stainless more than likely. It comes to mirror of course, just not as brilliant as type 304.
It has more iron in it but won't rust.
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430 stainless more than likely. It comes to mirror of course, just not as brilliant as type 304.
It has more iron in it but won't rust.
I wonder if they used 430 because it is cheaper or because it is more malleable and easier to stamp? I read a few days ago that one of the reasons the chrome was so bad on the early 50's cars was that due to war shortages, the chrome was not nickel plated first effecting the durability.

There may have also been shortages and difficulty in producing some other alloys.

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Without alloys, stainless doesn't like to bend and will crack. The ferrous alloys make it malleable, but still not rust easily.
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I have six pieces of stainless trim picked and filed. They are coming out very nicely I think. My insurance company is requiring me to move my parts car from under the screened in porch so today I took off the pieces I need for the quarters as well as front seat, visors, rear arm rests, etc.



The three pieces on the left are the ones yet to be straightened but as you can see, they are very nice and will be easily restored. The six pieces above are straightened but only worked down to 1000 grit. Actual polishing is yet to come.




I do need some help if any one has prepared sun visor brackets for chrome plating. I assume these neet to be taken apart. Also, I assume the cap on top is pressed on and needs to be removed in order to seperate the two pieces.

Is it possible they could be plated while still assembled? I have broken two knives trying to pry the cap off but with no success. Any words of wisdom?








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John, do you ever go back through this thread and look at all you have done? It's friggin amazing to see the amount we will get done on one of these cars. But it's like our hair turning gray, you don't see it happening, one day it's just gray. We are so driven in the "what it can be" mode I don't think we EVER see it as it really is! We see it FINISHED in our head the first time we look at it and never really see it as the dented up rusted heap it is!

Your Chevy is going to be awesome finished, you have resurrected it from the dead!

Brian
Since I have been limited on how much time I can spend on the car lately, I spent a couple of hours going back through "reminiscing" tonight. I think I started about page 110. I had to chuckle when I saw Brian's post from way back then.

I guess I do Brian. I did tonight any way. To be honest, I really enjoyed the memories.

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It's just amazing at what we do out in the garage. Some faster than others, you rock for sure!

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Since it has been so difficult to work on the car for the past 6 months or so, I have taken the car to my friend Steve Minnick's. Steve does some really beautiful work and I am excited he has agreed to work on the car.

Even though the work from this point will not be feeding my ego, it will indeed be satisfying to see the car receiving some love and attention from someone of Steve's caliber..... Thanks Steve!

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I think that's great John! I know you'd love to finish it yourself, but understandable with the situation how that's impossible. Hope it gets done soon, and exactly as you would have done it!
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I think that's great John! I know you'd love to finish it yourself, but understandable with the situation how that's impossible. Hope it gets done soon, and exactly as you would have done it!
It really is. Steve and I have been friends since around 1971. we were pretty much kids when we met but both loved building cars. Between us I think we owned 2 ball peen hammers and a pair of channel locks but we have both come a long way. Steve turns out some really nice work and has built quite a few of the nicer cars around town.

Here he and I were putting a windshield in my old 47 Ford convertible I sold in 1992 that is still around local. He redid the car about 4 years ago after 40 years on the road and it looks better than it ever did when I owned it.

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Jeez John.....30 years ago, you didn't have hair then either?
Sold in 92, pic probably taken a few years before that....

On a plus, it looks like you haven't aged a bit.
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Jeez John.....30 years ago, you didn't have hair then either?
Low thread count sheets will do that...
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Jeez John.....30 years ago, you didn't have hair then either?
Sold in 92, pic probably taken a few years before that....

On a plus, it looks like you haven't aged a bit.
Your just a trouble maker Pugs.

That picture was taken about four years ago when Steve redid the car for the current owner. I was just hanging around and lent a hand with the windshield.

Jim, the current owner is a close friend of both Steve and I.

On the other hand, I didn't have much hair after the age of 30.

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