Vacuum Ornament-metal rechromed my thumbwheel dials

Restoration

  1. haywire 440

    haywire 440 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    On 11-14-19 after getting a quote I sent these two 8-track thumbwheel dials off. On 12-19-19 they returned all done. I’m liking what I see. After reading other posts here and elsewhere I remember someone mentioning Frank at this company. I emailed him pictures and got a price more to my liking then others. I won’t go into that because it’s their business. Sorry. But I can tell you this was a very good transaction in my opinion. There was excellent communication and they do other parts. This company is located in Romulus, Michigan. The photos are before and after. And no, I have no affiliation. Haywire 440

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    rapidtrans Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Just looked this company up.
    Looks like they offer complete dash bezel plating and detail.
    Gotta give them a call since they’re just down by the airport. Hour max from me.
    I have a spare set of gauge bezels for this car I think I’ll have them try.

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    69psf New Member FCBO Gold Member

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    What's the name of the company. I live only ten miles from Romulus.
     
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    rapidtrans Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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  5. haywire 440

    haywire 440 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Here is their information.

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    cantflip Old Jagoff with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I'm not going to ask for an explanation, but could you give a few pointers to help folks who don't know how to properly deal with these folks?

    I'm not a player, at least today, but I know there are folks who just haven't a clue how to deal with with a tradesman who is less familiar with their specific parts (pictures and doing your own disassembly, for example).

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    haywire 440 Well-Known Member FCBO Gold Member

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    The catalyst to find a plastic chrome business really was an AM radio conversion to Fm, Blue Tooth etc.
    I looked over my pile of radios, found a nice Plymouth model and found a local guy in the Chicago area to do the conversion.
    Did I mention my big pile of radios. Ralph the Radio Guy out of Bartlett, Illinois was close enough and I went there to meet him. I brought along extra radios including the 8-track player. First the belt had to be replaced and I ordered one through “Turntables and Needles”. Second the tuning wheel mechanisms weren’t working and Ralph fixed that but explained to me it was much much different that the standard radio. Third, I had to repaint the white radio station numbers and then polish the plastic lens (which turned out looking great). Then as I prepared to reassemble the thumbwheel dials, NOW they had to have something done to them... I did call some other rechroming businesses and ALL of them were very helpful and courteous. I also looked into the DYI route of different chrome like paint and pens including Spaz Stix. The only business who didn’t call back was a spray chrome place. Maybe my 2 dials weren’t enough work, this company’s information was about College Football helmets. So to get down to the nuts and bolts, I got a more reasonable price from Frank. Frankly, no pun intended, I was tired of researching these repairs on an 8-track player that isn’t destined for a car. Ralph the Radio Guy got my pile of radios all working, fixing slipping dials, swapping tuners and even replacing 2 output electronic “thing ah ma jigs” to get the speakers to work. Now finally on to putting the converted AM with 4 new speakers into my GTX. The new speakers are 4 ohms but Ralph the Radio Guy wanted people to know always use the 8ohm on the old radios (I saw that being debated). Here’s a few more pictures of the 8-track player. I picked off as much of the chrome as I could but the serrated teeth I couldn’t pick it off and I don’t know how they do it. But one photo shows a spare radio dial soaking in a safe non caustic paint remover. The several times I checked it the chrome didn’t budge..... but the last check (24 hours or so) the plastic dial was melting and that chrome..... just fine.
    I hope this helps. Thanks for the interest.

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