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« on: December 09, 2007, 06:28:52 PM »

I'm not sure whether or not to replace the front and rear bumpers with some of the nice new triple chromed repro's or try to have the originals straightened and re-chromed. It would be easier (and cheaper) to just buy new ones. Does it make any difference? And if not, does anyone have a brand or dealer that they recommend for the new chrome?
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2007, 08:00:05 PM »

For a driver, the repros are a great deal for the buck.  If you're an anal guy and want original, then figure $350-400 each to rechrome original bumpers.  I know because I just went through this.  I have over $800 tired up in two bumpers for my new 67 Z28 Camaro, Project Stocker.  The chrome plating shops have gone through the roof because of the EPA and government restrictions.

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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2007, 08:31:35 PM »

I just had my original front bumper redone by Electroplating of El Paso  http://electroplatingofelpaso.com/contact.html 

It did not require straighting.  The cost was $170 + freight.  I'm very happy with their work.  Several of the members in our club have used them with good results.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2007, 08:49:44 PM »

That is very reasonable if they are show quality!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2007, 10:04:25 PM »

Take a look:
http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=2889.0
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2007, 10:24:56 PM »

Lakeholme,

Thanks for finding that older post.  My mistake, the cost was $160.  I have not installed this bumper, so if you think a photo would show the quality I'll be happy to post some. 

I would suggest that someone, like Jerry, give them a try and give his professional opinion.  I've got a repop on the car now, and the rechromed original, looks much better to me.

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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2007, 11:01:11 PM »

Photos, please!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2007, 12:13:09 AM »

Chrome is a bear trying to photograph.  I'm not sure how much you can tell from the photos, but here you go.

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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2007, 12:13:51 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2007, 12:14:21 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2007, 12:14:56 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2007, 07:42:41 PM »

When I did my 67 RS I thought I could get away with repro's. I was wrong because I am one of those anal types Jerry is referring too. Just knowing I had reproductions on my car was eating at me to no end. So off I went and got original GM's rechromed. Yeah it was expensive, around $700-800 for the pair but I do feel better.

The repro RS gas cap was bothering me as well but I finally found an NOS cap to replace it. Yep, wasn't cheap either.

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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2007, 11:06:59 PM »

I put a set of the repos on a 69 a couple of months ago.  They arent like a show-quality rechromed set of originals, but I was pretty pleased with the quality considering they're inexpensive repos.  Much better than those that were available several years ago.
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